I've tried plugging the series in Wolfram to first of all check if it converges but it doesn't return anything useful. Moreover, just computing $\Phi(-100)$ returns something useless. Looking at the distribution function of the standard normal distribution it is obvious that $\Phi(-100) \approx 0$, but I guess the same can be said about $1/100$, while the infinite series of $1/n$ is infinity.

Is this series even defined, i.e. can it be computed, or are some problems that don't allow computation?

  • $\begingroup$ What is the "useless" thing that it returns? If it's some obviously incorrect value there might be some errors arising from the actual calculation, i.e. unstable algorithm for very large negative numbers. $\endgroup$ – TrostAft Nov 21 '18 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ I guess it might not be completely useless. It returns: $\frac{1}{2}$erfc$(50\sqrt{2})$. Which is very close to zero, but the erfc term throws me off. $\endgroup$ – Charlie Shuffler Nov 21 '18 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ This makes sense though right? $\Phi(-100) = P[Z \leq -100]$ where $Z$ is a standard normal random variable, which should be very very small. As for whether the series converges, unsure at the moment. $\endgroup$ – TrostAft Nov 21 '18 at 20:38

$\Phi(-t) \sim \frac{e^{-t^2/2}}{\sqrt{2\pi} t}$ as $t \to \infty$, so your series does converge. According to Maple, the sum is approximately $$ .83116074272973488211268081565524436110357388769594$$ I doubt that there is a closed form expression for this.


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