where $r_i\in\mathbb{Q}$ and $r_i\neq r_j$ for $i\neq j$. Now, define


where $m\in\mathbb{Z}$ and $r_1+m\neq r_j$ for $1<j\leq k$. If we know


and $r_1+m\not\in\mathbb{N}$, does that imply


For example, it can be shown that

$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-\frac{1}{2})(n-\frac{5}{2})}=-\frac{4}{3}\ \text{ while }\ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-(\frac{1}{2}+1))(n-\frac{5}{2})}=-\frac{3}{2}.$$

The motivation for this problem is that I found a link between my last question on this site and this problem. That is, if one could prove this, then they would prove the other question (the easier one about simple roots). Overall, I have tried to work through this problem using residues and generating functions. Any tips, terms, papers, methods, or generally topics that I could look into would also be welcome.


Answering my own question as I finally found a counterexample:

$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{\left(n+\frac{1}{3}\right) \left(n+\frac{5}{6}\right) \left(n+\frac{11}{6}\right) \left(n+\frac{7}{3}\right)}=\frac{9}{154}$$

$$\text{but }\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{\left(n+\frac{1}{3}\right) \left(n+\frac{5}{6}\right) \left(n+\frac{11}{6}\right) \left(n+\frac{7}{3}+1\right)}=\frac{-39033+12320 \sqrt{3} \pi -36960 \log (2)}{51975}.$$

Of course, it might possibly be the case that the number on the right is rational, but I have neither the time nor the will to prove so (this has convinced me that my original question was false). This is the same counterexample that I gave here. In fact, these two propositions are equivalent (even if they both are false) which I did prove.


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