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#1 2011-05-09 12:21:47

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,776

Numerical method for radius of convergence.


Here is an interesting numerical means to compute the radius of convergence. It requires that the coefficients of x^n , alternate or are all the same sign.

We need to compute the ordered pairs:

The above generates:

Extrapolate the value in the second column for n = ∞. Looks like we get -.5625.

Here is another one:

This one is a little tougher we must extrapolate to 1 / ∞. So you do a linear fit of the last two points. You get:

The limit of that as x approaches 0 is obviously .2498259

Which is close to the the exact answer of 2.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.


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