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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi

Supposing we have:

Supposing we wished to know what a was in:

We could form a recurrence, we could expand out g(x) with a computer,

we could get the Taylor series of a few terms of g(x) and hope to spot a pattern.

Or we could try to get an asymptotic expression for the coefficients of a. Here is

how to do it with the help of a CAS.

Start by getting the Laurent expansion for g(x):

Now we expand L(x) around 0.

Substitute x = 1 to form a sequence.

Fit a function to the above values. In this case a 4th degree polynomial was tried and found to be okay.

Now we have an asymptotic form for the coefficients of g(x)!

Plug in 1000000

That should be a very good approximation to the exact answer

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Good one!

Have you tried to find the exact value?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

No, do you need it?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

No, I was trying to compute, just to compare.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I will try to get at least an accurate answer using another method.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Found that to be:

Close to your approximation, so I hope it's correct.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

You used the Knuth idea to get a smaller recurrence, very good. I am working

on a method that uses residues, it will take a while.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Yes, I followed what the wise man said.

Okay, I'll wait.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Both residue methods failed. I do not have any other methods other than the two

up there.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Okay.

But what is the residue method? Will that yield exact value?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Yes! But it is slowwwwww! If you want the coefficient

of x^100, you find the residue of g(x) / 101 at x = 0.

It is fast for small numbers but slows down for 1000001

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Hmmm, finding residues also involves expansion, isn't it? It's just as bad as expansion!

Knuth's method is the best bet for now!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I did not mean to expand them. The residues are computed by an integral

and a limit. Also Sage should have a residue command.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

I thought that residues are calculated by CAS by Laurent's series, I don't know!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Maybe, they have a definite integral over here but I can not get that

to work either.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Can you put that integral here?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I will try, they have another idea that I am not following at all.

Please give me some time.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Okay, no problem.

Take your time!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I see what went wrong, the method is not for that rational type of generating function

it is for another type. In other words g(x) is not the correct form.

It also requires a numerical integration?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Okay, you mean the other idea or the one you were trying earlier?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

The residue idea should work for g(x) and I tested up to say x^10000

where it got exact answers. I just used Mathematica's built in

residue command. Residue[ g(x) / x^10001, {x, 0}]

The other idea uses an integral it too gets exact answers, I have tried on small problems

but not for rational forms like g(x). At least I do not know to use it.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Okay.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Here is an example of it working:

You need the coefficient of x^10

Which is correct without the i.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

I think a CAS would still need to expand it in order to integrate?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Not if you numerically integrate it!

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