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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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Hence, if *n* is the number of 1s,

Now

Thus

Hence we have the required formula

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

Isn't it unfortunate the a_n do not continue a predictable pattern. I know you did not say they did. Just looking at your stuff.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-10-25 05:53:04)*

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

A recurrence like this, is similar to a full history recurrence. They are easy to solve:

Theorem: Every full history recurrence can be changed into a finite history recurrence by the method of differences.

Form a new recurrence:

Now subtract them and you have a finite history recurrence.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-10-25 09:55:40)*

**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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**soroban****Member**- Registered: 2007-03-09
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