By Lisa Lorentzen

Endured Fractions comprises volumes -- quantity 1: Convergence conception; and quantity 2: illustration of features (tentative title), that is anticipated in 2011. quantity 1 is devoted to the convergence and computation of endured fractions, whereas quantity 2 will deal with representations of meromorphic services by way of endured fractions. Taken jointly, the 2 volumes will current the fundamental persisted fractions idea with out requiring an excessive amount of earlier wisdom; a few uncomplicated wisdom of advanced services will suffice. either new and complex graduate scholars of persevered fractions shall get a entire realizing of the way those endless buildings paintings in a few functions, and why they paintings so good. A assorted buffet of attainable purposes to whet the urge for food is gifted first, prior to the extra simple yet modernized thought is given. This new version is the results of an expanding curiosity in computing targeted capabilities through persisted fractions. The tools defined intimately are, in lots of circumstances, extremely simple, but trustworthy and effective. Contents: Introductory Examples; fundamentals; Convergence standards; Periodic and restrict Periodic persevered Fractions; Numerical Computation of endured Fractions, a few persevered Fraction Expansions.

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We return to this idea in volume 2. 4 Pad´ e approximation Problem: For a given (formal) power series ∞ ck z k L(z) := k=0 and given non-negative integers m and n, ﬁnd the rational function Rm/n (z) := Pm/n (z) Qm/n (z) whose Taylor series at z = 0 agrees with L(z) as far out as possible, when Pm/n and Qm/n are polynomials of degree ≤ m and ≤ n respectively. Solutions to this problem are essentially what is called Pad´e approximants (in one of the two possible deﬁnitions). The idea is due to Stirling ([Stir30]) who probably based his work on a paper by Bernoulli ([Berno78]).

50 Chapter 1: Introductory examples 17. Fibonacci sequence. (a) Use the identity √ 5−1 = 2 1 √ 5−1 1+ 2 to produce a continued fraction by the procedure of Example√8. Compute the ﬁrst 7 classical approximants fn and compare the values to ( 5 − 1)/2. (b) Prove that fn = Fn−1 /Fn where F0 = 1, F1 = 1, F2 = 2, F3 = 3, F4 = 5, and generally Fn+1 = Fn + Fn−1 for n ≥ 1 . √ (c) Prove that fn → √ ( 5 − 1)/2. 61803 . . ) 18. ♠ Regular continued fractions. 7 on page 17. (a) Show that Bn f − An = Bn (f − fn ).

Then its classical approximants fn (z) can be written f1 (z) = f2 (z) = f3 (z) = z(1 + z) z = , 1−z 1 − z2 z z(1 − z) z z(1 − z 2 ) = = , 1−z +1−z 1 − z + z2 1 + z3 z z z z(1 + z 3 ) , = 1−z +1−z +1−z 1 − z4 and by Problem 13 on page 49 with x = −z and y = 1, fn (z) = z(1 − (−z)n ) z + (−z)n+1 = . 1 − (−z)n+1 1 − (−z)n+1 We therefore distinguish between two cases: 0 < |z| < 1 : The continued fraction converges to z. Since fn (z) = z + (−z)n+1 + higher powers of z it corresponds at 0 to the series z + 0z 2 + 0z 3 + · · · |z| > 1 : The continued fraction converges to −1.