A Remarkable Formula Of Ramanujan
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The function (for ) can be decomposed into a sum of a continued fraction and a series. The best-known case of this formula corresponds to . It is surprising that, separately, neither the continued fraction nor the series can be expressed in terms of or . When is not too big, both the continued fraction and the series significantly contribute to the approximation (in green) of (in magenta); for large values of , the contribution comes nearly exclusively from the series. This can be seen in the first graph, using the "small" or the "big" interval. In the second graph, the base 10 logarithm of the relative error is shown, which corresponds to the digit in which the error appears (higher negative means more precision).
Contributed by: Juan Luis Varona (March 2011)
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"A Remarkable Formula Of Ramanujan"
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Published: March 7 2011