Generating Functions: linking Sequence & Series

Math Online Tom Circle

Donald Knuth, et al :
“The most powerful way to deal with sequences of numbers, …, is to manipulate infinite series that generate those sequences.” – “ Concrete Mathematics

“…to discover the equation in the first place, using the important method of generating functions, which is a valuable technique for solving so many problems.” – “The Art of Computer Programming Volume I

Fibonacci sequence: {0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…}

Definition of the Fibonacci sequence as a recurrence relation:
0, & text{for }n=0
1, & text{for }n=1
F_{n-2} + F_{n-1} , & text{for } n geq { 2}

This definition is not so useful in computation, we want to find a general term formula $latex F_{n}$ in terms of n.


Step 1: Find the generating function F(x)

The correspondence below:
Sequence $latex leftrightarrow $ Generating…

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