A numerical investigation into the length of the period of the continued fraction expansion of

Author:
H. C. Williams

Journal:
Math. Comp. **36** (1981), 593-601

MSC:
Primary 10A32; Secondary 10-04

MathSciNet review:
606518

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Abstract: Let be the length of the period of the continued fraction expansion of , where *D* is a positive square-free integer. In this paper it is suggested that and several tables of numerical results, which support this suggestion, are provided.

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DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1981-0606518-7

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