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Mathematics of Computation
Mathematics of Computation
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On the convergence behavior of continued fractions with real elements

Author: Walter Gautschi
Journal: Math. Comp. 40 (1983), 337-342
MSC: Primary 40A15; Secondary 33A15
MathSciNet review: 679450
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Abstract: We define the notion of transient (geometric) convergence rate for infinite series and continued fractions. For a class of continued fractions with real elements we prove a monotonicity property for such convergence rates which helps explain the effectiveness of certain continued fractions known to converge "only" sublinearly. This is illustrated in the case of Legendre's continued fraction for the incomplete gamma function.

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PII: S 0025-5718(1983)0679450-2
Keywords: Convergence of real continued fractions, Legendre's continued fraction for the incomplete gamma function
Article copyright: © Copyright 1983 American Mathematical Society