Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society

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On the analytic solution of the Cauchy problem

Author: Xiang-dong Hou
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 137 (2009), 597-606
MSC (2000): Primary 34A25, 05A15
Published electronically: August 22, 2008
MathSciNet review: 2448581
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Abstract: Derivatives of a solution of an ODE Cauchy problem can be computed inductively using the Faà di Bruno formula. In this paper, we exhibit a noninductive formula for these derivatives. At the heart of this formula is a combinatorial problem, which is solved in this paper. We also give a more tractable form of the Magnus expansion for the solution of a homogeneous linear ODE.

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Xiang-dong Hou
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620

Keywords: Cauchy problem, ODE, Magnus expansion, partial order, combinatorics, Bruno's formula
Received by editor(s): April 13, 2007
Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 24, 2008
Published electronically: August 22, 2008
Communicated by: Jim Haglund
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