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On Stieltjes’ continued fraction for the gamma function
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by Bruce W. Char PDF
Math. Comp. 34 (1980), 547-551 Request permission


The first forty-one coefficients of a continued fraction for $\ln \Gamma (z) + z - (z - 1/2) \ln z - \ln \sqrt {2\pi }$ , are given. The computation, based on Wall’s algorithm for converting a function’s power series representation to a continued fraction representation, was run on the algebraic manipulation system MACSYMA.$^{\ast \ast }$
    RICHARD FATEMAN, “The MACSYMA ’Big-Floating-Point’ arithmetic system,” Proc. 1976 ACM Sympos. on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation, Assoc. Comput. Mach., New York, 1976, pp. 209-213.
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  • © Copyright 1980 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 34 (1980), 547-551
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