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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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This sum appears in another thread.

There it is solved well by bob bundy. The question always remains how would an EM guy do it? Supposing he were armed only with his trusty CAS. Supposing he needs an answer to save the world?

He has these options:

1) Cry for his Mommy.

2) Just let the world explode.

3) Pull out his hair and violently bash his head into the ground cursing all creation for his ill luck.

4) Use EM.

Now, clearly options 1,2 and 3 are the correct ones but we will ignore them and try 4.

We follow Agnishom's analysis.

If we vary k = 1 ... 13 in

we get:

We try the best ability a human brain has other then savageness, its ability to play STP. Not too difficult to see that k =2,4,6... are all rational and easy but 1947 is odd so we isolate the k =1,3,5... terms and have a look.

Hmmm, we notice that 1,3,5 and 7 and make an ansatz that those ones in the numerators between them are the results of some cancellations in the denominator.

We hopefully guess that the numerators are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7..., the simplest possible answer. Actually, we have some justification for this. We are either lucky ( which happens often ) or God loves EM because we immediately find:

Now B matches A term for term so we have the ansatz that

this can be simplified to the very pleasing

So,

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Ah!

That is how I did it when they asked me to do in the test.

*Last edited by Agnishom (2014-11-16 19:59:26)*

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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EM is an essential part of mathematics but the following example shows why you should beware.

**Hypthesis: the formula**

**is a prime number generator.**

Investigate by trying n = 1, 2, 3 etc

Bob

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

All the following is my own personal opinion on how EM should be done. For the exact meaning as understood by smarter people than I, I can direct you to the books and videos of Doron Zeilberger and others for all the points that I do not understand well enough to explain.

An EM would never be interested in making such a sweeping statement as that polynomial generates all the primes based on a mere 40 examples and would have quickly found the first counterexample. They work in limited ranges where of course they already have the answered bounded as I did before I started.

There is a well know sum that generates a billion correct digits of pi and fails afterwards. One of the purposes in EM is to find conjectures and counterexamples for real life problems. School problems and contest problems are not the same as real life problems. The additional information that there is a solution makes them much easier. A technique we call, Attacking the problem itself.

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'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm, you broke the first rule of presenting any bit of EM.

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What first rule?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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All presented data must be in a form where the other can just copy and paste. Pictures are not good because too many mistakes are made translating them into text or code. Accuracy, accuracy and accuracy - Joseph Pulitzer.

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Let me blame Michael Mendrin for that

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Is he an EM guy?

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I do not know.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Is that his work or yours?

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His work. Probably he didn't provide the code in text because he did not want us to get hold of it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is conjecture, I am unable and unwilling to examine his motives. The use of m does not make an EM as I understand it. It is a mindset.

What we can examine are your motives because you are right here to explain them. What is your point?

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I do not have any.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What were your reasons to post #5? You must have been trying to tell me something. What was it?

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I wanted to post some crazy looking prime generating formula

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There are formulas that generate lots of primes. One that books say generates all of them.

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Yes, they are there

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What did you think of the EM method for this problem?

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Look at post 2

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I saw that. But did you like the idea?

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Yes, it is very good.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Supposing you used the EM method you would get the answer in a different form. How would you go about solving your problem then?

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another form? What could be wrong with that?

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