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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Supposing you want the gf of the Fibonacci numbers and do not know the recurrence.

You start with the Taylor series expansion, the bread and butter of numerical analysis.

The fibonacci numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...

you say

First term to fit is just

next term is

the next is

You can form a 3 x 3 simultaneous set if you take the first 3 values of the sequence as the RHS.

a = 1 , b = -1 , c = - 1

and the gf is

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Hi bobbym,

Would you kindly give me a introduction to gfs? What do I have to know to start learning about them?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Here is a short intro : topics in gf, you only need to know what polynomials are!

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

What do I have to know to start learning about them?

As Yoda would say, "That which you need, you already know!"

As gAr said you only need to know what a polynomial is and how to multiply them. It is very helpful if you have access to a CAS or else the multiplications are very tedious. Sort of like 187265341324 x 28715526734. You could do that with pencil and paper but a calculator makes the job much easier, same thing with gf's.

I remember on A's forum you asking about partitions. I answered the question over there for you. Partition problems are done using generating functions.

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Hi gAr, Thanks I shall visit the link

Hi bobbym, Yes, I remember that you mentioned them but still I am not yet introduced to it. How are you now?

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

Not so good, I am feeling very drained.

When you are ready with a problem just post it and we will begin doing gf's together.

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