|Description: Define a general-purpose
operation that builds a recursive sequence
(i.e., a function on an upper integer set such as or )
whose value at an index is a function of its previous value and the
value of an input sequence at that index. This definition is
complicated, but fortunately it is not intended to be used directly.
Instead, the only purpose of this definition is to provide us with an
object that has the properties expressed by seqf 10075, seq3-1 10074 and
seq3p1 10076. Typically, those are the main theorems
that would be used in
The first operand in the parentheses is the operation that is applied to
the previous value and the value of the input sequence (second operand).
The operand to the left of the parenthesis is the integer to start from.
For example, for the operation , an input sequence with
values 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8,... would be transformed into the output
sequence with values 1, 3/2, 7/4,
15/8,.., so that
etc. In other words, transforms a sequence
into an infinite series. means "the sum of
F(n) from n = M to infinity is 2." Since limits are unique
(climuni 10901), by climdm 10903 the "sum of F(n) from n = 1 to
be expressed as
converges) and evaluates to 2 in this example.
Internally, the frec function generates as its values a set of
ordered pairs starting at , with the first
member of each pair incremented by one in each successive value. So,
the range of frec is exactly the sequence we want, and we just
extract the range and throw away the domain.
(Contributed by NM, 18-Apr-2005.) (Revised by Jim Kingdon,