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On the Convergence of a Class of Nearly Alternating Series


Published:20070201
Printed: Feb 2007
J. H. Foster
Monika Serbinowska
Abstract
Let $C$ be the class of convex sequences of real numbers. The
quadratic irrational numbers can be partitioned into two types as
follows. If $\alpha$ is of the first type and $(c_k) \in C$, then
$\sum (1)^{\lfloor k\alpha \rfloor} c_k$ converges if and only if
$c_k \log k \rightarrow 0$. If $\alpha$ is of the second type and
$(c_k) \in C$, then $\sum (1)^{\lfloor k\alpha \rfloor} c_k$
converges if and only if $\sum c_k/k$ converges. An example of a
quadratic irrational of the first type is $\sqrt{2}$, and an
example of the second type is $\sqrt{3}$. The analysis of this
problem relies heavily on the representation of $ \alpha$ as a
simple continued fraction and on properties of the sequences of
partial sums $S(n)=\sum_{k=1}^n (1)^{\lfloor k\alpha \rfloor}$
and double partial sums $T(n)=\sum_{k=1}^n S(k)$.