Fundamental Recurrence Formulas

In the theory of continued fractions, the fundamental recurrence formulas relate the partial numerators and the partial denominators with the numerators and denominators of the fraction's successive convergents. Let

be a general continued fraction, where the an (the partial numerators) and the bn (the partial denominators) are numbers. Denoting the successive numerators and denominators of the fraction by An and Bn, respectively, the fundamental recurrence formulas are given by

A_0& = b_0& B_0& = 1\
A_1& = b_1 b_0 + a_1& B_1& = b_1\
A_{n+1}& = b_{n+1} A_n + a_{n+1} A_{n-1}& B_{n+1}& = b_{n+1} B_n + a_{n+1} B_{n-1},

The continued fraction's successive convergents are then given by

These recurrence relations are due to John Wallis (1616-1703) and Leonhard Euler (1707-1783)

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