I would like to calculate the Gauss Continued Fraction for this particular Hypergeometric function: \begin{equation} _{2}F_{1}\left( 1-\frac{1}{p}, \frac{1}{p}; 1+\frac{1}{p}; x^p \right) \end{equation} since it satisfies the transformation: \begin{equation} \frac{_{2}F_{1}\left(a+1, b; c+1; z \right)}{_{2}F_{1}\left(a, b; c; z \right)}=\frac{1}{1+\frac{\frac{(a-c)b}{c(c+1)}z}{1+\cdots}} \end{equation} for $b=c=-a=1/p$ and $z=x^p, p>1$. My target is to see whether I could get a good approximation for this function by using this transformation.

I have tried to find a build-in function in Mathematica to calculate this continued fraction, but it was not possible.

I would like to ask if there exists a library where I could possibly find this, or if you could help me write it down on my own.

  • $\begingroup$ there exists a package called HypExp by Maitre, in which an expansion around eps=1/p. Furthermore, there are serveral packages by RISC, which deal with hypergeometric summations. maybe there is something... not sure. $\endgroup$
    – Armin
    May 4, 2017 at 12:01
  • $\begingroup$ [...]expansion around eps=1/p might be possible. $\endgroup$
    – Armin
    May 4, 2017 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ MathematicalFunctionData["Hypergeometric2F1", "ContinuedFractionRepresentations"]? $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    May 5, 2017 at 3:17

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You can use this code to construct the continued fraction expansion to any given order:

          OddQ[n], -((a+k)(c-b+k))/((c+2k-1)(c+2k))]]/;n>0;


Give it a try. Just type, for example, "cfrac[4]". I haven't checked convergence properties for your case of interest.

  • $\begingroup$ Seems pretty good, thank you! I will try to check whether convergence holds. $\endgroup$
    – Bazinga
    May 11, 2017 at 8:34

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