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Topic: Iteration formula transformation
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Iteration formula transformation
Posted: Feb 9, 2009 12:32 AM
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It's well known and straightforward that if f(x) = phi^-1(1 + phi(x))
for some function phi, then f^n(x) = phi^-1(n + phi(x)), where "f^n"
denotes iteration of f. But say we have an expression for f^n that we
found some other way and we know is a valid continuous function
iteration, then how to recover phi? As an alternative to guessing the
correct form followed by some trial-and-error, I found

phi(x) = Integral dx/g(0,x)

where g(n,x) = d/dn f^n(x).

Probably nothing new, but kind of cute I thought.

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