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Topic: Help with finding zeros
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Re: Help with finding zeros
Posted: Sep 13, 2010 10:01 AM
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"Greg Neill" <> wrote in message
> Robert Adams wrote:
>> I could use a little help trying to solve the following engineering
>> problem (no, I am not a student looking for homework help!)
>> I need to find the values of w which cause the following summation to
>> go to zero
>> sum (n = 1 to N) of exp(-i*w*ln(n))
>> where i is the usual sqrt(-1)
>> For a given N, there are infintely many solutions due to the
>> periodicity of exp(-i ...)
>> How do I find these solutions?
>> Thanks for any pointers.
>> Bob Adams

> Have you looked into expanding the exponentials into
> trig form? You'll then have a sum of cos and
> imaginary sin terms which will each have to sum to
> zero separately.

That's my approach as well
Wouldn't w have to be complex to achieve both series being zero.

Is this not a truncated zeta function?

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