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Cannot get inverse of y=x/logx to work
Posted:
May 30, 2011 1:16 AM


Hi,
I cannot get the correct result for the inverse calculation of y = x/log(x).
On The fourth page (document pp. 240) of...
Partial Sums of Infinite Series, and How They Grow R. P. Boas, Jr.
http://mathdl.maa.org/images/upload_library/22/Ford/Boas.pdf
(It is 22 pages of pdf and takes a while to load)
The writer says...
The successive approximations to the inverse of y = x/logx are (if we write Ly for logy, L2y for log logy)
x = y*(Ly + L2y) + L2y/Ly + y*L2y/(Ly)^2*(1  1/2*L2y) + y*L2y/(Ly)^3*(1  3/2*L2y + 1/3*(L2y)^2) + y*L2y/(Ly)^4*(1  3*L2y + 11/6*(L2y)^2  1/4*(L2y)^3)
In the Computer Algebra Systsem MuPAD I wrote...
Inv := Y*(LY + L2Y) + L2Y/LY + Y*L2Y/(LY)^2*(1  1/2*L2Y) + Y*L2Y/(LY)^3*(1  3/2*L2Y + 1/3*(L2Y)^2) + Y*L2Y/(LY)^4*(1  3*L2Y + 11/6*(L2Y)^2  1/4*(L2Y)^3);
x := y > subs(Inv, Y = y, LY = ln(y), L2Y = ln(ln(y)));
This creates the inverse log function x = x(y) as shown in the paper.
Now, 1.295855509/ln(1.295855509) = 5.0 (approx.)
But in MuPAD I get x(1.295855509) = 3909.235291, not very close to 5.0 :)
I am interested to know if another CAS obtains a better result.
Am I missing something more basic in terms of the Mathematics?
Any help much appreciated.
Cheers, Brad



