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Re: Can it be done - easily?

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  • Subject: [mg13272] Re: Can it be done - easily?
  • From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 03:18:08 -0400
  • References: <6od25q$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Barry Culhane wrote in message <6od25q$hn9 at>...
>Myself and two workmates are software developers.  One guy wanted a
>formula to calculate a result for the following equation...
>     Z = sum of X/Y where X is a fixed number, and Y ranges from A-B in
>fixed steps...
>     i.e... X=10000 ; Y=100,200,300...1000
>     i.e... Z= 10000/100 + 10000/200 + ... 10000/1000 =  292.896
>He and I tried to figure out a simple formula to calculate it, but
>couldn't. The third guy said it was *not* *possible* to derive a
>formula - we think he's wrong, but can't prove it.  MathCad can solve
>it in the blink of an eye, even if the value of Y ranges from 1 to 1e6
>in steps of 1 !!!
>Can anyone come up with a simple formula to give a reasonably accurate
>result?  It is too slow to actually divide X by Y for each value of Y
>as there may be 1000 or even 100,000 values of Y.
>Thanks in advance...
>> Barry Culhane
>> Schaffner Ltd, Limerick, IRELAND



f[X_,A_,B_,h_]= Sum[X/Y, {Y, A,B,h}]
                 A                     A         -A + B X (-PolyGamma[0,
-] + PolyGamma[0, 1 + - + Floor[------]])
                 h                     h           h

Numerical calculation with formula

Numerical calculation directly with Sum

Sum[10000/Y, {Y, 100,1000,100}]

------------------------------------------------------------- Allan
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