On a theorem of Serret on continued fractions

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DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jul 2015
DatePublished (current) - 1 Sep 2016
Issue number2
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)379–384
Early online date14/07/15
Original languageEnglish


A classical theorem in continued fractions due to Serret shows that for any two irrational numbers x and y related by a transformation $\gamma$ in PGL(2,Z) there exist s and t for which the complete quotients x_s and y_t coincide. In this paper we give an upper bound in terms of $\gamma$ for the smallest indices s and t.

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    Research areas

  • math.NT, continued fractions, PGL (2,z)-equivalent numbers

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