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A '''cyclic''' sum is a [[summation]] that cycles through all the values of a function and takes their sum, so to speak.
 
A '''cyclic''' sum is a [[summation]] that cycles through all the values of a function and takes their sum, so to speak.
  
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==Notation==
 
==Notation==
If a summation is specified without additional arguments, it is generally assumed to be a cyclic sum. A cyclic sum can also be specified by having the variables to cycle through underneath the sigma, as follows: <math>\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{ab}{cd}</math>. Note that a cyclic sum need not cycle through all of the variables.
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A cyclic sum is often specified by having the variables to cycle through underneath the sigma, as follows: <math>\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{ab}{cd}</math>. Note that a cyclic sum need not cycle through all of the variables
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A cyclic sum is also sometimes specified by <math>\sum_{cyc}</math>.  This notation implies that all variables are cycled through.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 17:42, 12 February 2008

A cyclic sum is a summation that cycles through all the values of a function and takes their sum, so to speak.

Rigorous definition

Consider a function $f(a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots a_n)$. The cyclic sum $\sum f(a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots a_n)$ is equal to

\[f(a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots a_n)+f(a_2,a_3,a_4,\ldots a_n,a_1)+f(a_3,a_4,\ldots a_n,a_1,a_2)\ldots+f(a_n,a_1,a_2,\ldots a_{n-1})\]

Note that not all permutations of the variables are used; they are just cycled through.

Notation

A cyclic sum is often specified by having the variables to cycle through underneath the sigma, as follows: $\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{ab}{cd}$. Note that a cyclic sum need not cycle through all of the variables.

A cyclic sum is also sometimes specified by $\sum_{cyc}$. This notation implies that all variables are cycled through.

See also

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