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 August 7th, 2017, 02:24 PM #1 Senior Member     Joined: Oct 2016 From: Arizona Posts: 170 Thanks: 31 Math Focus: Frame Theory is pretty awesome, and it's ripe for undergraduate research! cyclic sum question (wasn't sure what category to put in) This is my first time encountering this type of a problem, so I am wondering if someone can help me understand what this means: Let $x, y$ and $z$ be positive real numbers and $k$ a nonnegative integer.... then it proceeds to give an inequality whose left side is the following cyclic sum. $\sum_{cyc}\frac{x^{2k+2}+y^{2k+2}}{z^{2k+1}}$ I just want to know if I'm getting this right. Is it implied that the $k$ is not cycling? Does the sum mean $\frac{x^{2k+2}+y^{2k+2}}{z^{2k+1}} + \frac{z^{2k+2}+x^{2k+2}}{y^{2k+1}}+ \frac{y^{2k+2}+z^{2k+2}}{x^{2k+1}}$?
 August 7th, 2017, 03:48 PM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,104 Thanks: 1907 Yes, common sense indicates that it's x, y and z that cycle.
 August 7th, 2017, 03:51 PM #3 Senior Member     Joined: Oct 2016 From: Arizona Posts: 170 Thanks: 31 Math Focus: Frame Theory is pretty awesome, and it's ripe for undergraduate research! That's what I thought, but am I right about what the cyclic sum means?
 August 7th, 2017, 08:47 PM #4 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,104 Thanks: 1907 Yes. Thanks from ProofOfALifetime

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