Coefficients of Functional Compositions Often Grow Smoothly

Edward A. Bender, E. Rodney Canfield, L. Bruce Richmond

Abstract


The coefficients of a power series $A(x)$ are smooth if $a_{n-1}/a_n$ approaches a limit. If $A(x)=F(G(x))$ and $f_n^{1/n}$ approaches a limit, then the coefficients of $A(x)$ are often smooth. We use this to show that the coefficients of the exponential generating function for graphs embeddable on a given surface are smooth, settling a problem of McDiarmid.


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