Repeated series

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A series whose terms are also series:

$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\left(\sum_{m=1}^\infty u_{mn}\right).\label{1}\tag{1}$$

The series \eqref{1} is said to be convergent if for any fixed $n$ the series

$$\sum_{m=1}^\infty u_{mn}=a_n$$

converges and if also the series

$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n$$

converges. The sum of the latter is also called the sum of the repeated series \eqref{1}. The sum

$$s=\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\left(\sum_{m=1}^\infty u_{mn}\right)$$

of the repeated series \eqref{1} is the repeated limit of the partial sums




If the double series

$$\sum_{m,n=1}^\infty u_{mn}$$

converges and the series

$$\sum_{m=1}^\infty u_{mn}$$

converges, then the repeated series \eqref{1} converges and it has the same sum as the double series . The condition of this theorem is fulfilled, in particular, if the double series

converges absolutely.



[a1] K. Knopp, "Theorie und Anwendung der unendlichen Reihen" , Springer (1964) (English translation: Blackie, 1951 & Dover, reprint, 1990)
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This article was adapted from an original article by L.D. Kudryavtsev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article