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 Post subject: An interesting limitPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:38 am
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$\displaystyle \lim_{n \to \infty} \left[ {e}^{-n} \sum_{r=0}^{n} \frac{ n^r }{ r! } \right] = \frac{1}{2}$

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 Post subject: Re: An interesting limitPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:39 am

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We have also seen this here:

The basic steps are as follows: We consider independent Poisson distributions $X_1,X_2,\ldots$ with parameter 1. We know that $Y_n = X_1 + \cdots + X_n$ is Poisson with parameter $n$. From the central limit theorem, $(Y_n-n)/\sqrt{n}$ converges in distribution to the standard normal distribution. In particular, if $N$ follows a standard normal distribution then $\lim_{n \to \infty}\Pr(Y_n \leqslant n) = \lim_{n \to \infty}\Pr\left( \frac{Y_n - n}{\sqrt{n}} \leqslant 0\right) = P(N \leqslant 0) = \frac{1}{2},$ from which we can now read the result.

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 Post subject: Re: An interesting limitPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:40 am
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Thank you for the solution and especially the link, where Mr.Kotronis uses analytic arguments to calculate the given limit! This is exactly what i was looking for... I have heard that the limit can be also calculated using complex methods and i would be happy if someone posts such a solution!

Finally,i would like to add that, in a similar way (using the central limit theorem), one can show that

$\displaystyle \lim_{n \to \infty} \left[ \sum_{r=0}^{np} {n \choose r} p^{r} (1-p)^{n-r} \right] = \frac{1}{2}$

$\displaystyle \lim_{n \to \infty} \left[ \int_{0}^{n} \frac{ {e}^{-x}x^{n-1} }{\Gamma(n)} \mathrm{d}x \right] = \frac{1}{2}$

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