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Proposition: Antidifferences are Unique Up to a Periodic Constant
If the indefinite sum $\sum f(x)$ exists, then it is unique, except a periodic constant, i.e. a complex-valued function $P:\mathbb C\to\mathbb C$ with the property $P(x+1)=P.$
In other words, every indefinite sum in the form $$F(x)=\sum f(x)+P(x)$$ is unique.
- This proposition is stated analogously to the proposition about antiderivatives are unique up to a constant.
- Thus, the periodic constant $P(x)$ plays the same role for the indefinite sum as the "constant" plays for the integral.
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