## The Akra-Bazzi theorem - a generalization of the master theorem for recurrences

This post was originally written on Codeforces; relevant discussion can be found here. Motivation On a computer science discord server, someone recently asked the following question: Is the master theorem applicable for the following recurrence? \(T(n) = 7T(\lfloor n / 20 \rfloor) + 2T(\lfloor n / 8 \rfloor) + n\) There was some discussion related to how \(T\) is monotonically increasing (which is hard to prove), and then someone claimed that there is a solution using induction for a better bound. However, these ad hoc solutions often require some guessing and the Master theorem is not directly applicable. ...