# Unresolved problem from comments based on another user's question

I was intrigued by a question asked by another user, and although I didn't provide an answer, I engaged in externded chat with a user who did. He gave me lots of great advice, and gave me a lot of his time. The last comment ended in him pointing me in the right direction. I don't feel I can ask any more of him, since he has already helped me in understanding the problem so much already. Is it acceptable to pose a question based on my partital understanding of the problem, referencing his ideas and requesting clarification?

To clarify, a link to the question (and the numerous comments!) can be found here.

The comment I require clarification (and possibly extended explanation of) is:

that limit is the ratio of the coefficients of the eigenvector corresponding to the larger eigenvalue (which you can take at any $n≥216$ because it doesn't change beyond $216$). So compute ($a_{216},b_{216}$) for both strategies, decompose that with respect to the eigensystem of the recurrence matrix, and form the ratio of the coefficients corresponding to the larger eigenvalue.

I was not unfortunately able to achieve this.

• If your question meets the guidelines for a quality post on MSE, then I don't see why not. Your hesitance is a lack of understanding? Jul 19 '15 at 14:40
• @DonkeyKong My hesitance is twofold: 1) That I would be asking someone else (potentially) to clarify his comments. 2) That I would be asking a question based on a question that has already been officially answered. Jul 19 '15 at 14:42
• @DonkeyKong Since I have a lack of understanding in the area, I may be taking his comments out of context, which I know can be potentially contentious. Jul 19 '15 at 14:48
• Thanks for clarifying. I think context might help, if the comments haven't been deleted? So long as you're not asking what a list of things some user told you mean, how they relate to one another, etc. (extremely broad and multi-faceted) and instead have some sort of particular problem you are focusing on, I would err on the side of saying your question would probably be alright. But I'm rather new here, might want to wait for a more experienced user. Jul 19 '15 at 14:53
• @DonkeyKong should I post the link to the question here to clarify? Jul 19 '15 at 14:55
• I don't think it could hurt. Jul 19 '15 at 14:56
• @DonkeyKong ok, added to the question. Jul 19 '15 at 14:59