#### Arctangent Series Expansion

For example, the arctangent function used above can be expanded as

*odd functions*,

*i.e.*, functions satisfying . For any smooth function, the odd-order terms of its Taylor expansion comprise the odd part of the function, while the even-order terms comprise the

*even part*. The original function is clearly given by the sum of its odd and even parts.

^{7.17}

The clipping nonlinearity in Eq.(6.17) is not so amenable to a series expansion. In fact, it is its own series expansion! Since it is not differentiable at , it must be represented as three separate series over the intervals , , and , and the result obtained over these intervals is precisely the definition of in Eq.(6.17).

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