# Approximating Pi (Happy Pi Day)

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## Favorite Pi Approximations

What's your favorite $$\pi$$ approximation?

Some of my favorite approximations of $$\pi$$ come from Ramanujan-Sato series. These are mathematical series that generalize from a remarkable formula for $$\pi$$ given by Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician:

$$\pi^{-1} = \dfrac{\sqrt{8}}{99^2} \sum_{k \geq 0} \dfrac{ (4k)! }{ \left( 4^k k! \right)^4 } \dfrac{ 1103 + 26390k }{ 99^{4k} }$$

This completely novel formula opened up new branches of mathematics and provided a whole new class of $$\pi$$ approximations (the Ramanujan-Sato series) and approximations that are extremely accurate, making them very useful for computer applications. (Each term of …