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Let's define fn(k) as the sum of the first k terms of the natural numbers [1, ∞) where each number is repeated n times.

k       | 0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9
--------+-------------------------------------------------
f_1(k)  | 0    1    3    6    10   15   21   28   36   45
deltas  |   +1   +2   +3   +4   +5   +6   +7   +8   +9
--------+-------------------------------------------------
f_2(k)  | 0    1    2    4    6    9    12   16   20   25
deltas  |   +1   +1   +2   +2   +3   +3   +4   +4   +5
--------+-------------------------------------------------
f_3(k)  | 0    1    2    3    5    7    9    12   15   18
deltas  |   +1   +1   +1   +2   +2   +2   +3   +3   +3

The anti-diagonals of this as a square array is similar to OEIS sequence A134546.

Challenge

Write a program/function that takes two non-negative integers n and k and outputs fn(k).

Specifications

  • Standard I/O rules apply.
  • Standard loopholes are forbidden.
  • Your solution can either be 0-indexed or 1-indexed for n and/or k but please specify which.
  • This challenge is not about finding the shortest approach in all languages, rather, it is about finding the shortest approach in each language.
  • Your code will be scored in bytes, usually in the encoding UTF-8, unless specified otherwise.
  • Built-in functions that compute this sequence are allowed but including a solution that doesn't rely on a built-in is encouraged.
  • Explanations, even for "practical" languages, are encouraged.

Test cases

In these test cases, n is 1-indexed and k is 0-indexed.

n   k      fn(k)

1   2      3
2   11     36
11  14     17
14  21     28
21  24     27
24  31     38
31  0      0

In a few better formats:

1 2
2 11
11 14
14 21
21 24
24 31
31 0

1, 2
2, 11
11, 14
14, 21
21, 24
24, 31
31, 0

Reference implementation

This is written in Haskell.

f n k = sum $ take k $ replicate n =<< [1..]

Try it online!

This challenge was sandboxed.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you think that my edit improves formatting, or is it just on my browser? \$\endgroup\$
    – DELETE_ME
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 10:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ @user202729 Heh... it looks off on my browser but I doubt my formatting looked good on most browsers... I'll just keep it like that, it doesn't lose any meaning. Just looks weird. :P \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 11:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do we need to handle the case f_n(0) = 0 for k 0-indexed? \$\endgroup\$
    – Cinaski
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 12:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ "cool untitled sequence thingy" Lol, I'm not the only one having a hard time coming up with names for sequences I made up I see.. ;) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 13:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Fabian No, you only sum the first k terms from the list of repeated natural numbers, not the first n*k terms. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 18:53

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Jelly, 4 bytes

R÷ĊS

Try it online!

Takes input in order k, n. Creates an array of ints from 1 to k, divides each by n and then rounds up, and sums.

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