Questions on the special mathematical functions implemented in Mathematica.

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How do I evaluate a symbolic integral involving Hermite polynomials?

I want to test a difficult integral : Integral on all reals of some complicated function involving the Hermitian polynomials, exponentials, squares, factorials, and being general considering any ...
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Q-Function representation in Mathematica

I observed that there is no Q-function representation in Mathematica. The definition of Q-Function is: \begin{align} Q(x) &= \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_x^\infty e^{-\frac{u^2}{2}}du \\ ...
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Why does Mathematica find a form for this general sum, but not for some special cases?

Today I found a Sum which Mathematica will simplify for a general parameter value $\nu$, but which will not simplify fully for special cases $\nu = 1, 3, ...$ despite the fact that the general answer ...
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How to represent a continuous monotonic phase of Airy functions?

Note: In this question I am concerned only with real-valued variables and functions. DLMF, §9.8 Airy Functions, Modulus and Phase, formula $9.8.4$ defines the phase of Airy functions: ...
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How to enlarge Mathematica's knowledge about certain functions?

I'm often troubled with the following task. I need to carry out symbolical computations involving certain special functions. Let me take as an example Barnes gamma-function. It is included in ...
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Find asymptotics of $\sum\limits_{i=0}^{n/3} 2^i \binom{n-i-1}{\frac{2n}{3}-1}$

I have an expression 2^n / Sum[ 2^i Binomial[ n - i - 1, 2n/3 - 1], { i, 0, n/3}] ...
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How to prevent simplification of hypergeometric functions resulting from integrations?

Definite integrals from 0 to Infinity over a product of two hypergeometric (including exponential, trigonometric, hyperbolic, ...
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Integrating special functions

I would like to integrate the following function with Legendre polynomial and Gamma function. I am open to suggestions. ...
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Strange NSum behavior

If I do: NSum[(i + 1)/(i + 2) LegendreP[i, 0] LegendreP[i, 0], {i, 0, Infinity}] I get: 1.25216 If I do: ...
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Why does the evaluation of this series fail?

The following series expression holds: ...
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Symbolic Integration of Special Functions

Sorry in advance if this formatting comes out strange, this is my first question! I can't find a way to integrate, e.g., a function of the Hermite polynomials for general (still integer) order. For ...
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Replacing gamma at half integers by double factorial

It is well-known that for any positive integer $n$ the equality $\Gamma(n+\frac12)=\sqrt\pi\,(2n-1)!!/2^n$ holds, where $!!$ stands for the double factorial. I am using ...
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plotting hypergeometric functions

Does anyone know why a plot of a hypergeometric function turns out differently in Mathematica than in Maple? The function I'm plotting between x=-30 and +30 is: ...
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SiegelTheta fails to evaluate when given proper arguments

SiegelTheta often returns error messages when I give it arguments that should be of the correct form. For instance, I have a numerical matrix like ...
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Numerical Integration with InverseErfc

I am trying to numerically integrate an equation that involves InverseErfc (embedded in the copula defined). The equation looks like the following: $$ \int_0^T \int_0^\infty \int_0^\infty ...
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Real integral evaluating as indeterminate

Mathematica evaluates the following integral as: ...
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Accurately evaluating the hypergeometric function

As part of another problem, I am working to evaluate hypergeometric functions such as Hypergeometric2F1[1, 1, n, -1] for large $n$. I am hoping to obtain at ...
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Numerical contour integrations in the complex plane - contour deformation gives different answer for analytic kernel

I am trying to do a contour integration in Mathematica numerically. In particular, I'm checking the identity: $$ H_m^{(1)}(z) =\frac{i^{-m}}{\pi}\int_{-\pi/2 + i \infty}^{\pi/2 - i \infty} \exp[i m ...
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How can I program the RiemannR function using the LogIntegral command?

I would like to program the RiemannR function using the LogIntegral command because I would like to later experiment with a ...
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Searching for roots of complex function

I'm searching for roots of complex function $$ 2\imath q \ln(-2\imath k)+\imath\pi-2\imath \Im(\ln(\Gamma(1+2\imath q)))+\ln(\frac{\Gamma(1+\imath q-\imath q x/k)}{\Gamma(1-\imath q-\imath q ...
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What kind of hypergeometric function is it?

I found a formula for an integral of a product of three Bessel functions at The Wolfram Functions Site: I cannot understand what kind of hypergeometric function it is. The Mathematica code given ...
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Visualizing vector-spherical waves

This is a follow-up question to this one on visualizing vector-spherical harmonics. This time, I would like to visualize the vector spherical waves (including the radial dependence). The functions ...
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Why do these two different zetas produce the same value?

Zeta[-13] == Zeta[-1] == -1/12 Why do these two different zetas produce the same value?
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How to simplify an expression with special functions to zero

The following is a well-known Bessel function identity: $$J_{-n}(z)=(-1)^n J_n(z),\qquad n\in\mathbb Z$$ To check this, I used the following code and the result is as what I expected. ...
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Visualizing vector spherical harmonics

I have painstakingly derived the vector-spherical harmonics $\mathbf{V}_{J,\,M}^\ell(\theta, \phi)$, which are the generalization of ordinary spherical harmonics $Y_\ell^m(\theta, \phi)$ to vector ...
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Why can't I change the value of MaxRecursion in NIntegrate when integrating BesselJ?

Bug introduced in 8.0.4 or earlier and persists through 10.0.2. I am trying to evaluate this integral numerically $$ \int_0^{\infty } J_0(q R) \tanh(q) \, \mathrm{d}q $$ for large values of $R$. ...
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How to calculate this integral? Integrate[BesselJ[0, x - BesselJZero[0, 1]]/x, {x, -Infinity, Infinity}]

I tried to calculate the following integral, but it returned unevaluated. ...
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RSolve and incomplete gamma function

I am interested in how Mathematica uses the incomplete gamma function to solve difference equations. For example, if we have this inhomogeneous, 2nd order equation and use ...
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Problem with NIntegrate when WorkingPrecision is specified

I am trying to evaluate this integral numerically: $$ \int_0^{\infty } m \exp (-m) J_1(m){}^2 \, dm $$ Everything is OK when only the integration method is specified: ...
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Mathematica not able to confirm its own solution to differential equation

I type the following into Mathematica: DSolve[q''[x] + 2 x/(x^2 - 1) q'[x] - 4*q[x]/(x^2 - 1) == 0, q[x], x] It gives me the result ...
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Peirce's quincuncial projection

The Peirce quincuncial projection is the cartographic projection of a sphere onto a square. In short, I would like to see it implemented in Mathematica. Here is my code: ...
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Reflection transform of function [duplicate]

I am trying to find the reflection function. Here is my function and its graph. ...
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How to take conjugate of a function?

Naïvely this is what happens and it obviously is not helpful! ...
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Find point at which equation stops having roots (if it exists)

I am interested in the roots of this function: f[M_, b_] := 1 - (2 M Gamma[2, 0, (1/M + b M)/Sqrt[b]])/(1/M + b M) for fixed values of b. In particular I want ...
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Why does Integrate return a solution that is not defined at a particular point when it actually is well defined at that point?

I am trying to compute Integrate[Sqrt[x^4 + (y - y^2)^2], {x, 0, y}] Mathematica 8 gives ...
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Series expansion in terms of Hermite polynomials

I am trying to expand a polynomial in terms of orthogonal polynomials (in my case, Hermite). Maple has a nice built-in function for this, ChangeBasis. Is there a ...
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Mathematica cannot calculate a limit

When I evaluate Limit[E^(-n)*Sum[n^k/(k!),{k,0,n}], n -> ∞] Mathematica gives me the result ...
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Getting poles of a Gamma functions [duplicate]

Why do the following 2 sequences give different answers? n = 1.5 Series[Gamma[0.5 - n - x], {x, 0, 2}] Series[Gamma[-1 - x], {x, 0, 2}] (..clearly the output from the second expression is ...
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Simplifying numerical expressions involving special functions

I've encountered the following problem. There is the identity (Legendre's relation) that the special functions EllipticK[x] and ...
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Strange behaviour of PolyLog Function

I discovered some strange behaviour of the PolyLog[] Function in Mathematica which seems to me like a bug in the function implementation. It looks like ...
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Irregular Confluent Hypergeometric Functions (Spherical Coulomb Wavefunctions)

I want to program in the regular and irregular spherical Coulomb wavefunctions $F_\ell(\gamma,kr)$ and $G_\ell(\gamma,kr)$, respectively, which are defined in terms of the regular and irregular ...
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Expansion of $E(i c \mid m)$ at $c\to\infty$?

Currently, I am using a Windows machine with Mathematica 8. I noticed a difference in a series expansion of the function EllipticE[] in comparison with a result ...
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Using Mathematica to find poles of Gamma functions

I am concerned about the expression on the RHS of equation A.5 (page 19) in this paper: $$\int\frac{d^d ...
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Cannot Get Numerical Results to Match

I try this numerical summation (in two parts) ...
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Reproducing the Integral Definition of the Modified Bessel function

I need to simplify some integral expressions in terms of special functions, such as the modified Bessel function of the first kind. See for example Eq. (5) on this page. Notice that the real ...
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Directional derivative of SiegelTheta

I'm working on a problem where I have to integrate both the Mathematica function SiegelTheta and some of its second order directional derivatives. Using the function works well but something goes ...
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Integrating over Bessel Function erroreous? (Hankel Transform)

Bug introduced in 8.0.4 or earlier and persists through 10.0.2. The Hankel Transform is given by Integrate[f[x] x BesselJ[0,x t],{x,0,Infinity}] It is ...
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Plotting Fresnel function

I am trying to plot the partial sums and the Cesàro means of the function $\sqrt{|x|}$ and for $a_{n}$, I obtained the following code which contains FresnelS. ...
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problem with coloring spherical harmonics

I want to color a spherical harmonics. So I write as follows. ...