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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Sum[expr,{i,0,Infinity}] for power series of cumulative normal distribution gives exponential function?

The Taylor series (about 0) for the cumulative normal distribution has coefficients: ...
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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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Expansion of functions in the real domain

When I try FullSimplify[FunctionExpand[x^(1/12)(1/12) LerchPhi[x,1,1/12]]] I have a nice answer with many complex numbers. Is there any way to have the ...
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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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Implementation of a complex recurrence relation for polynomials

I would like to implement the recurrence relation for the polynomials $U_n(x)$ appearing in the large order asymptotics of the Bessel functions. The recurrence in question 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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What does Binomial return for non-integer arguments?

Mathematica returns values for non-integer arguments passed to Binomial. What is the definition of Binomial for such continuous ...
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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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Numerically solve 2nd order differential equation with singularity

Consider a second order differential equation with a potential that diverges at some generic value in the variable. For example: $$-y^{\prime\prime}(s)+\frac1{\mathrm{cn}{(s\mid k^2)}}y(s)=0$$ where ...
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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 10.4. 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) ...