Questions on the special mathematical functions implemented in Mathematica.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
175 views

A regularized hypergeometric function related question

I'm interested in finding a way (if possible) of expressing this specific value of the regularized hypergeometric function in terms of known constants. How might I use Mathematica to check this ...
3
votes
2answers
404 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
219 views

Bessel derivatives

I tried to expand BesselJ[k,x] function into a Taylor series with Series command. Here both ...
2
votes
1answer
100 views

Numerical evaluation of ChebyshevT

When I evaluate the following Chebyshev series of the first kind in two different ways, I get two very different results: ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

Asymptotic forms of Bessel function

I want to replace Bessel functions by asymptotic forms, so the question is: can I find the best ones with help of Mathematica? And if it's possible, how can I do it? Update How can I get with ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

Is there a LogBeta function like the LogGamma?

In a computation, I need Log[Beta[alpha+j,beta-j+n]] of some kind. Is there a LogBeta function built-in to avoid any under/over ...
5
votes
1answer
102 views

Number of divisors visualized with the QPochhammer function, how improve performance of code?

I have this code that originally is Jeffrey Stopple's code for the Riemann zeta function in the complex plane. Because I discovered yesterday that the number of divisors can be generated with the ...
5
votes
1answer
98 views

Why do certain fractional values in TriangleWave not evaluate?

While answering another question I discovered that TriangleWave does not automatically evaluate when given certain fractional values, specifically fractions with a ...
0
votes
0answers
53 views

NSolve can not handle a PolyGamma equation

I would like to solve the following equations numerically: ...
2
votes
2answers
222 views

Perturbation theory with Mathematica: Definite integral of polynomial times exponential times hypergeometric function of imaginary argument

I would like to ask also Mathematica users about my question from the math forum. To expand, I'm adding the code which calculates the full double integral for $n=0$ and $\mu=0$ (the second in the ...
3
votes
4answers
168 views

Evaluating Erf[x] in arbitrary precision

Is it possible to evaluate Erf[200] with arbitrary precision? I only get 1. as result but I would like to know if a arbitrary ...
3
votes
2answers
144 views

Lower branch of Lambert W function in mathematica

I am interested in values of the Lambert W function, which is defined as the solution to the equation $ z = W(z) e^{W(z)} . $ The solution is not, however, single-valued, but branches into two ...
6
votes
1answer
78 views

How to define $\operatorname{Mc}$ and $\operatorname{Ms}$ Mathieu functions in terms of MathieuC and MathieuS?

Reading multiple books about Mathieu functions, I always come across notation like $\operatorname{ce}_r(z,q)$, $\operatorname{se}_r(z,q)$ for angular functions and $\operatorname{Ce}_r(z,q)$, ...
5
votes
0answers
117 views

Wrong Limit with LaguerreL

Limit[(n! LaguerreL[n,-1]/(n^(n+1/4)/Sqrt[2]/E^(n-2 Sqrt[n]+1/2))-1) Sqrt[n], n->∞] Mathematica (wrong) output ...
3
votes
1answer
93 views

Roots of Whittaker W function

I am interested in finding the roots $u$ of the equation $$ W_{1,\imath b}(a)=0, $$ where $W_{\kappa,\mu}(z)$ denotes the Whittaker $W$ function, $a>0$ is a fixed parameter, $\imath=\sqrt{-1}$ and ...
0
votes
1answer
97 views

Get rid of Error Function: How to get rid of sequential appearances of error function?

We have a function as e[t_] :=(E^(-t^2)) Cos[0.1 t] and we must evaluate below integration (However I used the variable x ...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

Strange timings of integrals involving Hermite's polynomials

I have used Mathematica to calculate tunneling for quantum harmonic oscillator. The code is simple: ...
1
vote
1answer
185 views
0
votes
0answers
51 views

Does Mathematica support Laguerre Polynomials of Matrix Argument?

I am wondering whether Mathematica can also compute the Laguerre polynomials of matrix argument as the appear in multivariate statistics? For example, they appear in this paper here: ...
6
votes
1answer
173 views

Numerical error in Mathieu functions

Consider the MathieuCharacteristicA function, which is a piecewise function according to the documentation. The discontinuity happens at integer number. ...
16
votes
0answers
180 views

Is MathieuC for moderately large imaginary arguments broken?

I'm trying to plot MathieuC[-3,0.3,I x] for $x\in[0,10]$, and here's what I get even with arbitrary precision arithmetic (here I use ...
1
vote
0answers
54 views

Orthogonality relations of Hermite polynomials

The Hermite polynomials are orthogonal. $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty H_m(x) H_n(x) e^{-x^2}\, \mathrm{d}x = \sqrt{ \pi} 2^n n! \delta_{nm} $$ Does Mathematica not use this relationship? Because running ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Trouble using Solve and NSolve with functions involving Erf

I have the following functions: R[k_, x_, t_] := -.5*(k - x)*(1 + Erf[-(k - x)/t]) L[k_, c_, x_, t_] := .5*c*(k - x)*(1 + Erf[(k - x)/t]) I'm interested in ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Problem with Erf near Infinity in NSolve

I have to solve a differential equation involving the error function Erf, but my code is not able to evaluate it in the range I need. I think I can formulate my ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Work around bugs in Summation, Hypergeometric function?

I'm so confused I don't even know how to phrase the question, so here's what's happening: I need an analytic form for this: ...
18
votes
4answers
421 views

Expansion of a hypergeometric function takes ages with Mathematica 9 and 10 (regression?)

Mathematica 8 (Linux version) can evaluate AbsoluteTiming[Series[Hypergeometric2F1[1, 1 - eps/2, 3 - eps, 1/2], {eps, 0, 0}]] in no time. On one of the ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Orthogonal Collocation Using Jacobi Polynomials

I'm trying to solve a PDE(diffusion-reaction in a spherical catalyst pellet) using Jacobi Orthogonal Collocation method. But at the stage of solving the system of ODEs(using ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

Is this answer true?

I was using Mathematica to get the series solution for Legendre equation. But when I get the recurrence relation and use RSolve: ...
-1
votes
1answer
435 views

Gamma Incomplete Function representation in Mathematica and Matlab

I am confused about incomplete gamma function calculation in Mathematica and MATLAB: For example, in Mathematica: Gamma[5,3] = 19.56 But in MATLAB: ...
1
vote
1answer
85 views

Is there an easy way to let mathematica print out every Erfc and InverseErfc as F and F^{-1}

Mathematica uses complementary error function and its inverse as functions for example when integral of a Gaussian is taken. Therefore, all output expressions of Mathematica involve Erfc and ...
3
votes
3answers
222 views

Hypergeometric function with a matrix argument

I am looking for the evaluation of a Hypergeometric function with a matrix argument as for example in Ploev and Edelman or as showcased in this Wikipedia article. From what I understand from ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

Why is the Spherical Bessel Function acting strangely at this point?

I'm doing some computation that requires the use of Spherical Bessel Functions of the 1st kind, at high orders and values. So, I managed to find this, while running it over a wide range of values. I ...
3
votes
1answer
184 views
0
votes
1answer
55 views

Using Assumptions in Expressions that Evaluate to be Elliptic Integrals

I have the following integral that I am trying to evaluate in Mathematica: $\int \sqrt{\alpha + m g l \cos(q)} dq$. If $\alpha > m g l$, then the result is a complete elliptic integral of the ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Having trouble interpreting the results DSolve gives for the Laguerre equation

I am trying to solve a second order ODE using Mathematica. Before I get into solving my (more complicated) problem, I am trying to use DSolve on known ODEs to check that the answer that Mathematica ...
3
votes
1answer
65 views

Why minimization does not work with symbolic array as arguments

If I try to minimize with constraints a function of several variables, with Gamma regularized function involved in the constraints it seems to works, as shown below (this is just a dummy example ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Computational Complexity of HypergeometricPFQ

What is the computational complexity of HypergeometricPFQ? I got a result of a product of a multinomial and HypergeometricPFQ and I was wondering if that would be considered a closed form solution ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Imaginary terms in the derivative of Jacobi theta function (2) on the real line

I am trying to calculate/plot the derivative of the second Jacobi theta function $d\theta_2(0, e^{-\pi t} )/dt$. Calculating or plotting the function itself works fine: ...
1
vote
1answer
298 views

Error Function Integral (Erf)

Any idea how to solve analytically this integral Integrate[(a Erf[a Sqrt[b/(a^2 + b)] c])/(a^2 + b)^(3/2), a] I tried substitution u=a^2 + b, but it didn't work. ...
4
votes
1answer
105 views

Possible bug / numerical issues with HypergeometricU — any suggestions for a fast workaround?

I've encountered some problematic behaviour with HypergeometricU. I have a probability distribution on the positive integers that takes the following form after ...
0
votes
0answers
68 views

Real or Imaginary result of spherical bessel and hankel functions of imaginary arguments

I am trying to calculate a rather complicate expression involving Spherical Bessel and Hankel functions. My problem is that somehow for pure imaginary arguments the functions are not pure real or ...
0
votes
2answers
101 views

NIntegrate and Integrate of a Spherical Bessel function

I am trying to integrate over a spherical bessel function. I have used both the Integrate and NIntegrate functions in Mathematica but the values given by each do not match. Any reason why this ...
1
vote
1answer
439 views

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. ...
26
votes
1answer
854 views

Fast Spherical Harmonics radiative transfer

This is a rather specific question and I apologize for spamming you with some lengthy code. But it could be interesting for some reader and maybe you can help out, so please bear with me. I am using ...
3
votes
1answer
144 views

Root finding: zeroes of Mathieu function

I am finding the roots of the Mathieu sine function, and find Mathematica and Maple do not agree on the solutions. For example, consider the solutions of ...
3
votes
2answers
340 views

Assigning an analytical approximation to the error function erf(x)

Working with some iterative integral equations, I have Gaussian density functions involved therein. Integrating the Gaussian function I obtain the error function. When I take the second integration, ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

How to take conjugate of a function?

Naïvely this is what happens and it obviously is not helpful! ...
10
votes
1answer
613 views

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 $R$. ...
6
votes
1answer
82 views