Questions on the special mathematical functions implemented in Mathematica.

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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Inverse Laplace transform not obtained

I can't seem to be able to compute the inverse Laplace transform of a Laplace transform: ...
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Using FunctionExpand to evaluate symbolic derivatives

Some symbolic derivatives of certain special function are not expanded automatically, but FunctionExpand often helps to get a derivative-free closed form ...
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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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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 ...
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FindSequenceFunction for sum of hypergeometric terms

Mathematica's built-in function FindSequenceFunction is quite good at recognizing hypergeometric terms, i.e. terms $c_k$ for which $c_{k+1}/c_k$ is a rational ...
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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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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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Why doesn't Log[Gamma[]] simplify to LogGamma[] where it could?

I have been playing with various equations involving amount of permutations in relatively large sets. Easiest way to look at these is something like Log[10, bignumber!] . Often expressions, even ...
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Example in Help File does not evaluate as claimed

In the help file, under BellB, I read at 'Properties and Relations': "Sum can give results involving ...
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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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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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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 ...
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MacDonald formula for Modified Bessel Functions

Mathematica seems to not know these two integrals: $$\int_0^{\infty} e^{-x \cosh{\xi}} d\xi = K_0(x)$$ $$\int_0^{\infty} e^{-\frac{1}{2} \Big( \frac{x y}{u} + u \frac{x^2+y^2}{x y} \Big) } K_{i t}(u) ...
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Spherical harmonic derivative

Consider the following substitution Derivative[2, 0][S][th, ph] /. S -> Function[{th, ph}, SphericalHarmonicY[3, 0, th, ph]] which gives correct answer. While ...
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Minimizing a functional takes forever

I need help with minimizing a functional in Mathematica. I have a function $V(\xi)=\sum_{i=1}^\infty C_{3_i}J_0(\xi/C_i)+C_{4_i}Y_0(\xi/C_i),~~~\Sigma\leq\xi\leq\xi_1$, and want to find such ...
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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 ...
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NSolve can not handle a PolyGamma equation

I would like to solve the following equations numerically: ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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Should this be equal to Gamma function or not?

I define the following function: Nat2[s_] := InverseFourierTransform[FourierTransform[1/t, t, w] (-I w)^(s - 1), w, x]/Cos[Pi (s - 1)] /. x -> 1 I expected ...
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Expanding Function Based on Congruence Classes

I'm trying to get Mathematica to expand $\quad \quad \beta_n=\sum_{r=0}^{n}\frac{\alpha_r}{(q^4;q^4)_{n-r}(q^4;q^4)_{n+r}},$ where $\alpha_r$ is an integer valued sequence that is given by ...