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Sum or Product with Exclusions

Is there a built-in feature for handling things like: $$\sum_{i=0}_{i\ne j}^n\frac{a-a_i}{a_i-a_j}$$ and $$\prod_{i=0}_{i\ne j}^n\frac{a-a_i}{a_i-a_j}$$ or should I work out some sort of ...
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how to differentiate formally?

I have been wrapping my head around this for a while now and I have not found a solution so far. I want to work with an arbitrary number of variables in mathematica and use some built in functions. ...
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Baffling increase in runtime

Background of my question I discovered Project Euler today, and decided I would work through the problems in Mathematica. I became obsessed with the first problem, which is essentially "sum all the ...
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Double series over primes

I'm very curious if the following double series over primes has a closed form: $$\sum_{k \in \mathcal{P}}\sum_{n \in \mathcal{P}}\frac{1}{k\;n(k+n)^2}$$ where $\mathcal{P}$ denotes the set of all ...
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Performing Computations on Sets

I would like to find a permutation of $\quad S=\{\frac{1}{10}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{4}{7}, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{2}{3} \}\quad$ that maximizes the sum of theses elements raised to unique powers: ...
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sudden increase in timing when summing over 250 entries

Using math 9.0.1 on a MacBook Air, I see a sudden increase of Timing by a factor of thousands when I sum over 250 elements of a matrix rather than over 249. So for ...
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Alternating sum

A frog is at the bottom of a 30 metre well. Each day it climbs 5 metres up the side, but it then slips back 3 metres each night. How long does it take to reach the top of the well? Is there an easier ...
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Sum all numbers from 1 to 1000 divided by either 2,3,5 or 7

How do I find the sum all numbers from 1 to 1000 divided by atleast one of 2,3,5 or 7? EDIT: I am sorry for complicating this, but I need it to work for 10^11. So anything that requires too much heap ...
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Error computing sum of sum of digits

I've defined a function that computes the sum of the base-b digits of n: DigitSum[n_, b_] := Total[IntegerDigits[n, b]] Then I defined a function that computes ...
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Find asymptotics of Sum[2^i*Binomial[n-i-1,2*n/3-1],{i,0,n/3}]

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 do you put conditions on indices in a sum?

I'm relatively inexperienced with mathematica, so I apologize if this is a trivial question. I want to take a double sum over a function $f(i,j)$ of two indices, of the form $$ \sum_{i = ...
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Bug in GeneratingFunction?

According to the documentation GeneratingFunction[a[n],n,x]==Sum[a[n]x^n,{n,0,Infinity}] However, for $a_n=1/(n+2)$ I obtain ...
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Ways to compute inner products of tensors

One way to evaluate the following sums is combining Table and Sum: $u_{abcd} = \sum_{e=1}^3 v_{aeb}w_{ced}$ $q_{ab} = \sum_{d,e=1}^3 v_{d e a}w_{deb}$ It will look like ...
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Summa package problem

I need to use the features of the Summa package but it doesn't work in Mathematica 9. It gives the error Cannot open Utilities`FilterOptions` My question is: ...
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Incorrect evaluation for Thue-Morse signed harmonic series

I would like to evaluate $$s = 1 - \frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{4} - \frac{1}{5} + \frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{7}-\frac{1}{8} - ... + \frac{(-1)^{\textrm{binary digit sum}(n-1)}}{n} + ... $$ where ...
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How to sum over a List

list = {11.5575, 11.397, 5.52734, 4.0878, 2.54815, 1.86652, 2.55028, 2.14952, 1.6242, 1.34117} I have a list of numbers. How do I make a function that creates a ...
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The speed of Sum[] varies strangely

I was curious about the difference in speed between Total and Sum. I found out Total was ...
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Speed up plot of $\sum_{j\ge1} 2^{-j}(1-2^{-j})^{n-1}$

I'm a beginner at Mathematica. I would like to plot the following function: $${n\over2} \sum_{j\ge1} 2^{-j}(1-2^{-j})^{n-1}$$ However the following code is just too slow: ...
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Can I regroup terms into a sum?

Is there a way to regroup terms into a sum? I mean, for example, if I have the sequence $\quad \quad S_1 S_2 + S_2 S_3 + S_3 S_4 + S_4 S_5$ I would like to get the form $\quad \quad {\rm ...
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Problem with creating a large list of tuples

This is a follow-up question from Sum of Multinomial Coefficients I have thought about the meaning of the formula I mentioned and, with help, I implemented the following code: ...
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Compile nested Sums

I want to compile an expressions that contains nested Sum-expressions. A simple example that gives me problems is: ...
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Summing tensors in mathematica

How do I perform the following summation in mathematica? \begin{equation} \Sigma_{m=1}^5 e_{ijklm}A^{mn} \end{equation} I have the $e_{ijklm}$ tensor of rank 5 in 5 dimension as a array and $A^{mn}$ ...
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Numerical evaluation of a sum

I am trying to compute numerically NSum[(-1)^n/n^3, {n, 1, Infinity}]. Of course, using first Sum would work here, but often ...
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Simplification due to recognition of dummy indices in sums?

Today I noticed something weird concerning implicit sums. Apparently, Mathematica cannot recognize dummy indices as such and simplify accordingly. Consider: ...
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What causes this strange convergent sum?

N[Sum[1/(x^2 + 1), {x, 1, Infinity}], 5] N[Sum[1/(x^2 + x + 1), {x, 1, Infinity}], 5] 1.0767 0.79815 + 0.*10^-6 I What causes the strange number?
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Why the difference?

When I do the double sum using the sigma notation I get $$1 + \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\sum_{k = n}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(k+2)k!}$$ $1 + e - \cosh[1]$ When I do the sums as below, I get the expected ...
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Summation with jump indices like 1,4,6,9?

I is easy to enter $ \sum_{s=1}^{n}k(s) $ But how can I enter $ \sum_{s=1,3}k(s) $ ? When I try it, Mathematica says ...
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Long waiting time for computing a summation

It takes a long time to compute the summation below, and I'd like to know if there are alternative ways to compute things faster. When replacing $15$ by $\infty$, then I should get $3^{1/3}$. I need ...
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Numerical sum does not give consistent results

Consider the function ...
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Can I define a function for vectors of arbitrary dimension?

Is it possible to do analytic calculations with Mathematica? For example, I want to compute: $$\partial \frac{\sum_{j=1}^n G_{j} \prod_{k=1}^{j-1} (1 - G_{k})}{\partial G_l}=-\prod_{k\neq l} ...
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Summation with constraints

I am trying to do the summation shown below, $\sum_{i_1=0}^{imax_1} \sum_{i_2=0}^{imax_2} \dots \sum_{i_k=0}^{imax_k} f(i_1,\dots,i_k)$ $k$ is a variable. Therefore $i$ and $imax$ are defined as ...
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Variable number of nested variable-range sums

I would like to express the following nested sum in Mathematica: $$ S(m,j,N) = \sum_{k_1=m+j-1}^{N-1} f(N,k_1) \sum_{k_2=m+j-2}^{k_1-1} f(k_1,k_2) \cdots \sum_{k_m=j}^{k_{m-1}-1} f(k_{m-1},k_m) $$ ...
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Understanding Dirichlet regularization in Sum

I've tried to calculate few classic sums using Dirichlet regularization: ...
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Solve a system of M equations without specifying M

This post has been edited heavily in response to the comments: my initial question was very confusing. I am trying to write my game-theoretic model in Wolfram Language. There is only one remaining ...
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Problems with Symbolic summation over unknown values

I'm having some real trouble with Mathematica wrongly evaluating various symbolic sums at the moment. I have this function: $$h_{ij}(x) = ...
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Incorrect value of infinite sum

Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica give an incorrect result (numerically) for the following infinite sum: ...
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Sum of Multinomial Coefficients

Basically, I want to write a function to compute the following sum $f(m,L):=\sum_{0\leq k_1,\cdots, k_n\leq m} \binom{m}{k_1,k_2,\cdots k_n}$ and $\mathrm{supp}(k)=L \subseteq \left \{ 1,...,n \right ...
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How can I speed up this code with multiple sum?

There are 4 variables in this multiple sum, therefore it may take a long time. I have run this program for 12 hours, but no result untill now. I want to know how to speed up this code. Any help or ...
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Symbolic versus numeric sum (is there an inconsistency?)

Something seems to have gone awry with the analytic sum (v9.0.1). Here I insert specific values: ...
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Von Mangoldt function

Can anybody evaluate the following sum for me $$ \sum\limits_{n=2}^\infty(-1)^n\left(\frac{\psi(n)}{n}-\frac{\Lambda(n)}{2n}\right) $$ where $\psi(n)$ is the Chebyshev function and $\Lambda(n)$ is ...
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Simplifying expressions involving Sum

I am trying to use Mathematica to simplify a symbolic expression involving Sum. Particularly, I define a sum via ...
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Sum and NSum gives different solutions

I'm working on a Mathematica lab for Calc. 2, and I ran into a problem last night. I was trying to calculate the midpoint approximation of the definite integral of ...
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How do I format Compile[] correctly?

My Mathematica skill is still rusty, so kindly bear with me. I'm having problem formatting expression to compile the function correctly: $\sum _{g=1}^G \sum ...
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Leave out a term when summing

I'm calculating the Madelung constant $$\alpha = -\sum_{n_1,n_2,n_3}{\frac{(-1)^{n_1+n_2+n_3}}{(n_1^2+n_2^2+n_3^2)^{1/2}}}$$ Where $n_1,n_2,n_3$ are any element in the integer domain and they can't ...
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Collect terms in a sum

Suppose I have this expression ...
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Sum over all permutations

I have n variables and a function that has all of them as variables. n-3 of them in terms of the entries of two lists. The possible entries in the lists $\alpha$ and $\beta$ range from {2,...n-2}. Now ...
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Strange NSum behavior for slightly larger number of terms

For some sums, NSum gives me the result nicely for some number of terms, but if I add one more term, it suddenly becomes much slower. I haven't found the minimum example for which this can be ...
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Sum of positive terms gives negative answer

Mathematica evaluates Sum[((n - y - 1)*(n - y)^2*n^y)/y!, {y, 0, n - 2}] as -2 e^n n. This should not be a negative value. ...
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A faster way to do sums?

I found out that,it is INCREDIBLY(like 100 times) faster to use Dot instead of Sum,to perform long sums. But I have not been ...