Tagged Questions

For questions about symbolic computation, as opposed to numerical computations.

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Is learning to use Mathematica useful for pure theoretical research in Mathematics and Computer Science?

I am looking for opinions from Mathematica users about Mathematica itself. After reading the faq, I thought that in some sense I "wish to solve a problem using Mathematica" ... although I understand ...
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How do I work with Root objects?

I want to solve the trigonometric equation : $$(3-\cos 4x )\cdot (\sin x - \cos x ) = 2.$$ I tried Solve[(3 - Cos[4*x])*(Sin[x] - Cos[x]) == 2, x] It returns the ...
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What is a type in Wolfram Mathematica programming language?

"Everything is an expression" is a popular citation from many Mathematica guidebooks. So, what is type in Mathematica? How does it relate to common types from Haskell, for example? I did some ...
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Computation of parametric integral

I am trying to compute the integral Integrate[(g^(u^(g - 1)))/(1 + u^g), {u, 0, t}] but as an answer I get my input expression. There must be something wrong ...
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Industrial Level Applications. Recipe for mixed notation of equations set

I am working with large (linear) equations set within Mathematica in numerical notation. For example, set from 4056 eq. is solved for a second, no more. There is no doubt, result is great. But even ...
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Can Mathematica do symbolic linear algebra?

For instance, is there some way I can say "let A and B be arbitrary real $m\times n$ and $k\times m$ matrices, Simplify[Transpose[Transpose[A].Transpose[B]]]" and ...
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Difference between Map[f[#] + g[#] &, {a, b, c}] and Map[f[x]+g[x]&, {a, b, c}]

Map[f[#] + g[#] &, {a, b, c}] vs Map[f[x]+g[x]&, {a, b, c}] My question is: why is the output different? ...
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Why does this sum not simplify properly?

I was trying to get Mathematica to simplify some moderately ugly sums and I ran into some pretty weird behaviour, which I tracked down to the following example. I'm working with ...
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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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What's a good data structure to represent a, b, a and b, a or b? [closed]

I have a function foobar[x_] that can produce 4 types of output a b a or b a and b What's a good data structure, or better ...
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Numerical-Symbolical Integration (Calculus)

I created a simple numeric-symbolic integration. Here you can use symbolical and numerical techniques at the same time. You can also interpolate numerical integrals. The problem with my function is ...
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How to augment the realm of functions Mathematica thinks it knows how to integrate symbolically

My question involves extending the functionality of Integrate over specific integrals in the most generic manner. Specifically, is it possible to "hack into" ...
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Superscript prime symbol

x\[Prime] looks like $x_'$, ugly right? Is there a way to make a symbol with prime to look like $x'$? That's what I'm trying right now: ...
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How to define a derivative/Variation operation in Mathematica from scratch

I am looking for a method in Mathematica 8 to define my own derivative/variation (independent of built-in operations). I do not want to re-define built-in objects since I fear that this could cause ...
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Incorrect results for elementary integrals when using Integrate

There is a rather simple integral ($K_0$ is the 0-th order MacDonald function) $$\int_0^\infty e^{-x \cosh\xi}\, d\xi = K_0(x)$$ which mathematica cannot solve. This even though the documentation ...
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Identifying Indeterminate elements [closed]

I want to identify if a variable, which is the result of a calculation, is Indeterminate. I was trying to do this using If[]. ...
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How can I eliminate a function in a system of PDEs, Maple-style?

Maple can separate and eliminate a function in a system of PDE equations, with casesplit in the PDEtools package. How to do ...
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Symbolically associate vectors and their norms

I am wondering how to handle the following situation: I do have vectors of known dimension that I would like to handle symbolically. I suppose I can do something like ...
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Polynomial expectations of generic distributions

Summary Polynomial expectations depend only moments and cross moments of a multivariate distribution. I would like to use Expectation to compute polynomial ...
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Complex number operations: telling Mathematica variables are real

I want to do Conjugate[a + b*I], but when I do that, the solution is Conjugate[a] - I*Conjugate[b]; when for me, a and b are ...
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Why aren't these additions of integrals and summations equal?

I have the following code: Simplify[Integrate[f[x] + g[x], x] == Integrate[f[x], x] + Integrate[g[x], x]] To test: \int{\left(f(x) + ...
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Mathematica gives wrong answer for integral

When I execute the following, Integrate[Exp[-w^2 + I w^3], {w, -\[Infinity], \[Infinity]}] I get ...
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Symbolic bit vectors

I'd like to see how addition and xoring bitvectors mix together. To do this, I implemented (a primitive) vec_add and vec_xor: ...
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Does $x>0$ imply that $x\in\mathbb{R}$?

Letâ€™s assume I input Assuming[x > 0, expression] Is it assumed by Mathematica that $x$ is a real number? Or that the real part of $x$ is positive? Something ...
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How to symbolically differentiate an infinite series without evaluating the series itself

I'm dealing with finite sums of infinite series. Each of the infinite series possesses a different starting index, i.e. each of the series begins at n = 0, n = 1, or n = 2. As a result, it's important ...
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Replacing composite variables by a single variable

To replace a single variable by another variable, one can simply use the the replace all (/.) operator (e.g., ...
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How to deal with complicated gaussian integrals in Mathematica?

As we know, for most Gaussian integrals, we can get the analytical result. Now I have many Gaussian integrals to treat, which have the following general form, ...
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How does Mathematica integrate?

Basically, this question can be considered to be an extenstion to my other question. What I wanted to do was this integral as homework (it is indefinite BTW so no approximations using Simpson's Rule ...
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Reduce/Solve an equation with symbols in powers

I am trying to solve the following equation with respect to x. eqn = x^z + y == a; But when I do ...
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How to solve an overdetermined system in Mathematica

I would like to understand the reasons and find a way to avoid such behaviour of the Solve function in Mathematica 8. ...
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How to symbolically do matrix “Block Inversion”?

Consider a block (partitioned) matrix matrix = ArrayFlatten[{{a, b}, {c, d}}] where, a, ...
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Extract real part of a complex expression better than Re does

I have a complex expression with real positive variables only. Mathematica Input Style: ...
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How to find solutions that yield of root of unity?

I have a polynomial with coefficients that are integer polynomials in another (complex) variable. For example: 1 + (1 - v^2) #1 + (-3 - v^2) #1^2 + #1^3 & I ...
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Finding ranges of a parameter for which a function is always positive

I have a complex function of a single variable expressed in analytical form, which also depends on a parameter. I would like to have Mathematica show me for which values of the parameter the real part ...
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Simplification of a symbolic manipulation involving functions of more than one variable

I am facing the following problem. f[x_,y_] = a[x] u[y] + b[x] v[y] Now I can ask Mathematica to calculate ...
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Validating simplifications analytically

I have a rather complex expression which I would like to simplify and check my work along the way (Mathematica does not simplify very basic things and it is frustrating me). In the following example, ...
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Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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Representing a value in an output as a self defined variable

I'm trying to find a way to have Mathematica always represent a numerical value as a self defined variable that I define using lhs=rhs. For example, if I execute ...
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Surprises simplifying simple polynomials

I came across some somewhat surprising behavior of Simplify today, on something very simple. Let's take two cubic polynomials that we know have the same value: ...
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Non-commutative symbolic linear algebra

I am fairly new to Mathematica but I thought I would be a helpful tool to carry out a few simple linear algebra calculations. It seems like an easy task but I cannot figure out how to do it. For ...
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Sophistication of Series[…]

I'll give a concrete example and I hope that my general question will be clear. Say I have three variables, $f$, $g$, $h$, and I know that $f=\mathcal O(x)$, $g=\mathcal O(x^2)$, $h=\mathcal O(x^3)$ ...
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Why does Assuming[x > 0, TrueQ[x > 0]] return False?

Assuming[x>0,TrueQ[x>0]] should, as I understand it, test TrueQ[x>0] after assuming ...