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Problem with limit that requires L'Hôpital's rule to compute

Consider the following limit. Limit[(a - Sqrt[a^2 + x])/(a^2 - a*Sqrt[a^2 - x]), x -> 0, Assumptions -> {a > 0}] Mathematica 9.0.1.0 gives ...
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What is so special about variable s$?

I found a nice bug in Mathematica 9.0.1.0. Could anyone check to reproduce it? Create a file temp.txt with one line: ...
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Symbolic Constrained Optimization

I have a question regarding evaluating constrained optimization problems in symbolic terms. I would like to perform How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema? ...
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Running out of variables

I am running symbolic calculations with Mathematica. Simplification of algebraic expressions is an important part of them as very often final results can be simplified considerably. Typically my ...
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How to display output as symbols?

I have this piece of code which populates a matrix following different rules depending on row and column number: ...
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Why TensorReduce not working here?

I would like to use TensorReduce to work on the tensor contraction $y_{ib}y_{ia}$ (where index $i$ is summed). However, ...
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Is there a way to see the result of NIntegrate's symbolic preprocessing?

NIntegrate can do a number of different types of symbolic preprocessing on the integrand before starting the numerical calculations, including changes of variables. ...
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Cannot calculate an integral

I am new to Mathematica. So I just run a basic procedure but Mathematica didn't calculate this integral. Maybe it is too complicated to be done. ...
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Symbolic matrix simplification and solving

I am trying to expand or solve an equation that contains matrices for a certain matrix, but it is not working: ...
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Finding exact local extrema of simple functions

I want to exactly find all the local maxima of f[x_] := x^4/4 - x^2/2 over the interval [-Sqrt[2], 1 + Pi/10]. The correct ...
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How to perform a symbolic minimization?

Can Mathematica determine the symbolic expression in terms of τ that minimizes f[τ] ? ...
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Tweaking Solve for systems of polynomial equations

I am trying to solve the following system of $6$ quadratic equations in $6$ variables: ...
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Why do certain values in ArcSin not fully evaluate?

This is a continuation of: Why do certain fractional values in TriangleWave not evaluate? The analysis by R.M and rasher revealed that problem to reduce to the behavior of: ...
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Expansion with binomial coefficients

How can I get binomial coefficients in expansion of $(n x+i) (1+i x)^n+(n x-i) (1-i x)^n$, where $i=\sqrt{-1}$ and $n$ is an integer. I have no idea how to coax Mathematica to do something remotely ...
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Declaration of variables in large Linear Programming model with NMaximize

I want to solve a large LP problem using NMaximize. This is a small instance of my bigger problem: $$max \sum^{4}_{t=1}(\sum^{4}_{c=1} V_{c}*f_{c,t})\\ s.t\quad ...
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Do a gauge transformation for a Chern-Simons theory?

Suppose we have the following Lagrangian density: $$ L=\epsilon^{\mu\nu\rho}\big(\sum_a A^a_{\mu}(x) \partial_\nu A^a_{\rho}(x)-\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{1}{3} f^{bca} A^a_{\mu}(x) A^b_{\nu}(x) ...
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Solving for equilibrium distribution (symbolic) by matrix multiplication

I have a huge transition matrix (81x81). The matrix is too huge to paste here, so I store it in this notebook. (There are constraints on the symbols: $0<p_b<1$ and $0<p_g<1$. If further ...
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Forcing RecurrenceTable + NIntegrate to evaluate lazily

I have a recurrence relation that grows exponentially if expressed in closed-form. I need to integrate this function. If I plot it, I think Mathematica evaluates the recurrence numerically at every ...
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Can Mathematica identify formulae or sequences of numbers?

Can Mathematica suggest what a formula means? For example if I input $$\sum_{i=0}^n i$$ can it infer that this is a sum of integer values from $0$ to $n$? Or if I enter $0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13$, can ...
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Equality and Quantifiers

I am new to Mathematica and to Math. I do not study math in English, so please bear with me as I try to state my questions.. This is what I am trying to "solve": $$∃!x : A(x) ⇔ ∃x : ¬A(x)$$ In ...
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Linearity of a function in Mathematica

I have a function which has something like myFunc[q,a state[c,d]] a could be anything, and I want to tell Mathematica that ...
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Reduce can't reduce an equation without appropriate assumptions

When there are three unknowns (x, y, z), Mathematica can solve it: ...
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Is it possible to disable assumptions used by FullSimplify for zero testing [closed]

Sometimes when I invoke FullSimplify on a large expression, I get a series of messages like this: ...
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How to combine DifferenceRoot objects for odd and even-indexed terms

I'm trying to analyze a certain infinite sequence $S$, indexed by positive integers starting from $1$. It can be split into two subsequences: $S^{odd}$ by removing all even-indexed elements and ...
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Volume within parameter space

Imagine a parameter space with variable 0<p<1, 0<e1<1/2 and 0<e2<1/2. ...
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Check that a relational expression is true for all complex numbers

How can I use Mathematica to check if a statement like $$\left| \frac{\sqrt{1+2z}-2}{2z-3} \right| \le 1$$ is true for all complex numbers $z$? Also, how can I use Mathematica to check such a ...
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Symbolic representation of bessel series derivative

I want to get symbolic expression for BesselJ derivative, where BesselJ is represented as series: ...
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Why FullSimplify doesn't work here?

Since the emphasis of this question is on finding a workaround, I decided to post this question with an emphasis on the explanation of the behavior of Mathematica. The Bessel function satisfies the ...
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How to bail out from a non-applicable transformation function?

I provide a custom function in TransformationFunctions options of FullSimplify that can do a transformation only for some values ...
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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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How can I plot the characteristic polynomial? [duplicate]

For example, I have: CharacteristicPolynomial[m, x] 0.5 + 0.1 x + x^2 But ...
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How to apply a tensor to a list of arguments

The problem I have is the following: Let C be a list of coordinates, say, C = {x1, x2, ..., xn} and ...
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Incorrect result from Integrate

I attempted to calculate the following integral: ...
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How to implement a formal expectation operator over an unknown distribution?

I need to do some simplification of an expression involving averages over a stochastic variable (in order to verify a long analytical calculation). The easiest way to do that, I figured, were if I ...
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How to extract a possible closed form from WolframAlpha[] output

To find a possible closed form of a number, I can use the function WolframAlpha["6.38905609893065", IncludePods -> "PossibleClosedForm"] It returns a result ...
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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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Symbolic linear algebra

I would like to know how I can ask Mathematica to expand (and simplify) such an expression : $$ (\alpha A + \beta B)^\top (\alpha A + \beta B) $$ where $\alpha,\beta$ are two real numbers and $A,B$ ...
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Matching Root[…] objects with patterns, unexpected hidden argument

I needed to write patterns that could distinguish between arbitrary-function and polynomial forms of Root objects, for example, ...
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Is there any automatic method for rating function arguments importance?

If I have a function: y = 2a + 5b + c It can be easily seen that b is the most important parameter, next ...
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Import symbolic variables from Matlab with MATLink

I'm trying to manipulate with Mathematica symbolic expression created in Matlab. I'm using the MATLink package, and I've succedeed in importing numerical variables, but not symbolic ones : ...
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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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Why is ToRadicals[] not able to handle all cases? Is there a workaround?

The documentation for the function ToRadicals says: ♦ There are some cases in which expressions involving radicals can in principle be given, but ...
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Mixed product identity between tensors in Mathematica 9

How can we simplify tensor expressions in Mathematica 9 using the mixed-product identity $(A\otimes B)(C \otimes D) \equiv AC \otimes BD$ ? Is it possible to implement this kind of evaluations using ...
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How to simplify symbolic matrix multiplication results?

I've defined three symbolic abstract matrices X, M and S as shown below. ...
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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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Does anyone have experience with performing symbolic regression using Mathematica?

I understand that there is at least one Mathematica package, DataModeler commercially available for symbolic regression. I'm seeking any observations with this or any other similar tool. I'm ...
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How to code the following product?

I am trying to examine the properties of the following product for a given tuple $\vec \lambda = (\lambda_1, \lambda_2, \dots, \lambda_n)$, then the product is as follows: $$ \dim \Gamma_\lambda = ...
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Why the inequality does not take into account the domain?

I have this inequality: Reduce[(4000-1000k)/(k-4) < 0] and the answer is k ∈ Reals I would expect ...
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Transform Piecewise[] into sum of indicators

I'm interested in transforming a piecewise defined function into a sum of indicator functions, ultimately with the aim to be better able to integrate them. As an example I would like to transform the ...