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Relevant help page for: Sum`?

When I type Sum into Mathematica, it also offers Sum` in the autocomplete dropdown, but when I click the little menu button next ...
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Defining a function implicitly and calculating its derivatives

I'm interested in using Mathematica's symbolic manipulation to obtain, for a particular function $f$, derivatives of arbitrary order evaluated at zero. Normally I'd use the ...
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Different results of a definite integral $\int_0^{\cosh ^{-1}(a)} \frac{1}{\sqrt{a^2 \text{sech}^2(x)-1}}\, dx$

fixed in 10.0.2 Update I have tried like these. I think there is a bug. ...
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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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Coordinate free differential forms package

I am looking for a package in Mathematica which can handle differential forms in a coordinate free manner. I am aware of several packages which do differential forms, but it seems that for all of them ...
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Symbolic integration of elliptic functions

Is there a clever way to integrate products of elliptic functions like $\wp(z;g_2,g_3)$ or $\zeta(z;g_2,g_3)$ in Mathematica? Mathematica seems to be able to integrate functions like ...
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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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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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Simplification of double symbolic sums containing a DiscreteDelta without explicit summation range

I am trying to get Mathematica to automatically do simplifications like the following: $$\sum\limits_{q}^{q\in qV}\sum\limits_{q'}^{q'\in q'V}{f(q)g(q')\delta(q-q')}=\sum_{q}^{q\in qV}{f(q)g(q)}.$$ ...
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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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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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Using FunctionExpand to evaluate symbolic derivatives

Some symbolic derivatives of certain special functions are not expanded automatically, but FunctionExpand often helps to get a derivative-free closed form ...
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How to find the sum all even numbers of this sequence?

I have a sequence $(u_{n})$ $$u_1= 1, \quad u_2 = 2, \quad u_3 = 3, \quad u_{n}= -u_{n-3} + 3u _{n-2} +2 u_{n-1}, \quad \forall n \geqslant 4.$$ I want to list the first $20$ terms of this sequence ...
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Is there an analogue of the Variables command for general expressions?

The command Variables[poly] gives me a list of all variables that appear in the expression poly, which involved sums, ...
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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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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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Comparison of Dispatch objects ureliable in Mathematica 10

In 2008 I wrote a group theory package. I've recently started using it again, and I found that one (at least) of my functions is broken in Mathematica 10. The problem is complicated to describe, but ...
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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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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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Multi-index variable depending on signature of permutation of indices

I do have some multi-indexed variable, e.g. like this \begin{align*}f_{123} &= 1\\f_{345} &= 1/2\end{align*} where $f$ is antisymmetric under permutation of any pair of indices, i.e. e.g. ...
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How to write polynomial expression as commutator form?

I want to write some polynomial expressions as commutator form. For example : $$ \frac{\text{BA}}{2}-\frac{\text{AB}}{2} = -\frac{1}{2}[A,B] $$ or $$ ...
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symbolic integration of a definite integral, how to speed up

I am wondering what are the general tips & hints for speeding up symbolic integration. As far as I understand, it solely depends on the form a function is represented before it is processed by ...
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Lookup in Inverse Symbolic Calculator+ from Mathematica

There is a useful feature in WolframAlpha that allows to find a possible closed form for approximate numeric values. It can be used, for example, to guess the value of an integral that Mathematica ...
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Wallis Formula and Pippenger Product---How do we get symbolic output?

The Wallis Formula computes $\frac{\pi}{2}$ OEIS and the Pippenger Product computes $\frac{e}{2}$ OEIS. Here is a combined formula: ...
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How do I perform exact unit conversions with irrational conversion factors?

Suppose I want to express $3h$ in units of $\hbar$ (where $h$ and $\hbar$ are the Planck constant and reduced Planck constant, respectively). By definition, $h = 2\pi\hbar$, but when I attempt this ...
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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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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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Problem summing an infinite series

Calculating this sum on Mathematica 10.3 Sum[(-1)^(r - 1)/((a^2 + r^2)r), {r, 1, Infinity}] gives the answer ...
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Define an operator with the distributive property

I would like to define the operator with distributive, associative, and commutative properties - so that Mathematica can symbolically simplify expressions I use ...
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Checking if a symbolic matrix is positive semi-definite

As far as I can tell, there is no way to tell the builtin PositiveSemidefiniteQ about assumptions on symbols. For example, the matrix ...
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Rearrange an algebraic expression so that each variable appears only once

Mathematica gave me a solution to an equation in this form: ans1 = (b c)/(a - a c + b c) $\text{ans1} = \frac{b c}{a - a c + b c}$ From solving the same equation ...
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MarginalDistribution with Symbolic range in ProbabilityDistribution

Given the following joint density: for 10 < x < 20, x/2 < y < x. To find the marginal density for X we do: ...
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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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Why is NHoldFirst not propagated to symbolic derivatives?

I encountered a nasty problem that N cannot evaluate expressions containing a symbolic Derivative of a multi-parameter function ...
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How to check an algebraic number for membership in a list

I need to check an algebraic number for membership in a list of algebraic numbers. The numbers can be expressed in different forms (combinations of radicals, Root ...
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Evaluating standard functions of general quaternions symbolically

Mathematica can easily compute exponentials and logarithms of concrete quaternions: ...
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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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Simplify complex answer given by DSolve[]

I tried the technique in this question, but that did not work for the solution given by the MWE: DSolve[{f'[t] + f[t]*g[t] == h[t], f[0] == f0}, {f[t]}, t] How ...
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VariationalD giving the wrong solution?

EDIT: As pointed out in the comments, VariationalD gives a variational derivative (which I don't want), not a derivative with respect to a function (i.e. ...
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Slow-down encountered when using NMinimize with a compiled function

I'm minimizing a large function. Evaluating the function is very slow symbolically but using Compile I can get ~100x speed-up on this step. However, despite this, the NMinimize process is only ...
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Integrate wrong for absolute value of trig function

I was trying to get $\int_0^1 \lvert \cos(2 \pi k x) \rvert \,\mathrm{d}x$ for $k \in \mathbb{Z}$, and was surprised by the result (using Mathematica 10.0.1.0): ...
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A triple sum related question

I'm trying to compute the triple sum Sum[ 1/(i! j! k! ), {i, 1, Infinity}, {j, i + 1, Infinity}, {k, j + 1, Infinity}] but Mathematica doesn't return any value. ...
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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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Reducing exponential inequalities fails

I am quite stumped by this problem : Reduce[ N^(x-y) <1 && N > 0 , x, Reals] gives the expected result ...
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Wrong limit: Limit[(1 + (-1)^n/n)^n, n -> Infinity]=1 (Mathematica 10.4 and W-Alpha)

Since $(1-\frac{1}{n})^n\to 1/e$ and $(1+1/n)^n\to e$, the sequence $(1+\frac{(-1)^n}{n})^n$ has no limit as $n\to\infty$, but has limits for odds and even numbers. If $n$ were taken to be real, there ...
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Operator which can be interpreted as binary and unary

I'm a bit lost with the way how e.g. the + operator is implemented in Mathematica as binary (infix) and unary (prefix) operator depending on the context, since I would like to define a similiar ...
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Solve huge symbolic system of linear equations

I have a system of 76 symbolic linear equations (i.e. some coefficients are symbolic) with a sparse coefficient matrix. However, neither Solve[] nor ...
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Given a symbolic expression how to find if starts with a minus or not?

I am using a Mathematica function which returns some error term in symbolic form. I needed a way to determine if this term starts with a minus sign or not. There will be only one term. This is to ...