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Strange integration

Bug introduced in 9.0 or earlier and fixed in 10.1 Note: Beginning with V10.1, this integral returns unevaluated but without error messages. I tried to evaluate this line ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify simplify expressions with DiracDelta?

I want to simplify a complicated expression with some Dirac delta distributions, but FullSimplify does not do what I want. Specifically, I want ...
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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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How can I evaluate only a single step of a recursive function?

Let's say have a simple recursive function for the Fibonacci sequence f[0] := 1 f[1] := 1 f[n_] := f[n - 1] + f[n - 2] but I want to see how it will expand in a ...
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About Symbolize and Variables

I do believe this sort of similar questions had been asked many times, so I have read a LOT. For example this and this as well as many other related posts. But a glance at what my main question is ...
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Derive logistic choice probabilities symbolically

More generally, I am interested in learning what the current limitations of Mathematica are when using it for doing pure mathematics. A recent blog post by Stephen Wolfram (see: http://blog....
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Is it possible to implement symbolic sub matrices?

The accepted answer in the question Symbolic matrices in Mathematica with unknown dimensions provides a functionality to create symbolic matrices which behave pretty much as the name suggests. However,...
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A problem with getting a coefficient

I try Coefficient[E^(I a (t - b)), E^(I a t)] and expect the output E^(-I a b) but in fact I get ...
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A question about expanding complex functions of real arguments

I have the following problem. There is such an expression as: P[x_,y_] := z[y] E^(I beta x) + Conjugate[z[y] E^(I beta x)]; The variables ...
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How to simplify symbolic matrix multiplication using the associativity of scalar multiplication?

My input is (2A).(3B). Is there a way to get 6A.B? All I could get back from Mathematica was ...
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No solution with DSolve

I have been trying to solve the following system of ODEs: \begin{eqnarray} \frac{d\pi_1(x_\mathrm{ref})}{dx_\mathrm{ref}}x_\mathrm{ref}&=&l_{10}+\pi_1(x_\mathrm{ref})(l_2+l_5)+\pi_2(x_\...
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Symbolic computation under certain assumptions [duplicate]

Assume that I have a matrix $M$ and I'm doing some operations on it. Is there a way to specify that two variables satisfy an equation say $x=y^2$ and then let Mathematica compute under that assumption?...
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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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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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How to assign up-values for `Derivative`?

I have defined several custom analytic functions. Here is the simplest example: ln[x_, a_?NumericQ] := Piecewise[{{Log[x], Re[a] > 0}, {-Log[1/x], True}}] ...
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Pulling powers to the outside of expressions (inverting PowerExpand)

Is there something like an inverse of PowerExpand that pulls powers to the outside of expressions: $$ x^2 y^2 \leadsto (x y)^2 \\ x^2/y^2 \leadsto (x/y)^2 $$ I ...
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Symbolic integration error

fixed in 10.1 (windows) I'm running Mathematica 10.0.0 and encountered a disturbing error in the symbolic integration of a rather simple function ...
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Giving hints to Integrate

I working with the integral ...
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How to find a recurrence relation for a sequence?

I have a sequence given by an explicit formula for n-th term: ...
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Typing (and executing) expressions with multiple superscripts

I am trying to type (and evaluate) expressions of the following form: $$ G^{a,b} $$ into a mathematica. I've tried the obvious G^(a, b) or ...
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Calculate the power spectral density of a Markov chain

I would like to calculate the symbolic power spectral density of a two state Markov process with a symbolic transition matrix characterised by two parameters. I have tried the code below, but it ...
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Expectation of a composite Markov-Gamma distribution

In a model I have a discrete two-state first order Markov process, defined by a (2x2) transition matrix with two free parameters. If the first state occurs then the process outputs zero for that ...
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Result of symbolic integration changed drastically by making assumptions

I would like to know the underlying reason for different outcomes for the two integration operation below. One of them includes a few assumptions, otherwise both have the same integrand: ...
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Algebraic expressions on pure functions

I would like to know how to perform algebraic operations with pure functions. Simple version: Here's a silly toy model: I want to transform the algebraic expression Sin*Cos into the function ...
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Proving the hairy ball theorem using xAct

I would like to formally prove the hairy ball theorem in Mathematica, initially just for $S^2$, and then see about generalizing. An approach I thought about to use the xAct package to define $S^2$ ...
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Imaginary term in Integration procedure

How do you remove the imaginary term in the integrated output? Compare the outcome from the operations below. The first operation yields an imaginary term, while the second one has none. ...
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Getting long complex-valued integrals when simpler real-valued expressions exist

I have a long list of real-valued functions I'd like to integrate symbolically. For many of them, Mathematica gives me results with long complex-valued expressions involving weird functions such as <...
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Avoid writing explicit form of operator

I would like to evaluate the following (simplified) expression with Mathematica : $\frac{\delta}{\delta J} \exp[(J(x)+K(x)) \Delta (J(x)+K(x))]$ where $\Delta$ is a differential operator independent ...
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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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Elegant way to do series expansion around x+$\epsilon$

Suppose I have a function $p(x+\epsilon,y-\epsilon,t)$, and I want to expand it around $(x,y)$ like $$ p(x+\epsilon,y-\epsilon,t)=p(x,y,t)+\dfrac{\partial p}{\partial x}\epsilon+\dfrac{\partial p}{\...
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Expected graph distance in random graph

I am trying to use the functionality of Expectation and Probability for random graphs, in particular for percolation models. ...
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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 could I repalce Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2] back to r

do a calculation in mathematica r = Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2] D[D[E^(I (-k r + t \[Omega]))/r, x], y] but how could I get back to repalce Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2] back to r ...
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specifying a list (vector) of arbitrary length

When trying to do symbolic calculations in mathematica involving a space of dimension n, which is arbitrary but fixed, I'd often like to work with vectors that have ...
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Does it help to do any preprocessing before `FindSequenceFunction`?

I am always amazed how smart FindSequenceFunction can be in discovering general term formula for a sequence of rational numbers. The documentation says it can work ...
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Symbolic matrix calculus: What's new in Version 9

I have seen some of the related posts, which ask about doing matrix calculation on tensors unknown dimensions. One of the posts mentioned that version 9 has some capability, but it was concerned about ...
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Check for holomorphy of a function

Given a (rather complicated) function H(z), what is the best approach to check symbolically whether it is holomorphic? What I tried is checking explicitly the ...
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Automatic substitution of fractions

I have several equations with many variables, and here and there I would like to do a variable substitution. For example, in the equation: a (b + 42 c / d) I ...
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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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Computational complexity of symbolic determinant

I'm using the Det function in Mathematica to compute the determinant of an $n\times n$ matrix $A$ with entries of the form $a+bt$ with $a,b$ integers and $t$ a variable, and I would like to know what ...
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Expanding derivatives of hypergeometric functions

Sometimes Mathematica expresses results of integration or summation in terms of symbolic derivatives of Hypergeometric2F1 function, and cannot further simplify ...
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Solving PDEs with complicated boundary conditions [duplicate]

The system I'm trying to solve is $$\nabla^2 C_{(r,\theta)} =0$$ $$C_{(\infty,\theta)}=C_0$$ $$ [ \frac{\partial C_{(r,\theta)}}{\partial r} \cos(\theta)+\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial C_{(r,\theta)}}{\...
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Symbolic solution(s) to generalized Heat equation

Symbolic solution(s) to Heat equation? or more generally,(eventually) Green functions to known PDEs I am interested in variations of the heat equation: or more generally or even more generally ...
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Factoring a differential equation into an operator product

Following the fundamental theorem of algebra, I can (as stated here in Sec. 1.1.4) factor an $n$th-order linear ordinary differential equation $$ a_n \frac{d^n x}{dt^n} + a_{n-1} \frac{d^{n-1} x}{dt^{...
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Compute integral symbolically

I want to compute the following integral: ...
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Transform Root objects into Trigonometric expressions

Consider the Root objects roots = Table[Root[-1 + 27 #1^2 - 162 #1^4 + 243 #1^6 &, i],{i,1,6}] These can be expressed in terms trigonometric functions as ...
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Finding Expectation of function of a Log-normal distribution

Say $Y=g(X)$ and $p_X = \frac{e^{-\frac{(\mu -\log (x))^2}{2 \sigma ^2}}}{\sqrt{2 \pi } x \sigma }$ is Log-normal density function: [Wiki] Find E[Y]? Since $E[Y] = \int_0^\infty y f_Y \ dy = \int_0^\...
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Calculating probabilities symbolically

Is there a way to solve for statistical quantities analytically/symbolically in Mathematica? example 1: Lets say that I want to do a calculation that requires Bayes theorem. I know p(a), p(b) and p(...
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Generate conditions seems to not work [closed]

I am trying to compute the following integral Integrate[E^(I*k*Omega*t), {t,0,T}, GenerateConditions->True] for which Mathematica returns ...