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How to calculate the volume of a convex hull?

Given a spatial curve represented by a parametric equation, is it possible in Mathematica 9 to calculate symbolically (or at least numerically) the volume of its convex hull?
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Telling mathematica to output * instead of space for multiplication, so I can copy as plain text

I am trying to get some symbolic expressions in Mathematica which I would like to paste into my C/MATLAB codes. This can be accomplished nicely by selecting the expression and right-clicking to ...
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How do I obtain the correct double limit?

The command Limit[(Sin[x^2] + Sin[y^2])/ (x - y) /. x -> 0, y -> 0] (* 0 *) I think that Mathematica finds the iterated limit instead of the double ...
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Write a function that returns the logarithmic derivative

How can we write a function that if we input an expression f, it returns the log derivative $\frac{1}{f} \frac{df}{dx}$. We have to use a conditional or pattern test so that the function accepts any ...
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How to simplify an expression with special functions to zero

The following is a well-known Bessel function identity: $$J_{-n}(z)=(-1)^n J_n(z),\qquad n\in\mathbb Z$$ To check this, I used the following code and the result is as what I expected. ...
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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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Symbolic integration in real domain only ( assumptions and ComplexExpand don't work)

Integrate[m^2/((x - m^2)^2 + y^2), m] mathematica gives me a complex-valued reuslt, but maple 17 gives me what I want. I tried using assumptions, but it doesn't ...
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Mass Symbolic Manipulation with Subscripts? (from plaintext Input)

The simplest example of the change being sought is a greek letter, typed in as plaintext nu, and its may be replaced by the symbol, ν: expr = 3nu*kx*ky+ ...
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How do I expand StirlingS2[n, 10] in terms of elementary functions?

I know that it is possible to expand StirlingS2[n, 10] in terms of elementary functions of n. I tried ...
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Improve performance for finding Fibonacci number which have divisibility property

In this post, the OP requires finding a Fibonacci number having some divisibility property with Mathematica and Maxima. I tired tried that Mathematica code on Mathematica 9.0 and it's still slow ...
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Problem with adding vector to symbolic function (for NDSolve)

I'm trying to set up a system of differential equations for passing to NDSolve. Note that my initial conditions are vector valued so Mathematica should know that ...
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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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Sqrt — how to get negative branch?

One of the many attractions of Mathematica is that integers are generally treated as exact symbolic entities, and not just as numbers. I was just playing with Sqrt, and was puzzled by what appeared to ...
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Why is a non-convergent series simplified to zero?

Sum[Sin[n*x]*Sin[n] /. x -> 1, {n, 1, Infinity}] == Sum[Sin[n*x]*Sin[n], {n, 1, Infinity}] /. x -> 1 Sum::div: Sum does not converge. >> ...
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Non commutative multiply- expand expression

I began to use Mathematica a few days. My problem is: How to expand expression like $(a+b)*(a+b)$, where this multiplication is non commutative? Mathematica can do this?
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Generating a list of symbolic coefficients [duplicate]

I am trying to do something which I assume should be very simple: I want to generate a list with symbolic coefficients that looks like this: ...
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Dropping Higher Order Terms in symbolic evaluation

I have a series of symbolic manipulations (along with some coefficients). As a sample, here is one of the intermediate forms ...
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Symbolic Calculations with formal matrices [duplicate]

I want to make calculations with matrices in the form (for lovers of statistical mechanics, is just the first step replica symmetry breaking) ...
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Is it possible to create a compiled function with some symbolic arguments?

I am trying to create a compiled function that takes in several arguments. However, some of the arguments contain symbolic entries and thus I get the following error message when executing the cell ...
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Differentiating with respect to vectors of unspecified length

Given a function defined by f[x_,y_] := Sum[ x[[i]] (g[y[[i]]] - g[Total[y]] - Log[x[[i]]]), {i, 1, Length[x]}] I can easily calculate the derivative for a fixed ...
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Only perform a symbolic differentiation once

I want to define a function that involves a differentiation step that Mathematica can do easily, which might be of the form ...
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Alleviating a bottleneck involving a function call with symbolic derivatives

I have a bottleneck problem involving a function call with symbolic derivatives. I don't have much experience with Mathematica (or any dynamic language) and I'm certain that the way I've set this up ...
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Find closed form expression for series expansion coefficients [duplicate]

Is there a built-in function that will find a general expression for the coefficient of the series expansion of a function? Series will only give the explicit ...
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Extracting variables from an expression

I'm looking for a way to extract a list of variables from an expression, for example with an input like: ...
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What is the confidence limit on this convergence?

When I run this, Product[n^MoebiusMu[n],{n,1,Infinity}] I get $\frac{1}{4 \pi^{2}}$ Over on Math Overflow they are saying it shouldn't happen. So, how do ...
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Efficient code for solve this equation

We have $a*b*c=-1$, $\frac{a^2}{c}+\frac{b}{c^2}=1$, $a^2 b+a c^2+b^2 c=t$ What's the value of $a^5 c+a b^5+b c^5$? I tried ...
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1answer
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Identical code, different answers?

I'm having some trouble with identical code giving different answers. On a fresh kernel (MM 9.0.0.0, Windows 64-bit), running the same code, copy-paste, gives two different answers: ...
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1answer
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Variable name string to expression

I'm not sure how to name this problem appropriately. But anyway. I have, say, three variables (arrays in my case), which I call: A1, A2, A3 I would like to ...
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1answer
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Non-commutative algebra

I'm constantly dealing with non-commutative algebras. ** is inbuilt, non-commutative and associative. That's good :-) But it is not distributive. Rats. ...
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How to calculate partial derivative of an unknown function

How can I force Mathematica to calculate symbolically the partial derivative of a function u[x,y] with respect to a variable ...
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Symbolic derivative of $n$-term product

I want to determine the relationship that must exist between the $x_i$ and $y_i$ such that $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial\theta} \prod_{i=1}^n \frac{f(x_i,\theta)}{f(y_i,\theta)} = 0, $$ where $$ ...
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What properties make this equation difficult to symbolically solve?

I tried to solve the following equation with Mathematica's solve: Solve[K*(2*Tan[L/2*Sqrt[P/(EI)]]-L*Sqrt[P/(EI)])+4*P*Sqrt[P/(EI)] == 0, P] It gave the ...
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Can I reduce a matrix inequality such as $\mathbf x^\prime\mathbf A\mathbf x > \mathbf x^\prime\mathbf x$?

I'm new to Mathematica. When I do linear algebra, I wonder if I can have an inequality such as $\mathbf x^\prime\mathbf A\mathbf x > \mathbf x^\prime\mathbf x$, where $\mathbf x$ is a column vector ...
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Using Resolve and ForAll to prove takes a really long time

I've been trying to prove a lemma for my paper using Mathematica... basically that $$\forall \{n, d_i, d_j\} \in \mathbb{Z},\ n \ge d_i > d_j \ge 2$$ it's true that $$V[1, n, d_i-1, d_j-1] ...
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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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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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Nested Sums to multiple sum

I would like to automatically "move nested sums to the left". I mean, just take out of an expression all the summations and go from a nested Sum to a multiple sum. Something like starting with: ...
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How can I solve an exponential inequality in Mathematica?

I would like to solve the equation: A Exp[m t + s Sqrt[t] x - 1/2 s^2 t] >= K with respect to x (which is in the exponent) ...
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How to get exact roots of this polynomial?

The equation $$ 64x^7 -112x^5 -8x^4 +56x^3 +8x^2 -7x - 1 = 0 $$ has seven solutions $x = 1$, $x = -\dfrac{1}{2}$ and $x = \cos \dfrac{2n\pi}{11}$, where $n$ runs from $1$ to $5$. With ...
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Symbolic computations with already assigned variables

For example I have assigned some variables that could defined in terms of each other. Then I for some reason need to derive some formula using this variables. How to show the result of this ...
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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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How to efficiently fill in matrix values?

I would like to efficiently fill in or assign values to matrix m: m={ {a[1,1],a[1,2],a[1,3],a[1,4]}, {a[2,1],a[2,2],a[2,3],a[2,4]}, {a[3,1],a[3,2],a[3,3],a[3,4]}, ...
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Symbolic calculation

Is there any software where this kind of symbolic calculation is possible? s = 0 for i = 1 to m j = 2 i + a - t if (j > 0) s = s + a I want s as a ...
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Functions that operate on symbolic matrices?

I'd like to write functions that operate on symbolic matrices, and do nothing when fed anything else. ...
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Verifying and deriving basic (block) matrix identities

How can I use the new symbolic matrix/tensor capabilities to verify matrix identities, such as (1) or (2) Even better, how can I ask Mathematica to derive expressions for X, Y, Z, and U like ...
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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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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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Speeding up trigonometric integral

Context On a possible non trivial toric topology for the Universe (nothing less!). Problem I would like to carry out the following integral for $\ell=2,4\cdots 20$. $$\int _0^{\pi }\int _0^{2 \pi ...