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Mathematica: computing a difficult integral

I am trying to compute the following integral: Integrate[Exp[Sum[-((cw λ - b[i])^2/(2 σ^2)), {i, 1, n}]], {cw, 0, 1}] And currently Mathematica outputs ...
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Need a generalization of RootApproximant to recognize linear combinations over algebraic numbers

RootApproximant does a very good job when I need to recognize an algebraic number and when enough of its digits are known (or even when an unlimited number of ...
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Illogical failures of symbolic integration over Boole

Is there a way to work around integration over Boole being mysteriously flaky like examples show below? Is there a meaningful explanation for this behaviour? First,...
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Define operator algebra

My objective is to work out commutators like this $$[f(x,y)\partial_x^2+g(x,y)\partial_x+h(x,y),a(x,y)\partial_x^2+b(x,y)\partial_x+c(x,y)]$$ or $$[f(x,y)\partial_x^2+g(x,y)\partial_x+h(x,y),a(x,y)\...
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Simplify symbolic expression in terms of constants [duplicate]

Say I have an expression $a+b+a\times b$ and I define $c:= a\times b$. How do I get Mathematica to write $a+b+a\times b$ in terms of $c$, i.e. $a+b+c$?
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How to make Mathematica try harder to perform symbolic comparisons?

(I suspect this question is a duplicate, but I didn't find a sufficiently similar question with an answer to it.) I'm having trouble with comparisons of symbolic ...
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symbolic solution for a system of nonlinear equations in mathematica [closed]

Would appreciate any help on the following in mathematica I cant figure it out. I have a system of equations that I am trying to solve symbolically. I have 9 equations and 8 unknowns (I have also ...
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Bug in GeneratingFunction?

Bug introduced in 7.0 and fixed in 9.0.0 According to the documentation GeneratingFunction[a[n],n,x]==Sum[a[n]x^n,{n,0,Infinity}] However, for $a_n=1/(n+2)$ I ...
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How can I get Mathematica to recognize equality of symbolic matrix expressions?

I have two matrix expressions: X.Transpose[T].Transpose[X] and X.T.Transpose[X] I want Mathematica to recognize that ...
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Trouble carrying out symbolic operations on matrixes

I have some problems. First of all, I declare matrices like below ...
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Improving the performance of a package for working with rational functions

As Mathematica gets slow for large symbolic calculations, the cost of putting terms over a common denominator (Together), in particular, gets too high. It occurred ...
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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 ...
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Symbolic Integration of Special Functions

Sorry in advance if this formatting comes out strange, this is my first question! I can't find a way to integrate, e.g., a function of the Hermite polynomials for general (still integer) order. For ...
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Symbolic integral with distributions

Why is Integrate[ HeavisideTheta[1 - x^2] DiracDelta[1 - x^2] , {x, 0, 1} ] (*0*) It should be HeavisideTheta[0]?
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Is the formula $\sum _{m=1}^{n-1} \prod _{k=m+1}^n x_k x_m$ wrong in the wiki's page

SymmetricPolynomial[2, {Subscript[x, 1], Subscript[x, 2], Subscript[x, 3], Subscript[x, 4]}] $$\begin{align*}x_1 x_2+x_3 x_2+x_4 x_2+x_1 x_3+x_1 x_4+x_3 x_4\tag{...
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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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RowReduce for symbolic matrices

I'd like to invoke RowReduce on some matrices with a time parameter. For example consider A = {{1, 0}, {0, t}} If ...
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How do I solve $1 - (1 - (A x)^2)^\frac{3}{2} - B(1 - \cos(x))= 0$?

Consider the equation $$ 1 - (1 - (A x)^2)^\frac{3}{2} - B(1 - \cos(x)) = 0 $$ where $A,B \in \mathbb{R}$ are constants. What is the analytic solution?
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Symbolic tensor simplifications and the identity matrix

How can I get Mathematica to simplify the following expressions, with $Assumptions including Element[n,Integers], n > 0, and <...
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Symbolic Definite Integration

How do I perform Integrate[Sin[x]^2/(z^2 + R^2 - 2 zRCos[x])^(3/2), {x, 0, Pi}] where z and ...
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Generalization of a rule to N arguments

I am trying to apply a series expansion on a function x[t1,t2,...tn], with an expansion parameter a. For ...
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Changing bounds of summation after differentiating symbolic sums

Suppose, I have a function written as Taylor-Maclaurin series f = Sum[c[n]*x^n, {n, 0, Infinity}] Now, I wish to differentiate this expression with respect to <...
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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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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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Malliavin Derivative with Mathematica is it possible?

Is it possible to define a Malliavin calculus with Mathematica 9? Consider a random variables on the Wiener-space $\Omega=\mathcal{C}([0,1])$ of the form $$F=F(\omega)=\displaystyle\int_{0}^{T}h_{t}...
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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. $\frac{df[...
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Symbolically implementing the following product

I have two products I hope to compare symbolically and I am hoping to use Mathematica for this. They are as follows: $$ \prod_{1 \leq i < j \leq n} {(a_i + \...
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Mathematica 9 can't integrate this function but earlier versions could

Integrate[ ArcTan[x]/(1 + x) Log[(1 + x^2)/2], {x, -1, 1}] I used Mathematica 9.0.1 on Windows7 32bit, Mathematica 9 cannot compute this, but Mathematica 8 gives ...
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Problems with Simultaneous Equation Solving

Let me first explain what I am doing and then I will explain the problem that I can't figure out. I am basically trying to solve 2 equations for 2 unknowns (a1 and <...
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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 to check if a given expression is an “explicit algebraic number”?

The documentation for PossibleZeroQ says: With the setting Method...
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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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Extract Positive Solutions in Logical Expand

I am using Mathematica version 7. I have an expression named fd and I took the derivative of fd with respect to ...
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Comparative Statics on Mathematica

Let me first explain what I am doing then I will mention my little problem that I could not figure out. I am using Mathematica version 7. I have an equation named "fd" and I took the derivative of "fd"...
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How to get (fg)' = f'g + g'f?

I am new to Mathematica so the my questions might be pretty much at the pupil's level. If I want to use differentiation to derive: (fg)' = f'g + g'f How can ...
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Analytically solve the eigenvalue problem with infinite dimensions by Mathematica?

If I am given a symbolic expression of all the matrix elements in an infinite-dimensional space, e.g., the Hamiltonian of a quantum mechanical system, is it possible to get the symbolic expression for ...
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How do I invoke the default complexity function?

Documentation on ComplexityFunction says: With the default setting ComplexityFunction->Automatic, forms are ranked ...
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Is it possible to find a limit of a sequence given by its recurrence relation?

I need to calculate a limit of a sequence given by its recurrence relation. I tried the following: ...
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Pattern match with Table for matrix dimension check

In Mathematica, often an expression involving matrices will encounter dimension mismatch errors, like we are multiplying a 3x2 matrix to a 3x4 matrix. Below we define a new symbol Dim, which can be ...
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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 (...