# Tagged Questions

For questions about symbolic computation, as opposed to numerical computations.

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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. >> Sum::div:...
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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?

Bug introduced in 7.0 and fixed in 10.0.0 When I run this, Product[n^MoebiusMu[n],{n,1,Infinity}] I get $\frac{1}{4 \pi^{2}}$ Over on Math Overflow ...
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### Sum of positive terms gives negative answer

Bug introduced in 7.0 and fixed in 9.0 Mathematica evaluates Sum[((n - y - 1)*(n - y)^2*n^y)/y!, {y, 0, n - 2}] as -2 e^n n. ...
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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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### 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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### Version 8.0 integrates but Version 9.0.1 doesn't

I am trying to run the following integral in version 9.0, but it fails: ...
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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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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]}, {a[4,1],a[4,2],a[4,3],a[4,...
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### Mathematica 9 and later behavior with derivative of a sum

Bug introduced in 9.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.3.0 or later ...
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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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### Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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### Numerical-Symbolical Integration (Calculus)

I created a simple numeric-symbolic integration. Here you can use symbolical and numerical techniques at the same time. You can also interpolate numerical integrals. The problem with my function is ...
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### Superscript prime symbol

x\[Prime] looks like $x_{'}$, ugly right? Is there a way to make a symbol with prime to look like $x'$? That's what I'm trying right now: ...