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Proving the hairy ball theorem using xAct

I would to formally prove the hairy ball theorem in Mathematica, initially just for the $S^2$, and then see about generalizing. An approach I thought about to use the xAct package to define $S^2$ and ...
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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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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 below, but it doesn't ...
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How to code the following product?

I am trying to examine the properties of the following product for a given tuple $\vec \lambda = (\lambda_1, \lambda_2, \dots, \lambda_n)$, then the product is as follows: $$ \dim \Gamma_\lambda = ...
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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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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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How to apply a tensor to a list of arguments

The problem I have is the following: Let C be a list of coordinates, say, C = {x1, x2, ..., xn} and ...
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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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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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Place symbols from small to big

I am wondering how to compare the different values of ω I derived in this code, and place them in order as follows. (use Print ...
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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 ...
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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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Extracting rational coefficients from an irrational sum [closed]

I have a function that returns results that always can be represented as $p+q\,\pi^2+r\ln2+s\ln^22+t\sqrt2$ where $p,q,r,s,t\in\mathbb Q$. But the actual Mathematica expression returned not always in ...
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Symbolic integration of elliptic functions

Is there some clever way to integrate products of elliptic functions $\wp(z;g_2,g_3)$ or $\zeta(z;g_2,g_3)$ in Mathematica? Mathematica seems to be able to integrate functions like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Solving a large system of non-linear equations

I am new to Mathematica, and I am currently trying to use it to solve a large symbolic system of non-linear equations. I began the code below about 30 hrs ago, and the Mathematica Kernal has been ...
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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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Covariant derivative for symbolic tensors

I want to define a "prefix" (D_i) covariant derivative operator CD[] for symbolic tensors in form of a function, i.e. for ...
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Solving PDEs with complicated boundary conditions

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 ...
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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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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} ...
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Prevent Part[] from trying to extract parts of symbolic expressions

If you have a list, e.g. {1, 2, 3} then you can extract the $k$th part using Part (...
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Negative probability?

I am trying to get the sum of the squares of seven random variables, all uniformly distributed. This is what I tried. ...
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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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Compute integral symbolically

I want to compute the following integral: ...
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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 = ...
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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 ...
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What's the differences between the shift-enter and MakeBoxes running?

I know the example usages of MakeBoxes in the Tutorial like this. but I want to know a subtle distinction between (1) and (3) ...
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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 ...
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Define an operator with commutative, associative and distributive properties

I need to define a symbolic operator with commutative, associative and distributive properties, in the same way as the sum and product operator for real numbers. I have started with: ...
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Why the inequality does not take into account the domain?

I have this inequality: Reduce[(4000-1000k)/(k-4) < 0] and the answer is k ∈ Reals I would expect ...
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A derivative encountered in matrix factorization using gradient descent

I want to factorize a matrix $a_{ij}$ as $$ a_{ij} = \sum_k u_{ik} v_{jk} $$ using variational method for some reason. That is, I want to minimize the cost function $$ F = \sum_{ij} b_{ij}^2 $$ with ...
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Symbolic Output after numerical computation

I have a small question about the symbolic output. I started to write a program that generates the coordinates of n-dimensional polytopes by Wythoff construction. For crystallographic groups, all is ...
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Factoring terms out of a polynomial

I don't do much algebra in Mathematica and was surprised to discover, while attempting to answer this question, that I had no idea how to factor out an expression from a polynomial. The question was, ...
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Symbolic evaluation of the sum of KroneckerDelta

I want to evaluate this simple expression $$ \sum_n f(n)\delta_{mn} = f(m) $$ using this: Sum[KroneckerDelta[m, n] f[n], {n, Infinity}] However Mathematica ...
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How to calculate this derivative? [duplicate]

Can Mathematica do the following simple calculation? $$F(x_0, x_1, x_2, ...) \equiv \sum_n x_n^2$$ I want to do the symbolic calculation: $$ \frac{\partial F}{\partial x_m} = \sum_n 2 x_n ...
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Defining a function (but not explicitly)

I have a question that must have a simple answer, but googling and searching this website did not produce an answer, so I'm asking it here. I'm working with three variables $x, y, \theta$, and I want ...
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Is this function convex?

How can I determine convexity of the function f = Log[ x, 1 + (x^a - 1) (x^b - 1)/(x - 1)] with the parameters $a,\,b$ belonging to the interval $(0,1)$ in ...