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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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Backslide of Limit

A friend of mine showed me this example: Limit[Sum[Sin[Pi*k/n]/(n + 1/k), {k, 1, n}], n -> Infinity] This sample calculates well in v8.0.4: but not in ...
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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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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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Using FunctionExpand to evaluate symbolic derivatives

Some symbolic derivatives of certain special function are not expanded automatically, but FunctionExpand often helps to get a derivative-free closed form ...
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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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Is it possible to implement symbolic sub matrices?

The accepted answer in the following link: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5708208/symbolic-matrices-in-mathematica-with-unknown-dimensions provides a functionality to create symbolic matrices ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Fourier transformation of HeavisideTheta functions

I want to find 2D-Fourier transformation of the function given below f = HeavisideTheta[y1]*HeavisideTheta[y2 - y1] For the purpose, I use built-in function in ...
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What is so special about variable s$?

I found a nice bug in Mathematica 9.0.1.0. Could anyone check to reproduce it? Create a file temp.txt with one line: ...
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Do a gauge transformation for a Chern-Simons theory?

Suppose we have the following Lagrangian density: $$ L=\epsilon^{\mu\nu\rho}\big(\sum_a A^a_{\mu}(x) \partial_\nu A^a_{\rho}(x)-\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{1}{3} f^{bca} A^a_{\mu}(x) A^b_{\nu}(x) ...
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How to combine DifferenceRoot objects for odd and even-indexed terms

I'm trying to analyze a certain infinite sequence $S$, indexed by positive integers starting from $1$. It can be split into two subsequences: $S^{odd}$ by removing all even-indexed elements and ...
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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 ...
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How does Mathematica resolve symbolic systems of inequalities?

Before getting into my (probably annoying) question, let me provide some context: I recently started using Mathematica to automatically perform stability analyses that I previously did by hand. A ...
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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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Evaluating standard functions of general quaternions symbolically

Mathematica can easily compute exponentials and logarithms of concrete quaternions: ...
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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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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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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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Summing the probability distribution to 1 to convince myself

I have worked out a probability distribution and want to check its sum which is necessarily 1. First we write $$ r \triangleq \frac{(2 \lambda + \mu)^2}{2(\mu + \lambda)^2}, \quad s \triangleq ...
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Symbolic Nullspace computation in parallel

I am trying to determine the nullspace of a large symbolic matrix. The single core evolution seems to take too long. I tried Parallelize[] on the commands ...
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Symbolic and numeric calculations (and plots) simultanuosly

I use Mathematica to do a bunch of symbolic calculations (integrals, ...). This is good because I found that sometimes, if I plug in numeric values, Mathematica takes much longer. However, sometimes ...
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Why does integration of a radical times HeavisideTheta give a conditional expression?

If I want to compute an integral over x^p HeavisideTheta[y-x] where p is some fraction, I do not get the desired result, but ...
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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: ...
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Giving hints to Integrate

I working with the integral ...
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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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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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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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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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ExpToTrig transforms solution to 4th order ODE into unwanted form

Mathematica gives the solution of the second order differential equation DSolve[a y''[x] + b*y[x] == 0, y[x], x] in trigonometric form ...
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(Symbolic) LinearSolve is slower/different after upgrading to Mathematica 9

Yesterday I upgraded from mathematica 8.0.4.0 to 9.0.1.0. Trying to run the same notebook I used many times before, it takes ages to evaluate a symbolic (linearsolve) expression which before was ...
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Matching Root[…] objects with patterns, unexpected hidden argument

I needed to write patterns that could distinguish between arbitrary-function and polynomial forms of Root objects, for example, ...
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No solution with DSOLVE

I have been trying to solve the following system of ODEs: \begin{eqnarray} ...
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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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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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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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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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Expectation taking unusually long to evaluate

I am trying to evaluate an expectation, but it is taking an extremely long time although the expression itself should not be too complicated. My code is ...
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Can Mathematica do this summation?

I was very pleased to discover that Mathematica could do this summation and produce a symbolic result. ...
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Symbolic tensor product calculation

I am trying to calculate the symbolic tensor product $\langle \nabla f\otimes f,\nabla g\otimes g\rangle ^2+(\langle \nabla f\otimes g,\nabla f\otimes g\rangle +\langle \nabla g\otimes f,\nabla ...
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Find the values of parameters so that the matrix is symmetric positive definite

Good evening , I have a matrix 20x20 in symbolic form. The matrix depends on 5 parameters (a,b,c,d,e). I would like to get the interval of each parameters that ensures that the matrix S is symmetric ...
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Derive a PDE from other PDEs

I'm trying to do some symbolic calculation like this: Substitute (11.2) into the last two of equations (11.1) and, in turn, substitute these into the first of equations(11.1), I want to ...
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Computing residues of matrix valued functions symbolically

I have a somewhat specific application in mind, but I've run into this kind of problem a few times and never found an elegant solution. Is there an efficient way to get Mathematica to recognize that ...
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Eigenvectors for a large symbolic matrix

I'm trying to compute the eigenvectors for a 42x42 symbolic matrix (with one variable) in Mathematica. I get the following error: Eigenvectors::eivec0: Unable to find all eigenvectors. >> and the ...
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Speeding up inversion of symbolic matrices by invoking caching

Is it possible to reduce the computation time taken to find inverse of symbolic matrices USING CACHING TECHNIQUES accessible (if any)? I am trying to compute inverse of symbolic matrices of size ...