Is there an easy way to have Mathematica display a polynomial in "exponential generating function" form? So, for example, rather than seeing $$1 + 2 x + 3 x^2 + 4 x^3$$ I would like to see $$1 + \frac{1}{1!} 2 x + \frac{1}{2!} 6 x^2 + \frac{1}{3!} 24 x^3$$ It would be especially nice if the output could also be captured in TeX format, as in TeXForm[].


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You can easily do this by a simple replacement rule with the command Inactive:

(1 + 2 x + 3 x^2 + 4 x^3) /.  x_^n_ :> x^n Factorial[n]/Inactive[Factorial][n]

which yields the desired output

1+2 x+(6 x^2)/(2!)+(24 x^3)/(3!)

In addition, you can directly hit TeXForm without any problem and capture the desired form:

(1 + 2 x + 3 x^2 + 4 x^3) /. x_^n_ :> x^n Factorial[n]/Inactive[Factorial][n] // TeXForm

$\frac{24 x^3}{3!}+\frac{6 x^2}{2!}+2 x+1$

  • $\begingroup$ I understood this as wanting the taylor series. For example, Series[Exp[x], {x, 0, 10}] for example, Sum[term[Exp[x],x,0,n],{n,0,10}] will give !Mathematica graphics but may be my understanding was wrong. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Apr 21, 2018 at 4:11
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, I thought the question was about display. Well, s/he now has both answers :D $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2018 at 5:00
  • $\begingroup$ By way of clarification, there are many sources of generating functions other than Series[], so I did not intend my question to be limited to the output of Series[]. However, Carl Wolf's example shows that an arbitrary polynomial can be an input to Series[], which then spits it out unaltered, so limiting the action to the output of Series[] is not an actual limitation. $\endgroup$
    – awkward
    Commented Apr 22, 2018 at 12:51

Here is a method that produces the appearance you requested. First, I define a wrapper that renders coefficients the way you want:

MakeBoxes[form[n_,r_], form_] ^:= TagBox[
    RowBox[{MakeBoxes[1/n!], MakeBoxes[r,form]}],
MakeBoxes[form[0,r_], form_] := MakeBoxes[r, form]

For example:

form[2,6] //TeXForm


Then, I define a function to transform a SeriesData object (produced by the Series function):

toEGF[HoldPattern@SeriesData[a_,b_,c_,d_,e_,f_]] := Module[
    {orders, coeffs},

    orders = Range[d,d+Length[c]-1];
    coeffs = Replace[
        Transpose[{orders, orders! c}],

Your example:

ser = Series[1 + 2x + 3x^2 + 4x^3, {x, 0, 3}];
ser //toEGF //TeXForm

$$1+\frac{1}{1!}2 x+\frac{1}{2!}6 x^2+\frac{1}{3!}24 x^3+O\left(x^4\right)$$


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