I have the following problem which I do not even know if there is a solution.

Say I have following integral:

Integrate[Sum[ToExpression["a" <> ToString@i] ChebyshevT[i, (2 t/tf - 1)], {i, 
0, 20}]*Sum[ ToExpression["b" <> ToString@i] ChebyshevT[i, (2 t/tf - 1)], {i, 0,
 20}] E^(a t), t]

$\int (\sum_{i=0}^{20}a_i T_i(t))(\sum_{i=0}^{20}b_i T_i(t))e^{at}dt$

Clearly, this integral is solvable and very easy. However, there are many terms, i.e. it is 400 very easy integrals. Mathematica struggles to execute the code in a reasonable time.

This is puzzling though, since any one of the integral is done quickly and 400 of them should naively be done in 400 the time. This is not the case.

Is it possible to handle such integrals (without doing any substantial amount of work per hand)? Mathematica does not allow for parallelization of sums of integrals, which is a bit weird.

I should mention that in the actual problem, the Chebyshevs are shifted and scaled, which makes it totally impossible to evaluate


1 Answer 1


one work around is

sum = Sum[a[i]*ChebyshevT[i, (2  t/tf - 1)], {i, 0, 20}]*
   Sum[b[i]*ChebyshevT[i, (2  t/tf - 1)], {i, 0, 20}]  E^(a  t);
Map[Integrate[#, t] &, Expand[sum]]

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took few seconds on my PC using V 14

Btw, the above is also much faster than using Distribute

Distribute[Integrate[Expand[sum], t]]]


In V 14 took 17 seconds

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In V 13 took 52 seconds. All on same PC

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I read that V 14 has lots of performance improvements.

Can someone provide an explanation as to why Map is so much faster than just Integrate?

I think this might give clue. See help in Integrate under possible issues. It says

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The above implies that Mathematica does not automatically distribute Integrate over sum. So use has to do this themselfs. One way is using Map.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you test it on v13 as well? My Mathematica takes about a minute (which is still a huge improvement). Also can you elaborate as to why it is so much faster? Does Mathematica not Expand the polynomials if you do not tell it to when doing Integrate? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 18 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Confuse-ray30 added timing. V 14 is 17 seconds, V 13 is 52 seconds. I think you need to do expand. I do not think Integrate itself will do that. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jan 18 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Confuse-ray30 actually if you do not do Expand, it is faster. Try and see which one you want to use. Both in V 13 and V 14 they finish much faster using Map, but without Expand. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jan 18 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ If someone else reads this: Can someone provide an explanation as to why Map is so much faster than just Integrate? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 18 at 12:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Confuse-ray30 map works but you are not using it correct. Try Map[Integrate[#,t]&,t+1] gives t+t^2/2. On a single item it has to be a list, like this Map[Integrate[#,t]&,{t}] gives {t^2/2}. You can't map on atomic item. You said your input is a sum. You can always write a wrapper function to handle the special case. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jan 18 at 16:15

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