# Extract a part of Series

If I have the output of Series, in terms of powers of my variable $x$, what is the quickest way to extract a part of the series, say for example the terms from $x^2$ to $x^5$, excluding those with lower and higher powers of $x$?

ser=Series[Exp[x], {x, 0, 10}]


$1+x+\frac{x^2}{2}+\frac{x^3}{6}+\frac{x^4}{24}+\frac{x^5}{120}+\frac{x^6}{720}+\frac{x^7}{5040}+\frac{x^8}{40320}+\frac{x^9}{362880}+\frac{x^{10}}{3628800}+O\left(x^{11}\right)$

Normal[ser][[3;;5]]


$\frac{x^4}{24}+\frac{x^3}{6}+\frac{x^2}{2}$

Or

spartsF = FromDigits[Reverse[#[[3, #2 + 1 ;; #3 + 1]]], #[]] #[]^(#2) &;
spartsF[ser, 2, 4]


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

Or

spartF2 = With[{s = #, r = ##2}, Plus @@ (SeriesCoefficient[s, {x, 0, #}] x^# & /@ Range[r])] &;
spartF2[ser, 2, 4]


$\frac{x^4}{24}+\frac{x^3}{6}+\frac{x^2}{2}$

• This looks very simple, thanks! But it doesn't help when there also are fractionary powers of $x$ in the series... Is there a way to make it work as SeriesCoefficient? Mar 5 '15 at 22:15
• @usumdelphini, please see the update.
– kglr
Mar 5 '15 at 22:44
• The last two do not work for example for x^(-1/2) + 2 x^-1 + 3 x^(-3/2) + 4 x^-2 + 5 x^(1/2) + x^1 + x^(3/2) Mar 5 '15 at 22:46
• @usumdelphini, i think for series with fractional powers the second one is not salvageable; i will see if the last one can be fixed.
– kglr
Mar 5 '15 at 23:30
expr = Series[E^Sin[x], {x, 0, 10}] // Normal;

Cases[expr, a_.*x^n_?(2 <= # <= 5 &)] // Total


x^2/2 - x^4/8 - x^5/15

f=Normal[# + O[x]^(#2[] + 1)] - Normal[# + O[x]^(#2[])] &;

ser = Series[Exp[x], {x, 0, 10}];

f[ser, {2,5}]

(* x^2/2 + x^3/6 + x^4/24 + x^5/120 *)


This handles series where powers are not sequential/predictable, where the nice and compact use of Part in other answers fails/becomes difficult to use:

ser = Series[Exp[2 x^2]*x, {x, 0, 10}]
f[ser, {3, 6}]

(*

x+2 x^3+2 x^5+(4 x^7)/3+(2 x^9)/3+O[x]^11

2 x^3 + 2 x^5

*)

• This fails to work for expansions around $\infty$ Mar 6 '15 at 12:35
mySeries = Series[Exp[Sin[x]], {x, 0, 10}]


$1+x+\frac{x^2}{2}-\frac{x^4}{8}-\frac{x^5}{15}-\frac{x^6}{240}+\frac{x^7}{90}+\frac{31 x^8}{5760}+\frac{x^9}{5670}-\frac{2951 x^{10}}{3628800}+O\left(x^{11}\right)$

SeriesCoefficient[mySeries, #] & /@ Range[2, 5]


$\left\{\frac{1}{2},0,-\frac{1}{8},-\frac{1}{15}\right\}$

• Thanks! And if I wanted the function, not only the coefficients? Mar 5 '15 at 22:06