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Is there a "continuous product" which is the limit of the discrete product $\Pi$, just like the integral $\int$ is the limit of summation $\sum$.


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Sure; take the exponential of the integral of the logarithms. – Qiaochu Yuan Apr 26 '12 at 20:33
You could take the logarithm of $f$ and take the integral of that, then take the exponent. You'll have a hard time defining this operator if $f$ is allowed to be negative, since it is unclear when multiplying a continuum of $-1$ whether the product should be $1$ or $-1$. But the logarithm works for positive $f$ – Thomas Andrews Apr 26 '12 at 20:35
Products are inherently continuous. This does not even make sense. – TheGreatDuck Jun 4 at 6:05
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Yes, this is known as the Product integral which you can read about on this Wikipedia link.

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And when you have commutative multiplication it is computed fairly easily as shown in the link. But when you have noncommutative multiplication (such as matrix multiplication) the product integral becomes more interesting and useful. – GEdgar Apr 26 '12 at 21:26
@GEdgar I have never seen any real application of this. Perhaps you have a reference for further study. – AD. Apr 26 '12 at 21:45

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