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Locally compact metric space, Urysohn, approximation

Let $E$ be a locally compact separable metric space, $\mathcal{B}(E)$ be the $\sigma$-algebra of $E$ and $m$ be a $\sigma$-finite borel measure on $(E,\mathcal{B}(E))$. Assumtion There exists a ...
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Flipping X, Y Known Values with Result Values; Table Data and Linear Interpolation

I am not knowledgeable in the terminology I need to be searching for to accomplish what I need in Excel. I have the following table of values which gives me the resulting RPM if I know the Pressure ...
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Spline approximation for $g(t) = \frac{t e^{-t}}{(x+t^2)^2}$

Is there any nice way to do a spline approximation for $$ g(t) = \frac{t e^{-t}}{(x+t^2)^2}\,, $$ where $x$ is some constant? I tried finding nice interpolation points, however this proved very ...
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Probability distribution of the number of Dirichlet’s Approximations of random reals as a function of $M$

I curious about the Probability distribution of the number of Dirichlet’s Approximations of random reals as a function of $M$. What I mean by this is the following: We fix some integer $M$, and we ...
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Prove that $\int_0^\infty\frac{x^n}{1+e^{x-t}}\mathrm{d}x = \frac{t^{n+1}}{n+1} + o(t^n)$, when $t \to \infty,\,n\in\Bbb{R}^+$

I hae to prove that $$\int_0^\infty\frac{x^n}{1+e^{x-t}}\mathrm{d}x = \frac{t^{n+1}}{n+1} + o(t^n), \quad\text{ when } t \to \infty,\,n\in\Bbb{R}^+$$ where $o(\cdot)$ is the Little-o notation. What ...
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Approximation by polynomials

I know the Approximation Theorem of Weierstrass. I think one can apply it to my question but I don't see directly how. Assume $f$ is a continuous function on the unit interval $[0,1]$ such that ...
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the approxmiation polynomial in infinite norm.

$\mathbb{P}_n$ is the set of polynomials with order at most $n$ on $[a,b]$. $f$ is a real function on $[a,b]$. Suppose there exist $n+2$ partition points $a\leq x_1\leq x_2\leq\cdots\leq x_{n+2}\leq b ...
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Proofs involving positive real numbers

I have two questions related to positive real numbers: If a and b are two vectors of positive random integers (no specific statistical distribution) and size N by 1 , we want to prove that the inner ...
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Taylor expansion of a logaritmic function

A function is given as $ln (y) = ln(\alpha)-\frac{\lambda}{\gamma}ln(\delta L^{-\gamma}+(1-\delta)K^{-\gamma})$ I need to find the second order Taylor $ln(y)$ around $\gamma=0$. How can it be done ...
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Normal approximation of Poisson Distribution

Hi currently studying for a final exam and I just want to confirm my approach/answers to this problem are correct: Suppose that $X \sim \mathrm{Poisson}$. We wish to test $H_0: \lambda = 50$ vs ...
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Polynomials of best approximation

The question is about approximating the continuous function in an interval $[a, b]$. If we consider the linear space of all such functions endowed with the norm $$||f|| = \max_{x \in [a, b]}|f(x)|$$ ...
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Finding the minimum point looks easy with a graph but hard with a formula

My research has lead me to the following function: $$ \frac{\sin(x) [\sin^2(x)\cdot F+ \cos^2(x)/F ]} { 1 - \cos(x) } $$ $F$ is a parameter, and I would like to find the minimum value of this ...
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What are some quickly convergent, easily calculated approximations for common functions for when you've forgotten a calculator to a test?

I think it's nice not to rely too much on a calculator, whether it's forgotten or forbidden. Approximations can be useful on exams when you want a good guess at the answer to see if it's somewhat ...
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Time series closed form similar to harmonic series

I want to find the closed form for the following: $$ S(k, \alpha) = \sum_{t=T-k}^T \frac{\alpha^{-t}}{t} $$ when $\alpha \in (0,1)$. For harmonic series there is an easy way to upperbound: $$ H(k) ...
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Converting 29^1312000 to base 10

I am trying to do some calculations with the number 291312000 and I find it would be much easier if I could convert it (approximately) to a base 10 number. The closest I could come was to start with ...
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How can I recursively approximate a moving average and standard deviation?

Consider a sequence of measurements $(x_1, x_2, ...)$. Let $\mu_n$ be the $p$-period moving average defined by $$\mu_n = \frac{1}{p}\sum_{i=n-p+1}^nx_i$$ and $\sigma_n$ be the $p$-period moving ...
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Polar coordinate for complicated curves

In general polar representation of a closed curve is done by coordinate $(\theta,r(\theta))$, $\theta\in (0,360)$. When working with real data, I got a closed curves whose graph looks like the below ...
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Series and quadratic approximation

Been working out series for the past day and have come across this question. I would kindly ask how I ought to tackle it, I've done Binomial and Maclauren's however this seems to require another ...
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Closed forms for two times series similar to geometric series, but with additional power

Does anyone know a close form solutions to any of the following time series? (approximate upper bounds might as well work). $$ \sum_{k=1}^T \frac{1}{2^{k^2}} $$ or $$ \sum_{k=1}^T k ...
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Differences among Cauchy, Lagrange, and Schlömilch remainder in Taylor's formula: why is generalization useful?

I would like to know what really are the main differences (in terms of "usefulness") among Cauchy, Lagrange, and Schlömilch's forms of the remainder in Taylor's formula. Also, what are the actual ...
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Continued fraction approximation to a function and its derivative

I am recently working on fitting a model with incomplete beta function. In order to put it into my optimization algorithm, I must find out the derivatives of the incomplete beta function $B_p(x,y)$ ...
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Applying Newton-Raphson method to $a\cdot b^{-2}=c\cdot d^4+e\cdot f(d)$

I am familiar with the method and it's application in classic problems, but I have troubles tackling the function I need to solve with it. So, variables in problem: Real numbers, all are known ...
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Approximating $\int_0^1 t^n \exp \left( -\frac{(t-1/2)^2}{2\sigma^2}\right) \, dt$ without Laplace's method

I'm doing some finite element analysis, and one frequent integral that I need to evaluate is, $$\int_0^1 t^n \exp \left( -\frac{(t-1/2)^2}{2\sigma^2}\right) \, dt$$ for $\sigma \in \mathbb{R}$ and ...
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Additive and Multiplicative Error in $n!$ Approximation

Let $S(n)=\sqrt{2\pi n}\big(\frac{n}{e}\big)^n$ be the approximation of interest to $n!$. What are good lower and upper bounds on the following two functions $$(1)\mbox{ }|S(n)-n!|?$$ $$(2)\mbox{ ...
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Derivative of $\|Ax-b\|_1$

Using least squares approximation $E^2 = \| Ax - b\|^2 = (a_1x - b_1)^2+...+(a_mx-b_m)^2$ The derivative of E^2 at the point $\hat{x}$ is zero if: $(a_1\hat{x}-b_1)a_1+...+(a_m\hat{x}-b_m)a_m=0$ ...
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Laplace's method with nontrivial parameter dependency

I need to approximate the following integral using Laplace's method: $$ \int_0^{\infty} \frac{x^{\lambda} \lambda^{-x}}{(1+x^2)^\lambda} \\ = \int_0^{\infty} \exp\left(\lambda \log(x) - ...
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Physics Approximations Quadratic Equation

I'm having a hard time following one of the solutions to this physics problem. In particular, the math. Consider, $$a\Omega ^2 + b\Omega + c = 0$$ The solutions to this quadratic equation are, ...
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Least absolute deviation for item prices

How would I calculate the values of $A,B,C$ using least absolute deviation? $R = 1$ $2A + B$ = $C + R$. $B + C$ = $5A$. $A + C + 2R$ = $B + 4R$. $A + B + C$ = $6.33R$. Using least squares ...
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How to extract fraction from a floating point number

I'm making some tests with float type (floating point number) with programming and in some of my tests I need to extract the fraction that originates the float value. Let $ x $ be a floating point ...
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Least Squares approximation for item prices

Let's say that $A$, $B$, $C$ are different items with different values. $R$ is a unit of currency, for simplicity I'll let it be $1$. Traders frequently trade these items on an open market. Price is ...
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Stirling formula on $\frac{\gamma(\frac{1}{2}s)}{\gamma(\frac{1-s}{2})} = O(|t|^{\sigma - \frac{1}{2}})$

I tried to prove $\frac{\Gamma(\frac{1}{2}s)}{\Gamma(\frac{1-s}{2})} = O(|t|^{\sigma - \frac{1}{2}})$ using stirling formula when $s =\sigma+it$. However, since stirling formular for gamma function is ...
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Notation for asymptotic approximation

I was reading Stirling's approximation and got quite confused with the idea of asymptotic formula. So in Wikipedia it says that a function $F(n)$ of $n$ is asymptotic formula for $P(n)$ if $P(n)$ is ...
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$L^2$ inequality for derivatives of polynomials on triangles

I'm reading a paper which states the following inequality, but the (presumably) elementary proof is cited to be in a document, which is too old to get access to. Let $p: \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Which expansion of $e$ is more accurate?

We have two forms of $e^x$ $$e^x=1+x+\frac{x^2}{2!}+\frac{x^3}{3!}+....$$ and $$e^x=\frac{1}{\displaystyle 1-x+\frac{x^2}{2!}-\frac{x^3}{3!}+....}$$ The second form comes from ...
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Why is it a good idea to approximate $\pi$ to 3.14 or 22/7 rather than 3? [closed]

I think 3.14 or 22/7 are better approximations for $\pi$ than 3 because they're closer to $\pi$ than 3. See that? More accuracy! What do you think?
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How come $\pi$ is usually approximated as 3.14 or 22/7?

I've heard that $\pi$ is usually approximated as 3.14, but it can also be approximated as 22/7, which is equal to 3.142857142857142857.... Guess what? $\pi$ can also be approximated as 355/113, ...
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Approximation for uniform load on parabolic cable along its arc length

I am doing analysis for cable structures. Let's say that the cable stretches from point A to point B and carries a vertical ...
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Prove this inequality $ \sqrt{5} > \frac {13 + 4\pi}{24 - 4\pi} $ [closed]

$$ \sqrt{5} > \frac {13 + 4\pi}{24 - 4\pi} $$
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Approximating a binomial coefficient using Stirling's formula

I am working on a problem of modelling a rubber molecule as a one-dimensional chain consisting of $N=N_{+}+N_{-}$ links, where $N_{+}$ points in the positive $x$-direction a distance $a$ and $N_{-}$ ...
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Approximation technique of common probability distributions that can be convoluted and integrated fast

I am looking for a approximation technique of functions with two conditions: It is possible to perform a fast approximate convolution with the approximate functions. It is possible to numerically ...
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Lebesgue integration of $f(x)=\frac{1}{x}$ where $x\in[0,3]$

We have the function $f(x)=\infty$ if $x=0$ and $f(x)=\frac{1}{x}$ if $x$ otherwise. So, in this two values of function, I made simple approximation of $f(x)$ by the help of simple function : ...
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What is the approximation of trigonometric function by simple function

for $f(x)=\sin x$, $g(x)=\cos x$, $h(x)=\tan x$, What is the approximation of each function by using simple function?
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How is this approximation related?

I'm in the dark about the following approximation. Given that $r >> (l_1 + l_2)$ $\phi(P) \approx \dfrac{\lambda}{4\pi\epsilon_0}ln(\dfrac{r+l_2}{r-l_1}) \approx \dfrac{\lambda(l_1 + ...
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Expansion in large and small limits

Let $$f(x) = \frac{1}{\log(\frac{x}{c})}$$ where $c$ is some constant number. Consider the variable $x$ in the large regime where $x \gg c$ and small regime where $x \ll c$. How would $f(x)$ depend on ...
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Comparison between lebesgue integral and riemann integral of $f(x)=x^2$ in $[0,2]$

If we have an example $f(x)=x^2$ let's say for $[0,2]$. In lebesgue integral, I already use a sequence of function $f_n(x)$ as approximation to $f(x)$ ($f_n(x)$ converges to $f(x)$) which is stated ...
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Numerical approximation, or is there a better way? $x=1+\ln(1+\ln(1+\ln(x)))$

Don't have enough reputation to post on this but is there any way of calculating the following? $x=1+\ln(1+\ln(1+\ln(x)))$
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The Cosine and an Enigmatic Parabola

In the interval $[-\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{\pi}{2}]$, the cosine function superficially resembles an inverted parabola of the form $-ax^2+1$: I wanted to know more and computed the $L^2$ norm ...
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Can one apply a WKB method to an inhomogeneous first order differential equation in order to find the asymptotic expansion of the solution?

Consider \begin{equation} \varepsilon \frac{dy}{dx} = Q(x)y + R(x) \end{equation} where $\varepsilon$ is a small parameter. Can one apply a WKB method to find an asymptotic expansion for the ...
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Probability - Characterizing goodness of moment matching method.

I have a question about how to characterize the goodness of approximating a distribution using its moments. Suppose I have a probability density function $p(x)$ (e.g., normal distribution), and I am ...
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Fitted function - Which is better to use?

So I have some data for program running time, that follows a power law relation aN^b. I log-log plotted the data and saw that it became a straight line, so I calculated the slope of this line to get ...