Use this tag for the error and complementary error functions (erf and erfc). These are special functions formed by taking definite integrals of the Gaussian/normal distribution function.

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What is the antiderivative of $e^{-x^2}$

I was wondering what the antiderivative of $e^{-x^2}$ was, and when I wolfram alpha'd it I got $$\displaystyle \int e^{-x^2} \textrm{d}x = \dfrac{1}{2} \sqrt{\pi} \space \text{erf} (x) + C$$ So, I ...
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How to prove error function $\mbox{erf}$ is entire (i.e., analytic everywhere)?

How do I prove the error function $$ \mbox{erf}(z) = \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_{0}^{z} e^{-t^{2}} dt. $$ is entire? Could you give me some scratch proof?
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Integral $\int_0^\infty\left(x+5\,x^5\right)\operatorname{erfc}\left(x+x^5\right)\,dx$

Is it possible to find a closed form (possibly using known special functions) for this integral? $$\int_0^\infty\left(5\,x^5+x\right)\operatorname{erfc}\left(x^5+x\right)\,dx$$ where ...
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Fourier transform of $\operatorname{erfc}^3\left|x\right|$

(this is a follow-up on my another question) Could you please help me to find the Fourier transform of $$f(x)=\operatorname{erfc}^3\left|x\right|,$$ where $\operatorname{erfc}z$ denotes the the ...
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Fourier transform of $\operatorname{erfc}^2\left|x\right|$

Could you please help me to find the Fourier transform of $$f(x)=\operatorname{erfc}^2\left|x\right|,$$ where $\operatorname{erfc}z$ denotes the the complementary error function.
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Non-trivial values of error function $\operatorname{erf}(x)$?

The so called error function $\operatorname{erf}(x)$ is defined as $$\operatorname{erf}(x)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\int_0^x e^{-t^2}dt,$$ and it is well known that $\operatorname{erf}(\infty)=1$. Are ...
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Product of two complementary error functions (erfc)

I believe that (i.e., it would be convenient if, and visually appears that) the product of the two complementary error functions: ...
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Integral of exponential using error function

I'm trying to solve some integrals below $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} {x^n e^\frac{-(x - \mu)^2}{\sigma^2}}dx$$ I am interested in the solutions where n = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4. I have learned that ...
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Lagrange polynomial and derivative problem

I need to code this function in matlab $$L'(x) = \sum_{k = 0}^{n} f_k l_k(x) $$ Where's $l_k$ looks like this $$l_k(x) = \sum^{n}_{j=0, j \neq k} \frac{\prod^{n}_{i=0}(x - x_i)}{(x - ...
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Value minimizing mean absolute percentage error

What value for $c$ would minimize the formula: $$\frac{1}{n}\;\sum^{n}_{i=1}\left | \frac{y_i-c}{y_i}\right|$$ given the values $y_1, ..., y_n$. For example in the mean squared error we have the ...