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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If $y$ is the solution of $\left\{y'=-y+\sqrt{t},y(0)=y_0>0\right\}$, then $\lim_{t\to\infty}\frac{y(t)}{\sqrt{t}}=1$

The homogeneous equation $$y'=-y$$ has the solution $$y_h(t)=ce^{-t}\;\;\;\;\;(c,t\in\mathbb{R})$$ In order to find a particular solution we can take the approach $$y_p(t)\stackrel{!}{=}c(t)e^{-t}$$ ...
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Arctan(f(x)) is almost the same as Erf(f(x)) for many f(x). Is the just coincidence or is there a reason?

For example: Arctan(x) is almost Erf(x) (subtle differences in absolute value and curve) Arctan(x^50) is almost Erf(x^50) (difference in absolute value) and many others, so we can conclude: ...
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Error function - Not seeming to come out right

I have reached two integrals: $$\int_{(x+L)/(2c\sqrt{t})}^\infty e^{-z^2} dz + \int_{-\infty}^{(x-L)/(2c\sqrt{t})} e^{-z^2} dz$$ Now the first evaluates just fine to ...
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Exact values of error function

The error function is defined as $$\operatorname{erf}(z)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_0^z e^{-t^2} \, dt.$$ We know that the Gaussian integral is $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{-x^2}\,dx=\sqrt{\pi}.$$ ...
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Integral involving the error function

Is there a closed form solution to the integrals \begin{align} I_{c} &= \int_{0}^{\infty} \cos(a x) \, \operatorname{erf}(b x) \, dx \\ I_{s} &= \int_{0}^{\infty} \sin(a x) \, ...
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Behaviour of the error function as $z \rightarrow -\infty$?

I'm trying to find the behaviour of the error function, $erf(z)$ as $z \rightarrow -\infty$ $$erf(z) = \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\int_0^{z} e^{-s^2}\mathrm{ds}$$ I know that we can find the limit of ...
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approximation of x=sin(x) error

The larger $x$ becomes, the worst the approximation of $x=\sin(x)$ becomes. How large can $x$ get before the error is no longer less than $1/(2\times10^{14})$? What I have tried: I know that the ...
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Minimizing an error function by deriving a system of linear equations

Consider the following formula: $$E(\mathbf{w}) = \frac{1}{2}\sum_{n=1}^{N}\{y(x_n,\mathbf{w})-t_n\}^2$$ where $\mathbf{w}$ is a vector of weights; $x_n$ and $t_n$ come from two vectors of length ...
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Lagrange's form of the remainder vs Cauchy's form

So far (while practicing exercises) I've used Lagrange's form of the remainder. Is there a situation when Cauchy's form comes in handy while Lagrange's form fails for some reason? Is there a rule of ...
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Integral involving complimentary error function.

Essentially, I am trying to work out an integral of the form: $\int_{0}^{\pi }{x\cdot a\cdot \cos \left( x \right)e^{-\left[ a\cdot \sin \left( x \right) \right]^{2}}\mbox{erfc}\left[ -a\cdot \cos ...
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what are some good ways to define the errors between two functions?

I have two functions. One is the original function (that contains 4 variables), and the second one is the approximation to the first one (also contains 4 variables). The question is, if I want to ...
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Is there an analytical solution to Gaussian integral $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{e^{-x^2}}{(x+a)^2+b} dx$?

I wonder if there is an analytical solution to $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{e^{-x^2}}{(x+a)^2+b} dx,$$ where $a, b>0$. I know, of course, that the antiderivative of the fraction is a version ...
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Alternatives to absolute error?

Let me explain my scenario in which I need to calculate absolute error. Lets say the X is the actual value. And X' is the value of X with some error 'e'. So X' = X + e'. Lets say i = 1 to 10000. I ...
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Where does the “2” come from in deriving Normal PDF from its kernel?

I'm trying to train myself to recognize probability densities by deriving PDFs from bare kernel functions. In other words, I find a constant expression by integrating a kernel function over its ...
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Integrating the error function in a calculation related to Brownian motion

I wish to calculate the probability that a standard linear Brownian motion $B(t)$, $t\ge 0$, will be at time $t_0$ inside the interval $[a,b]$, and at time $t_1$ in the interval $[c,\infty)$. To do ...
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To find error in time histogram

I have a data which is recorded from a detector. Whenever the detector produce signal it records the time. I have recorded the data for several cycles, one cycle is 0 to 1 second. Finally I made the ...
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Properties and representations of the the rescaled complementary error function $\mathrm{erfcx}{z}$

Consider the rescaled complementary error function: $$ \mathrm{erfcx}(z) = {e^{z^2}} \left( {1-\mathrm{erf}(z)} \right) $$ $z \in \Bbb{C}$ which also has the following integral representation: $$ ...
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Fitting Error function?

I need to fit a function of the form $$y=A+B\space \text{erf}\left(\frac{\sqrt2(x-a_0)}{w}\right),$$ where $$ \text{erf}(x)=\frac{2}{\sqrt\pi}\int_0^x e^{-t^2} ...
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Discrete Function Approximation Error - Which type? (Applied math, signals)

I have two functions, one derived via software, and we can call it the exact function, $f_{exact}$. The other is a result I got through hardware, and we can call it the approximation, $f_{approx}$. ...
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Inverse Laplace transform of a given function

1) The Laplace transform of f(t) is $\overline{f}(p)=\frac{1}{p}$ when $f(t)=1$ 2) The Laplace transform of $f(at)$ is $\frac{1}{a}\overline{f}(\frac{p}{a})$ 3) The Laplace transform of the ...
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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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Approximating the erf function

I was trying to find an approximate solution to the following: $\DeclareMathOperator\erf{erf}$ $$\frac12 \sqrt{\pi} \erf\left (\frac{x-2}{\sqrt{10}}\right) + \frac12 \sqrt{\pi} \erf ...
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Error Term of Chebyshev inequality?

Chebyshev inequality tells us that $$Pr[|X-E[X]|\geq a]\leq \frac{Var[X]^2}{a^2}$$ Do you know an Expression (or a paper where this Expression is mentioned) for the error term?
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Integral of cumulative normal

Let $$\Phi(x):=\int_{-\infty}^x \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \exp\left({-\dfrac{\omega^2}{2}}\right) d\omega.$$ Question: for what values of $a$, $b$ and for what choices of $f(x)$ would the following ...
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Integration involving complicated exponential form

I'm trying to simplify the following: $\int_0^ts^{-\frac{3}{2}}e^{-\frac{(a+bs)^2}{2s}}~ds$ Basic substitution always gives a $s^{-\frac{1}{2}}~ds$ counterpart which I don't know how to get rid of. ...
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Differentiation under integral sign

There is this integral that I used a lot in my research: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\exp\left(-b^{2}\left(x-c\right)^{2}\right)\mathrm{erf}\left(a\left(x-d\right)\right)\,\mathrm{d}x = ...
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Converting this sum to integral (possible?). The goal is to get error function

The solution to the heat equation $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}$$ with boundary conditions and ini condition as followed: $$u(0\ or\ 1, t)=0\qquad u(x,0)=1$$ ...
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Determining a value $c$ such that the function $f(c) = \displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^n \left|\frac{y_i-c}{y_i}\right|\times v_i$ is minimized

I'm trying to construct prediction model for a variable of interest, based on a set of input values. I have a set of validation data and their predictions (by my model) and now I need to asses whether ...
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Integrate $ x\cdot e^{i\omega x - x^2}$ from $0$ to $\infty$

Can anybody help me in solving the following integral: $$\int_0^\infty x\cdot e^{i \omega x-x^2}\,dx\quad?$$ Any help/hints will be highly appreciated. Thanks
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Understanding Variance

I have to analyse the reasons that we did not meet target. Our target is 4750 m Our target speed is 500m/hr Our target hrs are 9.5 We achieved a speed of 550 m/hr We achieved hrs of 9.1 We achieved ...
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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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Changing the limits of integration from $-\infty$ to $\infty$

Is it fair to change from $$ \int_{-\infty}^{a} \exp \left( -t^2 \right) \mathrm dt $$ replacing $t$ with $-t$ $$ \int_{-a}^{\infty} \exp \left( -t^2 \right) \mathrm dt $$ and thus gaining the ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty F(z)\,F\left(z\,\sqrt2\right)\frac{e^{-z^2}}{z^2}dz$ involving Dawson's integrals

I need you help with evaluating this integral: $$I=\int_0^\infty F(z)\,F\left(z\,\sqrt2\right)\frac{e^{-z^2}}{z^2}dz,\tag1$$ where $F(x)$ represents Dawson's integral: $$F(x)=e^{-x^2}\int_0^x ...
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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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How to evaluate $\int_0^\infty\operatorname{erfc}^n x\ \mathrm dx$?

I successfully evaluated these integrals: $$\int_0^\infty\operatorname{erfc}x\ \mathrm dx=\frac1{\sqrt\pi},\tag1$$ $$\int_0^\infty\operatorname{erfc}^2x\ \mathrm dx=\frac{2-\sqrt2}{\sqrt\pi}\tag2,$$ ...
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Calculating error for a division when the number of variables is rather large

Suppose we have $$r = \frac{a_{1}a_{2}...a_{m}}{b_{1}b_{2}...b_{n}}$$ Relative error of each of $a_{i}$ and $b_{i}$ is roughly the same and equals $\delta$. There is a theorem which says: ...
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Range of True Value

A calculator is out of order. For all number, before and after any arithmetic operation, the calculator will round up the numerical value to one decimal place if the value at the second decimal digit ...
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Find the right degree of the Maclaurin polynomial of $e^x$

Here is my question: What degree Maclaurin polynomial of $e^x$ must be taken to guarantee an estimate of $e$ to within $1 \times 10^{-6}?$ I know that the error term is: ...
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How to derive integrals with error function?

How to derive this integral $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}erf(\lambda x)\mathcal{N}(\mu, \sigma ^2)dx$ and this $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}(erf(\lambda x)-const)^2\mathcal{N}(\mu, \sigma ^2)dx$ where ...
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Uncertainty in gradient of data

So I have a set of 9 x,y values, and I need to find the gradient/slope of the data, AND its associated error. Without the error, I would've used Excels LINEST function, but as the errors in my y ...
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Integral of 2D Gaussian over triangle

I am interested in computing (numerically) the integral of a 2D Gaussian (with arbitrary mean and covariance matrix) over a triangle in the plane. I would like the solution to work over a wide range ...
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solve equation of erf

I'd like to solve this equation for $\mu$. Is it possible? If not, why? $$ 2 P = \operatorname{erf}\left( \frac{\mu - A}{ \sqrt{2 \sigma^2} } \right) - \operatorname{erf}\left( \frac{\mu - B}{\sqrt{2 ...
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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 ...
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Solving Differential equation, origin Physics

Given constants $u,v,l$ find the solution to the differential equation $$\frac{dx}{dt}+x\left(1+\frac{v}{l}t\right)=u$$ Given that at $(0,l)$ lies on the solution. And hence find the value of $t$ when ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty\exp\left(-\sqrt2\,x^2\right)\,\operatorname{erfi}(x)\,\log(x)\,x^3\,dx$

Consider the following integral: $$\mathcal{A}=\int_0^\infty\exp\left(-\sqrt2\,x^2\right)\,\operatorname{erfi}(x)\,\log(x)\,x^3\,dx,\tag1$$ where $\operatorname{erfi}(x)$ denotes the imaginary error ...
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How to show integral is related to complementary error function?

I have to somehow show that: $$ \int_0^\infty{\frac{e^{-a t}}{t^{1/2}(t+x)}} \textrm{d}t=\frac{\pi}{\sqrt{x}} e^{a x} \textrm{erfc}(\sqrt{ax}) $$ I've tried substituting $u=\sqrt{t}$ to get $$ 2 ...
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Calculating $\text{erf}^{-1}(z)$ for $z\in\mathbb{C}$

All the information I found about inverse error function $\text{erf}^{-1}(z)$ was about $z\in\mathbb{R}$. Also I found some Taylor expansions for it, but as the function is unbounded near $z=\pm1$, ...
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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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Help with exponential integrals

I'm trying to find a nice expression for the following function \begin{equation} f_k(x)=\int_0^\infty y^k (x+y) e^{-(x+y)^2} \text{d}y. \end{equation} So far I know that \begin{equation} ...
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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 ...