The name "functional equation" is used for problems where the goal is to find all functions satisfying the given equation (and maybe some other conditions). So in this case, solving the equation means finding all functions fulfilling the equation. (This is different from the more common use of the ...

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A function satisfying $f(\frac1{x+1})\cdot x=f(x)-1$ and $f(1)=1$?

$f:[0,\infty)\to\mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function which satisfies $f(1)=1$ and: $$f(\frac1{x+1})\cdot x=f(x)-1$$ Does there exist such a function, if they do, are there infinitely many? And is ...
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A logarithm-like functional equation

Suppose we are given that a monotonically decreasing smooth function $f$ on $(0,\infty)$ obeys the functional equation $f(x) = -f(\frac{1}{x})$, and satisfies $f(\frac{1}{3}) = \frac{1}{2}$ and ...
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Understanding an Equation and how to implement it

A common method for linking language with psychological variables involves counting words belonging to manually-created categories of language. One counts how often words in a given category are used ...
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Are even Dirichlet series constants?

I consider a Dirichlet series with an absolute abscissa of convergence $\sigma$ that can be meromorphically extend to $\mathbb{C}$: $$\phi(s)=\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}{\frac{a_n}{n^s}}$$ and the analytic ...
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Implementing Equation on current data

I am trying to implement Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media equation. I have 5 patterns and one list of 100 text = 900 words. The result of find a Match in the 900 to the ...
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If $f$ is a strictly increasing function with $f(f(x))=x^2+2$, then $f(3)=?$

Bdmo 2014 regionals(a tweaked version of question): If $f$ is a strictly increasing function over the reals with $f(f(x))=x^2+2$, then $f(3)=?$ Obviously,$f(3)=f(1)^2+2$ but I can't see where we ...
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Problem about functional equation (Bulgarian selection team test)

This problem was taken from the bulgarian selection team test for the 47th IMO and appeared in a chinese magazine, I came across it in my own training. http://www.math.ust.hk/excalibur/v10_n4.pdf ...
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Can Duhamel's Formula be applied Functional Equations?

Consider an n'th order linear Differential Equation of the form $$y^{[n]} = a_0(x) + a_1(x)y + a_2(x)y' + a_3(x)y'' \ ... \ + a_{n-1}(x)y^{[n-1]}$$ It is well known that to solve this we can create ...
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functions satisfying $f(x)=2f(2x)$

How can I prove every smooth real function f satisfying $f(x)=2f(2x)$ is of the from $f(x)=k/x$ where $k$ is a constant? I have tried this for integers that can be divided by $2^n$, but then I cannot ...
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A functional equation for a Dirichlet serie

I'm looking for a functional equation for the following Dirichlet serie $$\varphi(s)=\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}{\frac{2 \cos(2n \pi q)}{n^s}}$$ where $q$ is a rational number. Any help ? Thank you !
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What is the function $f$ verifying : $f(\frac{x}{2}+\frac{x}{2}\cos(\frac{v\pi}{x}))=\frac{x}{2}\sin(\frac{v\pi}{x})$

What are the solutions to the functional equality (for a constant $v$): $$ \forall\, x > 0, \ \ \ \ ...
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Functions such that $f(\frac{x+y}{2})=\frac{1}{2}f(x)+\frac{1}{2}f(y).$

What are the continuous functions $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that for every $x,y\in \mathbb{R}$ $$f(\frac{x+y}{2})=\frac{1}{2}f(x)+\frac{1}{2}f(y).$$
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Find all functions $f(x)$ such that $f(x^2-y^2)=(x-y)(f(x)+f(y))$.

find all functions $f(x):R\to{}R$ such that $f(x^2-y^2)=(x-y)(f(x)+f(y))$. I have derived this clues:- $f(0)=0$, $f(x^2)=xf(x)$, $f(x)=-f(-x)$ but now I am confused. I know solution will be ...
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Functional equations and cubes

Problem $10728$ from Amer. Math. Monthly "Preserving the sum of three cubes" says: Determine all functions $f:\mathbb{Z}\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$ satisfying $f(x^3+y^3+z^3)=(f(x))^3+(f(y))^3+(f(z))^3$ ...
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Find all $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ such that $\forall x,y\in\mathbb R$ the given equality holds: $xf(y)+yf(x)=(x+y)f(x)f(y)$.

Find all $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ such that $\forall x,y\in\mathbb R$ the given equality holds: $$xf(y)+yf(x)=(x+y)f(x)f(y)$$ My try: whenever $y=0$, we have $$x\cdot f(0)\cdot(1-f(x))=0$$ ...
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All functions $g:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{Z}$ such that $m+n~|~g(m)+g(n)$

I just thought about the following question: Find all functions $g:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{Z}$ such that $m+n~|~g(m)+g(n)$ for all $m,n\in\mathbb{N}$. Clearly every polynomial $g(X)\in\mathbb{Z}[X]$ in ...
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Does this functional equation have a unique solution?

I wish to prove/disprove that there exists a unique solution to the functional equation $$xyF(xy^2, y) = F(x, y), \quad x \ne 0, \quad |y| < 1, \quad y \ne 0,$$ where $F(x, y)$ is continuous. I ...
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Are Exponential and Trigonometric Functions the Only Non-Trivial Solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$?

Are exponential & trigonometric functions the only non-trivial solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$? $F(x)=0$ would be the trivial solution. Then, for $a=0$ (or $a=2\pi i$), we have $F(x)=e^x$, and ...
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A Dangerous Function [closed]

Recently, I have started solving many ques on functional equations. But, this ques for me was tough, $ f(y)^{x^2}+f(x)^{y^2}=f(y^2)^x+f(x^2)^y $ I've started substituting some values, trying to ...
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A unsolved puzzle from Number Theory/ Functional inequalities

The function $g:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ is continuously differentiable and increasing. Also, $g(0)=0$ and $g(1)=1$. Continuity and differentiability of higher orders can be assumed if necessary. The ...
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$f,g$ such that $\int fg = \int f \int g$

Suppose $f,g$ are real valued on $\mathbb{R}$ (and no further restrictions apart from the obvious requirement that the integrals exist), then when does $\displaystyle\int f(x)g(x)\,dx = \int f(x) \, ...
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Find all the $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$,satisfying

$f(f^3(x)+y^3)=x^2+f^3(y)$ where $f^3(x)$ stands for $[f(x)]^3$. I really don't know where to start off$\cdots$
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Proof that $\forall x \in \mathbb{R}, \forall n \in \mathbb{N}: (f(x))^n = f(nx)$ only has solutions of the form $f(x) = c^x$ for some constant $c$

I am looking for a proof (or a counterexample I suppose) that the recurrence equation (is that the right term here?) $(f(x))^n = f(nx)$ only has a solution of the form $ f(x)=c^x$ for some ...
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An functional equation [closed]

Find all the functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^+$, such that $\forall w,x,y,z\in\mathbb{R}^+,~wx=yz$, and $$\dfrac{f^2(w)+f^2(x)}{f^2(y)+f^2(z)}=\dfrac{w^2+x^2}{y^2+z^2}$$ $f^2(x)$ ...
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If $f(3x)=f(x)$ and $f$ is continuous, show that $f(x)$ is a constant function.

If $f(x)$ is a continuous function such that $f(3x)=f(x)$ and the domain of $f$ is all non-negative real numbers. Prove that $f$ is a constant function. What I did: ...
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If $f$ is not identically zero and $|f(x)| \le 1$ for $x$ $\in \mathbb{R}$, then also $|g(x)| \le 1$ for $x \in \mathbb{R}$

Suppose that $f$ and $g$ satisfy the equation $f(x+y)+f(x-y)=2f(x)g(y)$, $x$,$y$ $\in \mathbb{R}$. Show that If $f$ is not identically zero and $|f(x)| \le 1$ for $x$ $\in \mathbb{R}$, then also ...
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Functional inequation on $\mathbb{R}$: $f(x+y^2)-f(x)\geq y$

I have the following equation: $$f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$$ $$\forall (x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2,\ f(x+y^2)-f(x)\geq y$$ f is not necessarily differentiable/continuous/... (In fact, we can prove ...
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Can a linear solution make a non-linear (functional) differential equation linear?

I was inspired by this question Does a non-trivial solution exist for $f'(x)=f(f(x))$? And tried coming up with similar problems, one interesting case I found was $f'(x) +f(x)=f(f(x))$ which has ...
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Does a solution to this functional equation exist and if so can we construct it?

For $x\geq 0 $ we have $f(x) +xf(1/x) = x/(1+x)$ as well as the conditions $\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} f(x) = 0$ and $\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} f(x) = 0$. Clearly $f(1) = \frac{1}{4}$. What is the ...
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Continuous functions that satisfies $f(x) + f(1-x) + f(\sqrt{x^2+(1-x)}) = 0$ and $f(\frac12)=0$

$f:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function which satisfies $$ f(x) + f(1-x) + f\left(\sqrt{x^2+(1-x)}\right) = 0 \text{ and } f\left(\tfrac12\right)=0. $$ Can someone give explicit ...
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Functional equation $f(x)=f(\sqrt{x})$

If we take an equation $f(x)=f(\sqrt{x})$ defined for positive $x$ then it is quite easy to see that it is constant; $f(x)=f(0)$ if continuous at zero. My question is: What would happen if we take ...
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Finding equations when given new center of a circle

$y = −x + \sqrt{2}$, $y = −x − \sqrt{2}$, $y = x + \sqrt{2}$, and $y = x − \sqrt{2}$. These equations determine lines, which in turn bound a diamond shaped region in the plane. Construct a diamond ...
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Solving the functional equation $f(x+y)-f(x)f(y)+g(x)g(y)=0$

As in the title I want to solve the functional equation $$f(x+y)-f(x)f(y)+g(x)g(y)=0 \tag{1} $$ provided that $f,g$ are differentiable for all real values, and that $f$ is an even function. My ...
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A problem about functional equations

We want to find all continuous functions $f:R→R$ that satisfy the equation $f(x^2+1/4)=f(x)$ for all real x. Of course -If I am right- constant functions satisfy the equation mentioned, and as well ...
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Functional equation (is solution unique)

Let $f:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ - cont. diff. function. Is it true that equation $\cos{t}f(\sin{t})+\sin{t}f(\cos{t})=1, t \in [0,\pi/2]$ has only solution $f(x)=\sqrt{1-x^2}$? How can we prove ...
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ODE in case of discontinuity

Consider a function $\varphi(x) : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ bounded and continuous and $c \in \mathbb{R}$. Question 1 Is there a unique $f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, among all ...
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Tricky probability problem

I am having trouble with proving the following assertion: $X,Y$ are i.i.d. with mean $0$ and variance $1$. If $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent then $X,Y$ are normally distributed. Should I be ...
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$f_{n+1}(x)=f_n(x+1)-f_n(x)$ functional equation and “classification of functions”

Doing a quiz I found a question of this kind "given $a_0, a_1, a_2, ...,a_n$ find $a_{n+1}$" In order to find the $f$ such that $f(a_n)=a_{n+1}$ I tryed for a function like $f(x)=k+x$ ...
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$f(x + y)f(x − y) = ( f(x) + f(y) )^ 2− 4x^ 2 f(y)$ so why $f(2) \neq 2$?

Let $f : \mathbb R → \mathbb R$ be a function that satisfies for all $x,y ∈ \mathbb R $ defined as $f(x + y)f(x − y) = ( f(x) + f(y) )^ 2− 4x^ 2 f(y)$. So, why $f(2) = 2$ is impossible? Why $f(0) = ...
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Determine the smallest number P

I have here a hard problem, which I couldn't solve. Denote $M$ the set of all functions $f:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}$ with the following properties: $f(x)\ge0, \forall x$ in $[0,1]$, $f(1)=1$, $f(x+y)\ge ...
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Is determining a non-constant solution to a functional inequality with polynomial arguements decidable?

So suppose we have a functional inequality with polynomial arguments in $2$ variables, $\sum_i c_i f(p_i(x,y)) \geq 0$, where $c_i$ are say integer constants and $p_i$ are polynomials, say with ...
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submodular-like functions on $\mathbb{R}$

The definition of submodularity led me to define a type of function on numbers (I suppose ordered rings, but consider the reals for now) as $f(x) + f(y) \ge f(x+y) + f(xy)$. Such functions exist: for ...
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Largest value in the functional $\int_0^\infty e^{-rt}( x^2+2x+\dot x^2)dt$?

I am trying to understand the second order linear differential equation and the answer here (Finnish) that I have translated below. Translation Problem What is the value of $x(t)$ where the ...
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Solving a functional equation with a boundary condition (involving probabilites)

Ok, I am getting a functional equation in $z$ domain given by $F(z)= F(G(z))$ where $G(z)= e^{-a(1-z)}$. I want to get $f(n)$ ($F(z)$ is the $z$ transform of $f(n)$) where $f$ is some pmf, hence we ...
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The “trick” in the Herglotz trick

In How does the Herglotz trick work?, is explained as in "Proofs from THE BOOK" by Aigner and Ziegler, but the "trick" itself I found to be not so clear. The trick says: It follows from (4) ...
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Functional equation on a ring

Let $R$ be a ring with identity. Find all functions $f: R \to \Bbb R$ satisfying the functional equation \begin{equation} f(xp+yq, yp+xq)=f(x, y)f(p, q) \end{equation} for all $x, y, p, q\in R$, and ...
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Inverse Function Differential Equation [duplicate]

For the differential equation $$\frac{d}{dx}[y(x)]=y^{(-1)}(x)$$ where $y^{(-1)}(x)$ is the inverse of $y(x)$, find y(x). I gave up on finding the solution analytically pretty quickly and decided ...
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Validation of proof,for a functional equation

Sorry for bad English in advance,I had to translate most of things from another language that's why it's pretty messy,I feel like I made a mistake about this Given a natural number $k$.Let ...
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Prove That $f(n+f(n))=n$

if $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ is a function such that $f(1)=1$ and $$f(n)=n-f(f(n-1))\,\,\: \forall n \ge 2$$ Prove That $$f(n+f(n))=n$$
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Suppose a function $f : \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfies $f(f(f(x)))=x$ for all $x$ belonging to $\mathbb{R}$.

Suppose a function $f : \mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ satisfies $f(f(f(x)))=x$ for all $x$ belonging to $\mathbb{R}$. Show that (a) $f$ is one-to-one. (b) $f$ cannot be strictly decreasing, and ...