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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Find all functions $f$ such that if $a+b$ is a square, then $f(a)+f(b)$ is a square

Question: For any $a,b\in \mathbb{N}^{+}$, if $a+b$ is a square number, then $f(a)+f(b)$ is also a square number. Find all such functions. My try: It is clear that the function $$f(x)=x$$ ...
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How to solve non-linear differential equation

How to solve non-linear differential equation $$y'(x) = y(y(x)), \quad y\colon\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}?$$ Of course, $y(x)\not\equiv 0$. If we substitute $y(x) = Ax^n$, we get complex $n$ and $A$. Any ...
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Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$, $\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$

Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$ : $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}, g : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying : $$\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$$ I am really ...
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Differentiable functions satisfying $f'(f(x))=f(f'(x))$

I am wondering whether or not there is a reasonable characterization of differentiable functions $f: \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ such that $f'(f(x))=f(f'(x))$ for each $x\in\mathbb{R}$. (Or, if you like ...
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Solution(s) to $f(x+f(y))+f(y+f(x))=2f(f(x))f(f(y))$

I would like to know the solutions of the functional equation: $$f(x+f(y))+f(y+f(x))=2f(f(x))f(f(y)), \forall x,y\in\mathbb{R}$$ where $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$. I have already determined ...
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Looking for all sequences such that $a_i^2+a_j^2=a_k^2+a_l^2$ whenever $i^2+j^2=k^2+l^2$

I'm working in a difficult functional equation, and I have reduced the problem to the following question ($\mathbb{N}$ denotes the set of non negative integers $0,1,2,3,4\cdots$) Question: Can we ...
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How to prove subadditive function?

Let $f: [0, \infty) \to \Bbb R$ be a function satisfying the following conditions: (1) For any $x,y \geq 0, f(x+y) \geq f(x) + f(y)$. (2) For any $x \in [0,2], f(x) \geq x^2 - x$. Prove that, for ...
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What are the densities of branches of the euclidean tree?

The Euclidean algorithm shows how all coprime pairs of positive integers can be uniquely obtained from the pair $(1,1)$ by applying the two operations $(a,b) \to (a+b,b)$ and $(a,b) \to (a,a+b)$. (or ...
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Solving a functional equation in $L_2(\mathbb{R})$

Let $e\left(x\right)=e^{2\pi ix}$ and let $F$ be an arbitrary complex-valued function in $L^2 (\mathbb R)$. I am trying to solve the following functional equation (or rather family of equations): ...
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$\int_0^1 \frac{\ln(1+x^a)}{1+x}\, dx$

I have recently met with this integral: $$\int_0^1 \frac{\ln(1+x^a)}{1+x}\, dx$$ I want to evaluate it in a closed form, if possible. 1st functional equation: $\displaystyle f(a)=\ln^2 2-f\left ( ...
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Convergence of the solution of Volterra integral equation with convergent kernel.

Consider the following Volterra integral equation $$ g(t) = \int_0^t K_n(t,s)w_n(s) ds $$ where $g(t)$ and $K_n(t,s)$ are known(continuous) and $K_n(t,s)\geq K_{n+1}(t,s)$ for all $t,s$. Moreover, ...
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Width of the Eiffel Tower as a function of height?

In the preface of Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 2nd Ed. by Zill and Cullen, it is claimed that the function relating the width of the Eiffel Tower as to the distance from its top, $x \mapsto ...
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Solution to following functional equation

Consider the functional equation problem $$ f: \Bbb{R} \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$$ $$ f(a^b) = f(a)^{f(b)},$$ when $a,b \in \Bbb{R}, a,b \ge 0.$ So far the only solution I have is the trivial $$ f(x) ...
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Integer functional equation $f(f(f(n)))=f(n+1)+1$

Can you find all functions $f:\mathbb N\rightarrow\mathbb N$ satisfying the functional equation $$ f(f(f(n)))=f(n+1)+1 $$
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Solution techniques for f'(x)=f(g(x))

I stumbled over this seemingly natural question and was surprised, that I couldn't find a satisfying answer. Differential equations of the type $f'(x)=g(f(x))$ are studied for all kind of classes of ...
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Infinite Double Exponential Sum, with Functional Equation $g(x) = g(\sqrt{x})$

What is a closed form for $$ \sum_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{x^{2^i}(x^{2^i}-1)}{(x^{2^{i+2}}+1)} $$ The series has the form: $$... \frac{x^{\frac{1}{4}}(x^{\frac{1}{4}}-1)}{x+1} + ...
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Show that f is periodic if $f(x+a)+f(x+b)=\frac{f(2x)}{2}$?

Suppose $a$ and $b$ are distinct real numbers and $f$ is a continuous real function such that $\frac{f(x)}{x^2}$ goes to 0 when $x$ goes to infinity or minus infinity. Suppose that$ ...
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Symmetry and the zeta function

It is an incontestable fact that symmetry is one of, if not the, most powerful tools a mathematician can have at his or her disposal. What I want to know, is if there are any good reasons as to why it ...
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A late-diverging “approximating solution” for a system of functional equations

Peace be upon you, At the end of this question, I have shown that how computing MLE on an i.i.d Beta distributed data, results in the following system \begin{align*} &\begin{cases} ...
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Wronskian different from zero and solutions of ODE.

Let $a_0, \ldots , a_{n-1}$ continuous functions in an interval $I$.Consider the equation $$x^{(n)} = a_{n-1}(t)x^{(n-1)}+\cdots+a_0(t)x. \tag 1$$ Let $\phi_1, \phi_2, \ldots,\phi_n$ $n$ are ...
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$f(a+b,\lambda) = f (a,\lambda) \cdot f(b,\lambda)$

Consider the equation: $f(a+b,\lambda) = f (a,\lambda) \cdot f(b,\lambda)$, for $a \geq 0$ and $b \geq 0$. Is my understanding that this simple functional equation is important in analysis. Can ...
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Vector valued contraction

I am familiar with the Banach Fixed Point Theorem and I have used it to prove existence and uniqueness of functional equations in Banach spaces like $C(X)$, the space of bounded continuous function ...
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Solving an equation for a function

I am trying to do some proof and in connection with that this question arose: Can you find a decreasing function so that $$ 1-\frac{f(x)}{f(ax)} = (1-a)^2x^2 $$ where $0\leq a \leq 1$ and $x$ is ...
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Solving functional equation for all real numbers.

The functional equation to be solved is $ f(x+y) +f(x)f(y)=f(x)+f(y)+f(xy)$. Domain:Reals,Codomain:Reals.I found about 4 possible solutions to the equation but ran into a fundamental problem with all ...
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What special role plays the function $\pi^{\frac x\pi}$ in analysis?

I have tried to redefine some special functions in the most "natural" way, that is the way which allows to simplify the relations the most. I would call these functions "parelementary". The ...
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How to solve this finite-difference equation?

How to solve the following finite-differences equation: $$f(x) = f(x-1) + f(x-\sqrt{2}), \quad x\in [\sqrt{2}, +\infty) \,?$$ Let's say $f(x) = f_0(x)$ for $x \in [0, \sqrt{2})$ is a given function. ...
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Convergence of sum of antiderivative and derivative

This question is inspired by this question: Solutions for $ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $?. It makes me wonder if there are any function where the sum of all antiderivative and derivative converges. The ...
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Is this a field of study?

Is there a name for an equation that takes the following form? $$F(f(x),f^{-1}(x),x)=0$$ A nice example being $$f(x)-f^{-1}(x)=0$$ because the solutions of this equation are their own inverses. ...
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Solving functional equation

Problem:find all continuous functions $f:[0,+\infty)\to [0,+\infty)$ such that $$f(y^2f(x)+x^2f(y))=xy(f(x)+f(y)),\;\forall x,y\in [0,+\infty)$$
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Could we compute $P(t^2)$?

Let $P$ be an operator such that $P(kx)=kP(x)$, $k \in \mathbb{C}$, $x$ is a variable, $P(xy)=P(xP(y))+P(P(x)y)-P(x)P(y)$, $x, y$ are variables. All variables commute. Let $P(t)=t$. Then ...
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Order of Recursion?

Define an extended algebraic function $f(a)$ as a function on $a$ that utilizes any combination of recursive extensions and inverses of sequentiation. Example: $a + 1$ , sequentiation. $a + a$, ...
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secants, exponentials, quotient structures

Trigonometric functions are . . . . . . somewhat like exponential functions. If $f$ is an exponential function, then $\displaystyle \frac{\prod_i ...
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A function $f(x)$ such that $f(f(x))=\ln(x)$

How to find a continuous function $f(x)$ for $x > 12$, such that $f(f(x))=\ln(x)$? Preferably analytic too.
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Analytic function that provide $f^2(z)=z$

I am trying to solve this problem: Does there exist a function $f(z)$, that is analytic at $E=\{x+iy :x>y\}$ and provides $f^2(z)=z$ for every $z \in \mathbb C$. I have seen a solution that ...
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Function Shape Reference

I'm wondering if their exists a visual/behavioral reference for the fundamental families of functions. I'm not a mathematician so excuse my language if I'm being overly vague. I would like to have a ...
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D'alembert functional equation

The d'alembert functional equation f : R ā†’ R be function satisfy f(x + y) + f(x-y) = 2f(x)f(y) , for all x, y āˆˆ R. Having ageneral solution of the form f(x) = E(x) + Eāˆ—(x)/2 , where E : R ā†’ C? How I ...
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We all know about compositions of functions, but what about decomposition. Is there a way with math, not just heuristics?

The composition operator is a well know and quite often used method in integration and differentiation, think u-substitution. However, given a composition like $$f(f(f(...f(x)...)))$$ Where there are ...
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What problems are related with the following type of FDE with delay?

Consider the following class of functional differential equations with delay: $$\begin{align} \frac{du}{dt} &= F(x,t,u(x,t),u_{t,x}), & (x,t) &\in [a,b] \times [0,T] \\ u(x,t) &= ...
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Is the product rule for logarithms an if-and-only-if statement?

If a function $f(x)$ is proportional to $\ln x$, then we know $$ f(xy) = f(x) + f(y). $$ My question is, Is the converse true? If we know that, for an unknown function f, $$ f(xy) = f(x) + f(y), $$ ...
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Functions that hasn't any root

we say that a function like $f:X \to X$ has root if exists a function like $g:X\to X$ that for every $x \in X$: $$f(x) = g(g(x))$$ what is a necessary and sufficient condition for $f$ that it has a ...
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Don't understand why this generating function needs to be taken to the power $-1$

I'm given the following recursive formula for a sequence: $u_{n+1}=u_n+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}u_ku_{n-k}\ (n\ge1),\ u_0=0,\ u_1=1$ Since $u_0=0$ we can rewrite: $u_{n+1}=u_n+\sum_{k=0}^{n}u_ku_{n-k},\ ...
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Is there a way to graphically show that a solution is the minimum or stationary solution to a functional?

I'm looking for the functional analogue to the visual representations of function optimization you most commonly see. To illustrate, if we have some function: $$ f(x) = (x-1)^2+1 $$ We can look at ...
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Does the equation $\tan(x)=y$ have any non-zero rational solution?

Trivially $\tan(0)=0$ but it seems this is the "unique" solution of the equation $\tan(x)=y$ on rational numbers. In fact if we try to make $y$ rational we usually use irrational (transcendental) ...
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The existence of integral equations solution for a 2-dimensional unknown function

Suppose $f(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a kernel. $f$ is integratble $\int_0^1\int_0^1 f(x,y)dxdy<\infty$. $a,b\in C[0,1]$ are known functions, and $z(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a 2-dimensional ...
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If $f(2x-f(x))=x$ . Find all bijective functions.

It is given that $f :[0,1] \rightarrow [0,1] $ and it is bijective. If $f(2x-f(x))=x$ , find all such f. Is my solution correct? My attempt $f(x)$ is bijective. thus there exists g(x) which is the ...
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Correct math notation to show min and max of a list of numbers and sign?

I am working on a paper that uses a calculation from DIN 15018. The calculation is only described in text and not as a math equation. I would like to display as an actual equation if possible. The ...
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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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Creating a monotonic function

I have $n$ functions $f_i(x) \{i = 1 ,...,n\} $that does not preserve the monotonic mapping order. i.e. if $x_1 < x_2$, then in general, $f_i(x_1)$ is not less than $f_i(x_2)$ (for all $i = 1 ... ...
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On a specific non-linear partial differential equation

Given an $n$-dimensional variable $\mathbf{x}\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and the functions $h_i: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $i=1,\dots,l$, we would like to find a solution of the following equation: ...
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Differential Equation for CDF

Consider the following differential equation $$F(cx) = F(x) + x F'(x)$$ for $c>1$. Does this differential equation belong to a some well known class? Is there a way to find all the solutions ...