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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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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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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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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Function whose inverse is also its derivative?

What are some good examples of a function $f : \Re \to \Re$ where its derivative is equal to its inverse? I attempted to find a monomial that satisfied it by starting with $f(x) = ax^b$ and showing ...
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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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$f(a+b,\lambda) = f (a,\lambda) \cdot f(b,\lambda)$

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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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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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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What is known about functions of type $f(n+1) = f(n)^ {f(n)}$?

Update : having looked at Knut's Double Arrow Notation ( Thank you DJC), it seems that this question is nothing more than a frivourless wondering that should be undertaken by whom ever wonders it, it ...
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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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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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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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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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How prove this sequences have limts and find this value?

let $f:R\longrightarrow R$,and $f(x)=x-\dfrac{x^2}{2}$,and $$L_{1}(x)=f(x),L_{2}(x)=f(f(x)),L_{3}(x)=f(L_{2}(x)),\cdots,L_{n}(x)=f(L_{n-1}(x))$$ and let $$a_{n}=L_{n}\left(\dfrac{17}{n}\right)$$ ...
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Unicity of solution to an integral equation

Suppose we have the following integral equation $$f(x)=\int_0^\infty f(y)(x+y)e^{-x^2/2-xy}\text{d}y$$ where $f: [0,\infty)\rightarrow[0,\infty)$. The function $f(x)=Ce^{-x^2/2}$ solves the equation. ...
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A question about scaling

One wants the function $\Delta ^2$ to be such that, $\Delta^2(k,\tau) = \Delta^2(\frac{k}{\lambda ^{\frac{4}{n+3}}}, \lambda \tau )$. Now from this how does this follow that, the following holds, ...
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How to solve the functional equation : $T(n)=(\log n)T(\log n)+n$

I want to solve the following functional equation using any ways: $$T(n)=(\log n)T(\log n)+n$$
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Multiple integrals satisfying functional equations

If $f:\mathbb{R}_+\to\mathbb{R}_+$ is a positive function which is locally $L^1$ with $\int_0^t{f(s)ds}=at^n$ for all $t\geq0$ then, by differentiating, it follows that $f(t)=a$ if $n=1$ and $f=0=a$ ...
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Convexity conditions for $f$ and $\dfrac {1} {f}$

Let $f:\mathbb{R} _{+}\rightarrow \mathbb{R} _{+}$ be a real function. Find all conditions on $f$ under which $f$ is convex on $\left( a;b\right) \subset \mathbb{R} _{+}$$\Leftrightarrow$ $\dfrac ...
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Indeterminacy in second degree equations of Spencer-Brown's “Laws of Form”

I am trying to follow G. Spencer-Brown's argumentation regarding 'Equations of the Second Degree' in the Laws of Form. He shows how infinitely growing self-referential forms can be created by using a ...
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Matrix functional equation

Could someone give me some hint about a possible method to find the function $f$ which solve this equation: $$f(H^2)=\alpha f(H)$$ where $\alpha$ a constant with $\alpha \in C$ and: ...
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The uniqueness of a solution of a system of differential equations

Suppose I have a system of delay differential equations $\frac{d G_1(\phi_1(s))}{ds}= F_1(\phi_1(s),\phi_2(1-s),1-s)$ $\frac{d G_2(\phi_2(1-s))}{ds}= F_2(\phi_1(s),\phi_2(1-s),s)$ where $G_1, G_2, ...
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I tried this problem in the following way; is it right?

Let, f(x) be a twice differentiable function defined on (-1, 1) and f(0) = 1. Let, f(x) ≥ 0, f'(x) ≤ 0 and f''(x) ≤ f(x) for all x ≥ 0. Show that, f'(0) ≥ -√2. I am telling you what I did. First, ...
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Another functional equation

I would like to find all continuous functions $f \, : \, \mathbb{R} \, \longrightarrow \, \mathbb{R}$ such that : $$ \forall x \in \mathbb{R}, \; f(x) + f(2x) + f(4x) = \lfloor 7x \rfloor \tag{1}$$ ...
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Can the Euler-Lagrange equations be derived from a variation over a time of order $dt$ rather than $t$?

In the calculus of variations, the solution of the Euler-Lagrange equations gives those functions for which a given functional is stationary. Now all derivations I've come across up to now, carry out ...
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Galois Theory for Differential Equations?

Consider the set of algebraically primitive functions: that is the set of functions who can be created through some recursive expression involving arithmetic operators. Example $$y = x +1$$ $$y = ...
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Solution of equation with special function using maths

I have the following equation with β∈[0,1] and δ∈[0,1] are 2 parameters and $\mu$, $\sigma$ are the mean and standard deviation of a random variable. Is it possible to use software to get the explicit ...
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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 ...
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regarding a set of integro-PDE

Let say I have a minimal example that contains most of the mathematics I am looking for. The example is as follows: \begin{align} &\frac{\partial u^0}{\partial t}(x,t)+\frac{\partial^2 ...
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solving a functional equation using given values

Moderator Note: This is a current contest question on Brilliant.org. The current contest ends on 13 October 2013, after which time this question will be unlocked. A Function $f$ from the ...
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How to calculate straight line into graph having variety of different results

How to calculate straight line into graph having variety of different results. What I mean for example let say we have this kind of results (measuring persons weight ...
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Does one have to check some additional hypothesis to apply the implicit function theorem for infinite dimensional spaces?

Let $L : B_1 \rightarrow B_1$ be an isomorphism of Banach spaces (i.e., L is a bijective bounded linear operator) and $A: B_1 \rightarrow B_2$ a non linear operator. Consider the following equation ...
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A functional power series equation

I am interested in solving the following functional equation: $$(1-w-zw)F(z,w)+zw^nF(z,w^2)=z-zw\,.$$ Here $n\geq2$ is a fixed integer and $F(z,w)$ is a power series in two variables with complex ...
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iterative method to solve nonlinear equations

I'd like to know whether there are any methods like the Gauss-Seidel method to solve nonlinear equations. For example, I'd like to solve $f(\textbf x) = 0$, where $f(\textbf x)$ is a nonlinear ...
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Program to determine the relationship of one variable to several possible variables

Suppose I have a system with several variables a, b, c, d, and x. I am trying to solve for the unknown x. I don't know exactly which of those variables x is dependent on, or exactly how the function ...
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Is there a function $f$ such that $\Gamma (c+x)=\Gamma (c-f\left( x \right) )$?

I was just looking at Euler's reflection formula for Gamma function which states $$\Gamma (1-z)\Gamma (z)=\frac { \pi }{ \sin { (z\pi ) } } $$ but it seems to me that one more reflection formula ...
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Periodicity of a function.

If we have two functions $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ and $g :\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that the period of $f$ is 7 and that of $g$ is 11, then the period of $F\left ( x \right ) = f( ...
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Functional equation inspired by moment generating function

A user gave the following nice answer http://math.stackexchange.com/a/161584/5031 My question is that although it is clear $\log M_X(t)=Ct^2$ is a form that satisfies the condition ...
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Question about ratios and combinatorics

In this question that I posted yesterday (11/15): I am solving a programming puzzle that consists of finding all the possible ways to build a brick wall of $48$" $\times$ $10$" (width $\times$ height ...
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What is an affine function?

Consider a functional, what is meant by a minimal sequence consistent of 'piecewise affine functions'?
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$f(2^x) = f(4^x + 2^{x+1} + 2) - f(4^x + 1)$

Let $f(x)$ be a non-constant real-analytic function and for real $x$ it satisfies : $f(2^x) = f(4^x + 2^{x+1} + 2) - f(4^x + 1)$ Before you ask if this simplifies by writing $2^x = y$ note that ...
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solving this recurrence equation

is it possibel to solve the equation g$(x)= \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}f(x/n) $ for $ f(x)$ with other methods different from taking the Mellin transform on both sides ?? thanks.