Elementary questions about functions, notation, properties, and operations such as function composition.

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Program to find closest function to fit arbitrary data

I've wanted this for years, but have never come across anything; a program for Windows to find the closest function to fit arbitrary data. The data I feed it is simple: A table with two columns ...
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Analyze the variation of this function $f(x)=x \exp[a+b(x-1)] \, E_1[a+b (x-1)]$ w.r.t. $x$

Please, I need to analyse the variation of the following function w.r.t. $x$ : $f(x)=x \exp[a+b(x-1)] \, E_1[a+b (x-1)]$, where $E_1[a+b (x-1)]$ is the exponential integral, $b>a$, $a>0$, ...