Questions on special functions, useful functions that frequently appear in pure and applied mathematics (usually not including "elementary" functions).

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a new continued fraction for $\sqrt{2}$

In a q-continued fraction related to the octahedral group I defined a new q-continued fraction of the squared of ramanujan's octic continued fraction which I discovered using certain three term ...
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Generalized Trigonometric Functions in terms of exponentials and roots of unity

I am trying to come up with generalized trigonometric functions using the exponential definition that we use today for the trig functions sine and cosine $$\sin x=\frac{e^{ix}-e^{-ix}}{2i}; \cos x ...
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Find inverse operator

Let $D=\dfrac{d}{dx}.$ Consider the operator $$ D_{h,x}=\frac{e^{hD}-1}{h}. $$ Question. What is explicit form of the operator $D^{-1}_{h,x}?$ I think that $$ D^{-1}_{h,x}=\frac{h}{e^{hD}-1}, $$ ...
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How to solve this definite Integral containing $E_{1}${.}!

The integral is: $$\int_{N}^{\infty}\frac{E_{1}(cz+d)}{az+b}e^{-pz}dz$$ where, $E_{1}${.} is the exponential integral, and $$a>0,\ b>0,\ c>0,\ d>0,\ p>0,\ N>0.$$ This is similar ...
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Expressing a series involving the Riemann zeta function in terms of known functions

We have the series: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\sin\left(\frac{\pi n}{2}\right)\frac{\zeta(n+1)}{(2\pi)^{n+1}}\frac{\Gamma(z)}{\Gamma(z-n)}\left[\psi^{0}(z-n)-\psi^{0}(z)\right]$$ Where $\psi^{0}(\cdot)$ ...
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Analytical approximation of integral of Bessel function

I am trying to approximate the integral: $$ \int_0^z \left(\frac{J_1(x\,\sin\theta)}{\sin\theta}\right)^2 {\rm d}\theta $$ My very naive approach was to do the Taylor series of the integrand. ...
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Is it possible to get one Jacobian matrix of a 2-part continuous piecewise function?

For a 2-part continuous piecewise function, normally we can get two Jacobian matrix for each part. Is it possible to get just one Jacobian matrix of this function?
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Is there a name for the closed form of $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{1+ a^n}$?

I hope this is not a duplicate question. If we modify the well known geometric series, with $a>1$, to $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{1+a^n} $$ is there a closed form with a name? I suspect ...
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Weierstrass-$\wp$ Function Asymptotics

Given the Weierstrass-$\wp$ function, $$\wp(2x+1+\tau \mid 1, \tau),$$ with half-periods $1$ and $\tau=\omega_2/ \omega_1$, I want to look at the case where $\rm{Re}(\tau) \in \mathbb{Z}$ and I want ...
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Will numerical routines for the Exponential Integral function E_n work when n is continuous?

So I am a mathematical biologist of sorts. I rely heavily on Mathematica which often provides analytic results couched in terms of special functions which I then try to go and learn about. Right now ...
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Not the toughest integral, not the easiest one

Perhaps it's not amongst the toughest integrals, but it's interesting to try to find an elegant approach for the integral $$I_1=\int_0^1 \frac{\log (x)}{\sqrt{x (x+1)}} \, dx$$ $$=4 ...
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equally spaced on circle question

Define $$\|\vec{x}\|:=\sqrt{\alpha^2+\beta^2},$$ where $\vec{x}:=(\alpha,\beta)\in \mathbb{R}^2.$ Set $$\mathbb{S}^1:=\{\vec{x}\in \mathbb{R}^2: \|\vec{x}\|=1\}\quad \quad and\quad \quad ...
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A question about Idempotent functions [on hold]

some functions are such that $f\circ f(x)=f(x)$ like these 1) $$f(x)=x \implies f\circ f(x)=x=f(x)\\$$ 2)$$f(x)=\lvert x\rvert \implies f\circ f(x)=\lVert x\rVert=\lvert x\rvert=f(x)\\$$ 3) ...
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Help on finding the closed form of the integral

Can anyone help me to find closed solution of the integral $$\int_0^{1-e^{-\lambda x}}\frac{u^{b-1}\,(1-u)^{a+c-1}}{[1-(1-e^{-\lambda_1 t_1})u]^{a+b+c}}\,{\rm d}u,$$ where ...
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When I was teaching absolute function properties, I suddenly made this question …

I was teaching absolute function properties in a K-12 class. I made this question in my mind. Suppose $f(x)$ is a one-to-one function, and its definition is $f(x)=max\left \{ x,3x\right ...
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Calculating in closed form $\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\text{PolyLog}^{(1,0)}(1,-x)}{1+x^2} \, dx$

Can you confirm the following result? Mathematica and other computational stuff I used seem unable to do anything about this result. Maybe to confirm it numerically? $$\int_0^{\infty} ...
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Prove that $T_n(x)={}_2F_1\left(-n,n;\tfrac 1 2; \tfrac{1}{2}(1-x)\right) $

Prove that, for Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind, \begin{align} T_n(x) & = \tfrac{n}{2} \sum_{k=0}^{\left \lfloor \frac{n}{2} \right \rfloor}(-1)^k \frac{(n-k-1)!}{k!(n-2k)!}~(2x)^{n-2k} ...
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prove $\max \mathbf{a}^T \mathbf{b}_i \leq \mathbf{a}^T \mathbf{c}_i$

Can I prove the following (with or without assumptions, e.g. all the elements in $\mathbf{a}$ or $\mathbf{b}$ are positive? $\max \mathbf{a}^T \mathbf{b}_i \leq \mathbf{a}^T \mathbf{c}_i$ where ...
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Is it possible to prove $\arg\min_a f(\max(\mathbf{a}^T\mathbf{b}_i)) = \arg\min_a f(\mathbf{a}^T\max(\mathbf{b}_i))$

I have the following optimization problem, $ \arg\min_\mathbf{a} f(\max(\mathbf{a}^T\mathbf{b}_i))\;\; i=1, \dots ,N$ where $\mathbf{a}$ and $\mathbf{b}_i$ are vectors of dimension $d$. Let $B = ...
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Confluent hypergeometric function recurrence relation

How to prove the following contiguous relation for the Kummer function $M(a,b,z)$: $$(a−1+z)M(a,b,z)+(b−a)M(a−1,b,z)+(1−b)M(a,b−1,z)=0.$$
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Are the polynomials that are orthogonal in the continuous case, still continuous in the discrete case?

One of my friends asked me this question. "Are the polynomials that are orthogonal in the continuous case, still continuous in the discrete case?" It is curious how even the most trivial questions ...
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Fourier Transform of $|x|^\frac{7}{6} K_{-\frac{1}{6}}(|x|)$ [closed]

What is the Fourier Transform of $|x|^{\frac{7}{6}} K_{-\frac{1}{6}}(|x|)$ with $K_{-\frac{1}{6}}$ the modified bessel function of the second kind?
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A conjectured identity for tetralogarithms $\operatorname{Li}_4$

I experimentally discovered (using PSLQ) the following conjectured tetralogarithm identity: $$\begin{align}&\phantom{+\;}19\!\;\pi^4-570\ln^42-90\ln^43\\ ...
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Calculating in closed form $\int_0^1 \log(x)\left(\frac{\operatorname{Li}_2\left( x \right)}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}\right)^2 \,dx$

What real tools excepting the ones provided here Closed-form of $\int_0^1 \frac{\operatorname{Li}_2\left( x \right)}{\sqrt{1-x^2}} \,dx $ would you like to recommend? I'm not against them, they might ...
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Definition of sigmoidal curve with epsilon

I want to create a sigmoidal curve $f(x)$ with the parameters $s$ and $\epsilon$ so that it has the following features: $f(0) = 0 +\epsilon$ $f(s) = 1 - \epsilon$ $f'(s/2)=1$ Is this possible? If ...
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A saturation-type function that transitions from a linear function to a step function

Let $s = g(t;\theta)$ be some saturation function for a signal in the range $[0,1]$ and a parameter $\theta\in[0,1]$. I would like $g(t;\theta)$ to have the following properties: for $\theta=0$, ...
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A double integral consisted of hypergeometric functions [closed]

Calculate in closed form $$\small\int _0^1\int _0^{\infty }\left(-\frac{9 \sqrt{\frac{3}{\pi }} \Gamma \left(\frac{4}{3}\right) \Gamma \left(\frac{5}{3}\right) \, ...
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Finding the Correct Function that fits the Scenario

i have been trying to find a function that fits the following scenario: $$ f'(c) = 1^0 $$ $$ f''(c) = 2^1 $$ $$ f^{(3)}(c) = 3^2 $$ $$ f^{(4)}(c) = 4^3 $$ and so on, the purpose is to derive a way to ...
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Calculating in closed form an integral in Airy function

Can we hope for a nice closed form for the integral below? $$\int_0^1 \frac{\displaystyle \text{Ai}\left(-\frac{t}{2^{2/3} \sqrt[3]{3-3 t}}\right)^2+\text{Bi}\left(-\frac{t}{2^{2/3} \sqrt[3]{3-3 ...
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Does the Borel-transform of the Lerch-Transcendent have a name/simple expression?

The Lerch-transcendent as given in Mathworld is $$ \Phi(z,s,a)= \sum_{k=0}^\infty {z^k\over (a+k)^s}$$ I'm fiddling with series of the form $$ f_n(z)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty {z^k\over (1+k)^n} $$ and their ...
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integral from gradshteyn and ryzhik

I'm interested in evaluating the integral $$ \int_{a}^\infty e^{-x\cosh\alpha}\,K_{\nu}(x\sinh\alpha)\,\frac{dx}{x}, $$ where $a>0$ and $\nu$ is purely imaginary. Here $K$ denotes the MacDonald ...
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Lipschitz-like behaviour of quartic polynomials

I have observed the following phenomenon: Let the biquadratic $q(x)=x^4-Ax^2+B$ have four real roots and perturb it by a linear factor $p(x)=q(x)+mx$, so that $m$ not too large with respect to ...
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Prove that $T_n$ satisfy $ \sum_{k=0}^{N-1}{T_i(x_k)T_j(x_k)} = \begin{cases} 0 &: i\ne j \\ l\neq 0 &: i=j \end{cases} \,\! $

The Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind satisfy the recurrence relation $$ \begin{cases} T_{n}(x)=2xT_{n-1}(x)-T_{n-2}(x) \qquad n \geq 2 \\ T_{0}(x)=1, \ \ T_{1}(x)=x \\ \end{cases} $$ The ...
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Solve $x^a = 1 - \exp(-x)$ for $x$

I would like to obtain a closed-form solution for the equation $x^a = 1 - \exp(-x)$, in which $x$ is the (real strictly positive) unknown and $a$ is a real positive parameter. So far, I have tried ...
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Integral that resembles an exponential integral

$$ I(y;c,\lambda) \equiv\int_{0}^\infty \frac{\lambda c}{x} \exp\left(-\lambda x\right)\exp\left(-\frac{c}{x}y\right)dx$$ where $c,\lambda>0$. Q: Can this integration be made in analytic form ...
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Help with the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{\log(1\pm ix)^{2}}{\left(\frac{t}{2}\log(1 \pm ix) \right )^{2}-\pi ^{2}n^{2}}e^{-2\pi mx}dx$

Referring to a previous question, i want help with the integral : $$\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{\log(1\pm ix)^{2}}{\left(\frac{t}{2}\log(1 \pm ix) \right )^{2}-\pi ^{2}n^{2}}e^{-2\pi mx}dx$$ Where $n,m$ ...
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Laplace transform of the logarithmic integral function

What is the Laplace transform of the logarithmic integral function $\text{li}(t)$. Meaning, how to compute the integral : $$\int_{0}^{\infty}\text{li}(t)e^{-st}dt$$
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Asymptotic behavior of the generalized polygamma function

The generalized polygamma function$^{[1]}$$\!^{[2]}$ is defined as $$\psi^{(\nu)}(z)=e^{-\gamma\!\;\nu}\;\partial_\nu\!\left(\frac{e^{\gamma\!\;\nu}\;\zeta(\nu+1,z)}{\Gamma(-\nu)}\right),\tag1$$ where ...
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A difficult integral $\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\sin 2t}{1+t^3}\, {\rm d}t$

Here is an integral that I want to see a different approach: $$\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\sin 2t}{1+t^3}\, {\rm d}t$$ Well, for someone who is deeply aware of the exponential integral function and the ...
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Another integral involving a Gaussian and a logarithm

By generalizing methods used in An integral involving a Gaussian and a logarithm. I have computed the following integral below: \begin{eqnarray} \tilde{\mathcal I}(A) &:=& ...
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The ratio of jacobi theta functions

Let $q=e^{2\pi i\tau}$. If $\theta_2$ and $\theta_3$ are jacobi theta functions , is it true that the ratio of the two functions can be expressed as a continued fraction of the form $$ ...
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Why is it that the Lambert W relation cannot be expressed in terms of elementary functions?

According to this Wikipedia page, the Lambert W relation cannot be expressed in terms of elementary functions. However, it does not explain why this is the case. An elementary function is "a ...
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Switching the order of summations of a certain function

I am looking to switch the order of the summations of the following function: $$ \lambda = -\sum_{c=1}^{n-1} \sum_{k=c}^n {k \choose c} \frac{(-1)^k}{k!} f^{k-c}U(-c,k-2c+1,-f)\phi(n,k) $$ I don't ...
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Why is the Gamma function off by 1 from the factorial? [duplicate]

Why didn't they define it as $$ \tilde \Gamma(x) = \int_0^\infty t^x e^{-t} \, dt ?$$ Then the definition would have two less characters than the standard definition of $\Gamma(x)$, and we would have ...
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Computing a double gamma-digamma-trigamma series

What are your thoughts on this series? $$\sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \sum _{n=1}^{\infty } \frac{\Gamma (k)^2 \Gamma (n) }{\Gamma (2 k+n)}((\psi ^{(0)}(n)-\psi ^{(0)}(2 k+n)) (\psi ^{(0)}(k)-\psi ^{(0)}(2 ...
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a q-continued fraction related to the octahedral group

Let $q=e^{2\pi i\tau}$. If $u(\tau)$ is Ramanujan's octic continued fraction, $$u(\tau)=\cfrac{\sqrt{2}\,q^{1/8}}{1+\cfrac{q}{1+q+\cfrac{q^2}{1+q^2+\cfrac{q^3}{1+q^3+\ddots}}}}$$ is it true that ...
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Logarithmic derivative of Polygamma functions

While studying Gamma function and related functions I noticed that its logarithmic derivative (the so-called Digamma function) is studied more than its "normal" derivative but on the other hand I ...
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Derivation of approximation of Error function

In Abramowitz and Stegun there are some formulas for approximation of Error funtion. I am intrested in the formulas $7.1.25$ to $7.1.28$, here is one of them ($7.1.26$). ...
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research in special function with Lie algebra

First of all, I don't know if this is the right place to ask about this. If not, please direct me somewhere I can get more help. I have to research in the field of special functions with a lie ...
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Is there a name for this type of integral $\int_a^b \frac{P(x)}{\sqrt{1-P(x)^2}}dx$?

Given a polynomial of arbitrary degree, $P(x)$, on $[a,b]$ is there a name for this type of integral: $$\int_a^b \frac{P(x)}{\sqrt{1-P(x)^2}}dx$$