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

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Computing $\sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \frac{\Gamma \left(\frac{k}{2}+1\right)}{k^2 \Gamma \left(\frac{k}{2}+\frac{3}{2}\right)}$ in closed form

What tools other than beta function you might like to use here? $$\sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \frac{\displaystyle \Gamma \left(\frac{k}{2}+1\right)}{\displaystyle k^2 \Gamma ...
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Does $ \sum_{(m,n) \neq (0,0)} \frac{(-1)^{m+n}}{m^2 + n^2} $ have an exact value?

I am looking for an $\mathbb{Z}[i]$ analogue of the alternating harmonic series: $L(1,\chi)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty (-1)^n \frac{1}{n} = \frac{\pi}{4}$. If we try adding the reciprocals of the Gaussian ...
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Finding the inverse of the function $f(k, x) = k^{x}x.$

Recently, I have been looking at the function $f(x) = e^{x}x,$ where its inverse is the Lambert W function. I was intrigued by the fact that it is rather hard to calculate its solution, in comparison ...
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A new $q$-continued fraction of order $12$

I think I may have discovered a $q$-continued fraction of order $12$ with a form different from that established by Mahadeva Naika. Let $q=e^{2i \pi \tau}=\exp(2i \pi \tau)$, then, $$\begin{aligned} ...
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How can I prove $\pi=e^{3/2}\prod_{n=2}^{\infty}e\left(1-\frac{1}{n^2}\right)^{n^2}$?

I am interested about some infinite product representations of $\pi$ and $e$ like this. Last week I found this formula on internet ...
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Verify $\frac {\partial B} {\partial T} =$ $\frac{c}{(e^\frac{hf}{kT}-1)^2}\frac{hf}{kT^2}e^\frac{hf}{kT}$

Find an expression for $\frac {\partial B} {\partial T}$ applied to the Black-Body radiation law by Planck: $$B(f,T)=\frac{2hf^3}{c^2\left(e^\frac{hf}{kT}-1\right)}$$ The correct answer (I believe) ...
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Functions to manipulate (increase) probability exponentially or logaritmically?

Very simple. I want a function to manipulate a probability in order increase it without getting out of the range of 0 to 1. Basically a function similar to the blue lines in the following sketch: ...
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An integral involving the Gamma function

By utilizing the results of two previously asked questions, Series involving Laguerre polynomials and Integral of binomial coefficients, what is a resulting value of the integral \begin{align} ...
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Laplace Transform of Kelvin functions

What is the value of the Laplace transform, in terms of the G-function, \begin{align} \int_{0}^{\infty} e^{-st} \, t^{m} \, \left(ber_{\nu}^{2}(t) + bei_{\nu}^{2}(t)\right) \, dt \hspace{5mm} ? ...
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Autocorrelated, discrete, bounded and symmetric random walk with no edge attraction

I need to move over a discrete set of linearly organized.. let's say "Japan steps" $S=\{0,\dots,c\}, c \in \mathbb{N}^*$. My current position is given by $d \in S$. On each time step, I need to draw ...
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Show that $\frac {\partial B} {\partial T} =$ $\frac{c}{(\exp\frac{hf}{kT}-1)^2}\frac{hf}{kT^2}$

Find an expression for $\frac {\partial B} {\partial T}$ applied to the Black-Body radiation law by Planck: $$B(f,T)=\frac{2hf^3}{c^2\left(\exp\frac{hf}{kT}-1\right)}$$ The correct answer is $\frac ...
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Creating an evenly distributed function $B=B(p)$ over the range $p=p_{min}$ to $p=p_{max}$

In these on statistical thermodynamics (pp. 62), I encountered this: The momentum distribution function $B(p)$ is evenly distributed over the allowed range: ...
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A differential equation I

Consider the second order differential equation \begin{align} 2 t^{3} y'' + (5 t^{2} - t) y' + (t^{2} - t + 1) y = 0 \end{align} with the conditions $y(0) = 0$ and $y'(0) = 1$. A solution is known in ...
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Properties of greatest integer function

I am curious to know some properties of the floor functions, for instance, $\lfloor a \cdot x \rfloor$, $\lfloor a1\cdot x1+a2\cdot x2 \rfloor$, etc. Is there any book that contains such properties ?
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Reducing multi-variable functions to a composition of 1- or 2-variable functions

There are some special functions of 3 or more complex variables that are analytic in some domain (a region in $\mathbb C^n$) with respect to each variable. To give some examples: the incomplete beta ...
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Series involving Laguerre polynomials

Given the series \begin{align} S_{x}(a) = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} (-1)^{k+1} \, \binom{x-1}{k} \, L_{k+n-1}(a) \end{align} where $L_{m}(x)$ is the Laguerre polynomial. By using \begin{align} L_{n}(z) = ...
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Simplifying real part of hypergeometric function with complex parameters

I am looking for a simpler representation of the following hypergeometric function with complex parameters in terms of more basic functions and manifestly real parameters: ...
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Integral of binomial coefficients

Let the integral in question be given by \begin{align} f_{n}(x) = \int_{1}^{x} \binom{t-1}{n} \, dt. \end{align} The integral can also be seen in the form \begin{align} f_{n}(x) = \frac{1}{n!} \, ...
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Is there an integral representation for $\frac{1}{n!}$?

I know that $n!$ has various integral representations, for instance the $\Gamma$ function. I was wondering if $\frac{1}{n!}$ has an integral representation.
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Scaling properties of Airy functions.

I'm specifically intereseted in how to rewrite $(\alpha\in \mathbb{R})$ $$\mathrm{Ai}(\alpha\cdot z)$$ as some constant times $\mathrm{Ai}(z).$ Edit: oops sorry I thought I had posted the question ...
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Fourier transform of cosine with square root

In relativistic mechanics, i came across the Fourier transform of the following function : $\cos \left(t \sqrt{x^2+m^2} \right)$ or $e^{it \sqrt{x^2+m^2}}$ ($t$ and $m$ are constants). Is there a way ...
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Cosh and Sinh analogs

We know that $$\cosh{x}+\sinh{x}=e^x$$ and that his can be expressed as $$\frac{e^x+e^{-x}}{2}+\frac{e^x-e^{-x}}{2}=\frac{(e^x+e^x)+(e^{-x}-e^{-x})}{2}=e^x$$ and this works out nicely because the ...
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The maximal size of between $\varphi(n)$ divided by $\lambda(n)$.

I want to find $$f(n) = \max\left\{\frac{\varphi(k)}{\lambda(k)} : 1 \leq k \leq n\right\}$$ In other words, I want to find the maximal value of $\frac{\varphi(k)}{\lambda(k)}$ when $k$ is ...
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What is the exact value of $\eta(6i)$?

Let $\eta(\tau)$ be the Dedekind eta function. In his Lost Notebook, Ramanujan played around with a related function and came up with some of the nice evaluations, $$\begin{aligned} \eta(i) &= ...
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Conway's box function generalized as a hierarchy of nested sets of real numbers

Conway's box function is the inverse of Minkowski's question mark function. It maps the dyadic rationals on the unit interval to the rationals using the Stern-Brocot tree (Farey sequence). When the ...
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Function with special behavior near zero

I'm looking for functions that have the following behaviors: $f(x) \to 0$ as $|x| \to 0$, as $x \to 0^+$, $\alpha < \frac{{df(x)}}{{d(x)}}$ for any $0<\alpha<\infty $. One example of ...
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Slow decreasing function that exhibits asymptotic behaviour.

I am currently doing some work on modelling the effects of treated nets usage on mosquito populations. Nets do not retain their maximum efficacy forever. They lose their chemical efficacy after about ...
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Quasi concavity and quasi convexity of a max function

Consider the production function: Q = max {K, L}. We have to find out whether this function is quasi concave or quasi convex. According to me, since this function is concave, it should automatically ...
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Solving $\int_0^{\infty}\,dk\,\exp{(-\delta^2k^2)}\,\frac{J_1(kR)}{k^2}$

I would like to understand if there is a closed formula for this integral: $$\int_0^{\infty}\,dk\,\exp{(-\delta^2k^2)}\,\frac{J_1(kR)}{k^2}$$ where $R,\delta>0$ and $J_1(\cdot)$ is the bessel ...
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Need Help Evaluating This Indefinite Integral

I would appreciate any help finding a possible closed form solution of this integral. $$\int\sqrt{\cosh(u)-\cos(v)}\cdot e^\frac{u}{2}~du$$ Any help would be greatly appreciated! The solution for ...
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Evaluate of $\int \frac{(a+bx)^k}{x} dx$

Consider the integral $$ \int \frac{(a+bx)^k}{x} dx. $$ Does this have a representation using (preferably) elementary or special functions? Edit: $0 <k<1$. Wolfram alpha produces an ...
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An equality involving the lower Gamma incomplete function

I'm trying to prove the following equality: $$ \gamma(r,x)=\int_0^x \Gamma(r,y) \sum_{m=1}^\infty\frac{e^{-(x-y) } (x-y) ^{mr-1}}{\Gamma(mr)}dy, $$ where $\Gamma(\cdot)$ is the Gamma function, ...
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Proving Bonnets' Recursion with Rodrigues' Formula

I would like to show that $(n+1)P_{n+1}(x)+nP_{n-1}(x)=(2n+1)xP_{n}(x)$ using Rodrigues' formula, not the generating function. I got to this point, but have not been able to progress further. ...
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Iteration of $\log(z) / \sqrt{z}$

The complex function $\log(z) / \sqrt{z}$ is a curiosity that I find interesting since one can express $e^{i\pi}+1=0$ as $\log(-1) / \sqrt{-1} = \pi$. My question is, what is the significance of the ...
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How do I visualize an $n$-dimensional function?

How do I visualize the concept of a function that has more than three dimensions in the context of noise functions? I understand that a one-dimensional function as a function that can be plotted in ...
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What's is the name of this function?

A function, $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$, is defined in the following way, \begin{equation} f(n)=\#\{m\mid m\leq n\text{ and there does not exists any integer }m'>m\text{ such that }m\text{ divides ...
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How to learn Digamma Function and how to take derivative of Gamma function?

How can I learn polygamma function?(More precisely digamma function)As I was learning Bessel Function of Second kind expressed in terms of power series digamma function is used.I have firm-grasp in ...
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Graph of Bessel Function 2nd kind

When I was graphing Bessel function of 1st kind using my 'Microsoft Mathematics' using the series and adding terms up to 0 to 20. I was getting very good approximation of the function x ranges from 0 ...
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Solution of Bessel function of 2nd kind positive integer order

How to derive series expansion of Bessel function of 2nd kind positive integer order? I am not asking about integral expression or any other crazy things like this.I want power series expansion ...
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Function to express a time interval with results between 0 and 1

Its my first time on here and my maths is poor so please be kind. I am working on a Masters dissertation focused on document clustering methods in which I would like to apply a weight based on the ...
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Equality with dilogarithms

During some calculations with definite integrals I happened to get the equality \begin{eqnarray} 2\, \textrm{Li}_2(-\frac{1}{2}) - 2 \, \textrm{Li}_2(\frac{1}{4})+ 2\, \textrm{Li}_2(\frac{2}{3})= 3 ...
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The log integrals $\int_{0}^{1/2} \frac{\log(1+2x) \log(x)}{1+x} \, dx $ and $ \int_{0}^{1/2} \frac{\log(1+2x) \log(1-x)}{1+x} \, dx$

Using M.N.C.E.'s suggestion in the comments, both integrals can be expressed in terms of integrals that can be evaluated by integrating by parts. In attempting to evaluate $ \displaystyle ...
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Can anyone come up with an example of a monotonously not-falling function whose breakpoints are everywhere dense set on $[0,1]$?

$$f: \displaystyle{R\to[0,1]}$$ I can't come up with one, can anyone else ? :D How about : $$f(x)=\begin{cases} x, x \in Q \\ 0, x\in I \end {cases}$$ ??
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How to compute the definite integrals of special functions?

How can these integrals be solved: $${1\over \pi} \int_{0}^{\infty}\left({{\sqrt{x}(a-bx)}\over {x^{3}+(a-bx)^{2}}}\right)\cos(\sqrt{\alpha x}) \exp(-xt)\,\mathrm{d} x, $$ and $${1\over \pi} ...
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Orthogonality of Spherical Bessel Function

How to prove Orthogonality of Spherical Bessel Function?
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Does $\int_{-1}^1\frac{\arctan x}{\text{arctanh}\,x}\,dx$ have a closed form?

Mathematica gives an approximate result of $1.581949621806183890451628...$, but no exact form. I predict it's a function of $e$ and $\pi$, and perhaps even the Golden Ratio $\phi$ (It certainly ...
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Double integral of symmetric polylogarithmic function over rectangular region

This question was inspired by M.N.C.E.'s wonderful response here. While exploring the possibility of generalizing his result, I found that a significant part of the problem reduced to evaluating the ...
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Some expectations of psi (digamma) function

I want to derive an Expectation-Maximization algorithm for my model. But some expectations of psi (digamma) function is needed in the procedure. Assuming I have a Gamma distributed random Variable ...
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Definite integral of arcsine over square-root of quadratic

For $a,b\in\mathbb{R}\land0<a\le1\land0\le b$, define $\mathcal{I}{\left(a,b\right)}$ by the integral ...