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

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Implementation of Jacobi theta functions in Matlab

I need Jacobi theta functions for my Matlab program. The functions are not included in the predefined Matlab functions. Doing a simple Google search, I found a package developed by Moiseev I. in 2008. ...
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Fourier series in spherical coordinates?

I'm reading an article and he just state: let $f\left(\theta,\varphi\right)$ be of this form $$f\left(\theta,\varphi\right)={\sum}g_{m}\left(\theta\right)e^{im\varphi},$$ I'm on the unitary ...
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How does one simplify this series expression?

I am trying to prove the Rodrigues formula for the Legendre polynomials from the power series recursion relation (obtained through the Frobenius method). On page 3 of this article, I can follow the ...
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Exist a quasi periodic function whose derivative is not almost periodic?

I learned from "A Note On Almost Periodic Variational Equations" by P. Giesl and M. Rasmussen that there exist almost periodic functions (in fact limit periodic) such that their (strong) derivative is ...
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Definite integral with exponential and algebraic functions

I came across definte integral: $I(a, b) = \int_{a-b}^{a+b} \frac{1}{e^x -1} \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-(x-a)^2/b^2}} ~\mathrm{d}x $ Mathematica was not able to guide a closed form solution, but I am hoping ...
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Find monotonic functions going from $0$ to $+\infty$ for $x \in (-\infty,+\infty)$ (similar to $e^x$)

How can we find functions on $\mathbb{R}$ with exponential-like properties, namely: $f(x)$ is infinitely differentiable; $f(x)$ and all its derivatives are monotonic; $f(x)$ and all its derivatives ...
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Can anybody recognise this equation?

I just wonder if the following equation is a known special function? $$\left(u(1-u^2)\frac{d^2}{du^2}-(u^2+1)\frac{d}{du}-\frac{au}{(1-u^2)}-\frac{bu^3}{(1-u^2)}+c\right)G(u,u')=0,$$ where $a$, $b$, $...
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Improper integral involving sinc function and Pochhammer symbol

Can anyone please advise me how to integrate expressions of the form $\text{sinc}\,(x) / (1-x)_n$ along the real axis? Using a CAS, one could suggest that $$ n! \int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{\sin \pi x}...
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Completeness Relation for Tricomi Confluent Hypergeometric Function

Consider the Kummer differential equation $$ \frac{d}{dz}\left[z^be^{-z}\frac{dw}{dz}\right]=az^{b-1}e^{-z}w,\quad z\in\mathbb{R}. $$ It is an eigenvalue problem of Sturm-Liouville type with weight ...
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Asymptotics of a series involving cos integral functions

I'm looking for the asymptotic expansion( or value ) of the following function \begin{equation} F[y,t] = \sideset{}{'}\sum_{n \in \mathbb{Z}}\text{Ci}\big[\frac{n^2}{t}\big] - \text{Ci}\big[\frac{(n+...
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Are polylogarithms the simplest functions that decay exponentially in one limit, and grow polynomially in another limit?

I have a function $f(x)$ which is defined as the solution to a certain differential equation. The boundary conditions are that in the $x\rightarrow \infty$ limit, it should be asymptotically ...
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Mixing distribution.

Let $\theta$ in $[0,1]$ and defined for $u,v\in [0,1]$, $$C_\theta (u,v)=\begin{cases}\min(u.v),&&|v-u|\ge \theta\\ \max(u+v-1,0), && |u+v-1|\ge 1-\theta\\ (u+v-\theta)/2,&& ...
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Let $\theta(z) = \sum q^{n^2}$, is $\theta(-1/z)$ also a theta function?

I am learning about theta functions. Let $q = e^{2\pi i \, z}$ and $\theta(z) = \sum q^{n^2}$. How does it behave under $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$ ? In general we have: $$ \theta\left( - \frac{1}...
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Definition of elementary and special functions

This is a (perhaps) naive question, but one that I have been thinking about lately. Is it a true statement that all functions (elementary or special) can be defined as the solution to a particular ...
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Closed-form solution to $\frac{\ln x}{x} = k$

What is the solution in $x$ to $$\frac{\ln x}{x} = k ?$$ I suspect this has something to do with the Lambert W function, since that's used in solutions of the form $x\ln(x) = k$, but the Wikipedia ...
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Does asymptotic expansion of Whittaker function $W_{\lambda , \mu}(z)$ exist for $|\lambda| \to 0$?

Suppose Whittaker function $$ \tag 1 W_{\lambda , \mu}(z) $$ Does some asymptotic expansion exist for the case $|\lambda| \to 0$? I'm interested not in the case of $\lambda = 0$, but in the case of ...
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Almost periodic function vs quasi periodic function

I am doing some work regarding quasi periodic function but I am not able to figure out the difference between almost periodic and quasi periodic functions.Can anyone let me know about it? Thanks ...
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Asymptotics of this HyperGeometric Function

I have a function $$f(x)=x^{2m}\text{ }_2F_1\left(\frac{1}{2},-m;\frac{3}{2};-\frac{1}{x^2}\right)$$ where $x>0$. I am interested in asymptotics in the two extreme limits: $$\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} ...
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The Wronskian of parabolic cylinder function and the plane wave

Suppose equation $$ \tag 1 \ddot{y} + (t^2\theta (t - t_{i}) + p^2)y(t) = 0, \quad t \in (t_{0}, \infty) $$ (here $\theta (t - t_{i})$ is the step function) with initial condition $$ \tag 2 y(t \to t_{...
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The expression of the sum of infinite gaussian functions

Let $f(x|\mu,\sigma^2)$ be the gaussian function (normal distribution): $$f(x|\mu,\sigma^2)=\frac{1}{\sigma\sqrt{2\pi}}e^{ -\frac{(x-\mu)^2}{2\sigma^2} }$$ We know its integral over $\mathbb{R}$ is ...
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general procedure for contour integration of $\int_{0}^{\infty} \mathrm{Ai}(x)^{n} dx$

In Richard Crandall's On The Quantum Zeta Function, following eq. 4.11: $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}\mathrm{Ai}(x)^{2}dx=\frac{\Gamma(\tfrac{5}{6})}{2\pi^{5/6}12^{1/6}} $$ “again derivable by contour ...
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The domain of the Digamma function and its extension

First, we know that $\Gamma(x)>0$, for all $x>0$, so define $\psi(x)=\frac{\mathrm{d} }{\mathrm{d} x}\ln(\Gamma(x))=\Gamma'(x)/\Gamma(x)$, for all $x>0$. This is the Digamma function. It is ...
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Definite integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} e^{-a t} \log(t)\log(1+t)\,dt$

Is there a closed-form expression (possibly in terms of special functions) for the integral: $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} e^{-a t}\log(t)\log(1+t)\,dt, $$ where $a>0$?
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Why does the asymptotic expansion of the real-valued Kummer function contain complex terms?

Working on a problem in spectral theory, I need to study the asymptotics of a confluent hypergeometric function (here $(a)_0=1$ and $(a)_s=a(a+1)\cdots(a+s-1)$ denote the Pochhammer symbol) $$ \...
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Integral of a power of the complementary error function

I would like to know if is it possible to calculate analytically the following integral: $$J=\int_0^{x_0}\operatorname{erfc}(x)^kdx$$ with $k=2,3,4,...N$ where $\operatorname{erfc}(x)$ is the ...
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Write function $F$, based on parameters?

Let $$U=x+y+z\, ,$$ $$V=xy+yz+zx\, ,$$ $$W=xyz\, .$$ and we have $F(U,V,W)=x^4+y^4+z^4$. My question it is, How to write function $F$, based on parameters $U$ , $V$ and $W$?
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Inequality for Gamma function

Prove that $$0<\frac{\Gamma(x+y)}{\Gamma(xy)-1}\leq3$$ for all $x>0,y>0, xy>2.$ And equality holds $x=y=2.$
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Where was the mistake

we know that $$\frac{\pi^2}{6}=\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{t}{e^t-1}dt$$, we also know that $\frac{t}{e^t-1}$ is the generating function for the Bernoulli numbers i.e $ \frac{t}{e^t-1} =\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\...
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Support width of the difference of two rect functions.

We let $\operatorname{rect}(t)\equiv \chi_{(-\frac 12, \frac 12)}(t) $ when $|t|\ne \frac 12$ and $\operatorname{rect}(t)=\frac 12$ if $|t|=\frac 12$. Let $\operatorname{rect}(t_1,t_2)\equiv 1$ when $...
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The Wronskian of parabolic cylinder functions

Suppose I have the second order differential equation $$ y''(t) + (k^{2} + m^{2}t^2)y(t) = 0, \quad 0< t_{0} < t < \infty $$ The solution of this equation is parabolic cylinder functions, ...
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About asymptotic expansion of parabolic cylinder functions

Let's have the parabolic cylinder function $U(a,z)$. I'm interested in its asymptotics for large argument $z$. Here I've found it, but I'm a bit confuzed now because of expressions $(12.9.1)$ and $(12....
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Integrating a product of complicated exponential function and error function

I have a problem with the following integral $$\int_0^\infty\dfrac{{\rm e}^{-t-(x^2-a^2)/t}}{t}Erf\left(\frac{a}{\sqrt{t}}\right)\,{\rm d}t, $$ where $0\le a<x$ and Erf stands for the error ...
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$\operatorname{Re}(\operatorname{Li}_3(z))$ for real $z\geq1$ in terms of elementary functions?

According to the article by Wood, D. "The Computation of Polylogarithms. Technical Report 15-92*", listed in the references about the polylogarithm on the Wikipedia, there is a form in terms of ...
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How to evaluate following integral?

Suppose the integral $$ \tag 1 I = \int \limits_{-\pi}^{\pi}dx \int \limits_{-\pi}^{\pi}\frac{dy}{\tau - \cos (2x) -2\cos(x)\cos(y)}, \quad t > 3 $$ How to evaluate it in terms of elliptic integral?...
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Proving that $\int_0^1 \frac{\log^2(x)\tanh^{-1}(x)}{1+x^2}dx=\beta(4)-\frac{\pi^2}{12}G$

I am trying to prove that $$I=\int_0^1 \frac{\log^2(x)\tanh^{-1}(x)}{1+x^2}dx=\beta(4)-\frac{\pi^2}{12}G$$ where $\beta(s)$ is the Dirichlet Beta function and $G$ is the Catalan's constant. I managed ...
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Functions that satisfy the identity $f\left(\frac{x}{t}\right) f\left(-\frac{y}{r}\right)=f\left(\frac{x-y}{t-r}\right)$

I am looking for function(s) which satisfy the following property: $$f\left(\frac{x}{t}\right) f\left(-\frac{y}{r}\right)=f\left(\frac{x-y}{t-r}\right)$$ I am not sure if there is any function ...
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combinatorial identity involving fraction and product of bionomial coefficients

How can I prove the following identity for $i\geq 1$: $$ \sum_{t=i}^{s-1} \frac{i}{t}\binom{2(s-t-1)}{s-t-1}\binom{2t-i-1}{t-1}= \binom{2s-i-2}{s-1}. $$ Perhaps I'll need to go to hypergeometric ...
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What is an example of a polynomial of degree as small as possible which meets this condition?

If $f$ is a function, what polynomial is a good approximation of order $n$ for $f$ near $x=0$? Here we say that $P$ is a good approximation of order $n$ for $f$ near $x=0$ when $E(x)$ approaches $0$ ...
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Derivatives wrt order of MacDonald function

I'm looking for a closed-form expression for $$ \left.\left[\frac{\partial^n}{\partial \nu^n}K_{\nu}(z)\right]\right|_{\nu=\pm\tfrac{1}{2}},\;\;n\ge1 $$ where $K_{\nu}(z)$ denotes the MacDonald ...
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Find the extended form of the group generated by an operator?

I tried to find the extended form of the group generated by the following operators. (I): The first operator $$A=z\frac{\partial }{\partial z}+1$$ To find the extended form of the group ...
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Check this value of $\int_{0}^{x}\frac{t^m}{(x-t)^\alpha}dt$

I want to prove that: $$\int_{0}^{x}\frac{t^m}{(x-t)^\alpha}dt=\frac{\Gamma(1-\alpha)\Gamma(m+1)}{\Gamma(m-\alpha+2)}x^{m-\alpha+1}$$ where $m$ is a positive integer and $\alpha \in [0,1]$. I ...
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How can I scale a value when it is within a threshold?

I am not a mathematician so I'm not even sure of the correct language to describe this. I also don't know what appropriate tags are for this question so please amend as necessary. I am looking ...
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hypergeometric transformation

I came across the following ${}_3F_2$ hypergeometric polynomial: $$ {}_3F_2\left(\left.\begin{array}{c} 1,1,-n\\ 2, -1-2n \end{array}\right| -x\right) $$ for some large $x > 0$. I am wondering ...
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Limit involving the inverse beta regularized function

Let $0<p<\frac{1}{2}$. I am looking for the limit: $$\lim_{t \to \infty} \left(\frac{t}{\frac{t}{I_{2 p}^{-1}\left(\frac{t}{2},\frac{1}{2}\right)}-2 \sqrt{t} \sqrt{\frac{1}{I_{2 p}^{-1}\left(\...
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How can I evaluate $\int_{0}^{1}\frac{(\arctan x)^2}{1+x^{2}}\ln\left ( 1+x^{2} \right )\mathrm{d}x$

How to calculate this relation? $$I=\int_{0}^{1}\frac{(\arctan x)^2}{1+x^{2}}\ln\left ( 1+x^{2} \right )\mathrm{d}x=\frac{\pi^3}{96}\ln{2}-\frac{3\pi\zeta{(3)}}{128}-\frac{\pi^2G}{16}+\frac{\beta{(4)}...
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How to make analytic continuation and compute imaginary part

Suppose I have the function $$ \tag 0 G(x) = g(x)K\left(k(x)\right), $$ where $$ k(x) = \frac{4\sqrt{x}}{(x-1)^{\frac{3}{2}}(x+3)^{\frac{1}{2}}}, $$ $$ g(x) = \frac{2}{\sqrt{x}}k(x), $$ and $K(x)$ is ...
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Hermite Polynomials: Rodrigues to Integral Representation

I would like to go from this representation of the Hermite polynomials: $$H_n(z)=(-1)^ne^{z^2}\frac{d^n}{dz^n}e^{-z^2} \tag{1}$$ to this representation $$H_n(z)=\frac{2^n}{\sqrt{\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^...
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Integral involving power of incomplete gamma function

I have the following integral that I am trying to solve $$I= \int_0^\infty e^{-\beta x} x^{\mu-1} \tilde{\gamma}(\nu, \alpha x)^\xi dx $$ where $\beta \in \mathbb{R}^+ $, $\nu \in \mathbb{R}^+$, $\xi ...
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Modified Bessel Function Integral representation proof $K_{\nu}(z)=\frac{z^{\nu}}{2^{\nu+1}}\int_{0}^{\infty}t^{-\nu-1}e^{-t-z^{2}/4t}dt $

How do I proof the following integral representation for the Modified Bessel function of the second kind (Macdonald Function). $K_{\nu}(z)=\frac{z^{\nu}}{2^{\nu+1}}\int_{0}^{\infty}t^{-\nu-1}e^{-t-z^{...
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About the domain of the Gamma function

I started to read about the history of the Gamma Function. There are three places I liked most, The early history of the factorial function (p. 239 - 243) Leonhard Euler's Integral: An Historical ...