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

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Infinite sum of products of four Bessel functions

The discrete Schrödinger equation for two interacting electrons in 1D under an electric field reads $$ E\psi_{mn}=[(m+n)F+U\delta_{mn}]\psi_{mn}-\psi_{m+1,n}-\psi_{m-1,n} -\psi_{m,n+1}-\psi_{m,n-1}\ . ...
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Generalizing 1D function to higher dimensions

I have a function in 1D given by $f(x) = \tanh(x-x_1) + \tanh(x-x_2)$. I want to generalize this to two dimensions, such that it describes a circle. The function $f(x,y)$ has to have a form such that ...
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get a integral from another

if $\int\limits_{0}^{+\infty}x^3e^{-\alpha x^2} dx=\frac{1}{2A}$ then $\int\limits_{0}^{+\infty}x^4e^{-\alpha x^2} dx=$ i tried to use integration by parts $$\begin{align} ...
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Comprehensive summary of where the function $\pi^{-\frac x\pi}$ can be encountered

I am studying the special functions, including the Riemann Xi and Zeta, and everywhere a function $\pi^{-\frac x\pi}$ pops up, usually as multiplier to the Gamma function. But yet I am not sure this ...
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Definite integral of a hypergeometric function of an imaginary argument

How would one deal with such an integral? $$\int_0^\infty\frac{e^{-n r}}{r}{}_1F_1(i/k+1;2;2i kr) \, \mathrm{d} r$$ Here $F$ is the confluent hypergeometric function, $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $k>0$ ...
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Numerical approximation of the modified Bessel function $I_0$ with radical argument for integration purposes

I have to numerically calculate the following definite integral $$\int_{\alpha}^{\beta}I_0(a\sqrt{1-x^2})dx$$ for different values of $\alpha$ and $\beta$, where $a$ has a value of, say, $30$. I'm ...
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evaluation of the limit $\lim_{u\to 0}\phantom{ }_0F_1(1,-u)u^{1-\alpha/2}$

What are the values of the limits \begin{equation} \lim_{u\to 0}\phantom{}_0F_1(1,-u)u^{1-\alpha/2}=?\\ \lim_{u\to \infty}\phantom{}_0F_1(1,-u)u^{1-\alpha/2}=? \end{equation} where ...
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2-increasing functions

I'm trying to learn about copulas. Two definitions I've come across are the H-volume of a rectangle, which is defined as $V_H=H(x_2,y_2)-H(x_2,y_1)-H(x_1,y_2)+H(x_1,y_1)$. The function H, whose ...
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the integral of $\sin(z^2) \exp\left({-4z^2xy \over y^2-x^2}\right)$ can be written in Fresnel integrals?

$$\int_{0}^{(y^2-x^2)/ 4t}s^{-1/2} \sin(s) \exp\left({-4sxy \over y^2-x^2}\right)\mathrm{d}s=2\int_{0}^{\sqrt{(y^2-x^2)/4t}}\sin(z^2) \exp\left({-4z^2xy \over y^2-x^2}\right)\mathrm{d}z$$ I applied ...
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Where can I find simple integration problems (and other computational exercises) involving special functions?

Working lots of computational exercises in my pre-calculus and calculus classes has given me a great deal of intuition in dealing with elementary functions. Thanks to these years of practice, I can ...
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$\frac{\sin(nx)}{\sin(x)}=(-4)^{(n-1)/2} \prod_{1\leq j \leq (n-1)/2}(\, \sin^2(x)-\sin^2(\frac{2\pi j}{n})\,)$

In Serre's A Course in Arithmetic, it states For $n$ odd and positive integer, proof that $\frac{\sin(nx)}{\sin(x)}=(-4)^{(n-1)/2} \prod_{1\leq j \leq (n-1)/2}(\,\sin^2(x)-\sin^2(\frac{2\pi ...
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Interesting log sine integrals $\int_0^{\pi/3} \log^2 \left(2\sin \frac{x}{2} \right)dx= \frac{7\pi^3}{108}$

Show that $$\begin{aligned} \int_0^{\pi/3} \log^2 \left(2\sin \frac{x}{2} \right)dx &= \frac{7\pi^3}{108} \\ \int_0^{\pi/3}x\log^2 \left(2\sin\frac{x}{2} \right)dx &= ...
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Write$\frac{\sin(nx)}{\sin(x)}$ as polynomial in $\sin^2(x)$ [closed]

How to write $\frac{\sin (nx)}{\sin(x)}$ as a polynomial of degree $\frac{(n-1)}{2}$ in $\sin^2(x)$, where $n$ is a positive odd number.
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About the Beta function : $\text{B}\left(\frac{4}{3},\frac{2}{3}\right)$.

Find the value of : $\text{B}\left(\frac{4}{3},\frac{2}{3}\right)$, where $\text{B}(x,y)$ is the Beta function. Why do I need this ? Because I want to calculate : $$ \int\limits_{ - \infty }^\infty ...
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Circumference of a superellipse?

Could someone help me formulate the circumference of a superellipse? $$\frac{x^n}{a^n} + \frac{y^n}{b^n} = 1$$ If it makes things easier, I'm considering only the cases $n>2$, and ...
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What is the sigmoid *squashing* function?

I've just read the following The basic unit ("neuron" i) performs the following computation to update its state $y_i$: it computes a weighted sum $v_i$ of its inputs $x:j$ which is passed ...
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Limit of Ratio of Chebyshev Polynomials

I have been trying to compute the limit $$\lim_{n\to\infty}{{U_n(x)^2}\over{U_{n-1}(x)^2+U_n(x)^2}}$$ where $U_n(x)$ is the $n$-th Chebyshev polynomial of the second kind and $x\ge 1$. Using software ...
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Proving an “amazing” claim regarding $\zeta( 3)$ and Apéry's proof

I recently printed a paper that asks to prove the "amazing" claim that for all $a_1,a_2,\dots$ $$\sum_{k=1}^\infty\frac{a_1a_2\cdots a_{k-1}}{(x+a_1)\cdots(x+a_k)}=\frac{1}{x}$$ and thus (probably) ...
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How to find a $\theta$ function verifying this property?

Let $r>4$ and $n>1$ be positive integers. Intuitively, the infinite sum $$S=\sum_{m=1}^{∞}\frac{2m}{r^{m^2}}$$ is related to a $\theta$ function. However, I cannot find a way to calculate this ...
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Does sinc function have any special inverse function defined?

We know that $y=xe^x$ cannot be solved for $x$ using elementary functions. The Lagrange inversion theorem can be used for finding a "new" function that would be the inverse function of the above ...
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finding a harmonic sum using residues/complex analysis

Evaluate: $$S = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{H_n}{n^2}$$ Using complex analysis. I just needs hints, I have no attempts, but I believe is has to do with residues.
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Integrals involving Marqum Q and Gaussian functions

I want to evaluate the following double integral. Any closed form solution exists? $$I(x)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{-y^2}e^{-z^2} Q_1 \left[\sqrt{y^2+z^2},\sqrt{2x}\right]^2 ...
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sinc function in terms of Hermite function

Is there any formula which represent the sinc function $\operatorname{\rm sinc}(x)=\dfrac{\sin(\pi x)}{\pi x}$ (its expansion) in terms of the Chebychev-Hermite function?
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Software to compute spherical harmonics in higher than 3 dimensions (100 or maybe 500 dimensions)?

I have been trying to find an implementation of Spherical harmonics for higher dimensional data but I couldnt find anything in Sage, Mathematica, Matlab. Does anyone have any idea of a standard/fast ...
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How to Derive this Digamma identity?

I dont see the transition from $(-z)^k$ in the fist sum to the transition to $(z+2)^k$ in the second sum? How is that derived?
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Residue of $f(z)$ using Laurent Series at $z=-2$ [duplicate]

Calculate the residue of: $$f(z) = \frac{\psi(-z)}{(z+1)(z+2)^3} \space \text{at} \space z=-2$$ Where $\psi(z)$ is the digamma function, and $\zeta(z)$ is the Riemann-zeta function (below). The ...
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Weber-type integral

In connection with this answer, I came across the following integral: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{du}{u} \: \,e^{-t u^2} \frac{J_0(u) Y_0(r u)-J_0(r u) Y_0(u)}{J_0^2(u)+Y_0^2(u)}$$ where $r \gt 1$. I ...
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From $P(x;W) = \frac{1}{Z(W)} \exp \bigl[ \frac{1}{2} x^T W x \bigr]$ to Sigmoid

In a book chapter that talks about the Boltzmann distribution, $$ P(x;W) = \frac{1}{Z(W)} \exp \bigg[ \frac{1}{2} x^T W x \bigg] $$ where $W$ is symmetric with zero diagonal. It makes a seque ...
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Showing that the linear twist map is sensitive dependent

Choose $\Delta=\frac{1}{2}$ (I believe this value should work). let $\delta > 0$ and let $\textbf{x}_1=(x_1,y_1) \in X$. I assuming that $d$ is the Euclidean distance. Somehow I think we ...
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Uniform limits of pathological functions

I'm interested in the following (perhaps somewhat artificial) problem: Suppose $f$: $\mathbb{R}\longrightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is a function taking open subsets $U\neq\emptyset$ to dense subsets. It's ...
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Convexity of $\theta(q)$

Define Jacobi's (fourth) theta function with argument zero and nome $q$: $$\theta(q) = 1+2\sum_{n=1}^\infty (-1)^n q^{n^2}$$ plot of the function via Wolfram|Alpha plot of the function via Sage I ...
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Lambert W function, W(x), representation for entire domain

The Taylor series for the Lambert W function is $W_0(x)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-n)^{n-1}x^n}{n!},\left\{x\in\mathbb{R}:|x|<\frac{1}{e}\right\}$. Is there any exact closed form way to express ...
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Integral involving bessel function/gaussian/rational function

I'd like to solve: $$\int_0^{\infty}\quad J_1(ak)\,\frac{b+k^2}{(k-\alpha_1)(k-\alpha_2)(k-\alpha_3)(k-\alpha_4)}\,\exp(-ck^2)\,\,dk$$ Is there any specific rule for it? Thanks!
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Solution of Bessel equation

Prove that for a Bessel function in its normal form that is: $$u'' + \left(1 + \frac{1-(4*p^2)}{4x^2}\right)u=0$$ if $p > \frac12$ then every interval of length $\pi$ contains at most one zero of ...
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Derivated function $f$ so that $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ and $f'(x)f(y)=f(x)f'(y)$ for all $x,y \in \Bbb R$

Let $f:\Bbb R\to \Bbb R$ a derivated function in all $\Bbb R$ that satisfies the condition $$f(x+y)=f(x)f(y),\;\,\,\text{for all $x,y \in \Bbb R$}$$ I already tried that $f'(x)f(y)=f(x)f'(y)$ for ...
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Closed form for generating function of Riemann Xi function

What is the closed form for $$f(x)=\ \sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{\xi(k)x^k}{k!}$$ or $$g(x)=\frac12 \sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{\xi(k+1/2)x^k}{k!}$$ or $$w(x)=\frac12 \sum_{k=1}^\infty ...
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Question Mark Function and continued fraction representations

One could defined Minkowki's question mark question by : $$?(x) = a_0 + 2 \sum_{n= 1}^\infty \dfrac{(-1)^{n+1}}{2^{a_0 +\dots +a_k}},$$ with $x = [a_0;a_1,a_2,\dots]$. Is Minkowski's question mark ...
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Calculate $\int_0^1\frac{\log^2(1+x)\log(x)\log(1-x)}{1-x}dx$

Prove that: $$ I=\int_0^1\frac{\log^2(1+x)\log(x)\log(1-x)}{1-x}dx=\frac{7}{2}\zeta(3){\log^22}-\frac{\pi^2}{6}{\log^32}-\frac{\pi^2}{2}\zeta(3)+{6}\zeta(5)-\frac{\pi^4}{48}\ln2 $$ Using ...
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Intuitive explanation why in some contexts logarithm shifted by Euler-Mascheroni constant is more natural

Natural logarithm is defined as inverse function to exponent. This way defined it has the value of $0$ in $x=1$. But if we define natural integral the following way ...
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Computing a nasty integral (probably with computer algebra system)

I'm trying to do this integral, not sure if it is possible: $$ \int_{1}^{\infty}\int_{0}^{\infty} \exp\left(\, -\,{x^{2} \over y^{2}}\,\right) \exp\left(\,-\,{y^{2} \over z^{2}}\,\right) \exp\left(\, ...
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Incomplete Fermi-Dirac integrals and polylogs

The complete Fermi-Dirac integrals $$ F_s(x) = \frac{1}{\Gamma(s+1)} \int\limits_{0}^{\infty} \frac{t^s}{e^{t-x}+1} \: dt $$ are related to the polylogarithms, see http://dlmf.nist.gov/25.12#iii $$ ...
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Solution of Bessels differential equation

What is the solution of the of the differential equation $x^{2}y''+xy'+\left(4x^{2}-\dfrac{9}{25}\right)y=0$ in terms of Bessel's polynomial of the form $y=AJ_{n}(x)+BJ_{-n}(x)$, where $A$ and $B$ are ...
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Approximation for elliptic integral of second kind

My (physics) book gives the following approximation: $\int_{-\pi/2}^{\pi/2} \sqrt{1-(1-a^2) \sin(k)^2} dk \approx 2 + (a_1 - b_1 \ln a^2) a^2 + O(a^2 \ln a^2)$ where a1 and b1 are "(unspecified) ...
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Integral $\int_0^1 \frac{x\log x+1-x}{x \log^2 x}\log(1+x)\, dx=\log\frac{4}{\pi}$

Hi I am trying to prove this $$ I:=\int_{0}^{1} {x\log\left(\,x\,\right) + 1 - x \over x\log^{2}\left(\,x\,\right)}\, \log\left(\,1 + x\,\right)\,{\rm d}x=\log\left(\,4 \over \pi\,\right). $$ Thanks. ...
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Evaluating $\int \arccos\bigl(\frac{\cos(x)}{r}\bigr) \, \mathrm{d}x$

The title says it all, really - I am looking for $$\int \arccos\left(\frac{\cos(x)}{r}\right) \, \mathrm{d}x$$ where $0<r<1$ and $x$ is in a domain where the integrand is real. It came up ...
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Special functions as representations of Lie Groups

-The spherical harmonics $Y_{lm}$ are complete on $L^2(S^2)$. They are also a representation of the (compact) Lie group $SO_3 (\mathbf{R})$. -The functions $e^{i n x}$ are complete on ...
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Intersection of functions $\ln(x)$ and $\frac{1}{x}$

How to find $x$ such that $$\ln(x)=\frac{1}{x}$$ Thank you!
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Is $ d^m_xP_l(x) d^{m+1}_xP_{l+1}(x)- d^m_xP_{l+1}(x) d^{m+1}_xP_{l}(x)$ positive?

Does the expression $$ d^m_xP_l(x) d^{m+1}_xP_{l+1}(x)- d^m_xP_{l+1}(x) d^{m+1}_xP_{l}(x)$$ always have a fixed sign ( so is it always positive or negative) on the interval(-1,1)?. $P_l$ is the l-th ...
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Changing a sigmoid curve to have an adjustable point of inflection

I am trying to an implement an adjustable Sigmoid curve such as in the YouTube video here. I found a potentially good candidate: $$f_k(x) = \frac{\left(x-x\cdot k\right)}{k-\left|x\right|\cdot 2\cdot ...