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Identification of a curious function

During computation of some Shapley values (details below), I encountered the following function: $$ f\left(\sum_{k \geq 0} 2^{-p_k}\right) = \sum_{k \geq 0} \frac{1}{(p_k+1)\binom{p_k}{k}}, $$ where ...
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On Shanks' quartic approximation $\pi \approx \frac{6}{\sqrt{3502}}\ln(2u)$

In Mathworld's "Pi Approximations", (line 58), Weisstein mentions one by the mathematician Daniel Shanks that differs by a mere $10^{-82}$, $$\pi \approx ...
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Non-trivial values of error function $\operatorname{erf}(x)$?

The so called error function $\operatorname{erf}(x)$ is defined as $$\operatorname{erf}(x)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\int_0^x e^{-t^2}dt,$$ and it is well known that $\operatorname{erf}(\infty)=1$. Are ...
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Divergence of the Derivative of the Prime Counting Function

On the one hand, the Prime Counting Function $\pi_0(x)$ maybe be written $$ \pi_0(x) = \operatorname{R}(x^1) - \sum_{\rho}\operatorname{R}(x^{\rho}) \tag{1} $$ with $ \operatorname{R}(z) = ...
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Relations connecting values of the polylogarithm $\operatorname{Li}_n$ at rational points

The polylogarithm is defined by the series $$\operatorname{Li}_n(x)=\sum_{k=1}^\infty\frac{x^k}{k^n}.$$ There are relations connecting values of the polylogarithm at certain rational points in the ...
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Is there a closed form for this sum?

While generalizing the previous result, I conjectured that the series expansion of \begin{align*} \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \arctan \left( \frac{2x \sin\theta}{1-x^{2}} \right) \arctan \left( \frac{2y ...
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Integral involving Complete Elliptic Integral of the First Kind K(k)

I have run into an integral involving the complete elliptic integral, which can be put into the following form after changing integration variables to the modulus: ...
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Is this similarity just a coincidence?

Here is the function $-1/x$: If we add infinitely many similar functions with a shift of pi/2 each in both directions, we get $\tan x$. But if we do the same only in one direction, we get ...
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Derivatives of the Struve functions $H_\nu(x)$, $L_\nu(x)$ and other related functions w.r.t. their index $\nu$

There are some known formulae for derivatives of the Bessel functions $J_\nu(x),\,$$Y_\nu(x),\,$$K_\nu(x),\,$$I_\nu(x)\,$with respect to their index $\nu$ for certain values of $\nu$, e.g. ...
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Different notions of q-numbers

It seems that most of the literature dealing with q-analogs defines q-numbers according to $$[n]_q\equiv \frac{q^n-1}{q-1}.$$ Even Mathematica uses this definition: with the built-in function QGamma ...
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Mixed Bessel Function integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} e^{- \lambda \left(\sqrt{(z+a)^2+b^2}+\sqrt{(z+c)^2+d^2}~\right)}\mathrm{d}z$

A tricky integral I have been working on, and probably doesn't have a solution in terms of known functions, is: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} e^{- \lambda ...
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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Question on the paper Donal F. Connon, “Some integrals involving the Stieltjes constants”

I'm reading Donal F. Connon, Some integrals involving the Stieltjes constants. It gives a definition of the generalized Stieltjes constants $\gamma_n(u)$ as coefficients in the Laurent series ...
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An infinite series expansion in terms of the polylogarithm function

We have the complex valued function: $$f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}\text{Li}_{-n}(z)\;\;\;\;\;\;\;(\left | z\right |<1)$$ We wish to recover the coefficients $a_{n}$. The only thing I though would ...
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How to compute this integral of Bessel functions?

I have $\alpha_\max$ a real number between $0$ and $\frac\pi2$. Furthermore $\zeta$ and $\xi$ are positive real numbers. Now I would like compute the integral $$\int_0^{\alpha_\max} \mathrm{e}^{i ...
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New generalization of Riemann Zeta?

I am interested in the following generalization of the Riemann Zeta function: $$ \zeta_M(s,c) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \left(\frac{n^2}{c^2} + \frac{c^2}{n^2}\right)^{-s} $$ This is most closely related ...
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Riemann zeta function and Bernoulli function

I encountered the following problem: Show that $$\zeta(2n+1)=\frac{(-1)^{n+1}(2\pi)^{2n+1}}{2(2n+1)!}\int_0^{1}B_{2n+1}(x)\cot({\pi}x)dx$$ where $B_{2n+1}(x)$ is the Bernoulli polynomial. This ...
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Contour integral representation of Confluent Hypergeometric Function

My brain is spinning around in circles trying to reconcile three distinct contour-integral representation of the confluent hypergeometric function $_1F_1(a,b,z)$ for $b \in \mathbb{Z}_+$: From ...
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Second derivative of Hypergeometric function

I'm looking for the following second derivative $$ \kappa_2 := \left . \frac{d^2}{d\lambda^2} \ln \left({_2F_1}\!\left(\tfrac{1}{2},\,- \lambda;\,1;\,\alpha\right)\right) \right \vert_{\lambda = ...
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Identity involving $\zeta(3)$

This is related to this question and my partial answer to it. I've found that the proof of the 2nd identity reduces to showing that ...
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Hints/Help studying an Abel Differential Equation

I want to know more than qualitative information about the Abel differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}+y^3+x=0$. $\qquad ... \;(1)$ Since I don´t know how to solve this and as far as could see, this ...
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Evaluting $ \int_0^{\infty}\frac{v}{\sqrt{v + c}}e^{-\frac{y^2}{2(v + c)} - \frac{(u-v)^2}{u^2v}}dv$

While working on mixture (variance) of normal distribution and keep running into these two integrals $$ \int_0^{\infty}\dfrac{v}{\sqrt{v + c}}e^{-\dfrac{y^2}{2(v + c)} - \dfrac{(u-v)^2}{u^2v}}dv,$$ ...
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relationship between solution of quintic in terms of $_{4}F_{3}$ hypergeometric function and theta functions

There is one approach (Bring radical/method of differential resolvents) to the general solution to the quintic that gives the solution for a particular root $v\in\{v_{1},v_{2},v_{3},v_{4},v_{5}\}$ in ...
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Closed-form of sums from Fourier series of $\sqrt{1-k^2 \sin^2 x}$

Consider the even $\pi$-periodic function $f(x,k)=\sqrt{1-k^2 \sin^2 x}$ with Fourier cosine series $$f(x,k)=\frac{1}{2}a_0+\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n \cos2nx,\quad a_n=\frac{2}{\pi}\int_0^{\pi} ...
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Integral of a product of five Bessel functions of order $0$

Does the following integral have a closed form? $$ \mathcal{J}(2,3,5,7,11) = \int_0^\infty x J_0(x\sqrt{2})J_0(x\sqrt{3})J_0(x\sqrt{5})J_0(x\sqrt{7})J_0(x\sqrt{11})\,dx. $$ I know that some similar ...
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Closed-forms of real parts of special value dilogarithm identities from inverse tangent integral function

The inverse tangent integral is defined as $$\operatorname{Ti}_2(x)=\Im\operatorname{Li}_2\left(ix\right)$$ Because this we have some special value identitiy. Let $c_1 = \operatorname{Li}_2(i)$, ...
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Fourier transform of squared exponential integral $\operatorname{Ei}^2(-|x|)$

Let $\operatorname{Ei}(x)$ denote the exponential integral: $$\operatorname{Ei}(x)=-\int_{-x}^\infty\frac{e^{-t}}tdt.$$ Now consider the function $\operatorname{Ei}(-|x|)$. ...
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Log Log Integrals III

The integrals \begin{align} I_{7} = \int_{0}^{1} \ln(x) \ \ln^{2}\left( \ln \left(\frac{1}{x}\right) \right) \ \frac{dx}{1-x} \end{align} and \begin{align} I_{8} = \int_{0}^{1} \ln(x) \ \ln^{2}\left( ...
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What is $f_\alpha(x) = \sum_{n\in \mathbb{N}} \frac{n^\alpha}{n!}x^n$?

I want to understand the function $$f_\alpha(x) = \sum_{n\in \mathbb{N}} \frac{n^\alpha}{n!}x^n, \ \ \ \forall x\in\mathbb{R},$$ for any possible real $\alpha\geq0$. I know that for $\alpha$ integer, ...
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Inequality between incomplete beta and gamma functions

Let the regularized incomplete beta and gamma functions be defined as usual: \begin{equation} I_p(z,w) = \frac a {B(z,w)} \int_0^p t^{z-1} (1-t)^{w-1} \,\mathrm dt, \end{equation} \begin{equation} ...
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Weierstrass product expression for Klein's j-invariant

The first sentence of @ccorn's answer to a previous question of mine was: “Because of the modular symmetries of $j(\tau)$, the zeros of $j(\tau)$ are precisely the ...
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How to find the inverse Fourier Transform of the product of two bessel functions of the first kind and a complex exponential function?

I am attempting to find a closed form or symbolic expression of the inverse Fourier transform of the product of two Bessel functions of the first kind and a complex exponential, e.g. $P(t) = IFT_w \{ ...
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Has the $\Gamma$-like function $f_p(n) = 1^{\ln(1)^p} \cdot 2^{\ln(2)^p} \cdot \ldots \cdot n^{\ln(n)^p} $ been discussed anywhere?

In an older fiddling with the gamma-function (expanding on the idea of sums of consecutive like-powers of logarithms, similarly as the bernoulli-polynomials for the sums of like powers of consecutive ...
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Are there asymptotic expressions for multiple zetas $\small \zeta(s),\zeta(s,s),\zeta(s,s,s),\ldots$ where $\small s=1+\delta, \delta\to 0$?

Playing around with elementary symmetric functions I tried to generalize that to infinite series and arrived at the well known concept of MZV ("multiple zeta values"). At the moment I'm only ...
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Bounding function involving Beta functions

Given $\frac{a}{x-1} \leq \frac{b}{y-1} \leq \frac{c}{z-1}$ with $a,b,c > 0$ and $x,y,z > 1$, I want to show that $$\frac{(\frac{a}{a+b})^{x-1}(\frac{b}{a+b})^{y-1}}{B(x,y)\cdot (x+y-1)} + ...
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Integral involving a Meijer-G function

I am having trouble with calculating the following integral: $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} \ln{(1 + \alpha x)\, G^{k,0}_{k,k}\left[e^{-x}\left|^{(a_k)}_{(b_k)} \right. \right]} \, dx, $$ where $\alpha > ...
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Function in Lipschitz space

I'm looking for a function that is in $W^{1,1}(0,1)$ but only in the Lipschitz space $\mathrm{Lip} (\alpha, L_2(0,1))$ for $0<\alpha < 1$. $\mathrm{Lip}(\alpha, L_2(0,1))$ is defined as the set ...
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Closed-form of $\int_0^1 \left(\ln \Gamma(x)\right)^3\,dx$

From the amazing result by Raabe we know that $$LG_1=\int_0^1 \ln \Gamma(x)\,dx = \frac{1}{2}\ln(2\pi) = -\zeta'(0).$$ We also know that $$LG_2 = \int_0^1 \left(\ln \Gamma(x)\right)^2\,dx = ...
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Finding convolution identites

Suppose I have the following definition: $$\frac{x^2/2!}{e^x-1-x}=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}A_k\frac{x^k}{k!}$$ I want to find a convolution identity for these coefficients $A_k$, but I've never studied ...
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The Monster PolyLog Integral $\int_0^\infty \frac{Li_n(-\sigma x)Li_m(-\omega x^2)}{x^3}dx$

I am trying to solve this integral $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} {{\rm Li}_{n}\left(-\sigma x\right){\rm Li}_m\left(-\omega x^{2}\right) \over x^{3}}\,{\rm d}x $$ which is from some high school training ...
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Integral $=\int_0^\infty x^{\alpha -1}Li_n (-\sigma x) Li_m(-\omega x^r)dx$.

I am trying to calculate an integral that can be expressed in terms of infinite hypergeometric series by using transforms and Residue method, the integral is $$ ...
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Integral involving the confluent and the Gauss Hypergeometric functions with exponential functions

I am trying to compute the following integral: $$ \int _0^\infty x\exp[-\pi b x^2]{_1F_1}[n,1,\frac{-\pi b x^2}{2}]{_2F_1}[1,\frac{2}{aq},1+\frac{2}{aq},\frac{-sx^{-a}}{2}]dx$$ Is there any general ...
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Possible error in Wood's report on polylogarithms

I'm studying the article by Wood, D.C. "The Computation of Polylogarithms. Technical Report 15-92*" PS (it is remarkably poorly translated from latex to ps). It is listed in the literature section on ...
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The Tribonacci constant and the Dragon

Let $x = \frac{\ln T}{\ln 2} = 0.879146\dots$ where $T$ is the tribonacci constant, then x solves the transcendental equation, $$4^x(2^x-1)=(2^x+1)$$ Let $x = \frac{\ln y}{\ln 2} = 1.523627\dots$ ...
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Solving inhomogenous bessel equation

I have the following differential equation to be solved $\dfrac{d^2\psi}{dr^2}+\dfrac{d\psi}{rdr}+4\left(\omega^2-k_0^2-\dfrac{n^2}{r^2}\right)\psi=AJ_n^2(kr)+\dfrac{k}{r}J_n(kr)J_{n+1}(kr)-\omega ...
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Weierstrass $\wp$-Function Addition Property

Consider the function $$ \det\left( \begin{array}{ccccc} &1 &\wp(z) &\wp'(z) \\ &1 &\wp(w) &\wp'(w) \\ &1 &\wp(-z-w) &\wp'(-z-w) \end{array} \right)=f(z) $$ I'm ...
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analytic evaluation of $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{dx}{\mathrm{Bi}(x)}$

So, just out of random curiosity, I'm trying to find an analytic expression for the following definite integral: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{dx}{\mathrm{Bi}(x)}$$. Where $\mathrm{Bi}(x)$ is the Airy ...
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please help with the a gamma function since i don't even have the idea?

How to prove: $$\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{-i\infty}^{i\infty} \frac{\Gamma(\alpha_1+x)}{\beta_1^{\alpha_1+x}}\, \frac{\Gamma(\alpha_2-x)}{\beta_2^{\alpha_2-x}}\, ...
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Beta integral and Chu-Vandermonde identity

Chu vandermonde identity states that ${s+t \choose n}=\sum_{k=0}^n {s \choose k}{t \choose n-k} $ Now how to prove that this identity is a discrete form of beta integral? i see as a starting ...
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Tricky integral $\int_{a}^{b}\frac{\gamma d \gamma}{\gamma + \phi_{1}(\mu)-e^{-\frac{\phi_{2}(\mu)}{\gamma}}}$

in this integral $a=\psi_{1}(\mu), \ b=\psi_{2} (\mu)$. I expanded the function in Taylor series (3 terms) around ($\gamma= \frac{b}{2}$), numerically (for varioud values of $\mu$, and other constants ...