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I'm trying to implement an equation into a programming language which doesn't have functions for integrals. However as it's many years since I've had any math exercise I'm having some trouble understanding how I can simplify the following equation.

$$\mathrm{erf}(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_{-x}^x e^{-t^2} dt.$$

As an example would it be correct to refactor the equation as follows?

$$\frac{1}{\sqrt{\pi}} \cdot \left(x \cdot e^{-x^2}+(-x) \cdot e^{x^2}\right)$$

Please forgive me if I'm completely off target! As I said, it's been quite a few years since I've had integrals.

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    $\begingroup$ It can't be simplifed. Your programming language probably has a function for it though. It is called the "error function". $\endgroup$ – Samuel Apr 9 '13 at 8:47
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    $\begingroup$ You might want to see this. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Apr 9 '13 at 8:58
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You can find many facts about the error function here: Error function

For example have a look at the sections Taylor series and Approximation with elementary functions - they might help you to implement this function into your programming language.

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