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Conjecture $\int_0^1\frac{\ln^2\left(1+x+x^2\right)}x dx\stackrel?=\frac{2\pi}{9\sqrt3}\psi^{(1)}(\tfrac13)-\frac{4\pi^3}{27\sqrt3}-\frac23\zeta(3)$

I'm interested in the following definite integral: $$I=\int_0^1\frac{\ln^2\!\left(1+x+x^2\right)}x\,dx.\tag1$$ The corresponding antiderivative can be evaluated with Mathematica, but even after ...
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Asymptotic behavior of the generalized polygamma function

The generalized polygamma function$^{[1]}$$\!^{[2]}$ is defined as $$\psi^{(\nu)}(z)=e^{-\gamma\!\;\nu}\;\partial_\nu\!\left(\frac{e^{\gamma\!\;\nu}\;\zeta(\nu+1,z)}{\Gamma(-\nu)}\right),\tag1$$ where ...
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Re-Expressing the Digamma

I was reading some articles on the digamma function, and I was wondering if anyone knows how to express the digamma function $\psi^{(0)}(n)$ in terms of a trigonometric function or a logarithmic ...
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Logarithmic Integral I

Consider the integral \begin{align} I = \int_{0}^{1} \frac{ \ln^{2}x}{(x^{2} - x + 1)^{2}} \, dx. \end{align} It is speculated that the value is \begin{align} I = \frac{10 \, \pi^{3}}{3^{5} \, \sqrt{3}...
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Bounding infinite series derived from polygamma functions

Let $f(x) = 2 \psi^{(1)}(x+1) + x \psi^{(2)}(x+1) $ for $ x > 0 $, where $\psi^{(i)}(x)$ is the $i^{th}$ derivative of the digamma function $\psi(x)$. The goal is to prove that $ f(x) < \frac{...
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Solve for X in the given Equation(Gamma Curve)

I'm having a set of points in the form: ${(\frac A{255})}^{\frac 1x}=\frac B{255}$ I need to Find $x$ in the Equation.Where $A$ & $B$ are set of constants ranging from $0$ to $255$. Please ...
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Asymptotic behavior of the zeros of the digamma function

The gamma function has just one extremum on each interval $(k,k+1)$, where $k$ is a negative integer. These extrema occur at the zeros of the derivative of the gamma function. Let $z_n$ denote the $n$-...
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Various evaluations of the series $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^3}$

I recently ran into this series: $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^3}$$ Of course this is just a special case of the Beta Dirichlet Function , for $s=3$. I had given the following solution:...
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Residue of $\Gamma^{2}$ and $\Gamma^{3}$

Based on wiki, the residues of $\Gamma$ at non positive integers are given by: $$\text{Res}\left ( \Gamma(z),z=-n \right )=\frac{(-1)^{n}}{n!}.$$ I have been trying to find residue for $\Gamma^{2}$ ...
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How can I get the value of k?

I have to get the value of k in this equation: $\frac{(\lambda T)^k [ln(\lambda T)-\psi(k+1)]}{\Gamma(k+1)}=0$, where $\psi$ is the digamma function. Since $\Gamma(k+1)$ is in the denominator and the ...
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An identity on Polygamma

I would like to know how to prove that: $$\psi^{(n)}(z)=(-1)^{n+1}n! \sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{\left ( k+z \right )^{n+1}}$$ I know that $\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n+z}=-\psi (z)$ ...
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Are these identities Newton series?

Newton series is the following expansion of a function: $$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k [f]\left (0\right)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} {x\choose n} \sum_{k=0}^n{n\choose k}(-1)^{k-n}f(k)$$ Now ...
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Is this similarity just a coincidence?

Here is a graph of the function $y=-1/x$: 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 ...
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Solving an integral (or series) equations system

Peace be upon you, In the question A late-diverging "approximating solution" for a system of functional equations, I have asked for an approximating solution for a system of functional ...
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Sum of complex digamma functions

It seems that the sum of the digamma function of $z$ and the digamma function of its conjugate $z^*$ is always real-valued. $$\psi(z)+\psi(z^*)=\frac{\Gamma'(z)}{\Gamma(z)}+\frac{\Gamma'(z^*)}{\Gamma(...
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Double series of Harmonic Numbers

In a solution presented here a series involving the product of Harmonic numbers is involved. The intent of the problem is to determine a form of the series \begin{align} \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{H_{n}...
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Generalized FoxTrot Series $F(a,b,q,x) = \sum_{k=q}^{\infty} \dfrac {(-1)^{k+1} k^a}{k^b+x}$

The FoxTrot Series is defined as: $$F = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \dfrac {(-1)^{k+1} k^2}{k^3+1}.$$ Using partial fraction decomposition we can show that $$F = \frac 13 \left[ 1 - \ln2 + \pi\operatorname{...
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Prove $\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 56\right)-\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 16 \right)=5\left(\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 23\right)-\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 13\right)\right)$

While trying to improve this interesting answer by @Anastasiya-Romanova I noticed that $$\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 56\right)-\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 16 \right)=5\left(\psi^{(1)}\left(\frac 23\right)-\psi^{(...
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Digamma equation identification

I was messing around with the digamma function the other day, and I discovered this identity: $$\psi\left(\frac ab\right)=\sum_{\substack{\large\rho^b=1\\\large\rho\ne1}}(\rho^a-1)\ln(1-\bar\rho)-\...
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Bounds on the real and imaginary parts of the digamma function $\psi $

Let $\psi $ be the digamma function given by $$\psi (z)=\left.\frac {d}{dt}\log\Gamma (t)\right|_{t=z}. $$ I wonder does anyone know of any lower and/or upper bounds on the real and imaginary parts ...
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Special values $\psi \left(\frac12\right)$ and $\psi \left(\frac13\right)$

I wonder if it is easy to prove that $$ \begin{align} \psi \left(\frac12\right) & = -\gamma - 2\ln 2, \\ \psi \left(\frac13\right) & = -\gamma + \frac\pi6\sqrt{3}- \frac32\ln 3, \end{align} $$...
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Function related to Harmonic numbers, the Pascal triangle, Logarithmic integral and the Polylogarithm.

What function satisfies the following: Let the matrix: $$\displaystyle T = \left(\begin{matrix} 1&0&0&0&0&0&0&\cdots \\ 1&1&0&0&0&0&0 \\ 1&1&...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\Large\frac{\pi}{2}}\left(\frac{1}{\log(\tan x)}+\frac{1}{1-\tan(x)}\right)^3dx$

Using the method shown here, I have found the following closed form. $$ \int_0^{\!\Large \frac{\pi}{2}}\!\!\left(\frac{1}{\log(\tan x)}+\frac{1}{1-\tan x}\right)^2\! \mathrm dx= 3\ln2-\frac{4}{\pi}...
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Value of $\psi\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)$

I apologise if this is a dumb question, but I have trouble deriving $\displaystyle\psi\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)=-\gamma-2\ln{2}$. I have tried the following. \begin{align} \psi\left(\frac{1}{2}\right) &...
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Trigamma identity $4\,\psi_1\!\left(\frac15\right)+\psi_1\!\left(\frac25\right)-\psi_1\!\left(\frac1{10}\right)=\frac{4\pi^2}{\phi\,\sqrt5}.$

I heuristically discovered the following identity for the trigamma function, that I could not find in any tables or papers or infer from existing formulae (e.g. [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6]): $$4\,\...
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Looking for an identity connecting polylogarithm and polygamma functions of arguments $\frac14$ and $\frac34$

I have a recollection of seeing an identity connecting polylogarithm and polygamma functions of arguments $\frac14$ and $\frac34$. But I don't remember details, and searching my books and the Internet ...
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Derivative of Binomial Coefficient $\binom{2N}{N-x}$ with respect to $x$

I've got $\binom{2N}{N-x}$ and I'd like to take the derivative with respect to $x$. I know that I can take the derivative of $\binom{n}{k}$ w.r.t. n using logarithmic differentiation, but that's not ...
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A closed form of $\sum_{k=1}^\infty \psi^{(1)} (k+a)\psi^{(1)} (k+b)$?

The following result $$ \sum_{k=1}^\infty\left(\psi^{(1)} (k)\right)^2 = 3\zeta(3) $$ where $\psi^{(1)}$ is the polygamma function makes me think there is a nice sum for the series $$ \sum_{k=1}^\...
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How is $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\left(\psi(\alpha n)-\log(\alpha n)+\frac{1}{2\alpha n}\right)$ when $\alpha$ is great?

Let $\psi := \Gamma'/\Gamma$ denote the digamma function. Could you find, as $\alpha$ tends to $+\infty$, an equivalent term for the following series? $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left( \psi (\alpha ...
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Is there a nice solution to the equation $\Psi(x)=\ln(\pi)$ with a positive real $x$?

I tried to find a nice solution to the following equation: $$ \Psi(x)=\ln(\pi) $$ with $x\in\Bbb R_{\ge0}$ and where $\Psi(x)=\frac{\Gamma'(x)}{\Gamma(x)}$. Is there a nice expression for x satisfying ...
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Numeric approximation for fitting a Gamma Distribution with a single parameter

Given a series of $N$ observations $\left(x_1, \ldots, x_N\right)$ that follow a Gamma distribution with a single parameter, $ \text{Gamma}(k, k)$, what is the maximum likelihood estimate of $ k $?. ...
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The most complete reference for identities and special values for polylogarithm and polygamma functions

I am looking for a book, paper, web site, etc. (or several ones) containing the most complete list of identities and special values for the polylogarithm $\operatorname{Li}_s(z)$ and polygamma $\psi^{(...
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Recurrence relation for polygamma reflection polynomials

In the reflection formula for the polygamma function $$ \psi^{(n)}(1-z) + (-1)^{n+1}\psi^{(n)}(z) % = (-1)^{n} \pi \frac{d^{n}}{d z^{n}} \cot (\pi z) $$ the right hand side is a polynomial $(-1)^{n}\...