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### Is $ \sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty x^n / \sqrt{n!} $ positive?

Is $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty {x^n \over \sqrt{n!}} > 0 $$ for all real $x$?
(I think it is.) If so, how would one prove this? (To confirm: This is the power
series for $e^x$, except with the ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### A question about viscosity solutions

Let $A:=[a,b]$ be a closed interval in $\mathbb{R}$. Let $F(x,p,q,r)$ be a function from $[a,b]\times \mathbb{R} \times \mathbb{R} \times\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ describing a second order ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Is there an analytic solution for this partial differential equation?

The Fokker-Planck equation for a probability distribution $P(\theta,t)$:
\begin{align}
\frac{\partial P(\theta,t)}{\partial ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Reference for a nice proof of “undetermined coefficients”

I'm teaching an honors differential equations class and have been using linear algebra heavily. I thought it would be interesting to include a proof of the method of undetermined coefficients along ...

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votes

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### Uncountable preimage of every point

Let $f:[0,1]\to [0,1]$ be a continuous function. Must it have a point $x$ that $f^{-1}(x)$ is at most countable?
Added: Must it have a point $x$ that $dim_H(f^{-1}(x))=0$ ? ($dim_H$ means the ...

**-8**

votes

**0**answers

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### Differential Equations [closed]

Consider the linear system ${x^\prime } = Ax,$ such that it satisfies the solution $x\left( 1 \right) = 2x\left( 0 \right),$ find all eigenvalues of $x\left( 0 \right)$.

**6**

votes

**2**answers

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### Wasserstein distance in R^d from one dimensional marginals

This question occurred to me while I was reading Klartag's papers on central limit theorems for convex bodies.
Given probability measures $\mu$, $\nu$ on (the Borel $\sigma$-field of) $R^d$ with ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

81 views

### Rate of convergence of ergodic averages related to irrational rotation

Let $\alpha$ be an irrational number, consider the basic dynamical system $T^{n}(0) = \{n \alpha\}$ where $\{.\}$ denotes the fractional part.
Let $a < b$ be two numbers in $[0, 1]$. Then by ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

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### Surprising approximate identity

While answering this MO question Connection between Bernoulli numbers and Riemann-Siegel theta function? Dan Romik
found the following surprising approximate identity:
$$\ln{8\pi}\approx \pi\left[ ...

**11**

votes

**4**answers

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### Relating the roots of polynomials to the solution sets of certain functional equations

Consider a functional equation of the following form:
$$\sum_{k=0}^n a_k\,\underbrace{f(f(\cdots f}_{k}(x)\cdots )=0\quad \big(f:\,\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R},\;a_i\in ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

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### Uniqueness for a non-local differential equation

Question:Fix $\epsilon>0$. Consider the differential equation, defined for functions $f(t,x)\in C^\infty([0,\epsilon]\times[0,\epsilon])$ defined by
$$\frac{\partial}{\partial t} ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

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### Name for an orthogonal decomposition of $L^2 (\mathbb{R}^2; \mathbb{C})$

The space $L^2 (\mathbb{R}^2; \mathbb{C})$ can be decomposed as
$$
L^2 (\mathbb{R}^2; \mathbb{C}) = \bigoplus_{k \in \mathbb{Z}} L^2_k (\mathbb{R}^2; \mathbb{C}),
$$
where
$$
L^2_k (\mathbb{R}^2; ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### How to derive explicit bound for the solution of following equation?

Let's have equation
$$
y''(t) + \left(\frac{3}{16t^{2}} + \frac{a}{t} -\frac{b}{t^{\frac{5}{4}}}cos(2t)\right)y(t) = 0, \quad t \in (1, \infty), \quad a, b > 0
$$
How to derive explicit upper bound ...

**11**

votes

**0**answers

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### Interval arithmetic with different definitions of intervals

Interval arithmetic normally deals with intervals defined as $[a,b]$ with rules like $$[a,b]+[c,d]=[a+c,b+d]$$ I am interested in interval arithmetic with different interval definitions such as ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

294 views

### All solutions to a set of integral equations

I would like a better understanding of the set of pairs $(f_1,f_2)$ of functions $[0,1] \times [0,1] \to [0,1]$ which satisfy the following conditions:
For all $y \in [0,1]$, $f_1(x,y) \geq ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Derivatives of $O$-regular varying functions are $O$-regular varying functions?

The Monotone Density Theorem for regularly varying functions says, in essence:
Theorem (Monotone Density Theorem). Let $f$ be a differentiable regularly varying real-function of index $\rho$ ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

29 views

### How to treat equation with alternating square of frequency?

Let's have equation
$$
\tag 1 \frac{d^{2}y(t)}{dt^{2}} +\omega^{2}(t)y(t) = 0, \quad t \in (t_{\text{in}}, \infty)
$$
Here
$$
\omega^{2}(t) = A(t) - B(t)cos(2t),
$$
and functions $A(t), B(t)$ have ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

399 views

### An elementary lower bound on the number of primes

Recall the second Chebyshev function: $$\psi(x) = \sum_{p \leq x} \lfloor \log_p x \rfloor \log p$$ where $x$ is a positive integer, and $p$ runs over all primes $\leq x$.
In a hunt for an ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Is this function concave or convex? [closed]

let $g_{n,\gamma}(\sigma)$ be the function defined as the following
$$
g_{n,\gamma}(\sigma)= \left(\frac{(\sigma-1)^2 +\gamma^2}{\sigma^2
+\gamma^2} \right)^{n/2} T_n\left( \frac{\sigma(\sigma-1)
...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

172 views

### Dominated convergence to characteristic function

Let $\phi_m(x):=\chi_{[0,1]} * \chi_{[0,1]} *...* \chi_{[0,1]}$ be the m -times convolution (so $m+1$ characteristic functions are involved).
Then the Fourier transform of this function is given by
...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

81 views

### Fit a system of linear ODEs from several experiments

Assume we are given several initial vectors $x^{(1)},\ldots,x^{(r)} \in \mathbb{R}^n$, where the dimension $n=6$ (in any event a number below 10) , and the number of initial vectors $r$ is in the ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

30 views

### Mathieu equation instability

Let's have Mathieu equation:
$$
\tag 1 \frac{d^2y(x)}{dx^2} +(A -2q\times cos(2x))y(x) = 0, \quad q\geqslant 1, \quad A > 2q
$$
This case is different from the famous case $q << 1, A> ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

101 views

### Asymptotic behaviour of an integral

For $k\in\mathbb{N}_{0}$ and $x\in\mathbb{R}$, define
$$I_{k}(x):=\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\cos(xg(\theta))\sin^{2k}\theta\,\mathrm{d}\theta$$
where
...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

228 views

### On the independence of lower and upper asymptotic and Banach densities

Given a set $X \subseteq \mathbf N^+$, denote by $\mathsf{d}_\ast(X)$ and $\mathsf{d}^\ast(X)$, respectively, the lower and upper asymptotic (or natural) density of $X$, viz. $$\mathsf{d}_\ast(X) := ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### Asymptotics of a hypergeometric series/Taylor series coefficient.

I was planning on figuring this problem out for myself, but I also wanted to try out mathoverflow. Here goes:
I wanted to know the asymptotics of the sum of the absolute values of the Fourier-Walsh ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

137 views

### Dynamics of an inequality

The dynamics $D\ni(r_i,r_{i+1})\mapsto(r_{i+1},r_{i+2})\in D$ on the set $D:=\{(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2\colon x>0,y>x^2/2\}$ is given by the recurrence
$$r_{i+2}=\frac{r_{i+1}^2}2+\frac1{r_{i+1}^3}
...

**7**

votes

**7**answers

862 views

### Almost-converses to the AM-GM inequality

Let us consider the Arithmetic Mean -- Geometric Mean inequality for nonnegative real numbers:
$$ GM := (a_1 a_2 \ldots a_n)^{1/n} \le \frac{1}{n} \left( a_1 + a_2 + \ldots + a_n \right) =: AM. $$
...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

424 views

### On the convexity of certain integrals involving Bessel functions

Let $n\geq 0$ be an integer and let $J_n=J_n(r)$ denote the usual Bessel function (of the first kind) of order $n$ i.e. one of the solutions to Bessel's differential equation
...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

170 views

### differential equation of conics

Function $y(x)$ on the plane defines a conic (strictly speaking, at most second order algebraic curve) if and only if $\frac{d^3}{dx^3} (y'')^{-2/3}=0$. What is intuition behind this? How may I see ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### methods for situations where well-posedness criteria hold but global solutions do not exist

I have been learning PDEs (more specifically, nonlinear dispersive equations (Schrödinger/wave/ Klein-Gordan equations etc...)) through the harmonic analysis methods. And I have read a couple of ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

419 views

### Error term in formula for products of necklaces

Let us consider the $\lim_{n\to \infty}\prod_{p=1}^n N(p,a)$, where the number of fixed necklaces of length n composed of a types of beads $N(n,a)$ can be calculated via totient function: ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

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### Multivariate Maximal Hilbert Transform

One way to define the maximal Hilbert transform of a function, $f$, is by
$$\mathcal{H}[f](x):=\underset{\varepsilon>0}{\sup}\;\left|\int_{|x-t|\geq\varepsilon}\dfrac{f(t)}{x-t}dt\right|,\quad ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

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### Functions on [0,1] with positive fractional series coefficients and symmetric under x->1-x

Suppose a function $g(x)$ has a convergent power series expansion with real (not necessarily integer or rational) exponents on $[0,1]$ of the form
$$
g(x)=\frac{1}{x^\delta}(1+\sum_{i=1}^\infty c_i ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

392 views

### The sum of a series, continued

In this question the OP asks whether the sum
$$
f(q, \alpha) = \sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \frac{q^k \left(q^k-1\right)^\alpha}{(q;q)_k}
$$
is ever zero. An experiment with Mathematica indicates, to any ...

**5**

votes

**5**answers

6k views

### Beginners text on calculus of variations

I want to begin learning Calculus of Variations. What texts would MathOverflow recommend? Amazon shows up quite a few options:
http://tinyurl.com/36koaq4
I work on Machine Learning, and that where ...

**15**

votes

**1**answer

482 views

### Lower-Hölder embeddings of the sphere

My question is very simple:
Given $d\ge 3$, does there exist $s\in (0,1)$ and an embedding $f:S^{d-1}\to \mathbb{R}^d$ such that
$$
|f(x)-f(y)| \ge |x-y|^s \quad\textrm{if } |x-y|<r,
$$
for ...

**26**

votes

**6**answers

7k views

### Learning roadmap for harmonic analysis

In short, I am interested to know of the various approaches one could take to learn modern harmonic analysis in depth. However, the question deserves additional details. Currently, I am reading Loukas ...

**36**

votes

**3**answers

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### Why does $d^n \exp(-x-x^{-1})/(dx)^n$ only have $n$ positive real zeroes?

Set $f(x) = \exp(-x-x^{-1})$. An easy induction shows that
$$\frac{d^n}{(dx)^n} f(x) = \phi_n(x^{-1}) f(x)$$
for $\phi_n$ a polynomial of degree $2n$. Clearly, the roots of $\phi_n(x^{-1})$ are the ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

130 views

### Hyperfunctions supported at a point

Is it true that the space of hyperfunctions on $\mathbb{R}^n$ supported at 0 coincides with the space of Schwartz distributions supported at 0?
More explicitly, is it true that any hyperfunction ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

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### Applications and main properties of hyperfunctions

I am trying to get familiar with hyperfunctions, and I do have some familiarity with the classical theory of distributions.
I am wondering whether hyperfunctions have any advantages over ...

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votes

**5**answers

508 views

### Identities and inequalities in analysis and probability

Usually, at the heart of a good limit theorem in probability theory is at least one good inequality – because, in applications, a topological neighborhood is usually defined by inequalities. Of ...

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votes

**5**answers

759 views

### How many rearrangements must fail to alter the value of a sum before you conclude that none do?

This will not be altogether unrelated to this earlier question.
For which classes $C$ of bijections from $\{1,2,3,\ldots\}$ to itself is it the case that for all sequences $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^\infty$ of ...

**31**

votes

**1**answer

1k views

### Prove that there exists $n\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $f^{(n)}$ has at least n+1 zeros on $(-1,1)$

Let $f\in C^{\infty}(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$ such that $f(x)=0$ on $\mathbb{R}\setminus (-1,1)$. Prove that there exists $n\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $f^{(n)}$ has at least $n+1$ zeros on $(-1,1)$
...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

636 views

### Why are all these families of polynomials finally log-concave?

This started when I was examining certain families of unimodal polynomials, i.e. $\sum_{k=0}^n a_kx^k$ where $a_0\le a_1\le\cdots \le a_k\ge\cdots \ge a_n$.
(Notation: in the following, the $a_k$ ...

**17**

votes

**5**answers

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### Sheaves and Differential Equations

How do sheaves arise in studying solutions to ordinary differential equations?
EDIT: Is it possible to construct non-isomorphic sheaves on a domain $D \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ using solution sets to ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

556 views

### What's a good introduction to category theory for someone doing analysis?

I do functional analysis, and diagrams are popping all over the place. It is about time I learned me some category theory.
Any recommendations?

**18**

votes

**1**answer

429 views

### Rearrangements that never change the value of a sum

I posted this question on math.stackexchange.com and so far the only answer posted (also mentioned in the comments under the question) shows that one of my rash initial guesses about the bottom-line ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

649 views

### The Weyl algebra modules which are also rings

Consider the space $C^\infty(\mathbb{R})$. We have on it a natural action of the Weyl algebra generated by $x$ and $d/dx$, where $x$ is the coordinate on $\mathbb{R}$, and there is plenty of Weyl ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

499 views

### Multiple Integral (American Mathematical Monthly problem 11621 and its generalization)

AMM problem 11621 asks to calculate the integral
$$I_2=\int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty}ds_1\int\limits_{-\infty}^{s_1}ds_2
\int\limits_{-\infty}^{s_2}ds_3\int\limits_{-\infty}^{s_3}ds_4
...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Point Spectrum of a Second Order System of Differential Equations

Consider the following operator acting on $H^1(\mathbb{R})$
$$
\mathcal{L} \left(\begin{array}{c} \phi \\ \psi \end{array}\right) = -\left(\begin{array}{c} \phi \\ \psi \end{array}\right)'' + V(x) ...