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Symmetry on a sphere

Let $u$ be a smooth function on the sphere $S^2$. Suppose there exists $C>0$ such that for all $R \in SO(3)$, the area of every nonempty connected component of $\{x\in S^2: u(x)> u(Rx)\}$ is at ...
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What is the geometric meaning of the third derivative of a function at a point? [closed]

What is the geometric meaning of the third derivative of a function at a point? This question is now asked on the sister site: ...
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Is the reals the smallest connected ordered topological ring?

The real numbers is a locally compact Tychonoff connected complete ordered topological field. I am looking at minimal collections of adjectives that can characterize the reals. The one often used to ...
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Proof without words for surface area of a sphere [closed]

I love the book Proofs Without Words by Roger B. Nelsen. One of the proofs I liked the most was this: Area under one arch of a cycloid is 3 times the area of the wheel that traces it. You break the ...
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Inverse Function Theorem on Zygmund Spaces, is the inverse in the same Zygmund Space?

Preliminary Definition We define the Zygmund spaces $C^r_{*}$ with $r>0$, $r \in \mathbb{R}$ in the following way: (all the functions are allowed to have values in $\mathbb{R}^m$, via working with ...
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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 ...
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Laplacian mapping on various function spaces

I have a question related to a certain elliptic operator on $R^N$ but I think i can clarify my confusion if I just consider the Laplacian $\Delta$ on the unit ball in $R^N$. If $ 1 <p< ...
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Estimate of a ratio of two incomplete gamma functions

I would like to bound from above the expression $$ \frac{\Gamma(\alpha,x)-\Gamma(\alpha,y)}{\Gamma(\beta,x)-\Gamma(\beta,y)} $$ for $x>y>0$. By plotting the above expression I have found that ...
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Energy of repeated filter

For given sequences $a=(a_1, a_2, \cdots)$ and $b=(b_1, b_2, \cdots)$, define $$a \star b$$ as the convolution. Formally, $$c=a \star b$$ implies the $i$th element of $c$, $c_i$, satisfies the ...
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Controling mixed derivatives

This is a cross-post from Math.SE since the question got nothing (but upvotes) even after offering a decent bounty. If it is too trivial or in other ways not suited for this site, please let me know ...
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Differentiability: Partially Defined Functions

These ideas came to my mind while reading Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds. (Cf. discussion on p. 45.) Definition Let $E$ and $F$ be two Banach spaces together with a plain subset ...
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“Converse” of Taylor's theorem

Let $f:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}$. We are given $(k+1)$ continuous functions $a_0,a_1,\ldots,a_k:(a,b)\to\mathbb{R}$ such that for every $c\in(a,b)$ we can write $f(c+t)=\sum_{i=0}^k a_i(c)t^i+o(t^k)$ (for ...
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When are some products of gamma functions algebraic numbers?

I want to know when certain expressions of the form $ {\Gamma(r_1/m) \Gamma(r_2/m) \ldots \Gamma(r_j/m) \over \Gamma(s_1/m) \Gamma(s_2/m) \ldots \Gamma(s_j/m)} $ are algebraic numbers. These ...
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Survey of the history of calculus?

Boyer 1939 is a nice readable survey of the history of the calculus, but it's showing its age. Discussing the notion of instantaneous velocity, he has: Mathematics knows no minimum interval of ...
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Geometric interpretation of the half-derivative?

For $f(x)=x$, the half-derivative of $f$ is $$\frac{d^{\frac{1}{2}}}{dx^{\frac{1}{2}}} x = 2 \sqrt{\frac{x}{\pi}} \;.$$ Is there some geometric interpretation of (Q1) this specific derivative, and, ...
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Caratheodory equations

Ok, I am reading Fillipov book on discontinuous right hand side differential equations (the red book). He states the next lemma: " Let the function $f(t,x)$ satisfy the Caratheodory conditions and ...
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What is convolution intuitively?

If random variable $X$ has a probability distribution of $f(x)$ and random variable $Y$ has a probability distribution $g(x)$ then $(f*g)(x)$, the convolution of $f$ and $g$, is the probability ...
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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 ...
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First integrals of a 3D incompressible flow

Let $\Omega$ be an unbounded periodic smooth domain of $\mathbb{R}^3$. We are Given an incompressible vector field $q:\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^3\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ (i.e. $\nabla\cdot q\equiv 0$ ...
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Estimating number of zeros of solutions of linear 2nd order ode

Let $y''+fy=0$ be a second-order linear ode on $y$, where $f(x)>0$, and $I=\left[ a,b \right)$ be an interval. Suppose we want to estimate the number of zeros of a (not identically zero) solution ...
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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 ...
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Estimating convolutions of powers

I would like an asymptotic estimate of $$ \sum_{y \in \mathbb{Z}^d} \frac{1}{|y-a_1|^{d-1} \ldots |y-a_n|^{d-1}} $$ that does not involve any infinite summation. In order to lighten the notation, I ...
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Is there an asymptotic bound for this oscillatory integral?

I have an oscillatory integral: $$ \int u(x,y) e^{i\lambda f(x,y)} dx $$ with $f(x,y)\in \mathbb{C}^{\infty}$ a complex-valued function in a neighborhood of $(0,0)$ satisfying: $$ \text{Im} f \geq ...
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Solution of General Parametric Oscillator

I am wondering if there is a general solution for this ODE $\ddot X +2\gamma \alpha \dot X + (\alpha+S(t)) X = \beta $ the dot represents time derivative, and $\gamma>1$, so it is in the ...
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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 ...
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Spectrum of this ODE

I noticed something interesting studying this Sturm-Liouville Problem: $$ \frac{d}{dx}\left(\sqrt{(1-x^{2})}\frac{df}{dx} \right)+\frac{\left(n \alpha x+\alpha^2 x^{2} + ...
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Integral of a product of Laguerre polynomials

In order to estimate the non linear term in a particular PDE, I have to decompose $L_k^\alpha(x)^3\cdot x^{-\delta}$ (with $0<\delta<\alpha+1$) into a basis consisting of Laguerre polynomials ...
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Prove that …, f(x-2), f(x-1), f(x), f(x+1), f(x+2),… is algebraically linearly independent without the Fourier transform

Suppose that $f$ is in $L^2(\mathbb{R})$ and consider the set of integer translates of this function, $V=\{f(x-k):k\in\mathbb{Z}\}$. This set is linearly independent: taking the Fourier transform of ...
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A solution of a q-difference equation

Is it possible to find a solution of the $q$-difference equation $$f(q^{-1}x)-f(qx)=x(a-x)f(x),$$ with $f(0)=1$, (perhaps) in terms of basic hypergeometric series? Or in another rather explicit form? ...
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Visualization of Riemann–Stieltjes Integrals

The Riemann–Stieltjes integral $\int_a^b f(x)\,dg(x)$ is a generalization of the Riemann integral. It is e.g. heavily used as a starting point for stochastic integration. The approximating ...
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Generalization of Darboux's Theorem

Darboux's Theorem. If $f:[a,b]\to\mathbb R$ is differentiable and $f'(a)<\xi<f'(b)$, then there exists a $c\in (a,b)$, such that $\,f'(c)=\xi$. Does any of the following generalizations Let ...
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Is this graph of reciprocal power means always convex?

Let $$ p = (p_1, \ldots, p_n) $$ be a finite probability distribution, which for convenience I'll assume to have no zeroes: thus, $p_i > 0$ for all $i$ and $\sum_i p_i = 1$. Is the function ...
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Derivatives of infinite order [closed]

Is there any sense of taking an infinite number of derivatives? Is it discussed in the literature? For example, can one make sense of $$\frac{\partial^{\infty}f(x_1,x_2,\cdots)}{\partial x_1 ...
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“Riemann–Stieltjes derivative”?

Can you define a "derivative" operator such that its antiderivative F(x) of f(x) can be used in the sense of F(b)-F(a) to calculate the Riemann–Stieltjes integral of f(x)? Perhaps it would be related ...
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Variational Principle for a System of Differential Equations

I am studying a differential operator of the form $$ L\left(\begin{array}{c} u \\ v \end{array}\right) = -\Delta \left(\begin{array}{c} u \\ v \end{array}\right) + V(x)\left(\begin{array}{c} u \\ v ...
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Positive Definiteness of a certain function

Recall that a function $f: \mathbb{R}^d \longrightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is positive definite, iff for all numbers $N$ and $x_1, \dots, x_N \in \mathbb{R}^d$, the matrix $(a_{ij})$ with entries $$a_{ij} = ...
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Intuition for the Hardy space $H^1$ on $R^n$

the standard intuition for Lebesgue spaces $L^p(\mathbb R^n)$ for $p \in [1,\infty]$ are measurable functions with certain decay properties at infinity or at the singularities. In particular, a ...
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Functions that Calculate their $L_p$ Norm

are there any examples of functions $f:x\in\mathbb{R}_0^+\rightarrow\mathbb{R}_0^+$ and intervals $(a,b), 0\le a \lt b \le \infty$ , for which $$\Big(\int_a^b{|f(x)|^p dx}\Big)^\frac{1}{p} = f(p)$$ ...
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M-Wright function asymptotics

Let $M(z;\nu):= \frac{1}{\pi}\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-z)^{n-1}}{(n-1)!}\Gamma(\nu n)\sin(\nu n\pi)=\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{\text{H}_a}\exp(\sigma -z\sigma^{\nu})/\sigma^{1-\nu} d\sigma$, ...
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Backlund transformation related to two NL differential equations

I'm looking for a Backlund transformation linking the following two nonlinear differential equations for real $t$: $$\dfrac{d^2}{dt^2}f(t)=\cos\left[f(t)\right]$$ ...
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Is a function with nowhere vanishing derivatives analytic?

My question is the following: Let $f\in C^\infty(a,b)$, such that $f^{(n)}(x)\ne 0$, for every $n\in\mathbb N$, and every $x\in (a,b)$. Does that imply that $f$ is real analytic? EDIT. According to a ...
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Integral of Bessel function of 1st kind with complex exponential

Does someone know the solution (simple closed form) of one of theses integrals: $$\int_0^t J_l(s) e^{-iA(t-s)}ds$$ $$\int_0^t \frac{J_l(s)}{s} e^{-iA(t-s)}ds$$ with $l>0$, $t>0$, $\Re(A)>0$, ...
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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: ...
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Sum of series $a^{i^2}$

Is there any closed form known for the expression $\sum_{i=1}^\infty a^{i^2}$ where $|a|<1$? Thanks!
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elliptic regularity when right hand side in weak $L^p$

I am interested in the following question (whose answer i assume is well known) but just not by me. Suppose $u,f$ are smooth functions defined on $B_1$ and $ \Delta u = f$ in $B_1$ with $u=0$ on $ ...
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A question on existence of solutions of a linear ODE system

I am working on a problem of harmonic functions on surfaces, and in one step I got the following system of ODEs with prescribed asymptotes. I was wondering what methods could give us the existence or ...
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Holder continuity of Poisson equation with divergence free drift

I am interested in the following PDE. Suppose $u_m$ is a smooth solution of a elliptic equation of the form $$ -\Delta u_m(x) + a_m(x) \cdot \nabla u_m(x) = f_m(x) \qquad B_1 $$ with $ u_m=0 $ on ...
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A Non-homogeneous, Linear (Matrix) System of ODEs: What's Known About it? [closed]

Consider the following system of ODEs $$ Y^{'}(t) = - \left[ A Y(t) + Y(t) A \right] + B(t) , $$ where $Y(t)$,$A$,$B(t)$ are all matrices, with the properties $A=A^T$, $Y=Y^T$. $Y(t)$ is the matrix ...
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Showing that a family of polynomials has positive and real roots.

Hi everybody, for my research I am dealing with the following function: $$\alpha_n(x):=\left.\frac{\partial^{2n+1}}{\partial z^{2n+1}}\frac{\sinh(z)}{\cosh(z)-1+x}\right|_{z=0},\quad n\in ...
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Is it possible to express $\int\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+1}}}dx$ in elementary functions?

I asked a question at Math.SE last year and later offered a bounty for it, but it remains unsolved even in the simplest case. So I finally decided to repost this case here: Is it possible to express ...