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Source and context of $\frac{22}{7} - \pi = \int_0^1 (x-x^2)^4 dx/(1+x^2)$?

Possibly the most striking proof of Archimedes's inequality $\pi < 22/7$ is an integral formula for the difference: $$ \frac{22}{7} - \pi = \int_0^1 (x-x^2)^4 \frac{dx}{1+x^2}, $$ where the ...
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Why do I need densities in order to integrate on a non-orientable manifold?

Integration on an orientable differentiable n-manifold is defined using a partition of unity and a global nowhere vanishing n-form called volume form. If the manifold is not orientable, no such form ...
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When does this method for integrals of fractional/integer parts work?

In a question Agno suggested an interesting way to compute $\{x\}$ and $\zeta(s)$. Define $$ F(x) = \{x\} = x - \lfloor x \rfloor = \frac{i \, \log\left(-e^{\left(-2 i \, \pi x\right)}\right)}{2 \, ...
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Why is differentiating mechanics and integration art?

It is often said that "Differentiation is mechanics, integration is art." We have more or less simple rules in one direction but not in the other (e.g. product rule/simple <-> integration by ...
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A hard integral identity on MATH.SE

The following identity on MATH.SE $$\int_0^{1}\arctan\left(\frac{\mathrm{arctanh}\ x-\arctan{x}}{\pi+\mathrm{arctanh}\ x-\arctan{x}}\right)\frac{dx}{x}=\frac{\pi}{8}\log\frac{\pi^2}{8}$$ seems to be ...
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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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An algebra of “integrals”

When discussing divergent integrals with people, I got curious about the following: Is there an $\mathbb{R}$-algebra $A$ together with a map (could be defined on just a subspace) $$\int_0^{\infty}: ...
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Can we simplify $\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{{\sin}^px}{x^q}dx$?

We know the followings : $$\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{{\sin}x}{x}dx=\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{{\sin}^2x}{x^2}dx=\frac{\pi}{2},\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{{\sin}^3x}{x^3}dx=\frac{3\pi}{8}.$$ Also, we can get ...
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Numerical integration over 2D disk

I have a real-valued function $f$ on the unit disk $D$ that is fairly well behaved (real-analytic everywhere) and would like to find the integral $\int_D f(x,y)dxdy$ numerically. After much searching, ...
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Rain droplets falling on a table

Suppose you have a circular table of radius $R$. This table has been left outside, and it begins to rain at a constant rate of one droplet per second. The drops, which can be considered points as they ...
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$\mathrm{Bessel}^3$ Integral

I'm trying to calculate the following integral: $\int_0^\infty \mathrm{BesselJ}[l_0,k_0r] \cdot \mathrm{BesselJ}[l_1,k_1r] \cdot \mathrm{BesselJ}[l_0-l_1,kr] \cdot r\,dr$ ($\mathrm{BesselJ}[n,x]$ is ...
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How to integrate an exponential function of an exponential function?

Does any one know how to calculate the following integration? $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}} \left(\exp(z \: e^{-y^2})-1\right)^2 dy=?,\quad z>0. $$ This post is related to my previous question here , ...
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Positivity of the Coulomb energy in two dimensions

In dimensions $d\geq 3$ the Coulomb energy is always non-negative (since the Fourier transform of $\frac{1}{\|\cdot\|^{d-2}}$ is non-negative). What can one say about positivity properties of the ...
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Integration of the product of pdf & cdf of normal distribution [closed]

Denote the pdf of normal distribution as $\phi(x)$ and cdf as $\Phi(x)$. Does anyone know how to calculate $\int \phi(x) \Phi(\frac{x -b}{a}) dx$? Notice that when $a = 1$ and $b = 0$ the answer is ...
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When is this multiple integral finite?

Consider the following integral: $$ I_k(\alpha)=\int_{[0,1]^k}|x_1-x_2|^{\alpha}|x_2-x_3|^{\alpha}\ldots|x_{k-1}-x_k|^{\alpha}|x_k-x_1|^{\alpha}d\mathbf{x}. $$ where $k=2,3,4,\ldots$ The question is ...
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Riesz's representation theorem for non-locally compact spaces

Every version of Riesz's representation theorem (the one expressing linear functionals as integrals) that I have found so far assumes that the underlying topological space is locally-compact. (For ...
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Definite integral probably equal to zeta with known (but unusable) closed form for the indefinite integral

Related to this and this questions. Basically got definite integral that experimentally equals $\zeta(s)$ both numerically and symbolically. Closed form for the indefinite integral is known, but I ...
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convolution integral involving modified Bessel functions of the first kind

I'm stuck with this convolution integral ($z \geq 0$)... \begin{equation} f_{Z}(z)=\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}f_{1}(x)f_{2}(z-x)dx = \mbox{ } ??? \end{equation} which represents the pdf of the sum $Z = ...