# Tagged Questions

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### Is there an example where the error of Gauss-Laguerre quadrature does not vanish?

The $n$th Gauss-Laguerre quadrature aims to approximate integral $$\int_{\mathbb{R}_+} f(x) \exp(-x)$$ by the sum
$$\sum_{i=1}^n f(x_i) w_i$$
where $x_1,...,x_n$ are the roots of the $n$th Laguerre ...

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### Seeking a class of functions for which sums approximate integrals well

Is there a "natural" class of integrable functions $f: {\mathbb R} \rightarrow {\mathbb R}$ for which it is true (and, preferably, not too hard to prove!) that $\sup_{0 \leq a < h} |h S(a,h) - I|$ ...

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### Error of midpoint method for differentiable functions

Is it the case that for every differentiable function $f$ on $[0,1]$ (with finite one-sided derivatives at the endpoints), the midpoint method of estimating $\int_0^1 f(x) \: dx$ has error $o(1/n)$?
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### Error of midpoint method for functions that are not twice-differentiable

All of the bounds I've seen for the error of the midpoint method of integration are expressed in terms of the second derivative of the function. What bounds are available when the function is not ...

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### Approximating an iteratively defined function

Let $f_0,f_1,\ldots$ be a sequence of functions $f_n : [0,1] \rightarrow R$ defined as follows:
$$f_0(x) =1+2x$$
$$f_{n}(x) := \left\{\frac{5+t}{2} : \text{ where t solves } ...

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### The geometric-mean factorial

Think of the factorial as $f(n) = n \odot (n-1) \odot \cdots \odot 2 \odot 1$,
where $\odot$ is the binary operator for multiplication, $\cdot$. This suggests exploring replacing
$\odot$ with other ...

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### How to get an expression for this integral(Numerically/Analytically)

I have the following problem:
I need to evaluate the integral $$\int_{\cos(\alpha)}^{1} P_l(t)P_{l'}(t) dt $$ for $\alpha \in [0,\pi]$ and each combination of $l$ and $l'$, where $P_l$ is the l-th ...

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### Radius of convergence to be proved more precisely (differential equation)

There is a differential equation in polar coordinates:
$r'^2+r^2=(kt)^2$, $r(t=0)=0$, k- Const.
It is possible to get a solution which is a power series (see below). However, I am looking for an ...

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### Approximating erf by tanh

It appears to be well-known that $\tanh(x)\le \mathrm{erf}(x)$ on $[0,\infty)$. It's off-handedly mentioned here, for example. Where can I find a formal proof? On the one hand, it's hard to imagine ...

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### why do we need algorithms, and why is non-convex optimization difficult? [closed]

A simple question, but (I'm quite sure) not a superficial one: is the basic distinction between algorithms and much of the rest of math that algorithms try to tackle problems for which we lack global ...

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### Estimating the volume of a semialgebraic set from above

Suppose $S$ is a subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ of finite volume defined by a system of finitely many polynomial inequalities with integer coefficients. Can anyone describe an algorithm that, given such a ...

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### On an eigenvalue inequality

Let $\lambda_1 (\cdot)$ be the larger absolute value
eigenvalue of a $2\times2$ matrix and $\lambda_2 (\cdot)$
the smaller absolute value eigenvalue of a $2\times2$ matrix, i.e.
$|\lambda_1 (\cdot)| ...

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### Acceleration via smoothing

Is the following approach to accelerating the rate of convergence of $(1+1/2+\dots+1/n)- \ln n$ (with $n=1,2,3,\dots$), and other sequences like it, in the literature?
Let $f(t)=(\sum_{1 \leq n \leq ...

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### Numerically finding a Mercer expansion for a given covariance kernel

Let $c(r)$ be a nice, continuous function with compact support. For example, $c(r) = \tfrac 1 5 (1-r)^{11} \big( 5 + 55r + 239 r^2 + 429 r^3 \big)$ for $r \in [0,1]$, and $c(r) = 0$ otherwise.
On ...

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### Evaluating Shintani cone zeta functions

Hi everyone
I am trying the evaluate sums of the form
$$ \sum_{n_1>0,n_2>0,\ldots,n_m>0} \frac{1}{\big((a_{1,1}n_1 +\ldots +a_{1,m}n_m)^k \ldots (a_{m,1}n_1+ \ldots +a_{m,m}n_m)^k\big)}$$
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### Dependence of error on mesh for Riemann sums

Suppose $f$ is continuous on $[a,b]$ with $I = \int_a^b f(x)\: dx$,
and for every $\epsilon > 0$ let $\delta(\epsilon)$ be the largest
$\delta > 0$ such that every Riemann sum arising from a ...