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Closed form of integral $\mathcal{P}\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}dy\frac{ \text{Li}_{k}(\exp(-(y-\frac{\xi }{2})^2))}{\exp (2 \xi y)-1}$

How could one calculate the closed form solution of this integral: $\mathcal{P}\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}dy\frac{ \text{Li}_{k}(\exp(-(y-\frac{\xi }{2})^2))}{\exp (2 \xi y)-1}$ Here the integral is ...
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Maximal increasing behaviour of $\sqrt{-\log x}\operatorname{Li}_{1/2}(x)$

This is an extension of a problem in mathematical biology. It appears that For any $\varepsilon>0$, there exists an interval $I\subset(0,1)$ on which $\sqrt{-\log x}^{1+\varepsilon}\operatorname{...
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A multiple integral that seems related to the $\zeta$ function at even integers

I came across this integral that seems related to the Riemann zeta function $\zeta(2n)$ evaluated at even integers $2n \in 2\mathbb{Z}$. Letting $n$ be an even integer, define the multiple integral ...
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An identity for rational functions leading to equations for multiple polylogarithms

The following identity is not hard to prove: $$ \sum_{1\leq i_1<i_2<\ldots <i_{2n}\leq N} (-1)^{i_1+\ldots+i_{2n}}\frac{(1-x_{i_1})(1-x_{i_3})\ldots(1-x_{i_{2n-1}})}{(1-x_{i_2})(1-x_{i_4})\...
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What can this $\int_{0}^{t} (\pi(x)-Li(x)) dx$ tell us about primes distribution?

Many papers I have read which are related to primes distribution only it discussed sign and refinement Bounds of $\pi(x)-Li (x)$ with $\pi(x)$ is a prime counting function and $Li (x)$ is the ...
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Polylogarithm : reference request for proof of integral representation

On page 494 of the book Integrals and series, volume I : elementary functions, Gordon and Breach, 1986, by A. P. Prudnikov, Y. A. Brychkov, and O.I. Marichev, (perhaps translated from Russian), the ...
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Simplify the difference of two dilogarithms--as in the logarithmic counterpart

This question--pertaining to the quantum-information-theoretic topic of "bound entanglement"--stems from the question and answer to https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3464105/if-possible-...
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What is the current fastest method to calculate Lerch's Phi transcendent?

Lerch's Phi transcendent is $$ \Phi(z,s,a) = \sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{z^k}{(k+a)^s} $$ I am trying to compute this for the following parameters: $z$ is complex, $|z| \approx 1$ and $|z|$ < 1 (...
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Trigonometric cancellation on the unit circle

Let $z \in \mathbb{C}$ with $|z|=1$ and $z\ne 1$. Now consider the sum $$S(N,p)=\sum_{k=0}^N k^p z^k,$$ for some positive integers $N,p$. An immediate upper bound on $|S(N,p)|$ is $$|S(N,p)|\le C_1(...
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Limiting property of polylogarithm ratio

I try (without success) to figure out what could be the following limit if any... For real $s$ strictly $> 1$ and $x \rightarrow +\infty$ (x real) the limit of the polylogarithm ratio $\frac{Li_{s-...
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A remarkable almost-identity

OEIS sequence A210247 gives the signs of $\text{li}(-n,-1/3) = \sum_{k=1}^\infty (-1)^k k^n/3^k$, also the signs of the Maclaurin coefficients of $4/(3 + \exp(4x))$. Mikhail Kurkov noticed that it ...
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Approximations of Polylogarithm and Lerch transcendent?

For the Gamma function $\Gamma(x+1)$, we have beautiful approximations of the function in terms of elementary function, such as the Stirling approximation and its refinements, that give sharp ...
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Several conjectured identities for polylogarithms

I asked a question at M.SE a couple of years ago about polylogarithms $\!^{[1]}$$\!^{[2]}$$\!^{[3]}$$\!^{[4]}$ where I conjectured $$720\,\operatorname{Li}_4\!\left(\tfrac12\right)-2160\,\operatorname{...
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Formula for negative polylogarithms

Theorem. We have that $\displaystyle \underbrace{x\left(\dfrac{d}{dx}\left(\cdots x \left(\dfrac{d}{dx} \left( \dfrac{x}{1-x}\right)\right)\cdots\right)\right)}_{\text{$x \frac{d}{dx}$ $m$ times}}=\...
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Root Polylogarithm Dominance Questions

Motivation: I am trying to work on a problem related to computing the roots of a certain family of polynomials related to integer partition theory. In particular, I have been trying to ``Bridge the ...
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Are all complex zeros of $Li_s(i)\, + \, Li_{1-\overline{s}}\,(-i)$ equal to the $\rho$'s?

Take the well known square relationship for polylogarithms: $$Li_s(z)\, + \, Li_{s}(-z)=2^{1-s}Li_s(z^2)$$ Assume $z=i$: $$Li_s(i)\, + \, Li_{s}(-i)=2^{1-s}Li_s(-1)=-2^{1-s}\,\eta(s)$$ with $\eta(...
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Are all complex zeros of $Li_s(z)\, \pm \, Li_{1-s}(z)$ on the critical line or outside the critical strip for $z \le -1$?

This question loosely builds on this one, however is a bit simpler and I found the results to be more robust. It seems that all zeros in the critical strip $0 \lt \Re(s) < 1$ of: $$Li_s(z)\, \pm \...
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Dilogarithm of -1/2?

$\mathrm{Li}_2(\frac12)=\frac{\pi^2}{12}-\frac{\log^2(2)}{2}$ (L. Euler, 1768) $\mathrm{Li}_2(-\frac12)=-\pi\arg\left(\frac{H(-1-\frac{\log(2)}{\pi i})}{H(\frac{\log(2)}{\pi i})}\right)$, where $H(z)$...
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Higher Discrete logarithms over finite fields

The polylogarithm function is defined by $$Li_s(z)=\sum_{k=1}^\infty\frac{z^k}{k^s}.$$ At $s=1$, we have the natural logarithm function. We have the inverse of natural logarithm function as the ...
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Inverse of Polylogarithm

I am considering the polylogarithm $Li_n(x)$ What is the inverse function for polylogarithm $Li_n(x)$, where n is any complex value? Thanks, Gevorg.
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The relationship between the dilogarithm and the golden ratio

Among the values for which the dilogarithm and its argument can both be given in closed form are the following four equations: $Li_2( \frac{3 - \sqrt{5}}{2}) = \frac{\pi^2}{15} - log^2( \frac{1 +\...
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A second polylogarithm ladder for the tribonacci and n-nacci constants

In "A seventeenth-order polylogarithm ladder", on page 6 (eq 25), Bailey et al give a dilogarithmic ladder that begins with, $$0 = \operatorname{Li_2(\alpha_1^{-630})}-2\operatorname{Li_2(\alpha_1^{-...
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May a globally bounded G-function have a logarithmic branching? (On a conjecture of Ruzsa)

By a "globally bounded $G$-function," following G. Christol, I will mean a solution to a (minimal) linear differential equation on $\mathbb{P}^1$ (then necessarily of the Fuchsian type and with ...
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Is this combination of generalized polygamma and dilogarithm actually zero? $\Im\;\psi^{(-2)}(1+i)+\frac1{4\pi}\text{Li}_2(e^{-2\pi})-\log\sqrt{2\pi}+\frac{5\pi}{24}+\frac12$

I encountered this quantity in my calculations and tried to simplify it. Approximate numeric calculations suggested it could be zero (more precisely, it is certainly less than $10^{-4\times10^3}$ in ...
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getting specific function as sum of squares of sines

The series $G_s(x):=\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-s}sin^2(nx)$ is, up to a constant factor, equal to $Li_s(1)-\Re Li_s(e^{2ix})$, where $Li_s(\cdot)$ is a polylogarithm function. $G_2(x)\sim x$ for $x\ll 1$, ...
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linear independence of values of the polylogarithm at different roots of unity

I am interested in the real and imaginary part of the complex polylogarithm $$L_{k+1}(\zeta):=Re(\frac 1 {i^k}\sum_{m=1}^\infty \frac{\zeta^m}{m^{k+1}}),$$ where $\zeta$ is a primitive $n$-th root ...
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Dilogarithm, tetrahedrons, and hyperbolic space

The Bloch-Wigner function $D(z)$ gives the volume of an ideal tetrahedron in the hyperbolic space $\mathbb{H}^3$. Here $z$ is the cross-ratio $(z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4)$ parametrizing the tetrahedron in $\...
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Are there any known bounds on this function?

For a sequence of functions $f_{k}(z,s)=\frac{1}{k} \sqrt[s]{Li_s(z^k)}$ with $s>2$ and $Li_{s}(s)$ is the Polylogarithm, I am trying to show If $\Re f_{1}(e^{\frac{2\pi i}{3}},s) > \Re f_3(1,...
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a dilogarithm identity: known or new?

I was playing around with dilogarithms and numerically found the following dilogarithm identity: $$\text{Li}_2\left(\frac{2 m}{m^2+m-\sqrt{((m-3) m+1) \left(m^2+m+1\right)}-1}\right)$$ $$-\text{Li}...
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Is the quantum dilogarithm related in any way to cohomology of quantum groups?

Is the quantum dilogarithm related in any way to cohomology of quantum groups? This question is a bit vague, and I don't have any rigorous justification for such a connection, but let me explain why ...
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Why is there a unique hyperbolic simplex of largest area?

Why is there a unqiue ideal $n$-simplex in $\mathbb H^n$ with largest volume for $n\geq 3$? For $n=3$, this is a standard calculation, and for larger dimensions is much harder (see Haagerup and ...
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Is there a simplicial volume definition of Chern Simons invariants?

Suppose we have some compact hyperbolic 3-manifold $M=\Gamma\backslash\mathbb H^3$. Now we know that the hyperbolic volume of $M$ can be defined as (a constant times) the simplicial volume of the ...
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Why does the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class descend to H_3(G/B)?

Cheeger and Simons here defined a family of characteristic classes for principal $G$-bundles ($G$ a Lie group). I'm interested in the special case of $\hat c_2:H_3(SL(2,\mathbb C);\mathbb Z)\to\...
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Is there a general dilogarithm formula for the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class?

I'm looking for a generalization of the calculation of the hyperbolic volume and Chern--Simons invariant for $\operatorname{SL}(2,\mathbb C)$ representations in terms of the Rogers dilogarithm. ...
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Polylogarithm inequality

Recall the polylogarithm $Li_s(z)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{z^n}{n^s}.$ For $|z|<1,$ is $\Re \left( \frac{Li_1(z)}{Li_2(z)} - \frac{2}{3}\frac{Li_2(z)}{Li_3(z)} \right)>0?$ The numerics suggest ...
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What is special about polylogarithms that leads to so many interesting identities and applications?

I have heard that Polylogarithms are very interesting things. The wikipedia page shows a lot of interesting identities. These functions are indeed supposed to have caught the attention of Ramanujan. ...
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Abel's equation for the dilog

Abel's identity for the dilogarithm (see the wikipedia page about polylogarithms) plays a role in web geometry as it is one of the abelian relations of the first example of exceptional web (Bol's 5-...
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