       Re: How to help Mathematica take an integral

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• Subject: [mg81886] Re: [mg81866] How to help Mathematica take an integral
• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 04:31:06 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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```The indefinite integrals of Erf[Log[x]] are not elementary, so the real
question is what kind of result would you like?

Here's one work-around that makes use of the Fundamental Theorem of
Calculus:

g[x_] = Integrate[Erf[Log[t]],{t,0,x}]]
g[x] // InputFor
x*Erf[Log[x]] - E^(1/4)*Erfc[1/2 - Log[x]]

Given that, of course, Erf itself (and hence its "complement" Erfc) is
defined in terms of integrals, does this do any good?

Aaron Fude wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I would like to evaluate the indefinite integral of Erf[Log[x]].
> Mathematica seems to be able to do any definite integral, but not the
> indefinite version. Is there anything I can do to help Mathematica
> along?
>
>
> Aaron Fude
>
>

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