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Cancel[] and finite symbolic sums ?

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  • Subject: [mg102763] Cancel[] and finite symbolic sums ?
  • From: Andre Holzner <andre.holzner at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:44:51 -0400 (EDT)

Dear experts,

I wonder what I'm doing wrong here...

I try to simplify the following expression: [Sum[W * Subscript[b, k],
{k, 1, N}]/W
by doing

   Cancel[Sum[W * Subscript[b, k], {k, 1, N}]/W]

it looks like Mathematica just returns me the original expression: Sum
[W*Subscript[b, k], {k, 1, N}]/W

When I try a sum over b instead of Subscript[b, k], it seems to work
as expected:

    Cancel[Sum[W * b, {k, 1, N}]/W]

gives:

    b*N

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong ?

thanks,

Andre



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