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Re: Integral that should converge, but Mathematica says it does not
I was thinking about this some more, and in my opinion, this integral is almost impossible to compute numerically (in a "standard" way). As you recall from my previous post in this thread, the function looks like a series of peaks, centered at x=pi*n, with height x and width ~2/x^3 with area proportional to 1/n^2. The error between the infinite sum and the sum up to n behaves like 1/n, so if you want to compute this integral to 6 digits accuracy, you need to sum up to n =~ 10^6. The corresponding peak is centered at pi*10^6, but for the sake of simplicity lets say x=10^6. the width of this peak is ~1/10^18. I'd expect to be able to put at least 10 points inside this peak, so I'll need resolution of 1/10^19, and remember, this is at x=10^6. This means you have to compute at precision of at least 25 digits to have 6 digit precision! (and this is still a gross underestimation of the required precision). So, I don't think a bug report is necessary here.