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Re: Integer Assumptions in Integrations

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  • Subject: [mg20189] Re: Integer Assumptions in Integrations
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 04:04:19 -0400
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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your 'a' does not matter the result of the integration

Mathematica 4.0 return :

Integrate[t^(a - 1)*Exp[-t], {t, q, Infinity}]

Gamma[a, q]

and Mathematica 3.0.1

Integrate[t^(a-1)*Exp[-t], {t, q, Infinity},Assumptions->{q>0}]

Gamma[a, q]

In Mathematica 4.0 you can still using Simplify[_,Element[a,Integers]],

Hope that helps


Will Cooper wrote:
> Hello,
> How can I set a variable assumption to be an integer in an integration
> calculation?
> e.g. The incomplete gamma function is defined as Gamma[a,q] =
> Integrate[t^(a-1)*Exp[-t], {t, q, Infinity}]
> I want to set the assumption that 'a' is always an Integer.
> I don't want to round 'a' to the next lowest integer, i.e.
> Integrate[t^(Integer[a]-1)*Exp[-t], {t, q, Infinity}]
> I just want to indicate that 'a' only assumes integer values.
> Thanks for any assistance.
> Will Cooper.

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