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Re: Manipulating a complex modulus expression

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  • Subject: [mg82882] Re: Manipulating a complex modulus expression
  • From: danl at
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2007 03:29:37 -0500 (EST)
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On Nov 1, 5:41 am, car... at wrote:
> Could somebody explain why Mathematica does not
> return the same expression in the following cases.
> Version: 5.2 on Mac OSX 10.4.9.
> Let
>   d=(Abs[-1+x+I*y])^2;
> The following 3 statements should be equivalent, since the
> documentation says that ComplexExpand assumes that all
> variables are real:
>   s=ComplexExpand[d];                       Print[s];
>   s=Simplify[d,x=E2=88=88Reals&&y=E2=88=88Reals];     Print[s];
>   s=FullSimplify[d,x=E2=88=88Reals&&y=E2=88=88Reals]; Print[s];

These are not "statements", in the sense of mathematics. They are
lines of Mathematica code. I raise the distinction because it is not
clear to me what you mean by "equivalent". In particular you might
mean they should return mathematically equivalent results (they
should, and do). Or you might mean they should return syntactically
identical results (they do not).

> All should return  (-1+x)^2+y^2.

I fail to see why. Or, to put it more correctly, I see a few reasons
why not.

> But only the last one does.
> Make a slight change:
>   d=1/(Abs[-1+x+I*y])^2;
> Now none of the 3 returns 1/ ((-1+x)^2+y^2) . Why?

ComplexExpand has the job of returning explicitly real and imaginary
parts. In this example we have just that.

d = (Abs[-1 + x + I*y])^2;

In[17]:= ComplexExpand[d]
Out[17]= Abs[-1 + x + I*y]^2

Abs[...] is indeed explicitly real. How to get the result you have in
mind, or something bearing resemblance to it? One can tell
ComplexExpand to use a subset of the nonanalytic functions it normally
recognizes (these being {Re,Im,Abs,Arg,Sign,Conjugate}). In particular
I recommend the Cartesian functions {Re,Im}.

In[3]:= ComplexExpand[d, TargetFunctions -> {Re, Im}]
Out[3]= (-1 + x)^2 + y^2

One might observe that Re and Im are not actually used above. The
importance, in this sort of example, is that they also tell
ComplexExpand the functions NOT to use in the result, to wit, those of
the full set not in the TargetFunctions list. In processing and
figuring a "Cartesian" representation, the ComplexExpand code
recognizes a situation for which explicit Re and Im use can be
avoided. In the case of Abs being allowed, there is no cause to even
look for such, because the original expression is fine as is.

Let's look at Simplify and FullSimplify, avoiding unicode characters
that tend to blight font encodings (and avoiding superfluous Print).

In[18]:= ds = Simplify[d, Assumptions -> Element[{x, y}, Reals]]
Out[18]= Abs[-1 + x + I*y]^2

In[19]:= dfs = FullSimplify[d, Assumptions -> Element[{x, y}, Reals]]
Out[19]= (-1 + x)^2 + y^2

What happens here is easy to explain. And indeed it has been explained
in this forum. Many times. As in "a lot". FullSimplify uses more
transformations than Simplify, and hits on one that delivers a smaller
leaf count.

For your reciprocal example, we have similar behavior.

dr = 1/d;

In[30]:= ComplexExpand[dr, TargetFunctions -> {Re, Im}]
Out[30]= 1/((-1 + x)^2 + y^2)

In[34]:=  FullSimplify[dr, Assumptions -> Element[{x, y}, Reals]]
Out[34]= 1/Abs[-1 + x + I*y]^2

Why the different results? They have the same leaf count, and in that
case the original generally (or maybe always) wins, in default option
settings. THis can be influenced by the ComplexityFunction. One way to
coerce your desired result is as below.

In[41]:= FullSimplify[dr, Assumptions -> Element[{x, y}, Reals],
 ComplexityFunction -> (LeafCount[#] +
     10*Count[#, Abs, Infinity, Heads -> True] &)]
Out[41]= 1/((-1 + x)^2 + y^2)

Daniel Lichtblau
Wolfram Research

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