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#1 2012-10-21 23:53:10

Sabbir
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Gamma function

I want to know about gamma function,I have read about it in wikipedia,but I could not understand it very much,so please help(I know about factorial).

#2 2012-10-22 00:40:15

bobbym

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Re: Gamma function

Hi Sabbir;

Welcome to the forum;

For positive integers

so Gamma(5) = 4! = 24.

The gamma function also defined for other than integers.

But that is all in the pages you visited. Do you have a specific problem that requires the Gamma function?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#3 2012-10-22 00:43:24

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

What do you need help with?

I understand the gamma function as being an extension to the factorial function, defining it for real and complex numbers. It is defined as

or

.

This integral can be annoying to evaluate, so quite often people use a table of values, or use some known properties of distributions to solve. For simplicity, let's try to evaluate Gamma(0.5).

I'll rewrite this as

I'll make a substitution;

So our integral becomes

Do you recognise this integral? It is a disguised form of something called the Gaussian integral. It's defined as

Since it's an even function (it's symmetrical about the y-axis), the area from 0 to infinity is just half of the area from negative infinity to positive infinity. Thus, your integral evaluates to √π. Hope this helps!

#4 2012-10-22 00:51:43

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

You can also evaluate the Gaussian integral using polar co-ordinates (rather than just accepting my definition for it). It's a bit long but I can show you if you'd like.

#5 2012-10-22 01:07:05

Sabbir
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Re: Gamma function

I think if you show me some examples(such as other fractions and complex number)it will be easy for me to understand.

#6 2012-10-22 01:10:02

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

You mean evaluating the gamma function at different values -- 0.75, 0.224, (3+2i), etc.?

Was any part of my explanation unclear?

#7 2012-10-22 01:35:47

Sabbir
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Re: Gamma function

Yes,different values and your explanation was clear but other values will make it easier for me to understand the way of approaching

#8 2012-10-22 01:53:05

bobbym

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Re: Gamma function

Hi;

Only certain values yield nice results like that. For say Gamma(10 + 1/3 ) you will have to resort to numerical methods.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#9 2012-10-22 01:56:24

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

There are lots of ways to compute values for the gamma function. For example, this is a useful identity;

Thus, since

then it follows that

so you can use that to find values of the gamma function at 5/2, 7/2, etc.

#10 2012-10-22 02:00:29

Sabbir
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Re: Gamma function

Ok,but it will be helpful to see a complex number example.

#11 2012-10-22 02:07:21

bobbym

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Re: Gamma function

Those get very complicated. One way is with a Taylor series expanded around infinity.

This is quite close for only two terms of a Taylor series.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#12 2012-10-22 02:11:46

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

Evaluating it at complex numbers is interesting. Let's try to find Gamma(1+i).

but note that

so our integral becomes

I can do that becaues ei is just a constant. Can you see where to go from here?

#13 2012-10-22 02:14:44

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

Sorry, I am wrong.

. Ignore my previous post.

#14 2012-10-22 02:41:30

Sabbir
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Re: Gamma function

So,will the taylor series give the same result as the integral's.

#15 2012-10-22 02:47:19

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

Sabbir wrote:

So,will the taylor series give the same result as the integral's.

They will give you a (very good) approximation to the integral, yes.

May I ask what this is for?

#16 2012-10-22 02:52:18

bobbym

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Re: Gamma function

You can also evaluate the integral numerically.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#17 2012-10-22 03:00:38

Sabbir
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Re: Gamma function

I was just curious about the taylor series

#18 2012-10-22 03:02:44

zetafunc.
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Re: Gamma function

Sabbir wrote:

I was just curious about the taylor series

I mean, about the Gamma function -- is it for a particular class?

#19 2012-10-22 08:48:48

bobbym

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Re: Gamma function

Hi;

I was just curious about the taylor series

What would you like to know?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.