#200 defint/limit infinite loop


integrate(1/(x^5-1),x,1,inf) appears to get into an infinite
loop inside $limit (over 4 hours CPU).


  • Stavros Macrakis

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    Sorry,. I forgot to mention that this is under 5.5
    GCL/Windows 2000.

  • Stavros Macrakis

    • priority: 5 --> 4
  • Robert Dodier

    Robert Dodier - 2006-04-09
    • labels: --> Lisp Core - Integration
  • Raymond Toy

    Raymond Toy - 2007-06-13

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    FWIW, this still happens in 5.12 cvs.

    What's happening is that maxima has computed the antiderivative correctly and is now trying to carefully substitute in the limits of integration to make sure everything is on the right sheet. This is basically done in take-principal and intsubs.

    I don't understand why maxima does the limit essentially twice like limit(anti,x,1+eps,plus) - limit(anti,x,1-eps,minus). This seems to be where maxima is getting stuck. If it were to finish, maxima would then go and take the limit as eps goes to zero from above.

    Perhaps if the pole is at one of the limits of integration as it is here, maxima should do something else? I think the current code assumes the pole is within the integration interval.

  • Raymond Toy

    Raymond Toy - 2007-06-19

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    If IN-INTERVAL in defint.lisp is slightly modified to use ASK-GREAT instead of ASK-GREATEQ, where ASK-GREAT checks if x > y instead of x >= y, then maxima quickly says the integral is divergent. I think this is correct since 1/(x^5-1) has a partial fraction expansion of 1/5/(x-1) + <stuff>.

    Do not know if this change is the correct change or not.

  • Dan Gildea

    Dan Gildea - 2008-02-17
    • status: open --> closed
  • Dan Gildea

    Dan Gildea - 2008-02-17

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    Commented out call to $logcontract from take-principal in
    defint.lisp rev 1.55. $logcontract was causing size of antiderivative to blow up.
    No ill effects in test suite.

    (%i12) integrate(1/(x^5-1),x,1,inf) ;
    Integral is divergent
    -- an error. To debug this try debugmode(true);
    (%i13) integrate(1/(x^5-1),x,0,inf) ;
    Principal Value
    (%o13) (2*sqrt(2*sqrt(5)+10)*atan((sqrt(5)-3)*sqrt(2*sqrt(5)+10)/(4*sqrt(5)))


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