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In order to improve the rendering of the table returned by DocumentTools:-Tabulate, I would have like it to contain the mathematical sign for infinity instead of the word infinity itself.

a := infinity:
print(a);                      # what I would like to obtain
DocumentTools:-Tabulate([a]);  # contains the word "infinity"

Is it possible to fix this?

PS: Avoid spending too much time on it because it's only cosmetics

I face a problem using Tolerances:-NominalValue and Tolerances:-ToleranceValue on a quantity constructed from add.


x := 10 &+-1:
y := 20 &+- 2:
z := 3*x+2*y;
# returns 70 as expected
ToleranceValue(z);   # returns 7 as expected

Now I define another quantity Z this way:

Z := add([3, 2] *~ [x, y]);
(or equivalently add(ListOfCoeffs[k]*ListOfVars[k], k=1..K) where ListOfCoeffs and ListOfVars are previously defined adhoc lists)

Both NominalValue(Z) and ToleranceValue(Z) return an error.
PS: already (and this probably explains that) Z does not appear as 70 +/- 7 but as 3*Interval(...)+2*Interval(...) (lprint confirmed)

How can I obtain NominalValue(Z) and ToleranceValue(Z) when Z comes from 'add' constructor?


I submit you this strange result:
for somenumerical  values of a, b, c  (a, b, c real and b > a), Maple 2018 is not able to compute the mean of
c*U where U is a Uniform random variable with support [a, b].





`Standard Worksheet Interface, Maple 2018.0, Windows 7, March 10 2018 Build ID 1298750`


z := .4070716688*RandomVariable(Uniform(0.12-0.02*0.12, 0.12+0.02*0.12));



Error, (in Statistics:-Mean) the expression does not have a taylor expansion at t = 0


z := .4070716688*RandomVariable(Uniform(a, b));
subs({a=0.12-0.02*0.12, b=0.12+0.02*0.12}, %);










PLEASE: Maple still fails if I replace  a = 0.12 -0.02*0.12 by its value 0.1174
                                                                       and b = 0.12+0.02*0.12 by its value 0.1224

This is incomprehensible and could hide a more profound problem.


This more a warning to focus your attention on a specific point than a true question.

I submit you this test case which works in Maple 2015 and Maple 2016 but not in Maple 2018.

In a few words:

  • let X and Y two independant random variables with respective distributions Normal(mu__x, sigma__x) and  
    Normal(mu__y, sigma__y)
  • let Z := q -> cos(q)
  • You can easily verify that Maple can compute the formal expression of Mean(Z(X)) and Variance(Z(X))
    (which means that it could compute Z(X+Y) for X+Y is just another gaussian RV)
  • What I found is that:
    1. Mean(Z(X+Y)) returns same expressions in Maple 2015 and Maple 2016, but a different one in Maple 2018.
      Luckily the later is more readable than the former ones, and closer to the one of Mean(Z(U))  where U=X+Y is the RV of distribution Normal(mu__x+mu__y, sqrt(sigma__x^2+sigma__y^2))
      This suggest that the integration algorithm has evolved somewhere in between Maple 2016 and Maple 2018
    2. While Maple 2015 and Maple 2016 return an evaluated result for Variance(Z(X+Y)) Maple 2018 fails.

Can this "failure" be fixed by some adhoc option of Variance?
Or could it come from a "regression" in the implementation of this procedure (or of the underlying int procedure) in Maple 2018?

PS: I did not try to compute Variance(Z(X+Y)) from an explicit double integration


In a recent post acer made me discover the joy of Typesetting to customize the outputs (acer, if you read this question: big thanks to you, really funny and powerful!)

I'm interested in using Typesetting for output coloring (for instance) but I would like that these outputs to be left justified.
Up to now I used to use printf to manage the outputs the way I wanted, but I failed combining Typesetting and printf.

Is it possible to exploit the capabilities of Typesetting in printf commands?
Or, at least, is it possible to "left-justify" print outputs programatically?

Thanks for your answers

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