# PolyLog

PolyLog[n,z]

gives the polylogarithm function .

PolyLog[n,p,z]

gives the Nielsen generalized polylogarithm function .

# Details • Mathematical function, suitable for both symbolic and numerical manipulation.
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• PolyLog[n,z] has a branch cut discontinuity in the complex plane running from 1 to .
• For certain special arguments, PolyLog automatically evaluates to exact values.
• PolyLog can be evaluated to arbitrary numerical precision.
• PolyLog automatically threads over lists.

# Examples

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## Basic Examples(6)

Evaluate numerically:

Plot over a subset of the reals:

Plot over a subset of the complexes:

Series expansion at the origin:

Series expansion at Infinity:

Series expansion at a singular point:

## Scope(22)

### Numerical Evaluation(4)

Evaluate numerically:

Evaluate to high precision:

The precision of the output tracks the precision of the input:

Complex number input:

Evaluate efficiently at high precision:

### Specific Values(5)

Simple exact values are generated automatically:

PolyLog for symbolic z:

PolyLog for symbolic n:

Value at zero:

Find a value of z for which PolyLog[1,z ]=1:

### Visualization(3)

Plot the PolyLog function as a function of its parameter n:

Plot the PolyLog function for various orders:

Plot the real part of PolyLog function:

Plot the imaginary part of PolyLog function:

### Function Properties(4)

Real domain of PolyLog:

Complex domain:

Function range of PolyLog:

### Differentiation(2)

First derivatives with respect to z:

Higher derivatives with respect to z:

Plot the higher derivatives with respect to z when n=1/2:

### Series Expansions(2)

Find the Taylor expansion using Series:

Plots of the first three approximations around :

Taylor expansion at a generic point:

### Function Identities and Simplifications(2)

PolyLog is defined through the identity:

Recurrence identity:

## Generalizations & Extensions(7)

### Ordinary Polylogarithm Function(5)

Infinite arguments give symbolic results:

PolyLog can be applied to power series:

Evaluate derivatives exactly:

Series expansion at branch cuts:

Series expansion at infinity:

Give the result for an arbitrary symbolic direction:

### Nielsen Generalized Polylogarithm Function(2)

Special cases:

Series expansion:

## Applications(4)

Plot of the absolute value of the dilogarithm function in the complex plane:

Calculate integrals over FermiDirac distributions:

Volume of a hyperbolic ideal tetrahedron with vertices at , 0, 1, (subject to ):

Plot the volume as a function of the vertex :

Mahler measure of the trivariate polynomial as a function of :

Plot the Mahler measure:

## Properties & Relations(6)

Use FullSimplify to simplify polylogarithms:

Use FunctionExpand to expand polylogarithms:

Numerically find a root of a transcendental equation:

Integration:

Generate from integrals and sums:

PolyLog appears in special cases of various mathematical functions:

Introduced in 1988
(1.0)
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Updated in 1999
(4.0)
2000
(4.1)
2002
(4.2)