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    Re-writing integral of x^x

    Hello and thanks to those reading my question.

    I don't know if this can be done, but I'm trying to re-write the integral of x^x in the form of an integral of R(x) e^g(x) where R(x) and g(x) are rational functions.

    Starting from x^x = e^(x ln(x)) I have tried various substitutions (eg. u = ln(x), u = e^x etc.) and also integration by parts but have had no luck.

    As I said, I'm not sure if what I'm trying to do can be done, but if it can I'm hoping someone can see how to do it and suggest a productive approach.

    Thanks in advance to all who have read this.
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    The antiderivative of f( x ) = x^x can not be expressed in terms of elementary functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FernandoRevilla View Post
    The antiderivative of f( x ) = x^x can not be expressed in terms of elementary functions.
    I think the OP knows that. S/he is asking how to express the integral in terms of another integral, not how to integrate x^x. (Probably wants to use the special case of Liouville's strong theorem to prove what you have stated).
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    Certainly I misread the question.
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