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A reminder to always check your definitions

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I've been working on some code using GSL and wondering why it didn't match the results I was getting from Mathematica and other programs. Well, one (of perhaps many) differences is that GSL defines the sinc function as

\operatorname{sinc}(x) = \frac{\sin \pi x}{\pi x}

for x\neq 0, but Mathematica defines it as

\operatorname{sinc}(x) = \frac{\sin x}{x}

The latter is the definition I was using in my math, and I didn't realize it didn't match the one in GSL until I broke the code down to individual mathematical terms.

So remember to make sure that any code you use is actually doing what you think it's doing!

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