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# Workaround? "Simplify" complicates this expression

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Posted 1 year ago
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 This gives the simplest answer (True): Refine[a^b (c^d)^b == a^b c^(d b), b \[Element] Integers && d \[Element] Integers] This does not: Simplify[a^b (c^d)^b == a^b c^(d b), b \[Element] Integers && d \[Element] Integers] My understanding of Refine vs. Simplify comes from this tutorial, which only indicates that Simplify should yield something simpler than Refine:http://reference.wolfram.com/language/tutorial/UsingAssumptions.html
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Posted 1 year ago
 In[14]:= Simplify[a^b (c^d)^b - a^b c^(d b), b \[Element] Integers && d \[Element] Integers] Out[14]= 0 In[15]:= \$Version Out[15]= "10.4.1 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit) (April 11, 2016)" 
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Posted 1 year ago
 Thanks. That does get me around the problem.More generally, I am curious why the algorithm used by Simplify prefers anything besides True, if anyone knows. Is there some reason for Simplify not to conform with its description in the tutorial?
Posted 1 year ago
 FullSimplify[a^b (c^d)^b == a^b c^(d b), b \[Element] Integers && d \[Element] Integers] Gives True as well (all I did was replace Simplify with FullSimplify). Generally I just use FullSimplify. It can take a little longer, but many times gets a better result.
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