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Integral of e^(t + t^2 + t^3 + t^4 + t^5 + t^6 + t^7)

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
After some work, I have come across an integral, and I have no idea how to develop it.

2. Relevant equations
The integral is: [tex]\int_{0}^{1}{e^{(at + bt^2 + ct^3 + dt^4 + et^5 + ft^6 + gt^7)}dt}[/tex]
a, b, c, d, e, f, g are real constants.

3. The attempt at a solution
A friend told me to look into the gaussian error function, but I don't think it applies here. A wikipedia entry about Higher-order polynomials (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaussian_integral#Higher-order_polynomials) says that it could be integrated using series, but only if the integration interval is between [tex]-\infty[/tex] and [tex]\infty[/tex].

Any help or clues about integrating it? Thank you.
You won't be able to integrate this one like you do with easier functions from textbooks.
I see, thanks.

Any tip on how to solve it?
Go for a numerical solution. A package like Maple of Mathematica can do it without any problem.
Ok, thanks.
I will use gaussian quadrature of Mathematica.
It is equal to the following derivatives:

\exp\left(b \frac{d^2}{d a^{2}} + c \, \frac{d^{3}}{d a^{3}} + d \, \frac{d^{4}}{d a^{4}} + e \, \frac{d^{5}}{d a^{5}} + f \, \frac{d^{6}}{d a^{6}} + g \, \frac{d^{7}}{d a^{7}} \right) \, \frac{\exp(a) - 1}{a}
I'm not sure if the multinomial theorem could successfully represent the value of this integral so I'll propose it only as a possibility:

\int_0^1 \exp(at+bt^2+ct^3+dt^4+et^5+ft^6+gt^7)dt&=
\int_0^1 \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(at+bt^2+ct^3+dt^4+et^5+ft^6+gt^7)^n}{n!}\\
&=\int_0^1 \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n!}\sum_{k_1,k_2\cdots,k_7}\binom{n}{k_1,k_2,\cdots,k_7} (at)^{k_1}(bt^2)^{k_2}\cdots (gt^7)^{k_7} dt \\
&=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\sum_{k_1,k_2,\cdots,k_7}\binom{n}{k_1,k_2,\cdots,k_7}\frac{a^{k_1}b^{2k_2}\cdots g^{7k_7}}{k_1+2k_2+\cdots 7k_7+1}
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