Hypergeometric functions are the analytic functions defined by Taylor expansions of the shape $\sum_{n \geq 0} a_n x^n$, where $a_{n+1}/a_n$ is a rational function of $n$. This general family of functions encompasses many classical functions. The hypergeometric functions play an important role in ...

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Relation between two hypergeometric series

EDIT: Context for this investigation can be found in one of my other MO posts, "Pythagorean Theorem for Right-Corner Hyperbolic Simplices?" -- I'm investigating a function that has led me to this ...
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Curious $q$-analogues

Consider the Fibonacci polynomials $$F_n (x) = \sum_{j = 0}^{\left\lfloor {n/2} \right\rfloor }\binom{n-j}{j} x^{n - 2j} $$ and the Lucas polynomials $$L_n (x) = \sum_{j = 0}^{\left\lfloor {n/2} ...
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Recent work on hypergeometric functions

Does anyone know of a monograph/survey on the modern history of (basic or elliptic) hypergeometric functions and their applications? I haven't had much time to search the literature, and because it ...
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Positivity of sequences via generating series

There are different ways of showing that a given sequence $a_0,a_1,a_2,\dots$ of integers, say, is nonnegative. For example, one can show that $a_n$ count something, or express $a_n$ as a (multiple) ...
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Is there a closed form for this hypergeometric expression?

I am trying to compute the number of distinct ways a $4n$ $\times$ $4n$ chessboard can be colored black and white, with exactly half the squares black and half the squares white. By distinct, I mean ...
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A (known?) hypergeometric identity

Incidentally I've obtained a hypergeometric identity that I've not seen before: $${}_3F_2(-m,-n,m+n; 1, 1; 1) = \frac{m^2+n^2+mn}{(m+n)^2} {\binom{m+n}{m}}^2$$ So, I wonder if it is well-known and ...
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“Closed” form for Motzkin and related numbers

I wonder whether it is impossible to write the nth Motzkin number as a sum of a fixed number of, say, hypergeometric terms. To illustrate what I mean: $n!+(2n)!$ is not a hypergeometric term, but it ...
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Integer-valued factorial ratios

This historical question recalls Pafnuty Chebyshev's estimates for the prime distribution function. In his derivation Chebyshev used the factorial ratio sequence $$ ...
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Binomial supercongruences: is there any reason for them?

One of the recent questions, in fact the answer to it, reminded me about the binomial sequence $$ a_n=\sum_{k=0}^n{\binom{n}{k}}^2{\binom{n+k}{k}}^2, \qquad n=0,1,2,\dots, $$ of the Apéry ...
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Are the q-Catalan numbers q-holonomic?

The generating function $f(z)$ of the Catalan numbers which is characterized by $f(z)=1+zf(z)^2$ is D-finite, or holonomic, i.e. it satisfies a linear differential equation with polynomial ...
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Recursions which define polynomials

There are many examples (Somos sequences, special polynomials related to rational solutions of the Painleve equations) when a recurrence relation, which a priori produces a sequence of rational ...