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votes

**4**answers

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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
$$
u_n=\frac{(30n)!n!}{(15n)!(10n)!(6n)...

**34**

votes

**5**answers

3k views

### Groups, quantum groups and (fill in the blank)

In the study of special functions there are three levels of objects, classical, basic and elliptic. These correspond to classical hypergeometric functions, basic (q-) hypergeometric functions, and ...

**31**

votes

**0**answers

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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} \...

**25**

votes

**6**answers

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### Why are hypergeometric series important and do they have a geometric or heuristic motivation?

Apart from telling that the hypergeometric functions (or series) are the solutions to the (essentially unique?) fuchsian equation on the Riemann sphere with 3 "regular singular points", the wikipedia ...

**19**

votes

**4**answers

1k views

### 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 ...

**17**

votes

**3**answers

2k views

### 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 ...

**15**

votes

**2**answers

2k views

### 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 ...

**15**

votes

**2**answers

336 views

### A hypergeometric puzzle

$$
143\,\sqrt {3}\;{\mbox{$_2$F$_1$}\left(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2};\,1;\,{\frac {3087}{8000}}\right)}=
40\,\sqrt {5}\;
{\mbox{$_2$F$_1$}\left(\frac{1}{3},\frac{2}{3};\,1;\,{\frac {2923235}{2924207}}\...

**11**

votes

**8**answers

2k views

### A good reference to grok hypergeometric functions?

When I was introduced during my degree to special functions, I made friends with a number of nice functions - Laguerre, Legendre, Hermite, Bessel, and whatnot - but I made only a passing acquaintance ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

261 views

### An elementary expression for $_3F_2(1,1,9/4;2,2;-1)$

Consider the following series:
$$S=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n\ \Gamma\left(\frac{5}{4}+n\right)}{n^2\ \Gamma(n)}.$$
It can be expressed in terms of a hypergeometric function:
$$S=-\frac{5}{16}\...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

773 views

### 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) ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

2k views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

762 views

### Combinatorial identity involving the square of $\binom{2n}{n}$

Is there any closed formula for
$$
\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{\binom{2k}{k}^2}{2^{4k}}
$$
?
This sum of is made out of the square of terms $a_{k}:=\frac{\binom{2k}{k}}{2^{2k}}$
I have been trying to verify ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

328 views

### Polynomials with presumably positive coefficients

The $q$-Pochhammer symbol
$(q) _ 0:=1$ and $(q) _ n:=\prod _ {j=1}^n (1-q^j)$ for $n > 0$ is clearly a polynomial in $q$ which has both positive and negative coefficients when $n>0$.
The $q$-...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

772 views

### Closed form or/and asymptotics of a hypergeometric sum

Dear mathematicians,
I am a computer scientist wandering in the deep sea of combinatorics and asymptotics to pursue a recent interest in average case analysis of algorithms. In doing so, I designed ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

930 views

### A 2F1 Hypergeometric identity from a Feynman integral

Using two different approaches to evaluating the dimensionally regularized ($d=4-2\epsilon$ dimensional Euclidean space), equal mass ($x=m^2$), 2-loop vacuum Feynman diagram
$$
\begin{align}
I(x) &...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

139 views

### An identity of complicated combinations of gamma functions (related to hypergeometric functions)

Can somebody help me in proving the following equation?
\begin{align*}&\textstyle \sum _{d=0} ^{n} \frac{1}{d!(n-d)!} \frac{\Gamma (b+d) \Gamma (b+n-d) \Gamma (c-n+d) \Gamma (c-b+1-n + 2d) \...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

274 views

### Conjectured bound on Kummer's function (confluent hypergeometric function)

I believe the following bound to be correct:
${}_1F_1(-a;1+a;-z) a z^{-a} \gamma(a,z) \leq 1$
for real-valued a > 0 and z $\geq 0$. $\gamma(a,z)$ is the lower incomplete gamma function.
Apart from ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

106 views

### Is there a way to express hypergeometric identities in terms of D-modules?

A hypergeometric function is a solution to
(*) w'' + p(z) w' + q(z) w = 0
where q has at most simple poles and q has at most double poles at 0,1,infty.
That differential equation is equivalent ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

408 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

293 views

### Exponential of a specific hypergeometric series

This is motivated by this question.
Let $f$ be the hypergeometric series
$ f(x) = 2 x \, _{4}F_3([1, 1, 4/3, 5/3], [2, 2, 2], 27 x) $
which is explictly given by
$ f(x) = \sum_{n \geq 1} \frac{(3n-...

**5**

votes

**4**answers

213 views

### Integrals involving the Tricomi hypergeometric function

I am looking for a reference for the two following equalities involving the Tricomi function $U$ and the Meijer function $G$. I have found these formulas on the website http://functions.wolfram.com/, ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

346 views

### Relations between some works by Deligne-Mostow and Thurston

Happy new year 2016!
A coworker and I are interested in the relations between the works of Deligne and Mostow ([DM] and [M]) on the monodromy of Appell-Lauricella hypergeometric functions (Publ. ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

168 views

### Can you get the following asymptotic expression for an hypergeometric function?

I conjecture that the following statement holds for large values of $N$
$$
{}_3F_1\left(-N+1,1,1;2;-\frac{1}{N}\right)\to\frac{1}{2}\bigg({}_2F_1(1,1;2;1-\frac{1}{N})+\log 2+\gamma\bigg)
$$
where $\...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

235 views

### Logarithm of the hypergeometric function

For $F(x)={}_2F_1 (a,b;c;x)$, with $c=a+b$, $a>0$, $b>0$, it has been proved in [1] that $\log F(x)$ is convex on $(0,1)$.
I numerically checked that with a variety of $a,\ b$ values, $\log F(x)...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

38 views

### Exponential approximation for 3F2 hypergeometric function with repeated indices

In my research I have run across the hypergeometric function $${}_3F_2(d,d,d;d+1,d+1;z)$$ where d is a positive integer and 0≤z≤1. When I plot this as a function of d on a semilog plot, it appears to ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

143 views

### a variational problem related to weighted logarithmic capacity

Consider the following multiple contour integral:
$$ \Phi_\lambda := \oint \ldots \oint \prod_{1 \le j < k \le n} (z_j^{-1} - z_k^{-1}) \prod_{j=1}^n \prod_{k=1}^n (1 - z_j x_k)^{-1} \prod_{j=1}^n ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### hypergeometric function $_2F_1(-n;-r;1;2)$

The hypergeometric function $_2F_1(-n;-r;1;2)$ appears in many different situations. For instance, it counts the number of integer points within a sphere in the $l_1$ norm, i.e.,
$$_2F_1(-n;-r;1;2) =...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

976 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**3**answers

649 views

### Asymptotic bounds for a confluent hypergeometric function $F_{1}[;1;x]$

I know that for infinite series and $|z|<1$ there exists a confluent hypergeometric expression
$
\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{z^k}{k!k!} = F_{1}[;1;z]
$
This is not very helpful though, and I 'd ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

849 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

729 views

### Pochhammer symbol of a differential, and hypergeometric polynomials

I have a minor result which I'm sure has come up somewhere before but I can't seem to find it.
Consider a confluent hypergeometric function of the form
$$\newcommand{\ff}{{}_1F_1}
\ff(b+k;b;z)\...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

293 views

### Sharp upper bounds on hypergeometric function ${}_2F_1[a,b,c;z]$ when $|z|\geq1$

Generally, hypergeometric function ${}_2F_1[a,b,c;z]$ is defined using Gauss series ${}_2F_1[a,b,c;z]=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(a)_n(b)_n}{(c)_nn!}z^n$ with $|z|<1$, and there seems to be a lot of ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

389 views

### Analytic continuation of $_4F_3(1)$

The Gauss theorem
$${_2F_1}(a,b;c;1)=\frac{\Gamma(c-a)\Gamma(c-b)}{\Gamma(c)\Gamma(c-a-b)}$$
allows to compute the analytic continuation of ${_2F_1}(a,b;c;1)$ for $a+b>c$ when the series ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

73 views

### Identities for ${~}_3\phi_1$?

I am looking for some source of summation formulas for the $q$-hypergeometric function ${~}_3\phi_1$ in the sense of Gasper-Rahman book. For some reason, the book focuses heavily on ${~}_{r+1}\phi_r$ ...

**3**

votes

**4**answers

481 views

### Solution of second order differential equation with singularities at 0,1, and ∞

I am trying to solve the following equation;
$$
U''+\left( \frac{1}{t}+\frac{3}{t-1}\right)U'+\left(\frac{1}{t}+C\right)\frac{U}{t(t-1)}=0
$$
where U is a function of t and C is constant.
The above ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

656 views

### Logarithm of a hypergeometric series

I am sorry if the answer to my question is well-known. I am quite new in this topic, so it will be also nice to have a reference, if it exists.
I was wondered if there exists a nice closed formula ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

118 views

### hypergeometric at nearest singularity

Reference request. A prototype case:
In
$$
{}_2F_1\left(\frac{1}{12},\frac{5}{12};\frac{1}{2};x\right) =
A\log\left(\frac{1}{1-x}\right) + B + o(1),
\qquad x \to 1^-
$$
what can we say about the ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

122 views

### proof that the schwarz map defined as ratios of gauss hypergeometric functions is univalent

The ratio of two linearly independent solutions of the Guass hypergeometric differential equation defines a map from the upper half plane to a Schwarz triangle. Everything I read tells me that this ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

155 views

### Limit of a hypergeometric integral

Let $n,N,T$ be positive integers, with $N=\binom{n}{2}$, and $3\leq n\leq T\leq N$. Define:
$$P(z):=z^{N+1-T}\int_0^1\frac{(1-t^2)^{n-2}}{(1-(1-z)t)^{N+1}}{}_2F_1\left[-T,N+1,N+2-T; \frac{tz}{1-(1-z)...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

581 views

### Product of Hypergeometric Functions

I am looking for the product of Gaussian hypergeometric functions of the form
$_2F_1(a,b;c;\lambda z) _2F_1(d,e;f;\phi z)$. I would like, but do not expect, an answer of the form $_pF_q(\mathbf{a},\...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

104 views

### Does there exist duality/symmetry between Fuchsian differential equations, like in the case of confluent hypergeometric?

My question is about whether certain dualities or symmetries hold between pairs of Fuchsian differential equations, but I need to give a bit of background to explain what I want to ask. Thank you for ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

160 views

### System of linear ODEs with hypergeometric coefficients

For quite some time I have been trying to solve the following system of differential equations for the two functions $G$ and $H$ defined on the interval $[0,1]$:
$$
\begin{align}x G''(x)=&\mathscr{...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

793 views

### Can one represent a generalized hypergeometric function 1F2 as a product of two confluent hypergeometric functions?

I am trying to somewhat simplify a series, whose coefficients feature generalised hypergeometric functions ${}_1F_2(1;a,a+1;z)$. I was unable to find useful functional relations for this specific ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

114 views

### Proving non-negativity of a hypergeometric type sum

I am trying to prove the following inequality:
$$
\sum\limits_{k=0}^{m}\frac{(a)_k(a+\mu)_{m-k}}{(c)_k(c+\mu)_{m-k}}\binom{m}{k}(m-2k+\mu)\geq{0},
$$
where $(a)_0=1$, $(a)_k=a(a+1)\cdots(a+k-1)$ is ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

253 views

### Hypergeometric identities

Let $m,k$ be positive integers with $k\le m$. Does anyone know some hypergeometric identities that imply
$$\sum_{j=0}^k\frac{(-1/2)_{k-j}(m+1)_j(-m)_j}{(1/2)_j(k-j)!j!}
=\frac{(-m-\frac{1}{2})_k(m+\...

**2**

votes

**4**answers

1k views

### Closed-form for modified formal power series

This question have been driving me crazy for months now. This comes from work on multiple integrals and convolutions but is phrased in terms of formal power series.
We start with a formal power ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

294 views

### hypergeometric closed form for z=1/4,-1/3

There exist the linear identities for the 2f1 hypergeometric function where z is either -1, 1, or 1/2
using the quadratic transdormations it is easy to derive new identities in terms of gamma ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

107 views

### First proof of the integral representation of the hypergeometric function $F(a,b,c;\cdot)$

Assuming $\lvert x\lvert<1$ and $0<a<c$, the following formula holds true
$$F(a,b,c;x)=\sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} \frac{(a)_n(b)_n}{(c)_n(1)_n} x^n=\frac{\Gamma ( c )}{\Gamma(a)\Gamma(c-a)}\int_0^...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

168 views

### Are binomial coefficients $F_1$ analogs of $q$-binomial coefficients?

This is a mostly philosophical question. Is it fair to think of usual binomial coefficients and their identities as an $F_1$ case of $q$-binomial coefficients and identities? Here $F_1$ is the field ...