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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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### 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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### 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 $q$-...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ${~}_{r+1}\phi_r$ ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...
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### 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 ...