Many special functions appear as solutions of differential equations or integrals of elementary functions. Most special functions have relationships with representation theory of Lie groups.

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Has anyone seen this series?

I come across the following infinite series. $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{t^n}{n!\: n^{a}}, \quad\text{for $t>0$ and $a>0$}. $$ In particular, I am interested in the case where $a=1/4$. ...
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Inequality for Laguerre polynomials

Let $L_n$ be the $n$-th Laguerre polynomial defined by $\quad L_n (x)=\frac{e^x}{n!}\frac{d^n}{dx^n}(x^n e^{-x}).\quad $ I want to prove that $$ \forall n\in \mathbb N,\forall x\ge 0,\quad \sum_{0\le ...
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Is there a class of functions closed against differentiation besides elementary? [closed]

Is there a finite set $P$ of non-elementary functions $f_n$ such that the derivative of any function $f$ from that set is not elementary, but expressible with functions from the same set $P$ plus ...
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The asymptotic behavior of hypergeometric function around -1

Recently, in studing some specific orthogonal polynomials on unit circle, I was lead to study the asymptotic behavior of the following hypergeometric function at the neighberhood of $-1$: $$ ...
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Asymptotic expansion of modified Bessel function $K_\alpha$

An integral representation for the Bessel function $K_\alpha$ for real $x>0$ is given by $$K_\alpha(x)=\frac{1}{2}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{\alpha h(t)}dt$$ where ...
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Is there an oscillating analog of the Gaussian distribution?

It frequently happens that, in some famillies of polynomials with positive coefficients, the coefficients of large polynomials look like a bell curve and tend to the distribution function of the ...
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What is known about this power series?

In the course of some calculations, I came across the following powers series. For fixed $C>1$ let $$ f_C(u)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{u^k}{C^{k^2}}. $$ This series converges for all $u\in\mathbb C$, ...
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Under which constraints are there only finite numbers of irreducible eta product identities?

For the Dedekind eta function, defined as usual by $\eta(q) = q^{\frac1{24}} \prod\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} (1-q^{n})$, let for brevity $e_k:=\eta(q^k)$. An eta product identity (or eta identity for ...
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Is there a known solution to $f(x) = (1-x)f(x^2)$?

The functional equation $f(x) = (1-x)f(x^2)$ (with $f(0)=1$) has a simple solution that can be expressed as a rapidly converging infinite product $$f(x) = \prod_{n=0}^\infty (1 - x^{2^n}) = ...
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What function is “$U_{\nu}(\cdot, \cdot)$”?

I was searching in the Prudnikov (vol. 2) how to solve an integral and I finally found it. However, I didn't recognized a function that appears in the answer. Integral 1.8.2.4: $$ \int_0^x x^{\nu+1} ...
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Quantifying simplicity, in the case of trigonometric and exponential functions

The pair of identities the sine and cosine of a sum of two terms as functions of the sines and cosines of the terms separately is not as simple as the identity that expresses the exponential of a sum ...
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Solvable parametric $7$th and $13$th degree equations using $\eta(q)/\eta(q^p)$?

Q: Why is that some polynomial relations between eta quotients have a solvable Galois group, even if the deg is $n>4$? For example, we have the well-known modular equation, $$u^6 - v^6 + ...
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There's something strange about $\sqrt{d\big(j(\tau)-1728\big)}$

Given the j-function $j(\tau)$, I was looking at, $$F(\tau) = \sqrt{d\big(j(\tau)-1728\big)}$$ which appears in Ramanujan-type pi formulas. Let $C_d$ be the prime factors of the constant term of the ...
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On Continuous Replicative Functions

I asked this question on math.stackexchange here, but it did not receive much attention. Thus, I was suggested to post it here. Knuth, in The Art of Computer Programming Vol. 1, defines a replicative ...
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Associated Legendre/Gegenbauer functions with complex degree at larger order

I am interested in approximating the associated Legendre function (also known as conical function) \begin{equation} P_{-1/2 + i p}^{\frac{2-N}{2}}(x) \end{equation} when $N \to \infty$. The real ...
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A definite integral of hypergeometric function 2F1

I am wondering whether there exists a closed form for the definite integral $$F(x)=\int_0^1t^{-a}(1-t)^{N}(1-xt)^{-a}{}_2F_1(-a,k-a-1/2,k-a;4xt(1-xt))dt,$$ where $a\in(0,1)$ and $N,k$ are positive ...
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Accurate bounds for derivatives of Legendre polynomials

Let $P_n(x)$ denote the $n$th Legendre polynomial. What bounds can one give for $d_{n,m}(x) = |\frac{d^m}{dt^m}P_n(t)|_{t=x}$ assuming that $|x| \le 1$? Clearly $$d_{n,m}(x) \le d_{n,m}(1) = ...
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Quadratic transformation of hypergeometric function 2F1

I want to know whether there is some transformation between $_2F_1(a,b;c;x)$ and $_2F_1(a',b';c';x(1-x))$. Here is an example called the Kummer quadratic transformation, which may be known to most of ...
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From Selberg integral to Dyson integral

My question is from the drivation from Slberg integral to Dyson integral in this paper: Selberg integral : $$ S_n(\alpha,\beta,\gamma) = \int_0 ^1 \cdots \int_0 ^1 \prod_{i=1}^n ...
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Generalization of Frobenius formula involving Macdonald polynomials

Given a vector $\vec k=(k_1,k_2,\cdots)$ with $k_i$ are non-negative integers, the Newton polynomial $p_{\vec k}(x)$ is defined as \begin{equation} p_{\vec k}(x)=\prod_{j=1}^n p_j^{k_j}(x)~, ...
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Integral of a product of Laguerre polynomials

In order to estimate the non linear term in a particular PDE, I have to decompose $L_k^\alpha(x)^3\cdot x^{-\delta}$ (with $0<\delta<\alpha+1$) into a basis consisting of Laguerre polynomials ...
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About large z behavior of hypergeometric function $_2F_1(1/2,1/2,1;z)$

The hypergeometric function $_2F_1(\large \frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2},1;\frac{1-\frac{u}{\Lambda^2}} {2} \large)$ at large $\mid u\mid$ can be approximated by $$ -\frac{\Lambda}{\pi} \sqrt{\frac{2}{u}} ...
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Simplify this expression with modified Bessel functions of the second kind

I'm interested in the function $$\frac{K^{(0,2)}(0,x)}{K(0,x)}$$ where the numerator is the modified Bessel function of the second kind twice differentiated with respect to $\alpha$ and taken at ...
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Sufficient conditions for sums of Laguerre polynomials to be non-negative

I am interested in sufficient conditions on non-negative sequences of coefficients $\{c_{2n}\}_{n\ge 0}$ guaranteeing that $$%\begin{equation}\label{cond} \sum_{n=0}^\infty c_{2n} L_{2n}^{(1)}(x)\ge ...
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Identifying a special function from its power series

Here is a power series, which looks a bit like a Hypergeometric function series, but I don't think that it is. Has anyone any idea what it is? Here $n,p,r$ are integers with $n\ge 0$ and $p\ge r\ge ...
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A generalization of Macdonald functions?

I am interested in finding a set of functions $f(z_1,\cdots ,z_k;q,\,t)$, conjecturally polynomials, which depend on two parameters $(q,t)$ and an integer $k$, and are orthogonal under the following ...
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Why does the Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction $R(q)$ appear in Emma Lehmer's quintic?

Define the Ramanujan theta function $f(a,b)$ as, $$f(a,b) = \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} a^{n(n+1)/2}\,b^{n(n-1)/2}$$ and the Dedekind eta function, $$\eta(\tau) = q^{1/24}\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Closed form for a simple hypergeometric q series

I've run across an interesting hypergeometric q-series that I feel must have been found before: $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}(-1)^n$$\frac{e^{n b y}}{\prod_{k=1}^{n}(e^{\pi k b^2}-e^{\pi k b^{-2}})} = ...
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Inequality between incomplete beta and gamma functions; or when is binomial distribution function above/below its limiting Poisson

Please note: this question was posted first (September 4) in math.stackeschange.com and then (September 16) in stats.stackeschange.com. It got no answers in neither of those sites. Let the ...
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Estimate of a ratio of two incomplete gamma functions

I would like to bound from above the expression $$ \frac{\Gamma(\alpha,x)-\Gamma(\alpha,y)}{\Gamma(\beta,x)-\Gamma(\beta,y)} $$ for $x>y>0$. By plotting the above expression I have found that ...
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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 ...
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complex contour integral calculation after Möbius transformation

Good day to everyone. In my scientific research I've got stuck with a contour integration problem. I would like to evaluate the following integral: $$I=\int_0^{\infty } \frac{e^{\frac{\alpha -\mathrm ...
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$q$-differential equation for the Rodgers polynomials?

The Rodgers polynomials $C_{\alpha,q}$ are a particular family of well-known $q$-hypergeometric function. For example, a description can be found here on Wikipedia. For the special case of $q=1$, we ...
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Why does the plastic constant appear in the snub icosidodecadodecahedron?

The golden ratio, $$\phi =\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$$ appears (among other polyhedra) in the Platonic solids icosahedron and dodecahedron, and it's quite easy to see the significance of the discriminant ...
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A second polylogarithm ladder for the tribonacci and n-nacci constants

In "A seventeenth-order polylogarithm ladder", on page 6 (eq 25), Bailey et al give a dilogarithmic ladder that begins with, $$0 = ...
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Identification of a curious function

The following question was asked on math.stackexchange, but there were no replies. During computation of some Shapley values (details below), I encountered the following function: $$ f\left(\sum_{k ...
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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 ...
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A definite integral related to hypergeometric function

I obtained the following integral when looking for a probability density function: $$\int_0^1 x^{\alpha-1} \,(1-x) ^{-A}\, {}_2F_1 (1-A, \alpha -1-A, \alpha -A, x) \,dx$$ Can anyone please give me ...
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Limit involving regularlized gamma function and its inverse

Let $$L(x)=Q\left(\frac{x}{2},\frac{a}{a+f(x)/\sqrt{x}}Q^{-1}\left(\frac{x}{2},1-b^{1/g(x)}\right)\right)$$ where $Q(s,x)=\frac{\Gamma(s,x)}{\Gamma(s)}$ is the upper incomplete gamma function ...
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How to get an expression for this integral(Numerically/Analytically)

I have the following problem: I need to evaluate the integral $$\int_{\cos(\alpha)}^{1} P_l(t)P_{l'}(t) dt $$ for $\alpha \in [0,\pi]$ and each combination of $l$ and $l'$, where $P_l$ is the l-th ...
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Ewald's generalized theta function

Could anyone provide me some materials on the derivation of Ewald's generalized theta function (in English)? The original paper was written in German :-( Die Berechnung optischer und ...
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Can the series $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty q^{F_n}$ be expressed in terms of theta functions?

Let $F_0=0,F_1=1,...$ be the Fibonacci numbers. Is there a known closed form for the sum $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty q^{F_n}$? By closed form, I mean in terms of well-known functions, the first ones to ...
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Function transformation of exponentials

I came across the following function transformation: $$ \sum_{j=-\infty}^{\infty} e^{(-j^2\cdot t)} = \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{t}} \cdot \sum_{j=-\infty}^{\infty} e^{(-\frac{\pi^2}{t}\cdot j^2)} $$ where $ j ...
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Summation of certain series

Suppose $f(n)$ is a periodic function with period $q$. Now from this paper we get that if $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{q}f(n)=0$ then ...
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Asymptotic expansion of an integral with singularity, Hydrodynamic free-surface green function

I am frustrated by the asymptotic expansion of the free surface green function when epsilon (or H for I2)tends to zero and with a singularity K(K is a constant). Can anyone help me derive the formula ...
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How to prove Lambert's W function is not elementary?

Liouville's theorem gives such a proof for antiderivatives of functions like $e^x/x$ or $e^{x^2}$, and differential Galois thory extends that to Bessel functions, say. But what tools exist for ...
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Is there something wrong with Hörmander's theorem on stationary phase method

It is well-know that the Bessel function has the asymptotic expansion $J_n(\omega) \sim \left( \frac 2 {\pi \omega} \right)^{1/2} \left( \cos \left(\omega -\frac 1 2 n \pi - \frac 1 4 \pi\right) - ...
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The Riemann Zeta Function summing over the Gamma Function

Has anyone studied a function of the form $$\eta(s) = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\Gamma(n)^{s}} = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{k!^s}$$ This series is appearing in my research on the volumetric ...
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Integrating the complete elliptic integral K

I've run into the following integral: $\int \frac{K(k)}{k} dk$ where $K$ is the complete elliptic integral of the first kind $K(k) = \int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{d\theta}{\sqrt{1-k^2 \sin\theta}}$. I've ...
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Extending the Shimura Lift to Non-Cuspidal Classical Modular Forms of Higher Level

The definition of the Shimura lift of a classical cusp form is well documented. Zagier and Kohnen define a modified version of the lift for a cusp form $g(z)=\sum a(n)q^n \in S_{k+1/2}^{+}(4)$ in the ...