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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Strange pattern in rounding errors?

This will look at first like a posting about trigonometry, then maybe about statistics, then finally about peculiarities of either a certain random process; or the pseudorandom number generator that ...
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Parabolic cylinder functions - explicit estimates?

I need estimates for the parabolic cylinder functions $U(a,z)$ (first studied by Whittaker). Most work in the literature focuses on $a$ real. As it happens, I am interested in $U(a,z)$ on a strip in ...
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Asymptotic expansion of integral (Bessel function really)

The integral $$I = \int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{e^{-\varepsilon x^2}} { \sqrt{1+x^2} } dx$$ is convergent for $\varepsilon > 0$ and can even be given in terms of the Bessel function $K_0$. As ...
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Dertivative of a Special Function with respect to Order

The marcum Q-function is defined by $$ Q_m(a,b) = \int^\infty_b x \left(\frac{x}{a}\right)^{m-1} \exp\left(-\frac{x^2+a^2}{2}\right) I_m\left(a x\right) \:\mathrm{d} x,$$ where $m\in\mathbb{N}$ , ...
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Error Function limes

How can i calculate $\prod_{n=1}^{\infty}{erf(n)} $ with $erf(z) = \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\int_0^z e^{-z^{2}} \mathrm{d}z$? I know it's something like 0,84. And i see that only the first terms are ...
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an infinite series expansion in terms of the polylogarithm function

we have the complex valued function : $$f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}Li_{-n}(z)$$ we wish to recover the coefficients $a_{n}$ . the only thing i though would work is to try and come up with a function ...
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Series representation of ratio of two Meijer G-functions

Let me use the notation from Maple http://www.maplesoft.com/support/help/Maple/view.aspx?path=MeijerG for the Meijer G-function. Then let me define, $f_+(x) = MeijerG( [[+1/2],[]], [[0,0],[]], x )$ ...
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Lambert W-function

I asked this question MSE, but didn't get any answers. Maybe here someone can help. I need to solve $$ \theta \rho^{\theta}+r \theta>v $$ where $\theta \in \mathbb{R}^{+}, -1 < r,v<1, \ ...
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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) ...
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The function $\sum_{0}^{\infty} x^n/n^n$

The function $F(x) = \sum_{0}^{\infty} x^n/n^n$ may be familiar to many readers as an example sometimes used when teaching tests for absolute convergence of entire functions defined by power series. I ...
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Dilogarithm, tetrahedrons, and hyperbolic space

The Bloch-Wigner function $D(z)$, gives the volume of a ideal tetrahedron in hyperbolic space $\mathbb H3$, where z is the cross-ratio (z1,z2,z3,z4) parametrizing the tetrahedron in $\mathbb CP1$. ...
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The complete list of continued fractions like the Rogers-Ramanujan?

I have two questions about q-continued fractions, but a little intro first. Given Ramanujan's theta function, $$f(a,b) = \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}a^{n(n+1)/2}b^{n(n-1)/2}$$ then the following, ...
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A 14th and 26th-power Dedekind eta function identity?

Given the Dedekind eta function $\eta(\tau)$. Let p be a prime and define $m = (p-1)/2$. Let p be a prime of form $p = 12v+5$. Then for $n = 2,4,8,14$: $$\sum_{k=0}^{p-1} \Big(e^{\pi i m k/12} ...
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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} ...
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How should an analytic number theorist look at Bessel functions?

(And a related question: Where should an analytic number theorist learn about Bessel functions?) Bessel functions occur quite frequently in analytic number theory. One example, Corollary 4.7 of ...
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Convolution operators defined by compactly supported distribtion

Let $\mu_{n}$ be the unit measure over $S^{n-1}$,and consider the convolution operator$$Tf=\mu_{n}\ast f,\quad f\in \mathcal{S}$$ then,it's well-known that T can be extend to a bounded operator on ...
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Inequality with even powers of trigonometric functions

For $m>0$, $0 < n\leqslant m+1$ ($m,n\in \mathbb{Z} $) , and $0 < a < 1$ , prove that $$2^{n}\cdot \left( a^{n}\cos ^{2m}\dfrac {\pi a} {2}+\left( 1-a\right) ^{n}\sin ^{2m}\dfrac {\pi ...
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Numerical Computation of arcsin and arctan for real numbers [closed]

I'm coding some numerical methods and I do not know what the correct analysis would be for choosing the implementation for $arcsin$ and $arctan$ for real numbers. Here's what I know: Both functions ...
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The zeros of the digamma function

I wonder what work have been done on the zeros of the digamma function and on the values of the gamma function at such points (on the negative real axis). Any help please :)
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Product of densities of a wrapped normal distribution

The density of a wrapped normal distribution is given by $$\frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi} }\sum _{k=-\infty }^{\infty }\text{Exp}\left[\frac{-(\theta -\mu -2\pi k)^2}{2\sigma^2}\right]$$ Considering two ...
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Proof of a combinatorial identity (possibly using trigonometric identities)

For integers $n \geq k \geq 0$, can anyone provide a proof for the following identity? $$\sum_{j=0}^k\left(\begin{array}{c}2n+1\\\ 2j\end{array}\right)\left(\begin{array}{c}n-j\\\ ...
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cyclic polygons & trigonometry

I posted this question to stackexchange, where it's generated some comments but no progress toward answering it. I'm going to say somewhat more here than I did there. At one vertex of a pentagon ...
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Request for the proof of a result from Ramanujan's letter to Hardy.

Srinivasa Ramanujan in his first letter to G.H. Hardy stated many results for which he didn't give proofs. Among them the result taken from this link seems interesting : If ...
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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 ...
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Can Bernoulli polynomials be extended to fractional orders without losing elementarity?

Can Bernoulli polynomials $B_s(x)$ be extended to fractional $s$ in such a way so that for any given $s$ the function $B_s(x)$ still could be expressed in elementary functions of $x$?
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solving a sum of Hypergeometric function 2F3

I am trying to find a closed form solution for the two sums given by $$\sum^n_{k=0}\frac{y^k}{k!}(-a+n)_k \left(\frac{2}{z} \right)^k {}_2F_3\left({-\frac{k}{2}, \frac{1 - k}{2}}; {-k, -a+n,1+a-k-n}; ...
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P-Adic poly Bernoulli numbers

we can define p-adic Bernoulli polynomials by using q-integral on $Z_p$ and T.Kim's method, But how can we define p-adic poly-Bernoulli numbers and polynomials by using integral on $Z_p$ ?
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Resources for special functions, integral identities

In the past weeks, I have struggled with finding suitable tables for integral indentities for Beta functions, Chebyshev polynomials and their like. I would like to ask for online/offline resources ...
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A coincidence concerning Fermat primes, binomial sums, and eta quotients?

Let $w_k$ be a primitive k th root of unity, where k is a power of 2. In response to a question, Robert Israel gave the solution, $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n}{\binom{kn}{kn/2}} = ...
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Schur functors generalization to “Jack”, “Hall-Littlewood”, “Macdonald” functors ?

Schur functors are functors from the category of vector spaces to itself. If we take an operator $M: V->V$ and apply a Schur functor to it and then calculate trace $Tr(M^{\Lambda})$ we will get ...
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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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An inverse Laplace transform involving Error function

Dear MOs, I need to calculate the inverse Laplace transform of the following function $$ g_a(z) = \frac{e^{a z}\: \text{erfc}(\sqrt{a z})}{\sqrt{z}-2},\quad a>0. $$ I have checked, among many ...
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A certain sum with q by the power of binomial (n 2)

Is there a closed form to the following sum: $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a^nq^{n(n-1)/2}$ for all $a>0$ and $0\lt q\lt 1$ ?
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Fourier and Bessel

Oliver Heaviside, on page 387 of Electrical Papers, Vol. I, Macmillan and Co., 1892, available here, writes $$v = 1 - \frac{n^2r^2}{2^2} + \frac{n^4r^4}{2^2 4^2} - \frac{n^6r^6}{2^24^26^2} + \ldots ...
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Optimization problem arising from the study of zeta zeros

Motivation: The following problem arose in [1] while studying the vertical distribution of the zeros of the Riemann zeta-function. At the time, my collaborators and I were unable to solve it and I ...
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Trig functions based on convex curves

Pardon my naivety, but I wonder if much use has been found for trigonometric functions defined in terms of a centrally symmetric convex curve $K$ replacing the circle $C$. For example, here is the ...
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q-Pochhammer Symbol Identity

Is this identity or an equivalent one already referenced in the litterature? In particular, is it even true? ${\frac{\left ( -1 ; e^{-4\pi} \right) ^2_{\infty}}{\left ( e^{-2\pi} ; e^{-2\pi} \right) ...
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Monotonicity of a combination of Bessel functions

Prove that the following function is decreasing (as a function of a) for a > 0 when 0 < r < 1: $${K_2(ar)I_2(a)-I_2(ar)K_2(a)\over I_2(a)}I_2(ar).$$ The problem arose in the analysis of a model ...
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A uniqueness proposition involving Erf, the error function

This is a generalization of a previous MO question, "Reducing system of equations involving Erf, Error Function". Consider the system of equations: $$1/2 + {\rm Erf}(x) - \alpha {\rm ...
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Sum over Hypergeometric function 2F1 (generating function)

Dear mathematicians, in my current research project I came accross this very bothersome sum over a rather simple hypergeometric function, or formulated differently: a sum over squared binomial ...
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Reducing system of equations involving Erf, Error Function

I have a system of equations: $$1/2 + {\rm Erf}(x) - {\rm Erf}(\frac{x+y}{2})=0$$ $$-1/2 + {\rm Erf}(y) - {\rm Erf}(\frac{x+y}{2})=0,$$ Where $x \le y$ and ${\rm Erf}$ is the Error Function. By ...
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Is there a known formula for fractional derivative of cot x?

I wonder if there any established formula for fractional derivative of a function $\pi \cot (\pi x)$. I derived the following expression: $(\pi \cot (\pi ...
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Infinite Series of 2F1

I will be grateful for any ideas to solve the series $$\sum^\infty_{k=0}\frac{x^k z^k}{k!} \frac{\Gamma(1+a+2k)}{\Gamma(2+k)}{}_2F_1(1,1+a+2k;2+k;z)$$ $a$ is a nonegative integer, $z$ and $x$ are ...
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Proof that derivative of Hurwitz Zeta by the first argument is not expressable in terms of Hurwitz Zeta

The set of elementary functions is defined so that it to be closed against operation of differentiation. It is also evidently close against discrete differentiation. In the discrete calculus there is ...
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Duality of eta product identities: a new idea?

Looking at the collection of Eta Function Product Identities by Michael Somos, it seems like generally those identities come in pairs: let's call two eta product identities $\sum\limits_{i=1}^r ...
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Elliptic function with constant real part on the unit square diagonals?

Consider the following even meromorphic doubly periodic function with poles at the gaussian integer lattice. $H(z) = \prod_{n \in \mathbb{Z}} {1 \over{ 1 - {1 ...
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Linear eta product identities - how many are there?

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 $e_k:=\eta(q^k)$. With this notation, a blog entry of Michael ...
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derivative of a special function in integral form

What is the derivative of $Q_m\left(\frac{\alpha}{x^a},\frac{\beta}{x^b}\right)$ with respect to $x$, i.e, $$\frac{\partial}{\partial x}Q_m\left(\frac{\alpha}{x^a},\frac{\beta}{x^b}\right), \quad ...
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About a Christoffel-Darboux-type sum

Hi! I've been using the Christoffel-Darboux identity for the Hermite polynomials, $$\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{H_k(x)H_k(y)}{2^k k!}=\frac{1}{2^n n!}\frac{H_{n+1}(x)H_n(y)-H_n(x)H_{n+1}(y)}{x-y},$$ for some ...
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The relationship between Stirling number of the second kind and the polylogarithm

It is shown here on Mathworld's page on Stirling number of the second kind that $$ \sum_{k=1}^n S(n,k) (k-1)! z^k = (-1)^n \text{Li}_{1-n}(1+\frac{1}{z}) $$ where $S(n,k)$ is Stirling number of the ...