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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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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What is the status on questions related to Bhargava's factorial function?

In Manjul Bhargava's The Factorial Function and Generalizations he motivates a new type of factorial $n!_S$ using by generalizing a few theorems like: For $k, l \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have $k! \times ...
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Is there any simpler form of this function

Assume that $n$ is a positive integer. Is there any simple form of this hypergeometric value $$_2\mathrm{F}_1\left[\frac{1}{2},1,\frac{3+n}{2},-1\right]?$$
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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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What is $\int (1-e^{-x})^n dx$? [closed]

For my purposes, $n$ is a non-negative integer, and $x > 0$. I didn't know how to evaluate this integral, so I plugged it into Mathematica. It told me the solution is $(-1)^n B(e^x; -n, n+1)$ I ...
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How to prove that $(1-x)^b$ $_2F_1(a,b;c;x)$ can be approximated to $1-\alpha x$ (with $\alpha \approx 1$) for $x\ll 1$ in this specific case

After multiple plots I noticed that function $h(x)= (1-x)^b$ $_2F_1(a,b;c;x)$ can be approximated to $1-\alpha x$ (with $\alpha \approx 1$), for $x\ll 1$ (specifically $0<x<0.1$) and ...
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A hypergeometric identity [closed]

Is there any simple proof of this identity $${_4F_3}[\{\frac{1}{2}+\frac{n}{4},1+\frac{n}{4},-p,p\},\{\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{2},\frac{1}{2}+\frac{n}{2}\},1]=\frac{\Gamma[\frac{1+n}{2}] ...
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Approximation of $ _2F_1((b-1)a,b;ba;x) $

Is there any (simple) approximation of this Hypergeometric function: $ _2F_1((b-1)a,b;ba;x) $, where $0<x<1$ and $b>a>1$. Thanks!
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q-Hermite polynomials

It is well known that the q-Hermite polynomials defined by $$H_n(\theta; q)= \sum\limits_{k=0}^n \frac{(q;q)_n}{(q;q)_k(q;q)_{n-k}}e^{i(n-2k)\theta}$$ are orthogonal in $\theta \in [0, \pi]$ with ...
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How to calculate one Cauchy type determinant

As we know, a Cauchy determinant of size n admits the following explicit formula: $$\det \left(\frac{1}{x _i+y _j}\right) _{1\le i,j \le n}=\frac{\prod _{1\le i < j\le n} (x _j-x _i)(y _j-y ...
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What special role plays the function $\pi^{\frac x\pi}$ in analysis? [migrated]

I have tried to redefine some special functions in the most "natural" way, that is the way which allows to simplify the relations the most. I would call these functions "parelementary". The ...
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monotonicity of functions related to modified Bessel function

Dear colleagues, I recently met some problems related to the modified Bessel funtions of the first kind and the second kind. I want to know if there exist some results on the monotonicity of ...
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On the convexity of certain integrals involving Bessel functions

Let $n\geq 0$ be an integer and let $J_n=J_n(r)$ denote the usual Bessel function (of the first kind) of order $n$ i.e. one of the solutions to Bessel's differential equation ...
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How to prove this identity on double summation series?

I suspect the following identity is valid, but I can not prove it. I just calculate it numerically. ...
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Special Function, Series Expansion, or Simpler Form of a Certain Infinite Product?

$\prod _{n=1}^{\infty } \left(1+a (c+n)^b\right)$ where a > 0, b < -1, and c >= 0 Is there a special function, series expansion, or other simpler (or maybe just interesting) representation of ...
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a dilogarithm identity: known or new?

I was playing around with dilogarithms and numerically found the following dilogarithm identity: $$\text{Li}_2\left(\frac{2 m}{m^2+m-\sqrt{((m-3) m+1) \left(m^2+m+1\right)}-1}\right)$$ ...
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Integral Transform with associated Legendre Function of second kind as kernel

In my research the following equation appeared: $$\frac{1}{4\pi}\int_{0}^{1}\frac{t^{s-1}(1-t)^{s-1}}{(\rho-t)^s}dt=\int_0^{\infty} f(a) Q^{i\sqrt{a}}_{s-1}(2\rho-1) da,$$ where $\rho,s>1$, ...
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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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Legendre polynomials and formal groups

Let $P_n(x)$ be Legendre polynomials: $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-2tx+t^2}}=\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}P_n(x)t^n.$$ Usual arguments from the theory of formal groups allow to prove that for any $n$ ...
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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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Analysing functions on zero-length intervals and super-small values

Suppose a function that has a pole in $x=0$: Here we see the graphic of the real part of the Gamma function. As we can see on it, there is a vertical line at $x=0$ that comes from $-\infty$ to ...
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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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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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Is this combination of generalized polygamma and dilogarithm actually zero? $\Im\;\psi^{(-2)}(1+i)+\frac1{4\pi}\text{Li}_2(e^{-2\pi})-\log\sqrt{2\pi}+\frac{5\pi}{24}+\frac12$

I encountered this quantity in my calculations and tried to simplify it. Approximate numeric calculations suggested it could be zero (more precisely, it is certainly less than $10^{-4\times10^3}$ in ...
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Are these identities Newton series?

Newton series is the following expansion of a function: $$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k [f]\left (0\right)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} {x\choose n} \sum_{k=0}^n{n\choose k}(-1)^{k-n}f(k)$$ Now ...
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Integral involving a Meijer-G function

I am having trouble with calculating the following integral: $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} \ln{(1 + \alpha x)\, G^{k,0}_{k,k}\left[e^{-x}\left|^{(a_k)}_{(b_k)} \right. \right]} \, dx, $$ where $\alpha > ...
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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 ...
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Eigenfunctions of an infinite summation operator

I would like to find ALL eigenfunctions to the operator, for $f$ a real function on R+*: $f \rightarrow \sum_{1}^{\infty} f(nx)$ So to find $f$ such that: $\sum_{1}^{\infty} f(nx) = \lambda f(x)$ ...
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expression for infinite series with powers of factorial in denominator

The series $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{\exp(c k \beta)}{(k!)^\beta} $$ has come up when I'm trying to apply the methodology in this paper (http://www.ism.ac.jp/~eguchi/pdf/Robustify_MLE.pdf) to Poisson ...
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Is this infinite series related to some well-known special functions?

Please allow me to resort once again to the expertise of the MathOverflow community : During research I encoutered the following infinite series : $$\sum_{n=-\infty}^{+\infty} ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Finding a recursion for a sum of Legendre polynomials

The polynomial $a_n(x):=P_n(x)-\frac{n-1}{n}P_{n-2}(x)$ where $P_n(x)$ is a Legendre polynomial came up while I was investigating methods for estimating the error in Gaussian quadrature. I am ...
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Characterizing the real analytic Eisenstein series

Consider the classical real analytic Eisenstein series $$ E(z,s)=\left(\pi^{-s}\Gamma(s)\frac{1}{2}\right)\sum_{(m,n)\neq(0,0)}\frac{y^s}{|mz+n|^{2s}}, $$ where $z=x+iy$. We think of $E(z,s)$ as a ...
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Asymptotic behaviour of $K$-Bessel function in transition range

It is known that the famous mistake of Iwaniec-Sarnak in their paper of $L^\infty$ norm of eigenfucntion of non-cocompact arithmetic surfaces in lemma (A1) is because of they did not consider the bump ...
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Request for reference about bound on zeroes of the Laguerre polynomials

Consider the sequence of polynomials given as, $p^{a}_k (x) = (1 - a \frac{d}{dx})^k x^n $ for some parameter $a>0$ and $k$ being a positive integer. For any positive integer $d$ it seems to be ...
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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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What is known about this series?

I recently came across the following function which intrigues me: \begin{equation} f(\alpha):=\sum_{i=0}^\infty \frac{\alpha^{i(i+1)/2}}{i!}. \end{equation} For $-1\leq \alpha\leq 1$ this function is ...
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Estimate on sum of $J_n^4$

If $J_n(x)$ is the Bessel function of order $n$, we know that for all $x$, $$\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} J_n^2(x)=J_0^2(x)+2\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} J_n^2(x)=1.$$ What is known about $$ ...
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Maximal minimum of Bessel functions

This comes from a scattering problem. Consider the usual non singular Bessel functions of the first kind, $J_n(x)$. It is known that their zeros are countable, and all zeros are distinct. My question ...
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Integrals involving trigonometric functions and polynomes

Let $P(x)$ be a real polynome. Specify all such $P(x)$ that one of the next integrals converge: $$ \int_0^{\infty} sin(P(x))dx, \int_0^{\infty} cos(P(x))dx ? $$ Among special cases are such ...
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Does the Gamma function preserve integers?

Does the Gamma function $\Gamma: \mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{C}$ preserve the Kummer ring $\mathbb{Z}[\exp(2\pi\imath/m)]$? And if not, then what about the Gaussian integers $\mathbb{Z}[\imath]$ or the ...
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Legendre differential equation with additional term

In an application I encountered the ODE $$ \left( {x}^{2}-1 \right) {\frac {{\rm d}^{2}}{{\rm d}{x}^{2}}}f \left( x \right) +x \left( {\frac {\rm d}{{\rm d}x}}f \left( x \right) \right) \left( ...
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Boersma and Glasser formula

In http://iopscience.iop.org/0305-4470/38/8/005 (A differentiation formula for spherical Bessel functions) Boersma and Glasser proved the following interesting formula ...
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lambert W function solution for $\ln x=a+bx^{-1}$

Is is possible to solve the equation $\ln x=a+bx^{-1}$ using the Lambert W function? I understand that the lambert W function is the solution for equations like $\ln x=bx^{-1}$, which does not apply ...
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Inversion of incomplete elliptic integral of third kind

I would like to know whether there is any solution available on the inversion of elliptic integrals of the third kind (incomplete)? That means that given $\Pi(n,u,m) = f(x)$, I would like to obtain ...
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How to prove an elementary functional equation for polylogarithms?

Let $Li_s(z)$ denote the usual polylogarithm. The elementary functional equation $$Li_{-n}(z)=(-1)^{n-1}Li_{-n}(1/z)$$ holds for $n\geq 1$. I remember only that the proof used some reproducing ...
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The asymptotic distribution of a subset of Bessel function zeroes

For a research problem I am working on in PDE, I need to obtain asymptotics for the counting function of $$\{0<\alpha <\lambda: \exists n\in \mathbb{N} \textrm{ such that }J_n(\alpha)=0 \textrm{ ...
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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} ...