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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} ...
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Trigonometry related to Rogers--Ramanujan identities

For integers $n\ge2$ and $k\ge2$, fix the notation $$ [m]=\sin\frac{\pi m}{nk+1} \quad\text{and}\quad [m]!=[1][2]\dots[m], \qquad m\in\mathbb Z_{>0}. $$ Consider the following trigonometric ...
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Connection between Infinite continued fractions and AGM

It is known that at $x=1$, the following continued fraction represents $\frac{4}{\pi}$ and can be approximated rapidly using Gauss' Arithmetic Geometric mean. $$C(x) = x + \frac{1^{2}}{2x + ...
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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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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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On Stark's conjecture for imaginary quadratic fields

In the famous paper "L-Functions at s = 1. IV. First Derivatives at s = 0" of Stark from 1980, it is shown that in the case of an imaginary quadratic field $K$ certain numbers of the form ...
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Asymptotic behavior of a sequence of functions

For $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $q\in(0,1)$, define $$f_{n}(q):=\sum_{i_{1},i_{2},\dots,i_{n}=1}^{\infty}\frac{q^{i_1+i_2+\dots+i_n}}{(1-q^{i_1+i_2})(1-q^{i_2+i_3})\dots(1-q^{i_{n-1}+i_n})(1-q^{i_n+i_1})}.$$ ...
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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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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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Evaluating an infinite product of q-exponentials

For the $q$-exponential $$e_q(u) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{u^n}{[n]_q!}$$ with $[k]_q=\frac{1-q^k}{1-q}$ and $[n]_q! = [n]_q [n-1]_q \cdots [1]_q$, we don't have the property $e_q(u) e_q(v) = e_q ...
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Elementary function relative to erf

The modified Bessel function of the 1st kind $I_0$ is defined by $$ I_0(z)=\frac1\pi\int_0^{2\pi}e^{z\cos\theta}\,d\theta $$ and arises, among other places, in the probability density function of a ...
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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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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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An Expression for $\log\zeta(ns)$ derived from the Limit of the truncated Prime $\zeta$ Function

I think, here, I found $$ P_x(s)=\sum_{p < x} \frac{1}{p^s} =\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{ \mu (n)}{n} \sum_{z\in\{1,\rho\}}(-1)^{1-\delta_{1z}} \left[ {\rm li}(t^{\frac zn-s}) \right]^{x}_2 \tag{7} ...
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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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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) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are numbers $h_{r,s} = \sum_{k} P(r;s;k) \frac{1}{n^{2k}} \bigg(1-\frac{1}{n}\bigg)^{n-2k}$ irrational?

I asked this question on MSE and Mike Spivey gave an insightful answer. I decided to put it here nevertheless in case someone else gets interested. If this violates rules on MO, please let me know, ...
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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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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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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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Mathematica package for obtaining hypergeometric function

In my current research in electromagnetics I am encountering integrals of the form $$ \int_0^\infty dt J_0( r t) \frac{\exp(-h \sqrt{t^2 - a^2})}{\sqrt{t^2 - b^2}} t . $$ $a$ and $b$ are complex ...
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Why is Mellin-inverse of Gamma periodic?

Specific Case The periodicity is obvious from computation: $$\cal{M}^{-1}\{\Gamma\}(x) := \frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{c}\Gamma(s)x^{-s}d s=e^{-x}$$ However, is there a way to see directly from the integral ...
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Jacobi triple product for multidimensional lattices

The Jacobi triple product identity gives as a special case a product formula for the theta function of a 1-dimensional lattice. Is there a more general product formula for the theta function of an ...
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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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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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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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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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An integral with Gamma functions (Part 2)

I was wondering if there is a generalization of the integral discussed here to a case like, \begin{equation}\int \frac{d^dq}{q^{\nu_1}\vert \vec{q} \pm \vec{k}_1\vert ^{\nu_2}\vert \vec{q} \pm ...
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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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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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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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Cubic polynomials with “nice” roots, which can be expressed by trig functions of rational angles

Consider the cubic polynomial $x^3-ax+b$ for $a,b\in\mathbb N$. It has three real roots which, by Cardano's formula, can of course be written in closed form using thirds of angles or cube roots of ...
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Bessel functions in wave propagation and scattering

Is there a way to scale Bessel J(n,.) (Bessel of first kind) and Bessel H(n,.) (Bessel of third kind or Hankel)? I am having computer problems with higher orders (higher vlaues of n) and small ...
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Generalization of repeated error function integral

Is there a name for the following integral? $f(x, y, n) = \int_y^\infty (t - x)^n \exp(-t^2) dt$ The parameter $n$ is positive. The first priority is integer $n$, but more generally the case of ...
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Conway's box function iterated to produce a hierarchy of nested sets of real numbers

Conway's box function is the inverse of Minkowski's question mark function. It maps the dyadic rationals on the unit interval to the rationals using the Stern-Brocot tree (Farey sequence). When the ...
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how understand periodicity in a combination of power, gamma and zeta functions?

Riemann's functional equation may be written: $$ \frac{\zeta(s)}{\zeta(1-s)} = 2^s \pi^{s-1} \sin(\frac{\pi s}2) \Gamma(1-s) \tag{1} $$ and so by symmetry: $$ \frac{\zeta(1-s)}{\zeta(s)} = 2^{1-s} ...
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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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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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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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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 ...