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votes

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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 ...

**34**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**31**

votes

**5**answers

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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 ...

**30**

votes

**7**answers

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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 ...

**29**

votes

**5**answers

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### Inverse gamma function?

This is an analysis question I remember thinking about in high school. Reading some of the other topics here reminded me of this, and I'd like to hear other people's solutions to this.
We have the ...

**28**

votes

**0**answers

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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} ...

**24**

votes

**6**answers

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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 ...

**24**

votes

**2**answers

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### A 14th and 26th-power Dedekind eta function identity?

Given the Dedekind eta function $\eta(\tau)$. Define $m = (p-1)/2$ and a $24$th root of unity $\zeta = e^{2\pi i/24}$.
Let p be a prime of form $p = 12v+5$. Then for $n = 2,4,8,14$:
...

**19**

votes

**3**answers

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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 ...

**19**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**16**

votes

**2**answers

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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}) = ...

**15**

votes

**2**answers

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### Sum of trigonometric functions

Do somebody know the closed form of the following sum (m is an integer)
$$f(\beta)=\sum _{k=1}^{2m+1} \sin^{2 m+1}\left[\frac{-\beta+k \pi
}{1+2 m}\right]$$
If instead of $n=1+2m$ we put $n=2m$, ...

**14**

votes

**2**answers

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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 ...

**14**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### nth-order generalizations of the arithmetic-geometric mean

The arithmetic-geometric mean,
$a_{k+1}=\frac{a_k+b_k}{2} \quad b_{k+1}=\sqrt{a_k b_k}$
is one of the celebrated discoveries of Gauss, who found out that it is equivalent to computing a (complete) ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

258 views

### 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 ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

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### How much can one say about this differential equation?

Consider the ODE $y^{\prime \prime}(x) = \cos(x) y(x)$ with boundary value conditions $y(0)=1$, $y(1)=2$. Solving it results in a linear combination of Mathieu functions, but what I find more ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

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### Geometric meaning of a trigonometric identity

It follows from the law of cosines that if $a,b,c$ are the lengths of the sides of a triangle with respective opposite angles $\alpha,\beta,\gamma$, then
$$
a^2+b^2+c^2 = 2ab\cos\gamma + 2ac\cos\beta ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

298 views

### Can a harmonic number be a rational number for non-integer rational argument?

Define harmonic numbers for a complex argument $z$ as $H_z=\frac{\Gamma'(z+1)}{\Gamma(z+1)}-\Gamma'(1)$.
For $n\in\mathbb{N}$, $H_n$ are usual harmonic numbers $\sum^n_{k=1} k^{-1}$ . They are ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

412 views

### 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) - ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

424 views

### 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
...

**11**

votes

**0**answers

458 views

### 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 + ...

**10**

votes

**8**answers

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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 ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

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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,
...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

339 views

### Is a Bessel function larger than all other Bessel functions when evaluated at its first maximum?

Let $\mathcal{J}_{n+1/2}$ be the Bessel function of order $n+1/2$. Let $j'_{n+1/2,1}$ denote the first zero of its derivative, which is also the location of the first maximum of $\mathcal{J}_{n+1/2}$.
...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

908 views

### 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 $a=1/4$.
...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

991 views

### Is there a “right” proof of Riemann's Theta Relation?

Let $\theta$ denote the usual Jacobi Theta function (with auxiliary parameter $\tau = i$, for simplicity), i.e.
$$
\theta(z) = \sum_{n \in \mathbb{Z}} \exp(-\pi (a + n)^2 + 2 \pi i n z) \ .
$$
I'm ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

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### Which trigonometric identities involve trigonometric functions?

Another question that's getting no answers on stackexchange:
Once upon a time, when Wikipedia was only three-and-a-half years old and most people didn't know what it was, the article titled ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

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### A question on Ramanujan's $1/\pi$ formulas

It is known that Ramanujan discovered a number of formulas for $1/\pi$. All of these formulas are of the form $$\frac{1}{\pi}=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{(1/2)_n(s)_n(1-s)_n}{(1)_n^3}(a+bn)z^n,$$where ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

492 views

### The fraction of the sphere a fixed distance from a subspace

The following problem has a beautiful geometric interpretation in terms of the proportion of points on the Euclidean sphere in $\mathbb{R}^d$ that lie at least a certain distance away from a ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**8**

votes

**3**answers

851 views

### No simple duplication formula for factorials?

Many special functions including the gamma function have a duplication formula of some sorts. In the case of the gamma function it reads:
Gamma(2z) = Gamma(z) Gamma(z+1/2) 22z-1/Gamma(1/2)
On ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

793 views

### Is this sequence of polynomials well-known?

While working on a problem in p-adic Hodge theory, and needing to write down a solution to a certain equation involving p-adic power series, I stumbled across a certain sequence of polynomials. Define ...

**8**

votes

**2**answers

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### Sums of arctangents

$$
\begin{align}
\arctan(x) & = \arctan(1) + \arctan\left(\frac{x-1}{2}\right) \\
& {} - \arctan\left(\frac{(x-1)^2}{4} \right) + \arctan\left(\frac{(x-1)^3}{8}\right) - \cdots
\end{align}
$$
...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

197 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

471 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

638 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

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### a dilogarithm identity: known or new?

I was playing around with dilogarithms and numerically found the following dilogarithm identity:
$$\text{Li}_2\left(\frac{2 m}{m^2+m-\sqrt{((m-3) m+1)
\left(m^2+m+1\right)}-1}\right)$$
...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

867 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

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### Asymptotics of the $q$-harmonic series as $q\to1$

The following (very simply looking!) problem occurs in regularization
of the harmonic series
which can be formally thought of as the limit as $q\to1$, $|q|<1$, of
$$
...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

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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 ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

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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 ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

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### Determining the asymptotic behavior of a series

I am trying to determine the behavior of the following series as $n\to\infty$. Let $0<\mu<1$ be fixed and for every positive integer $n\geq 1$, consider the function $f_n(t)$ of a real variable ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

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### Estimating the probability that one Poisson RV is larger than another

Let $X$ and $Y$ be Poisson random variables with means $\lambda$ and $1$, respectively. The difference of $X$ and $Y$ is a Skellam random variable, with probability density function
$$\mathbb P(X - Y ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

260 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

978 views

### Conformal Mappings for hyperbolic polygon

I am searching for a conformal mapping from the upper halfplane onto a hyperbolic polygon, i.e. the sides of the polygon have to be geodesics.
The classical Schwarz Christoffel theorem does the job ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

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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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

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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 ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

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### Errata for Emil Artin's 'The Gamma Function'?

In the English translation of The Gamma Function by Emil Artin (1964 - Holt, Rinehart and Winston) there appears to be a mistake in the formula given for the gamma function on page 24:
$$\Gamma(x) = ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

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### Relation between full elliptic integrals of the first and third kind

I am working on a calculation involving the Ronkin function of a hyperplane in 3-space.
I get a horrible matrix with full elliptic integrals as entries. A priori I know that the matrix is symmetrical ...