# 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 some hints of evaluating the value of the integral?

• You should tell us what is known about $\alpha$ and $A$. Are they positive? In a given range? – Andrej Bauer Aug 21 '13 at 10:59
• Yes. $A$ and $\alpha$ are both positive. – user38925 Aug 22 '13 at 2:47
• you will also need A<1 to make the integral converge – Carlo Beenakker Aug 22 '13 at 7:08

If $\Re(A)<1$ and $\Re(\alpha)>0$ Mathematica gives:
$$\int_0^1 \mbox{ }x^{\alpha-1} \,(1-x) ^{-A}\, {}_2F_1 (1-A, \alpha -1-A; \alpha -A; x) \mbox{ }dx$$ $$\mbox{ }=\frac{\Gamma(\alpha)\Gamma(1-A)}{\Gamma(1+\alpha-A)}\mbox{ } \mbox{}_3F_2(\alpha,1-A,\alpha-A-1;\alpha-A,1+\alpha-A;1)$$
• Yes, I mean integrating $x^{\alpha -1}(1-x)^{-A}$ times each term of the hypergeometric series. – Ira Gessel Aug 21 '13 at 19:10