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Special functions

  1. The hypergeometric Legendre difference equation is \[t(t-1)\Delta^2 y(t-2) + 2t \Delta^2 y(t-1) + 2t \Delta y(t-1) + 2\Delta y(t) - n(n+1)y(t)=0,\] which is equivalent to \[(2t+6)\Delta^3 y(t) + (t^2+7t+14-n(n+1))\Delta^2 y(t) + (10t+30-2n(n+1))\Delta y(t) + (8t+24-n(n+1))y(t)=0.\] We know a polynomial solution when $n \in \{1,2,\ldots\}$, as well as numerous properties of these functions. Similar situations exist for the discrete Chebyshev and discrete polylogarithm functions.
    Question: What can be determined about the other linearly independent solution(s) of the Chebyshev, hypergeometric Legendre, and polylogarithm difference equations? What about solutions of non-integer order? What about their properties?
  2. In the theory of matrix hypergeometric functions, the polynomial sequence \[ p_1(\lambda) = \dfrac{1}{k_0}, \quad p_{j+1}(\lambda) = p_j(\lambda)\left( 1 + \dfrac{\lambda}{k_0+k} \right)\]
  3. arises. With the assumption that $\lambda > 0$, it is easy to see that $p_k(\lambda)$ is bounded below by a harmonic series.
    Question: Can you find a lower bound for $p_k(\lambda)$ when $\lambda < 0$?
  4. Two natural matrix hypergeometric series are studied in the literature: the ones emanating from Jodar and Cortes which begin with the hypergeometric power series and the ones emanating from Tirao which begin with the matrix analogue of the hypergeometric differential equations. If the parameter matrices all commute, then these two functions are equivalent, but they are not equivalent otherwise. A series for the Tirao-type is known and some differential equations for the Jodar and Cortes type are known, but not a general formula.
    Question: Can you find a general differential equation (likely in a factored form) for the Jodar and Cortes-type matrix hypergeometric functions?
  5. Question: How can discrete special functions be further generalized? e.g. to time scales or broader classes of functions
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Probability theory on time scales

  1. It is known that the time scales Taylor monomials $h_k(t,s)$ are of exponential order $\alpha$. This fact was used to estimate bounds of the expected value $\mathbb{E}[h_n(G,s)]$, where $G$ is a dynamic Gompertz random variable. It would be nice to compute a similar estimate for the traditional moments of $G$.
    Question: Is the function $t \mapsto (t-s)^n$ of exponential order $\alpha$ on all time scales for every $n \in \{1,2,3,\ldots\}$? If not, under what restricted class of time scales are they of exponential order $\alpha$?
  2. It is known that as $h \rightarrow 0$, the Gompertz distribution on $h\mathbb{N}_0$ converges pointwise to the classical Gompertz distribution on $[0,\infty)$.
    Question: Does the same hold true for the Gompertz distributions on $h\mathbb{Z}$ and $\mathbb{R}$? Can the type of convergence be improved (not pointwise, but...?)
  3. Question: Do the various theorems that characterize the normal distribution generalize to time scales? If they do, then do they induce the same or different distributions?
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General time scales calculus

  1. Can you express $\mathscr{L}_{\mathbb{T}}\{f^{\sigma}\}(z;s)$ in a simple way?
  2. What can be determined about the limit as $t \rightarrow \infty$ of the solution of the dynamic Gompertz model? Currently we can bound the limit, but can it be expressed in closed form?
  3. What theorems of the equation $\left(y^{\Delta}p\right)^{\Delta}+qy^{\sigma}=f$ extend to the case of conformable calculus on time scales?
  4. What are the Riemann-Liouville and Caputo fractional derivatives on an arbitrary time scale?
  5. How can the definition of a periodic function on an isolated time scale extend to all time scales?
  6. Is there an analogue of the Bohr-Mollerup theorem for the time scales gamma function?
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