Curious q-Series as Counterexamples in Padé Approximation

  • D. S. Lubinsky
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Part of the ISNM International Series of Numerical Mathematics book series (ISNM, volume 142)


Basic hypergeometric, or q-series, are usually investigated when |q| < 1. Less common is the case |q| > 1, and the case where q is on the unit circle is extremely rare. It is the latter curious, exotic, choice of q that has yielded a number of interesting examples and counterexamples in Padé approximation, including a counterexample to the Baker-Gammel-Wills Conjecture. We survey some of these, and also pose a number of problems involving q-series for q on the unit circle.


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  • D. S. Lubinsky
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  1. 1.School of MathematicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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