Re: What is QGamma[q,z]

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg95547] Re: What is QGamma[q,z]*From*: Michael Weyrauch <michael.weyrauch at gmx.de>*Date*: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 06:46:35 -0500 (EST)*References*: <gl4a3d$gd9$1@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: michael.weyrauch at gmx.de

Hello, well, I would suggest that you read the articles http://mathworld.wolfram.com/q-Analog.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-analog which gives you definitions and applications of these generalizations of well known function. Maybe easiest to understand is the Q exponential as a generalization of the standard exponential http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-exponential In principle, the definitions of these Q functions is given perfectly in the Mathematica documentation. However, it appears a standard difficulty of such a documentation, that it cannot teach you the mathematical background or give an overview of applications. Otherwise it would get just too vast. So, I agree that for the uninitiated some Mathematica functions may appear to be completely mysterious at first (or even second) sight and even after carefully reading the documentation. I do not see how this could be avoided. Maybe there should be a referenz section with links into the (internet) literture. But this is not new to Mathematica 6 or 7. Even old stuff, like LUDecomposition[] for example, cannot be understood from the Mathematica documentation alone. One has to go to a good book or so. Michael Ted Ersek schrieb: > Q function are new in Mathematica 7. > What applications are there for these things? > Also I can't understand the definition of these things because the > Mathematica documentation uses notation I never herd of. > Could sombody explain the definition of QGamma[q,z] in terms of > functions I am likely to know about. > > Thanks, > Ted Ersek > >