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Re: What is QGamma[q,z]

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  • 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)
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  • 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
> 
> 


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