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Type II Hermite-Padé approximations of generalized hypergeometric series. (English) Zbl 1236.41017
The author studies simultaneous Hermite-Padé approximation to generalized hypergeometric and $$q$$-hypergeometric series of the form $F(t)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}{\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}P(k)\over\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}Q(k)}t^n,\;F_q(t)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}{\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}P(q^k)\over\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}Q(q^k)}t^n,$ where $$P$$ and $$Q$$ are polynomials.
The main method used to prove the results is based on a paper by W. Maier [J. f. M. 156, 93–148 (1927; JFM 53.0340.02)] and a recent modification introduced by the author [J. Math. Soc. Japan 61, No. 1, 291–213 (2009; Zbl 1169.11031)].
The interest in the type of results given, originates from the study of simultaneous approximation in the context of algebraic independence and irrationality in the Theory of Numbers.
After a short introduction there are four sections dedicated to
A.
Hypergeometric functions $$F$$, with its main result the explicit form of the type II Hermite-Padé approximants in the variable $$t$$ for the $$d$$ series $$\theta^bF(t),0\leq b\leq d-1$$ at $$m$$ points (for $$d=1$$ the theorem gives the type II simultaneous approximants). NB. $$\theta=t {d\over dt}$$.
Furthermore, several applications are given (classical hypergeometric seris, exponential series - these are actually $${}_1F_1(1;a;z)$$ series - , logarithmic and polylogarithmic series)
B.
The remainder series technique (using the modified Maier technique), leading to diagonal Hermite-Padé approximants with a free parameter.
C.
$$q$$-hypergeometric functions $$F_q$$ as given above, giving a new proof of a theorem due to Th. Stihl [Math. Ann. 268, 21–41 (1984; Zbl 0519.10024)].
D.
A new proof (using the modified Stihl-Maier method) for a result due to the author in a previous paper [Zbl 1169.11031].
The paper concludes with an appendix with some results on Stirling numbers (needed for the proofs) and a list of 18 references.

##### MSC:
 41A21 Padé approximation 41A28 Simultaneous approximation 33C20 Generalized hypergeometric series, $${}_pF_q$$ 33D99 Basic hypergeometric functions
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