Talk: Positivity of rational functions and their diagonals (Dalhousie)

Positivity of rational functions and their diagonals (Dalhousie)

Date: 2014/10/18
Occasion: AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting 2014, Special Session on Special Functions and Their Applications
Place: Dalhousie University


The problem to decide whether a given rational function in several variables is positive, in the sense that all its Taylor coefficients are positive, goes back to Szegö as well as Askey and Gasper, who inspired more recent work. It is well known that the diagonal coefficients of rational functions are \(D\)-finite. Remarkably, for several of the rational functions whose positivity has received special attention, the diagonal terms in fact have arithmetic significance and arise from differential equations that have modular parametrization. In each of these cases, this allows us to conclude that the diagonal is positive. Further inspired by a result of Gillis, Reznick and Zeilberger, we investigate the relation between positivity of a rational function and the positivity of its diagonal. The talk is based on joint work with Wadim Zudilin.


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