Generating functions play an important role in the investigation of various useful properties of the sequences which they generate. In this paper, we aim to establish certain generating functions for the incomplete hypergeometric functions introduced by Srivastava et al. (2012). All the derived results in this paper are general and can yield a number of (known and new) results in the theory of generating functions.

1. Introduction and Definitions

A lot of research work has recently come up on the study and development of the familiar incomplete Gamma type functions like and given in and , respectively. The study of incomplete Gamma functions has a very long history (see, e.g., [1]) and now stands on fairly firm footing through the research contributions of various authors (see, e.g., [217]). Incomplete Gamma functions are important special functions and their closely related ones are widely used in physics and engineering; therefore, they are of interest to physicists, engineers, statisticians, and mathematicians.

The theory of the incomplete Gamma functions, as a part of the theory of confluent hypergeometric functions, has received its first systematic exposition by Tricomi [18] in the early 1950s. The familiar incomplete Gamma functions and are defined, respectively, by

The following decomposition formula holds: where is the familiar Gamma function defined by

Historically, and were first studied in 1877 for by Prym [1]. The functions and are also referred to as Prym’s functions. For general (even for ), the function appears in Exercises de Calcul Integral by Legendre [19] and in some of his later works.

The function can be expressed in terms of Tricomi’s confluent hypergeometric function as follows (see [6, page 266, Equation ]):

In terms of the Gamma function , Pochhammer symbol is defined (for ) by (see, e.g., [10, page 2 and pages 4–6]) where and denote the sets of complex numbers and nonpositive integers, respectively.

Recently, Srivastava et al. [16] introduced and studied some fundamental properties and characteristics of a family of the following two potentially useful generalized incomplete hypergeometric functions defined as follows: where and are certain interesting generalizations of the Pochhammer symbol which are defined, in terms of the incomplete Gamma type functions and given in and , by

These incomplete Pochhammer symbols and , which were defined by Srivastava et al. [16], like , also satisfy the following decomposition relation:

Remark 1. As already mentioned by Srivastava et al. [16, Remark 7] (see also [17, page 3220, Remark]), since the precise (sufficient) conditions under which the infinite series in the definitions and would converge absolutely can be derived from those that are well-documented in the case of the generalized hypergeometric function () (see, for details, [20, pages 72-73] and [11, page 20]; see also [2123]). Indeed, in their special case when , both () and () would reduce immediately to the extensively investigated generalized hypergeometric function () (see, e.g., [20, Chapter 5]; see also [10, Section 1.5]). Furthermore, as an immediate consequence of the definitions and , we have the following decomposition formula: in terms of the familiar generalized hypergeometric function ().

Generating functions play an important role in the investigation of various useful properties of the sequences which they generate. They are used in finding certain properties and formulas for numbers and polynomials in a wide variety of research subjects, indeed, in modern combinatorics. For a systematic introduction to, and several interesting (and useful) applications of, the various methods of obtaining linear, bilinear, bilateral, or mixed multilateral generating functions for a fairly wide variety of sequences of special functions (and polynomials) in one, two, and more variables, among much abundant literature, we refer to the extensive works by Srivastava and Manocha [24] and Agarwal and Koul [25]. In this regard, in fact, a remarkably large number of generating functions involving a variety of special functions have been developed by many authors (see, e.g., [24, 26]; see also [27]). Also many generating functions containing the incomplete hypergeometric functions and have been presented (see, e.g., [17, Corollary 3]). Here, motivated mainly by the works of both Chen and Srivastava [28] and Srivastava and Cho [17], we present certain generating functions involving the incomplete hypergeometric functions and . Furthermore, it should be mentioned in passing that our results in the present paper are established by using a different method employed by [17].

2. Generating Functions for the Incomplete Hypergeometric Functions

In this section, we establish certain generating functions for the incomplete hypergeometric functions and asserted by Theorem 2.

Theorem 2. The following generating functions hold true:

Proof. For convenience, let the left-hand side of be denoted by . Applying the series expression of to , we get Using the following known identities (see, e.g., [10, page 5]): being the set of integers and , we can prove the following identity (see [28, page 169]): By changing the order of summations in and using the identity , after little simplification, we have We find that the inner sum in is the generalized binomial expansion Finally, replacing the inner sum of by the identity yields our desired result .
It is easy to see that a similar argument as in the proof of will establish the result . This completes the proof of Theorem 2.

Remark 3. Recently, Srivastava and Cho [17] presented a very general class of certain interesting generating functions involving the incomplete hypergeometric functions and by essentially using the following interesting and useful unified expansion formula given by Gould (see [29, page 196, Equation ]; see also [17, page 3221]): where , , and are complex numbers independent of and is a function of defined implicitly by

The results [17, Corollary 3] look very similar to those given in Theorem 2. Yet, it is easy to see that they cannot be special or general cases of the other one’s results.

3. Further Generalization of the Generating Functions for the Incomplete Hypergeometric Functions

A further generalization of the incomplete hypergeometric functions and is given in the following definition.

Definition 4. Let us introduce two sequences and defined by where, for convenience, abbreviates the array of parameters as follows:
Then, as in Theorem 2, we can give the following generating functions for the generalized incomplete hypergeometric functions asserted by Theorem 5.

Theorem 5. Each of the following identities holds true:

Proof. Similarly as in Theorem 2, we can prove the results in Theorem 5. So their details are left to the interested reader by, instead of the essential identity , presenting the following identity:

It should be noted that, if we set and replace by in , we are easily led to the result .

Concluding Remarks. If we add the two generating functions and and use the decomposition formula , we have an interesting result expressed in terms of generalized hypergeometric functions :

We also observe that the result corresponds to that given in [28, page 170, Equation ].

The generalized incomplete hypergeometric functions given in and reduce, when , to the generalized hypergeometric function () whose particular cases are known to express most of the special functions occurring in the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences. Therefore most of the known and widely investigated special functions are expressible also in terms of the generalized incomplete hypergeometric functions () and () (for some interesting examples and applications, see [16, Sections 5 and 6]). In view of this observation, the results presented here, being of general character, can yield numerous generating functions for a certain class of incomplete hypergeometric polynomials (see [17]) and other special functions which are expressible in terms of hypergeometric functions. Finally, we conclude our present investigation by remarking that our results presented here are also believed to give some contribution to the communication theory, probability theory, and groundwater pumping modeling.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors should express their deep gratitude to all the referees for their very helpful and critical comments originating from only detailed reviews of this paper by sharing their valuable time. This research was, in part, supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea (Grant no. 2010-0011005). This work was supported by Dongguk University Research Fund.