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Advances in Mathematical Physics
Volume 2018, Article ID 4710754, 10 pages
Research Article

Generalized Pseudospectral Method and Zeros of Orthogonal Polynomials

Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Oksana Bihun; ude.sccu@nuhibo

Received 16 November 2017; Accepted 21 December 2017; Published 7 February 2018

Academic Editor: Andrei D. Mironov

Copyright © 2018 Oksana Bihun and Clark Mourning. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Via a generalization of the pseudospectral method for numerical solution of differential equations, a family of nonlinear algebraic identities satisfied by the zeros of a wide class of orthogonal polynomials is derived. The generalization is based on a modification of pseudospectral matrix representations of linear differential operators proposed in the paper, which allows these representations to depend on two, rather than one, sets of interpolation nodes. The identities hold for every polynomial family orthogonal with respect to a measure supported on the real line that satisfies some standard assumptions, as long as the polynomials in the family satisfy differential equations , where is a linear differential operator and each is a polynomial of degree at most ; does not depend on . The proposed identities generalize known identities for classical and Krall orthogonal polynomials, to the case of the nonclassical orthogonal polynomials that belong to the class described above. The generalized pseudospectral representations of the differential operator for the case of the Sonin-Markov orthogonal polynomials, also known as generalized Hermite polynomials, are presented. The general result is illustrated by new algebraic relations satisfied by the zeros of the Sonin-Markov polynomials.