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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2005 (2005), Issue 23, Pages 3849-3866

A series transformation formula and related polynomials

Department of Mathematics, Ohio Northern University, Ada 45810, Ohio, USA

Received 13 October 2004; Revised 18 April 2005

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We present a formula that turns power series into series of functions. This formula serves two purposes: first, it helps to evaluate some power series in a closed form; second, it transforms certain power series into asymptotic series. For example, we find the asymptotic expansions for λ>0 of the incomplete gamma function γ(λ,x) and of the Lerch transcendent Φ(x,s,λ). In one particular case, our formula reduces to a series transformation formula which appears in the works of Ramanujan and is related to the exponential (or Bell) polynomials. Another particular case, based on the geometric series, gives rise to a new class of polynomials called geometric polynomials.