In mathematics, the Romanovski polynomials are one of three finite subsets of real orthogonal polynomials discovered by Vsevolod Romanovsky[1] (Romanovski in French transcription) within the context of probability distribution functions in statistics. They form an orthogonal subset of a more general family of little-known Routh polynomials introduced by Edward John Routh[2] in 1884. The term Romanovski polynomials was put forward by Raposo,[3] with reference to the so-called 'pseudo-Jacobi polynomials in Lesky's classification scheme.[4] It seems more consistent to refer to them as Romanovski–Routh polynomials, by analogy with the terms Romanovski–Bessel and Romanovski–Jacobi used by Lesky for two other sets of orthogonal polynomials.

In some contrast to the standard classical orthogonal polynomials, the polynomials under consideration differ, in so far as for arbitrary parameters only a finite number of them are orthogonal, as discussed in more detail below.


The differential equation for the Romanovski polynomialsEdit

The Romanovski polynomials solve the following version of the hypergeometric differential equation







Curiously, they have been omitted from the standard textbooks on special functions in mathematical physics[5][6] and in mathematics[7][8] and have only a relatively scarce presence elsewhere in the mathematical literature.[9][10][11]

The weight functions are







they solve Pearson's differential equation







that assures the self-adjointness of the differential operator of the hypergeometric ordinary differential equation.

For α = 0 and β < 0, the weight function of the Romanovski polynomials takes the shape of the Cauchy distribution, whence the associated polynomials are also denoted as Cauchy polynomials[12] in their applications in random matrix theory.[13]

The Rodrigues formula specifies the polynomial R(α,β)







where Nn is a normalization constant. This constant is related to the coefficient cn of the term of degree n in the polynomial R(α,β)
by the expression







which holds for n ≥ 1.

Relationship between the polynomials of Romanovski and JacobiEdit

As shown by Askey this finite sequence of real orthogonal polynomials can be expressed in terms of Jacobi polynomials of imaginary argument and thereby is frequently referred to as complexified Jacobi polynomials.[14] Namely, the Romanovski equation (1) can be formally obtained from the Jacobi equation,[15]







via the replacements, for real x,







in which case one finds







(with suitably chosen normalization constants for the Jacobi polynomials). However, this alternative expression is not useful when considering the orthogonality properties. The issue is that the orthogonality integrals of the complex Jacobi polynomials depend on the integration contour. In Kuijlaars et al. (2003)[16] an orthogonality relation for Jacobi polynomials along the imaginary axis has been given, as required by the replacements in (7), but only for a limited case of real, not integer, parameters.

Notice the invertibility of (8) according to







where, now, P(α,β)
is a real Jacobi polynomial and


would be a complex Romanovski polynomial.

Properties of Romanovski polynomialsEdit

Explicit constructionEdit

For real α, β and n = 0, 1, 2, ..., a function R(α,β)
can be defined by the Rodrigues formula in Equation (4) as







where w(α,β) is the same weight function as in (2), and s(x) = 1 + x2 is the coefficient of the second derivative of the hypergeometric differential equation as in (1).

Note that we have chosen the normalization constants Nn = 1, which is equivalent to making a choice of the coefficient of highest degree in the polynomial, as given by equation (5). It takes the form







Also note that the coefficient cn does not depend on the parameter α, but only on β and, for particular values of β, cn vanishes (i.e., for all the values


where k = 0, ..., n − 1). This observation poses a problem addressed below.

For later reference, we write explicitly the polynomials of degree 0, 1, and 2,


which derive from the Rodrigues formula (10) in conjunction with Pearson's ODE (3).


The two polynomials, R(α,β)
and R(α,β)
with mn, are orthogonal,[3]







if and only if,







In other words, for arbitrary parameters, only a finite number of Romanovski polynomials are orthogonal. This property is referred to as finite orthogonality. However, for some special cases in which the parameters depend in a particular way on the polynomial degree infinite orthogonality can be achieved.

This is the case of a version of equation (1) that has been independently encountered anew within the context of the exact solubility of the quantum mechanical problem of the trigonometric Rosen–Morse potential and reported in Compean & Kirchbach (2006).[17] There, the polynomial parameters α and β are no longer arbitrary but are expressed in terms of the potential parameters, a and b, and the degree n of the polynomial according to the relations,







Correspondingly, λn emerges as λn = −n(2a + n − 1), while the weight function takes the shape


Finally, the one-dimensional variable, x, in Compean & Kirchbach (2006)[17] has been taken as


where r is the radial distance, while   is an appropriate length parameter. In Compean & Kirchbach[17] it has been shown that the family of Romanovski polynomials corresponding to the infinite sequence of parameter pairs,







is orthogonal.

Generating functionEdit

In Weber (2007)[18] polynomials Q(αn, βn + n)
, with βn + n = −a, and complementary to R(αn, βn)
have been studied, generated in the following way:







In taking into account the relation,







Equation (16) becomes equivalent to







and thus links the complementary to the principal Romanovski polynomials.

The main attraction of the complementary polynomials is that their generating function can be calculated in closed form.[19] Such a generating function, written for the Romanovski polynomials based on Equation (18) with the parameters in (14) and therefore referring to infinite orthogonality, has been introduced as







The notational differences between Weber[18] and those used here are summarized as follows:

  • G(αn, βn)(x,y) here versus Q(x,y;α,−a) there, α there in place of αn here,
  • a = −βnn, and
  • Q(α,−a)
    in Equation (15) in Weber[18] corresponding to R(αn, βn + nν)

The generating function under discussion obtained in Weber[18] now reads:







Recurrence relationsEdit

Recurrence relations between the infinite orthogonal series of Romanovski polynomials with the parameters in the above equations (14) follow from the generating function,[18]














as Equations (10) and (23) of Weber (2007)[18] respectively.

See alsoEdit


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  16. ^ Kuijlaars, A. B. J.; Martinez-Finkelshtein, A.; Orive, R. (2005). "Orthogonality of Jacobi polynomials with general parameters". Electron. Trans. Num. Anal. 19: 1–17. arXiv:math/0301037. Bibcode:2003math......1037K.
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  19. ^ Weber, H. J. (2007). "Connections between real polynomial solutions of hypergeometric-type differential equations with Rodrigues formula". Central European Journal of Mathematics. 5 (2): 415–427. arXiv:0706.3003. doi:10.2478/s11533-007-0004-6.