Fox H-function

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In mathematics, the Fox H-function H(x) is a generalization of the Meijer G-function introduced by Charles Fox (1961). It is defined by a Mellin–Barnes integral

$H_{p,q}^{\,m,n}\!\left[z\left|{\begin{matrix}(a_{1},A_{1})&(a_{2},A_{2})&\ldots &(a_{p},A_{p})\\(b_{1},B_{1})&(b_{2},B_{2})&\ldots &(b_{q},B_{q})\end{matrix}}\right.\right]={\frac {1}{2\pi i}}\int _{L}{\frac {\prod _{j=1}^{m}\Gamma (b_{j}+B_{j}s)\,\prod _{j=1}^{n}\Gamma (1-a_{j}-A_{j}s)}{\prod _{j=m+1}^{q}\Gamma (1-b_{j}-B_{j}s)\,\prod _{j=n+1}^{p}\Gamma (a_{j}+A_{j}s)}}z^{-s}\,ds$ where L is a certain contour separating the poles of the two factors in the numerator. Compare to the Meijer G-function,

$G_{p,q}^{\,m,n}\!\left(\left.{\begin{matrix}a_{1},\dots ,a_{p}\\b_{1},\dots ,b_{q}\end{matrix}}\;\right|\,z\right)\,=\,{\frac {1}{2\pi i}}\int _{L}{\frac {\prod _{j=1}^{m}\Gamma (b_{j}-s)\,\prod _{j=1}^{n}\Gamma (1-a_{j}+s)}{\prod _{j=m+1}^{q}\Gamma (1-b_{j}+s)\,\prod _{j=n+1}^{p}\Gamma (a_{j}-s)}}\,z^{s}\,ds,$ The special case for which the Fox H reduces to the Meijer G is Aj = Bk = C, C > 0 for j = 1...p and k = 1...q (Srivastava 1984, p. 50):

$H_{p,q}^{\,m,n}\!\left[z\left|{\begin{matrix}(a_{1},C)&(a_{2},C)&\ldots &(a_{p},C)\\(b_{1},C)&(b_{2},C)&\ldots &(b_{q},C)\end{matrix}}\right.\right]={\frac {1}{C}}G_{p,q}^{\,m,n}\!\left(\left.{\begin{matrix}a_{1},\dots ,a_{p}\\b_{1},\dots ,b_{q}\end{matrix}}\;\right|\,z^{1/C}\right).$ A generalization of the Fox H-function is given by Innayat Hussain AA (1987). For a further generalization of this function, useful in physics and statistics, see Rathie (1997).