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Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

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The electrostatic equilibrium problem for classical discrete orthogonal polynomials
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Math. Comp. 92 (2023), 1331-1348 Request permission


We present two types of generic difference characterizations of zeros of the classical discrete orthogonal polynomials associated with a discrete weight function satisfying a difference equation of the Pearson type. These characterizations use either the total forward or modified partial central difference operators of discrete discriminants, which approximate the total electrostatic energy of the system of $n$ unit charges moving freely on an interval in presence of external potential given by the iterated discrete weight.
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  • Przemysław Rutka
  • Affiliation: Institute of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics, University of Warsaw, ul. Banacha 2, 02-097 Warsaw, Poland
  • MR Author ID: 890344
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-4712-2710
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  • Ryszard Smarzewski
  • Affiliation: Institute of Mathematics and Cryptology, Faculty of Cybernetics, Military University of Technology, ul. S. Kaliskiego 2, 00-908 Warsaw, Poland
  • MR Author ID: 163855
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  • Received by editor(s): August 26, 2021
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: July 15, 2022, and November 3, 2022
  • Published electronically: January 27, 2023
  • © Copyright 2023 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 92 (2023), 1331-1348
  • MSC (2020): Primary 49M25, 65D20; Secondary 41A10, 33D45
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  • MathSciNet review: 4550328