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Hankel-total positivity of some sequences
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The aim of this paper is to develop analytic techniques to deal with Hankel-total positivity of sequences.

We show two nonlinear operators preserving Stieltjes moment property of sequences. They actually both extend a result of Wang and Zhu that if $(a_n)_{n\geq 0}$ is a Stieltjes moment sequence, then so is $(a_{n+2}a_{n}-a^2_{n+1})_{n\geq 0}$. Using complete monotonicity of functions, we also prove Stieltjes moment properties of the sequences $\left ( \frac {\Gamma (n_{0}+ai+1)}{{\Gamma (k_{0}+bi+1)} {\Gamma ((n_0-k_0)+(a-b)i+1)}}\prod _{j=0}^m\frac {1}{d_ji+e_j}\right )_{i\geq 0}$ and $\left (\sum _{k\ge 0}\frac {\alpha _k}{\lambda _{k}^{n}}\right )_{n\geq 0}$. Particularly in a new unified manner our results imply the Stieltjes moment properties of binomial coefficients $\binom {pn+r-1}{n}$ and Fuss-Catalan numbers $\frac {r}{pn+r}\binom {pn+r}{n}$ proved by Mlotkowski, Penson, and Zyczkowski, and Liu and Pego, respectively, and also extend some results for log-convexity of sequences proved by Chen-Guo-Wang, Su-Wang, Yu, and Wang-Zhu, respectively.

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  • Bao-Xuan Zhu
  • Affiliation: School of Mathematics and Statistics, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116, People’s Republic of China
  • MR Author ID: 902213
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  • Received by editor(s): September 17, 2018
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: February 19, 2019, and February 25, 2019
  • Published electronically: May 29, 2019
  • Additional Notes: The author was partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11571150).
  • Communicated by: Mourad Ismail
  • © Copyright 2019 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 147 (2019), 4673-4686
  • MSC (2010): Primary 11B83, 15B05, 33B15, 05A20
  • DOI:
  • MathSciNet review: 4011504