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Certain relationships among polygamma functions, Riemann zeta function and generalized zeta function
Journal of Inequalities and Applications volume 2013, Article number: 75 (2013)
Many useful and interesting properties, identities, and relations for the Riemann zeta function and the Hurwitz zeta function have been developed. Here, we aim at giving certain (presumably) new and (potentially) useful relationships among polygamma functions, Riemann zeta function, and generalized zeta function by modifying Chen’s method. We also present a double inequality approximating by a more rapidly convergent series.
MSC:11M06, 33B15, 40A05, 26D07.
The Riemann zeta function is defined by
The Hurwitz (or generalized) zeta function is defined by
where ℂ and denote the sets of complex numbers and nonpositive integers, respectively. It is easy to see from the definitions (1.1) and (1.2) that
It is noted that, in many different ways, the Riemann zeta function and the Hurwitz zeta function can be continued meromorphically to the whole complex s-plane having simple poles only at with their respective residues 1 at this point.
The polygamma functions () are defined by
where ℕ denotes the set of positive integers and , and is the familiar gamma function and psi (or digamma) function ψ is defined by
Here is a well-known (useful) relationship between the polygamma functions and the generalized zeta function :
which, in view of (1.6), can be expressed in the following form:
where an empty sum is (elsewhere throughout this paper) understood to be nil.
The Riemann zeta function in (1.1) plays a central role in the applications of complex analysis to number theory. The number-theoretic properties of are exhibited by the following result known as Euler’s formula, which gives a relationship between the set of primes and the set of positive integers:
where the product is taken over all primes. It is readily seen that (), and the Riemann’s functional equation for
shows that () except for the trivial zeros in
Furthermore, in view of the following known relation:
we find that (; ). The assertion that all the non-trivial zeros of have real part is popularly known as the Riemann hypothesis which was conjectured (but not proven) in the memoir of Riemann . This hypothesis is still one of the most challenging mathematical problems today (see Edwards ), which was unanimously chosen to be one of the seven greatest unsolved mathematical puzzles of our time, the so-called millennium problems (see Devlin ).
Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), in 1735, computed the Basel problem:
to 20 decimal places with only a few terms of his powerful summation formula discovered in the early 1730s, now called the Euler-Maclaurin summation formula. This probably convinced him that the sum in (1.13) equals , which he proved in the same year 1735 (see ). Euler also proved
We get no information about () from Riemann’s functional equation, since both members of (1.10) vanish upon setting (). In fact, until now no simple formula analogous to (1.14) is known for or even for any special case such as . It is not even known whether is rational or irrational, except that the irrationality of was proved recently by Apéry . But it is known that there are infinitely many which are irrational (see  and ).
The following formulae involving were given by Ramanujan (see ):
where is the j th Bernoulli number, and satisfy , and ∑′ means that when k is an odd number , the last term of the right-hand side in (1.16) is taken as .
In 1928, Hardy  proved (1.15). In 1970, Grosswald  proved (1.16). In 1970, Grosswald  gave another expression of . In 1983, Zhang  not only proved Ramanujan formulae (1.15) and (1.16), but also gave an explicit expression of . For various series representations for , see  and also see [, Chapter 4] and [, Chapter 4].
Many useful and interesting properties, identities, and relations for and have been developed, for example, the formulas recalled above. Here, we aim at presenting certain (presumably) new and (potentially) useful relationships among polygamma functions, Riemann zeta function, and generalized zeta function by mainly modifying Chen’s method . We also give a double inequality approximating () by a more rapidly convergent series, that is, the Dirichlet lambda function defined by
(see Theorem 3).
2 Main results
We first prove a relationship between polygamma functions and Riemann zeta functions asserted by Theorem 1.
Theorem 1 For each , the following formula holds true:
Proof We prove Eq. (2.1) by using the principle of mathematical induction on . For , in view of Eq. (1.6), it is found that both sides of (2.1) equal . Assume that (2.1) holds true for some . Then we will show that (2.1) is true for , i.e.,
Let denote the left-hand side of (2.2) by ℒ. Then, by the induction hypothesis, we have
By using (1.7), we find
which is equal to the right-hand side of (2.2). Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, (2.1) is true for all . □
We recall the following asymptotic formula for the polygamma function (see [, p.260, Entry 6.4.11]):
Next we give an interesting series representation for in terms of the generalized zeta functions ().
Theorem 2 The following formula holds true:
Proof Applying the series representation (1.6) for to the left-hand side of (2.1), we have
Taking the limit on each side of the last resulting identity as , in view of (2.3), we obtain the following identity:
Now it is easy to find from (1.2) and (1.3) that (2.5) equals (2.4). □
We present a relationship between and asserted by the following theorem.
Lemma For each , the following formula holds true:
Proof We prove Eq. (2.6) by using the principle of mathematical induction on . When , the left-hand side of (2.6) is clearly 1, and the right-hand side of (2.6) is seen to be 1 by using (1.6) and (1.3). Assume that (2.6) holds true for some . Then, by the induction hypothesis and using (1.7), we find
which is equal to the right-hand side of (2.6) replaced n by . Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, (2.6) holds true for all . □
We prove certain inequalities for affirmed by Theorem 3.
Theorem 3 Let and . Then the following inequalities hold true:
Proof It is known  that, for and ,
and are Bernoulli numbers.
By replacing x and n in (2.8) by and 2r, respectively, we get
Write (2.6) as
Upon substituting from (2.9) into (2.10), we obtain the desired result. □
3 Further observations and remarks
By applying the relation (1.6) to (2.1), we obtain an interesting relationship between the Hurwitz zeta functions and :
Observing, for ,
and taking the limit on each side of (3.1) as , we also get (2.4).
The formula (2.4) in Theorem 2 can be rewritten in the following double sum:
Inspired by (3.2), we have a natural question: Can the following triple sum:
be expressed in terms of the Hurwitz zeta functions ? Mathematica 8 gives a positive response to this question as well as (3.2):
However, Mathematica 8 gives no response to the same question for multiple sums more than triple one as in (3.2) and (3.4). In fact, we find that this question for multiple sums more than triple one has already been generally solved as follows (see, e.g., [19, 20], [, pp.85-86] and [, pp.151-153]): The n-ple (or, simply, the multiple) Hurwitz zeta function is defined by
Here denotes Stirling numbers of the first kind which satisfy the following recurrence relations:
It is not difficult to see also that
The series for can be expressed in terms of the Hurwitz zeta functions explicitly for the first few values of n:
We find from (1.3) that the special cases ( and ) of the first and second equations in (3.11) yield immediately (3.2) and (3.4), respectively.
In view of (1.14) and (2.4), we get a closed-form evaluation of series involving the zeta functions as follows:
An interesting historical introduction to the remarkably widely and extensively investigated subject of closed-form evaluation of series involving the zeta functions was presented (see  and ). A considerably large number of formulas have been derived, by using various methods and techniques, in the vast literature on this subject (see, e.g., [, Chapter 3], [, Chapter 3] and references therein).
It is noted that, in fact, the formula (2.6) is seen to be easily deduced from the following known relation (cf., (1.8)):
and the relation in (1.6). But we record it in the form of a lemma in order to use it in the proof of Theorem 3.
The special case () of (2.7) becomes
whose further special case when is
The special case () of (2.7) yields
A further special case () of (3.16) is
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The first author is supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2012-0002957).
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
The authors have equal contributions to each part of this paper. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.
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Choi, J., Chen, C. Certain relationships among polygamma functions, Riemann zeta function and generalized zeta function. J Inequal Appl 2013, 75 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1029-242X-2013-75
- Riemann zeta function
- Hurwitz zeta function
- gamma function
- polygamma functions
- Bernoulli numbers
- multiple Hurwitz zeta function
- Stirling numbers of the first kind
- asymptotic formulas