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## what is ALPHA?

 From: Niitsu Yoichiro Subject: what is ALPHA? Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 15:13:28 +0900

```I'm new to Octave. I have a question that cannot be solved by reading
the info-manual or the FAQ list. I would be grateful if someone direct
me.

In info, besselj() is described as:

Special Functions
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- Mapping Function:  besseli (ALPHA, X)
- Mapping Function:  besselj (ALPHA, X)
- Mapping Function:  besselk (ALPHA, X)
- Mapping Function:  bessely (ALPHA, X)
Compute Bessel functions of the following types:

`besselj'
Bessel functions of the first kind.

`bessely'
Bessel functions of the second kind.

`besseli'
Modified Bessel functions of the first kind.

`besselk'
Modified Bessel functions of the second kind.

The second argument, X, must be a real matrix, vector, or scalar.

The first argument, ALPHA, must be greater than or equal to zero.
If ALPHA is a range, it must have an increment equal to one.

If ALPHA is a scalar, the result is the same size as X.

If ALPHA is a range, X must be a vector or scalar, and the result
is a matrix with `length(X)' rows and `length(ALPHA)' columns.

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However, what is ALPHA? The order of the bessel function? If so,
ALPAH must be integer, or not? (Fractional order is available?)

Yoichiro Niitsu
Yokohama, Japan

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