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Re: what is ALPHA?

From: John Smith
Subject: Re: what is ALPHA?
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 19:27:09 +0100 (BST)

> In info, besselj() is described as:
> Special Functions
> =================
>  - Mapping Function:  besseli (ALPHA, X)
>  - Mapping Function:  besselj (ALPHA, X)
>  - Mapping Function:  besselk (ALPHA, X)
>  - Mapping Function:  bessely (ALPHA, X)
> ...
> ...
> However, what is ALPHA? The order of the bessel function? If so,
> ALPHA must be integer, or not? (Fractional order is available?)

Yes, Alpha is the order of the bessel function

No, Alpha need not be an integer

Yes, fractional orders are available.
(Complex orders seem not to be available: does anyone miss them?)

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