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Section: 18.104.22.168 [tr1::tr.num.sf.Lnm] Status: NAD Submitter: Christopher Crawford Opened: 2007-06-30 Last modified: 2016-02-10
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I see that the definition the associated Laguerre polynomials 22.214.171.124 [tr1::tr.num.sf.Lnm] has been corrected since N1687. However, the draft standard only specifies ranks of integer value m, while the associated Laguerre polynomials are actually valid for real values of m > -1. In the case of non-integer values of m, the definition Ln(m) = (1/n!)exx-m (d/dx)n (e-xxm+n) must be used, which also holds for integer values of m. See Abramowitz & Stegun, 22.11.6 for the general case, and 22.5.16-17 for the integer case. In fact fractional values are most commonly used in physics, for example to m = +/- 1/2 to describe the harmonic oscillator in 1 dimension, and 1/2, 3/2, 5/2, ... in 3 dimensions.
If I am correct, the calculation of the more general case is no more difficult, and is in fact the function implemented in the GNU Scientific Library. I would urge you to consider upgrading the standard, either adding extra functions for real m or switching the current ones to double.
[ Batavia (2009-05): ]
We understand the issue, and have opted not to extend as recommended.
Move to NAD.