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Umbral calculus refers to a method of formal computation which can be used to prove certain polynomial identities. The term "umbral", meaning "shadowy" in Latin, describes the manner in which the terms in discrete equations (e.g. difference equations) are similar to (or are "shadows of") related terms in power series expansions.

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Intuition for when a problem may be amenable to the "umbral calculus"?

I've always been interested in situations where we can apply "illegal" operations to objects and still solve problems (as seen here, say), and a common justification for these techniques is ...
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An equation by the definition of Bernoulli number

I am working on Bernoulli number. I learnt the definition of Bernoulli number on the book by a Japanese mathematician. The name of the book is Number Theory 1: Fermat's dream. The book defines the ...
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Umbral calculus/Pochhammer - invert falling factorial of binomial in term of falling factorial of monomial

Consider the variables $x,n \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ and define the following falling factorial operator: $$L[x^n] = (x)_n = \prod_{k=0}^{n-1}(n-k)$$ now from consider the ...
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Umbral calculus - eigenfunctions of operator

I'm very new to umbral caluclus and I have come across a paper that makes use of some results in this area, which I do not quite understand. The problem I have is the following. Consider the ...
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Question about "baffling" umbral calculus result

I am reading a paper here and I've come to a particular passage that is confusing me. It comes on page 2 of the attached paper and it deals with the binomial theorem... The passage lays the ...
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Umbral calculus with negative indices (and powers)

Can we do umbral calculus with negative indices (and powers)? Can we write $a_{-n} \equiv a^{-n}$ or $L[a_{-n}] = a^{-n}$ where $L$ is a linear functional and $n$ need not be negative? The common ...
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What's umbral calculus about?

I've read Wikipedia about it and it says: In mathematics before the 1970s, the term umbral calculus referred to the surprising similarity between seemingly unrelated polynomial equations and ...
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