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Journal of Inequalities and Applications
J Inequal Appl. 2017; 2017(1): 200.
Published online 2017 August 29. doi:  10.1186/s13660-017-1475-z
PMCID: PMC5574953

Turán type inequalities for generalized Mittag-Leffler function


In this paper, we show several Turán type inequalities for a generalized Mittag-Leffler function with four parameters via the (pk)-gamma function.

Keywords: Turán type inequalities, generalized Mittag-Leffler function, (pk)-gamma function

Introduction and main results

In 1950, Turán established a remarkable inequality in the special function theory,

[Pn+1(r)]2 > Pn(r)Pn+2(r)

for all r ∈ (−1, 1) and n ∈ N, where Pn is the Legendre polynomial, that is,


Here, for given complex numbers a, b and c with c ≠ 0, −1, −2, … , the Gaussian hypergeometric function is the analytic continuation to the slit place ℂ∖[1, ∞) of the series


Here, (a, 0) = 1 for a ≠ 0, and (an) is the shifted factorial function or the Appell symbol

(an) = a(a + 1)(a + 2) ⋯ (an − 1)

for n ∈ ℤ+; see [1, 2]. There is an extensive topic dealing with Turán type inequalities, and it has been generalized in many directions for various orthogonal, polynomial and special functions.

The Mittag-Leffler function is defined by


where Γ( ⋅ ) is a classical gamma function. The Mittag-Leffler function plays an important role in several branches of mathematics and engineering sciences, such as statistics, chemistry, mechanics, quantum physics, informatics and others. In particular, it is involved in the explicit formula for the resolvent of Riemann-Liouville fractional integrals by Hille and Tamarkin. Many properties and applications of Mittag-Leffler have been collected, for instance, in references [3, 4]. We also refer to the references [57]. For a recent introduction on the Mittag-Leffler functions and its generalizations, the reader may see [6] and [8].

In 2016, Mehrez and Sitnik [9] obtained some Turán type inequalities for Mittag-Leffler functions by considering monotonicity for special ratios of sections for series of Mittag-Leffler functions. Recently, in [10], Yin and Huang also established some Turán type inequalities for the following generalized Mittag-Leffler function via the p-gamma function:


Motivated by [9, 10], we consider the following generalized Mittag-Leffler function with four parameters:


where Γp,k(x) is a classical (pk)-gamma function defined by



(x)p,kx(xk) ⋯ (x + (p − 1)k).

It is easily seen that the functions (1.2) and (1.3) are special cases of Wright-Fox functions in the Wright series representation (or multi-index Mittag-Leffler functions) in [11].

It is well known that limp→∞Γp,k(x) = Γ∞,k(x) = Γk(x), and Γ∞,1(x) = Γ(x), where Γk(x)=k!kxx(x+1)(x+p) and Γ(x)=0tx1etdt, x > 0 are k-gamma and gamma functions, respectively. These formulas and more properties can be found in [2].

The logarithmic derivative of the (pk)-gamma function


is known as a generalized digamma function. Its derivatives ψp,k(n)(x) are known as generalized polygamma functions.

Our results read as follows.

Theorem 1.1

For αβpk > 0 and fixed z > 0, the function f:β ↦ Γp,k(β)Eα,β,p,k(z) is strictly log-convex on (0, ∞). As a result, we have the following inequality:


Corollary 1.1

For αpk > 0, β2 > β1 > 0 and fixed z ∈ (0, ∞), we have




we obtain the following results.

Theorem 1.2

For n ∈ ℕ, αβpkz > 0, we have


Remark 1.1

For proofs we apply a method introduced and studied in detail in Sitnik and Mehrez (see [9, 1214]).


Lemma 2.1


Let {an} and {bn} (n = 0, 1, 2, …) be real numbers, such that bn > 0 and {anbn}n0 is increasing (decreasing). Then {a0+a1++anb0+b1++bn} is increasing (decreasing).

Lemma 2.2


Let {an} and {bn} (n = 0, 1, 2, …) be real numbers and let the power series A(x)=n=0anxn and B(x)=n=0bnxn be convergent if |x| < r. If bn > 0 (n = 0, 1, 2, …) and the sequence {anbn}n0 is (strictly) increasing (decreasing), then the function A(x)B(x) is also (strictly) increasing (decreasing) on [0, r).

Proofs of main results

Proof of Theorem 1.1

Simple computation yields




where we apply that the function ψp,k(x) is concave on . Therefore, we find that the function βΓp,k(β)Γp,k(αk+β) is strictly log-convex on (0, ∞). Using the fact that the sum of log-convex functions is also log-convex, we see that the function f is strictly log-convex on (0, ∞).

Due to inequality (1.4), we easily derive


That is,


Using the definition of Γp,k(x), we easily obtain


so we have


The proof of Theorem 1.1 is complete.

Proof of Corollary 1.1

Since the function f(β) is strictly log-convex, we see that the function


is strictly increasing on (0, ∞). By taking 0 < β1 < β2, we have


By using the formula


we complete the proof.

Proof of Theorem 1.2

Using the formulas




we have


Since the function Γp,k(x) is log-convex on (0, ∞), we know that the function xΓp,k(x+a)Γp,k(x) (a > 0) is increasing on (0, ∞). Thus, with aα, xα(n + 1) + β < α(n + 1) + βα(m − (n + 2)) and using Lemma 2.1 and Lemma 2.2, we obtain


That is,


It follows that



In this paper, we show several Turán type inequalities for a generalized Mittag-Leffler function with four parameters via the (pk)-gamma function, and we generalize some known results.


The authors were supported by NSFC 11401041, Science Foundation of Binzhou University under grant number BZXYL1704, and by the Science and Technology Foundation of Shandong Province J16LI52. The authors are grateful to anonymous referees for their careful corrections to and valuable comments on the original version of this paper.


Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

All authors contributed equally to the manuscript and read and approved the final manuscript.

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Li Yin, moc.361@97_ilniy.


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