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We evaluated whether memory recall following an extended (1 week) delay predicts cognitive and brain structural trajectories in older adults.
Clinically normal older adults (52–92 years old) were followed longitudinally for up to 8 years after completing a memory paradigm at baseline [Story Recall Test (SRT)] that assessed delayed recall at 30 min and 1 week. Subsets of the cohort underwent neuroimaging (N = 134, mean age = 75) and neuropsychological testing (N = 178–207, mean ages = 74–76) at annual study visits occurring approximately 15–18 months apart. Mixed-effects regression models evaluated if baseline SRT performance predicted longitudinal changes in gray matter volumes and cognitive composite scores, controlling for demographics.
Worse SRT 1-week recall was associated with more precipitous rates of longitudinal decline in medial temporal lobe volumes (p = .037), episodic memory (p = .003), and executive functioning (p = .011), but not occipital lobe or total gray matter volumes (demonstrating neuroanatomical specificity; p > .58). By contrast, SRT 30-min recall was only associated with longitudinal decline in executive functioning (p = .044).
Memory paradigms that capture longer-term recall may be particularly sensitive to age-related medial temporal lobe changes and neurodegenerative disease trajectories.
The moment problem is the characterization of those real sequences that can appear as moment sequences together with the problem of recovering a positive measure from its moments. So given a sequence of real numbers (mn)n we wish to find out if there exists a positive measure μ such that
and in the affirmative case to find all such measures. This is the Hamburger moment problem if there is no restriction imposed on the support of μ. One usually normalizes the problem by requiring m0=1. Hamburger proved that a sequence of real numbers (mn)n is a Hamburger moment sequence if and only if the sequence is positive definite in the sense that
A (square) matrix polynomialP of size N and degree n is a square matrix of size N×N whose entries are polynomials in t∈R (with complex coefficients) of degree less than or equal to n (with at least one entry of degree n):
In this chapter we define the special functions used in this volume and state the properties relevant to the treatment of orthogonal polynomials. We also state a few facts from complex analysis used in the later parts.
We begin by outlining some methods for getting information on zeros of orthogonal polynomials. Some of the main ones depend on the orthogonality measure, the recurrence relation and, if available, the differential equation for the polynomials.
In Section 10.2 we give results obtained by these methods for general classes of orthogonal polynomials. Sections 10.3 to 10.8 give specific applications to, and special results for, Jacobi, ultraspherical, Legendre, Laguerre, Hermite, and other polynomials.
Other chapters contain material on zeros. Zeros of Bessel polynomials are discussed in Section 3.13.
The continuous q-ultraspherical and continuous q-Hermite polynomials first appeared in Rogers’ work on the Rogers–Ramanujan identities in 1893–95 (Askey and Ismail, 1983). They belong to the Fejér class of polynomials having a generating function of the form
where F(z) is analytic in a neighborhood of z=0. Feldheim (1941) and Lanzewizky (1941) independently proved that the only orthogonal generalized polynomials in the Fejér class are either the ultraspherical polynomials or the q-ultraspherical polynomials or special cases of them. They proved that F has to be F1 or F2, or some limiting cases of them, where
One way to generalize orthogonal polynomials on subsets of ℝ is to consider orthogonality on curves in the complex plane. Among these generalizations, the most developed theory is the general theory of orthogonal polynomial on the unit circle T. The basic sources for this chapter are Grenander and Szegő (1958), Szegő ( 1975), Geronimus (1961, 1962), Simon (2004a,b), Ismail (2005b, Chapters 8 and 17), and recent papers which will be cited in the appropriate places.
In what follows we shall use Simon’s abbreviation OPUC for orthogonal polynomials on the unit circle.
The Al-Salam–Chihara polynomials appeared in a characterization problem regarding convolutions of orthogonal polynomials. Al-Salam and Chihara (1976) only recorded the three-term recurrence relation and a generating function. The weight function was first found by Askey and Ismail (1983, 1984), who also named the polynomials after the ones who first identified them.
Among the classical (scalar-valued) families of orthogonal polynomials with rich and deep connections to several branches of mathematics, the Jacobi polynomials occupy a distinguished role.
In this contribution we describe a way of obtaining some families of matrix-valued orthogonal polynomials of arbitrary dimension and depending on two parameters α, β, which extends the scalar theory in many respects. We will achieve this goal by focusing on a group representation approach. In the scalar case the Jacobi polynomials appeared in several concrete mathematical physics problems in the hands of people like Laplace and Legendre. The group-theoretical interpretation, in the hands of E. Cartan and H. Weyl, is of more recent vintage.