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# A q-analogue of Catalan Hankel determinants

(13 Oct 2010)  Key: citeulike:11506396

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### Abstract

In this paper we shall survey the various methods of evaluating Hankel determinants and as an illustration we evaluate some Hankel determinants of a q-analogue of Catalan numbers. Here we consider $\frac(aq;q)_n(abq^2;q)_n$ as a q-analogue of Catalan numbers $C_n=\frac1n+1\binom2nn$, which is known as the moments of the little q-Jacobi polynomials. We also give several proofs of this q-analogue, in which we use lattice paths, the orthogonal polynomials, or the basic hypergeometric series. We also consider a q-analogue of Schröder Hankel determinants, and give a new proof of Moztkin Hankel determinants using an addition formula for $_2F_1$.