The asymptotics of the Touchard polynomials | Abstract
Mathematica Eterna

Mathematica Eterna
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The asymptotics of the Touchard polynomials

R. B. Paris

We examine the asymptotic expansion of the Touchard polynomials Tn(z) (also known as the exponential polynomials) for large n and complex values of the variable z. In our treatment |z| may be finite or allowed to be large like O(n). We employ the method of steepest descents to a suitable integral representation of Tn(z) and find that the number of saddle points that contribute to the expansion depends on the values of n and z. Numerical results are given to illustrate the accuracy of the various expansions.


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