The Ramanujan Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 173-188

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The Bailey transform and false theta functions

  • George E. AndrewsAffiliated withThe Pennsylvania State University
  • , S. Ole WarnaarAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne Email author 

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An empirical exploration of five of Ramanujan's intriguing false theta function identities leads to unexpected instances of Bailey's transform which, in turn, lead to many new identities for both false and partial theta functions.


Ramanujan False theta series Bailey transform Bailey pair