On a Generalized Chu–Vandermonde Identity

  • Stefano Favaro
  • Igor PrünsterEmail author
  • Stephen G. Walker


In the present paper we introduce a generalization of the well–known Chu–Vandermonde identity. In particular, by inductive reasoning, the identity is extended to a multivariate setup in terms of the fourth Lauricella function. The main interest in such generalizations derives from the species diversity estimation and, in particular, prediction problems in Genomics and Ecology within a Bayesian nonparametric framework.


Bayesian nonparametrics Chu–Vandermonde identity Multivariate convolution Lauricella function Prediction Species diversity 

AMS 2000 Subject Classifications

05A19 33C20 62E15 62P10 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Favaro
    • 1
  • Igor Prünster
    • 2
    Email author
  • Stephen G. Walker
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Statistica e Matematica ApplicataUniversità degli Studi di Torino and Collegio Carlo AlbertoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Statistica e Matematica ApplicataUniversità degli Studi di Torino, ICER and Collegio Carlo AlbertoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial ScienceUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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