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These polynomials, which are intimately connected with the Legendre, Laguerre and Jacobi polynomials, are orthogonal with respect to Stieltjes weight functions which are absolutely continuous on (− 1, 1), (0, ∞) and (0, 1), respectively, but which have jumps at some of the intervals' ends. Each set satisfies a fourth order differential equation of the form Ly = λny, where the coefficients of the operator L depends only upon the independent variable. The polynomials also have other properties, which are usually associated with the classical orthogonal polynomials.
(Received October 29 1979)
(Revised April 22 1980)
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