 Mellin transform

In mathematics, the Mellin transform is an integral transform that may be regarded as the multiplicative version of the twosided Laplace transform. This integral transform is closely connected to the theory of Dirichlet series, and is often used in number theory and the theory of asymptotic expansions; it is closely related to the Laplace transform and the Fourier transform, and the theory of the gamma function and allied special functions.
The Mellin transform of a function f is
The inverse transform is
The notation implies this is a line integral taken over a vertical line in the complex plane. Conditions under which this inversion is valid are given in the Mellin inversion theorem.
The transform is named after the Finnish mathematician Hjalmar Mellin.
Contents
Relationship to other transforms
The twosided Laplace transform may be defined in terms of the Mellin transform by
and conversely we can get the Mellin transform from the twosided Laplace transform by
The Mellin transform may be thought of as integrating using a kernel x^{s} with respect to the multiplicative Haar measure, , which is invariant under dilation , so that ; the twosided Laplace transform integrates with respect to the additive Haar measure dx, which is translation invariant, so that d(x + a) = dx.
We also may define the Fourier transform in terms of the Mellin transform and viceversa; if we define the twosided Laplace transform as above, then
We may also reverse the process and obtain
The Mellin transform also connects the Newton series or binomial transform together with the Poisson generating function, by means of the Poisson–Mellin–Newton cycle.
Examples
CahenMellin integral
For c > 0, and y ^{− s} on the principal branch, one has
where Γ(s) is the gamma function. This integral is known as the CahenMellin integral.^{[1]}
Number Theory
An important application in number theory includes the simple function for which
As a unitary operator on L^{2}
In the study of Hilbert spaces, the Mellin transform is often posed in a slightly different way. For functions in (see Lp space) the fundamental strip always includes , so we may define a linear operator as
In other words we have set
This operator is usually denoted by just plain and called the "Mellin transform", but is used here to distinguish from the definition used elsewhere in this article. The Mellin inversion theorem then shows that is invertible with inverse
Furthermore this operator is an isometry, that is to say for all (this explains why the factor of was used). Thus is a unitary operator.
In probability theory
In probability theory Mellin transform is an essential tool in studying the distributions of products of random variables.^{[2]} If X is a random variable, and X^{+} = max{X,0} denotes its positive part, while X^{ −} = max{−X,0} is its negative part, then the Mellin transform of X is defined as ^{[3]}
where γ is a formal indeterminate with γ^{2} = 1. This transform exists for all s in some complex strip D = {s: a ≤ Re(s) ≤ b}, where a ≤ 0 ≤ b.^{[3]}
The Mellin transform of a random variable X uniquely determines its distribution function F_{X}.^{[3]} The importance of the Mellin transform in probability theory lies in the fact that if X and Y are two independent random variables, then the Mellin transform of their products is equal to the product of the Mellin transforms of X and Y:^{[4]}
Applications
The Mellin Transform is widely used in computer science because of its scale invariance property. The magnitude of the Mellin Transform of a scaled function is identical to the magnitude of the original function. This scale invariance property is analogous to the Fourier Transform's shift invariance property. The magnitude of a Fourier transform of a timeshifted function is identical to the original function.
This property is useful in image recognition. An image of an object is easily scaled when the object is moved towards or away from the camera.
Examples
 Perron's formula describes the inverse Mellin transform applied to a Dirichlet series.
 The Mellin transform is used in analysis of the primecounting function and occurs in discussions of the Riemann zeta function.
 Inverse Mellin transforms commonly occur in Riesz means.
See also
Notes
 ^ Hardy, G. H.; Littlewood, J. E. (1916). "Contributions to the Theory of the Riemann ZetaFunction and the Theory of the Distribution of Primes". Acta Mathematica 41 (1): 119–196. doi:10.1007/BF02422942. (See notes therein for further references to Cahen's and Mellin's work, including Cahen's thesis.)
 ^ Galambos & Simonelli (2004, p. 15)
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Galambos & Simonelli (2004, p. 16)
 ^ Galambos & Simonelli (2004, p. 23)
References
 Galambos, Janos; Simonelli, Italo (2004). Products of random variables: applications to problems of physics and to arithmetical functions. Marcel Dekker, Inc.. ISBN 0824754026.
 Paris, R. B.; Kaminski, D. (2001). Asymptotics and MellinBarnes Integrals. Cambridge University Press.
 Polyanin, A. D.; Manzhirov, A. V. (1998). Handbook of Integral Equations. Boca Raton: CRC Press. ISBN 0849328764.
 Flajolet, P.; Gourdon, X.; Dumas, P. (1995). "Mellin transforms and asymptotics: Harmonic sums". Theoretical Computer Science 144 (12): 3–58.
 Tables of Integral Transforms at EqWorld: The World of Mathematical Equations.
 Weisstein, Eric W., "Mellin Transform" from MathWorld.
External links
 Philippe Flajolet, Xavier Gourdon, Philippe Dumas, Mellin Transforms and Asymptotics: Harmonic sums.
 Antonio Gonzáles, Marko Riedel Celebrando un clásico, newsgroup es.ciencia.matematicas
 Juan Sacerdoti, Funciones Eulerianas (in Spanish).
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