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  • Free Meixner states are a class of functionals on non-commutative polynomials introduced in [Ans06]. They are characterized by a resolvent-type form for the generating function of their orthogonal polynomials, by a recursion relation for those polynomials, or by a second-order non-commutative differential equation satisfied by their free cumulant functional. In this paper, we construct an operator model for free Meixner states. By combinatorial methods, we also derive an operator model for their free cumulant functionals. This, in turn, allows us to construct a number of examples. Some of these examples are shown to be trivial, in the sense of being free products of functionals which depend on only a single variable, or rotations of such free products. On the other hand, the multinomial distribution is a free Meixner state and is not a product. Neither is a large class of tracial free Meixner states which are analogous to the simple quadratic exponential families in statistics. 2007 Springer-Verlag.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Anshelevich, M.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Anshelevich, Michael

publication date

  • December 2007