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A Note on Caputo's Derivative Operator Interpretation in Economy.

1. Introduction

Fractional calculus is the field of Mathematical study that grows out of the traditional definition of calculus integral and derivative operators as the same way of fractional exponents is an outgrowth of exponents of integer value. The birth of fractional calculus occurred in a letter from G. F. A. de L'Hospital to G. W Leibniz in 1695 posing a possible question "what if the order of derivative ([d.sup.n]f/[dt.sup.n]) such that n = 1/2", in his reply he wrote "it will lead to a paradox, from which one day useful consequences will be drawn"; for more details, refer to a book by M. Sen [1, p. 1] and an article by Machado [2]. The quoted conversation of the two famous mathematicians evoked interest among the researchers and the theory of noninteger orders was further developed, generalized, and formulated by famous mathematicians such as Riemann, Liouville, L Euler, Letnikov, Grunwald, Marchuad, Weyl, Riesz, Caputo, Abel, and others; see, for example, [36]. Fractional derivatives and fractional integrals have vast applications in the field of physics, mechanics, engineering, and biology[7,8]. In recent progress the fractional derivatives and fractional integrals are applied to narrate the financial process [9-11] and economic process with memory [12]. Fractional derivatives and fractional integration have been interpreted in many ways such as geometric interpretation [13-16], informatic interpretation [17], and economic interpretation [18]. Some of the modern definitions of fractional derivative and fractional integrals are enlisted in the next section.

2. Modern Definitions of Fractional Calculus

Definition 1. Riemann defined the fractional integral of order [alpha] > 0 as

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (1)

Definition 2. Riemann-Liouville defined the fractional derivative of order n-1 < [alpha] [less than or equal to] n (n [member of] N) as

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (2)

Definition 3 (see [20]). Abel's integral equation of order [alpha] is given by

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (3)

Remark 4. It is notable that Abel was the first one to use fractional calculus for [alpha] = 1/2 and solved the famous tautochrone problem [20, 21]. For more details about the solution of problem and animated cycloid curve [19] see Figure 1. The total time of fall for (f(y) = (2/[square root of 2g])(ds/dy)) is

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (4)

which is in fact the application of fractional integral of order [alpha], where the equation of cycloid is ds/dy = T([square root of 2g]/[pi])(1/[square root of y]).

3. Economic Meaning of Derivatives

Before elaborating the economic meaning of fractional derivatives, we put up the economic concept of the standard derivative of the first order. In terms of economy the first-order derivatives show the rapidness in alteration of economic indicators with respect to the investigated factor by assuming that other factors remain constant. The first-order derivative of the function of an indicator defines the marginal value of this indicator. The marginal value is the incremental value through the corresponding indicator per unit increase of the determining factor. In economic study, the principal marginal values of indicators are marginal product, margin utility, marginal profit, marginal cost, marginal revenue, marginal tendency to save and consume, marginal tax rate, marginal demand, and some others.

Marginal Value = Cost of Incremental Output - Cost of Incremental Input. (5)

The economic processes is carried out by calculation of marginal and average value of indicators which are considered as a function of finding factors. According to the standard definition of average values and marginal values of indicators, a single value function as is supposed to be

Y = Y(X), (6)

where Y is the dependence economic indicator Y by a factor X. The average value [AY.sub.X] of the indicator Y is given by

[AY.sub.X] := Y(X)/X (7)

The economic definition of marginal value [MY.sub.X] of this indicator is given by the first derivative of (6) and is supposed to be a single-valued function.

[MY.sub.X] := dY(X)/dX, (8)

where Y is the dependence economic indicator Y by a factor X.

Mathematically if the dependence Y = Y(X) is directly proportional to (Y(X) = C.X) then marginal and average values are identical such that [MY.sub.X] = [AY.sub.X].

Remark 5. Graphical analysis from a sample graph given in Figure 2 chosen from [22] shows the relation between marginal cost and average cost; also see [23].

(1) When the average curve is rising, then [MY.sub.X] > [AY.sub.X] so product should decrease.

(2) When the average curve is at its minimum, then [MY.sub.X] = [AY.sub.X], showing the peak of the average product.

(3) When the average curve is falling, then [MY.sub.X] < [AY.sub.X] so product should increase.

In [18], Tarasova and Tarasov have stated the condition for the applicability of (8) that it defines the marginal value of an indicator under assumption that an indicator Y must be expressed as a single valued function. In general this assumption is not valid [18]. Below are the two pair of examples in [18] of multivalued dependency of an indicator

Y on a factor X, while involving the third variable the time (t) and the indicator and factor are the function of t.

X(t) = (0.001) [t.sup.2] - (0.2) t + 70, (9)

Y(t) = (0.01) [t.sup.2] - (3.0) t+ 1400 (10)

and second example

X (t) = (8.2 x [10.sup.-9]) [t.sup.4] - (1.5 x [10.sup.-5]) [t.sup.3] + (5.4 x [10.sup.-3])[t.sup.2] - (0.58) t + 70, (11)

Y (f) = (7.5 x [10.sup.-6]) [t.sup.4] - (3.5 x [10.sup.-3]) [t.sup.3] + (0.51) [t.sup.2] - (24.0) t + 1700. (12)

Note that the above expressions are the simplest appropriate polynomial approximation related to the "real change in the dollar--ruble exchange rate" [24].

Remark 6. Graph in Figure 3 clearly shows that the value of X corresponds to more than one value of Y in many cases, which violates the uniqueness of the function.

So, the formulas enlisted in (7) and (8) are not applicable to determine the average and marginal values of an indicator, as the dependence Y on the factor X is not one to one. So, for this type of economic analysis we need to consider the indicators and factors as a single valued function of time. And hence the indicator Y = 7(f) on a factor X = X(f), then applying to (7) and (8), we obtain

[AY.sub.X] (t) = Y (t)/X (t) (13)

[MY.sub.X] (t) = dY(t)/dX(t) (14)

Let the average value and marginal value for time t = T, so we have

[AY.sub.X] (t) = Y (T)/X (T), (15)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (16)

provided X(T) [not equal to] 0 and dX(T)/dT [not equal to] 0.

The expressions (8) and (16) are equivalent and obey the chain rule if the dependence of Y(f) on X(f) can be expressed as a single valued differentiable function Y = Y(X). It is possible only if the function X = X(t) is reversible, and hence

(7) and (15) must be equivalent.

In the study of differential calculus, (16) can be considered as a generalized form of parametric derivative of indicator Y = Y(t) by a factor X = X(t) at time t = T, if dX(T)/dT [not equal to] 0. It is important to note that (16) is the standard definition of the parametric derivative of first order if the function X = X(t) has an inverse in neighborhood of t = T and first order derivative exists of the functions X = X(t), Y = Y(t). Consequently, expressions (7) and (15) fail to be used for these dependencies; however, (15) and (16) can be used for parametric dependencies given by (9), (10) and/or (11), (12). So, we can say that (16) is associated with marginal indicator which concedes the first-order derivative as a growth of indicator Y per unit increase of the factor X at the given time point t = T.

It is worth mentioning that the violation of single valued property of the indicator function Y(X) is due to the presence of memory in economic process in past [12,18, 25]. Memory of economic agents influences the marginal indicators at the time t = T and can depend on the changes of Y(t) and X(t) on finite time interval (0, T). Average values and marginal values of indicators in (16) depend only on the given time t = T and its diminutive neighborhood. Due to notable repeated similar alteration of the indicator Y(t) and the factor X(t) the economic agents can react on these identical changes. It is avoidable and can be applied only when the economic agents are in state of repression, and hence this approach cannot be always in practice for economic analysis. Mathematically this approach is because of applying integer order derivatives for economic analysis. So, the motivation is to involve a smaller degree to derive modified marginal values of an indicator function Y(X) to put the past memory in a state of repression; see [18] for comparative modeling.

4. Involvement of Modified Caputo's Derivatives Operator in Economy

The Caputo's fractional derivative is one of the most used definitions of a fractional derivative along with other fractional calculus such as (R - L), (G. Letnikov) [26] and Caputo-type modification of the Erdely-Kober fractional derivatives. Here it is necessary to mention the Caputo-type modification of the Erdely-Kober fractional derivatives proposed by Luchko and Trujillo in 2007; see [27,28] defined as follows.

Definition 7 (see[27]). Let n - 1 < [delta] [less than or equal to] n, n [member of] N and m - 1 < [alpha] [less than or equal to] m, m [member of] N. The operators ([mathematical expression not reproducible] and ([mathematical expression not reproducible] are, respectively, called the left- hand and righthand sided Caputo-type modification of the Erdely-Kober fractional derivatives of orders a and S, respectively:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (17)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (18)

where [J.sup.[tau],[alpha].suv.[beta]] and [J.sup.[tau],d[gamma].suv.[beta]] of order [alpha] and [delta], respectively, called the left-hand and right-hand sided Erdeely-Kober fractional integrals defined in [27].

The Caputo approach appears often while modeling applied problems by means of integrodifferential equations. Hence subsequent to our discussion in previous sections, the economic agents can react against identical changes in economic analysis and this is due to the use of integer order derivative. In continuation to this, the concept of noninteger derivative order [3, 6, 29] is used in natural sciences to describe the process with memory. Recently, fractional order derivatives have been used to outline the financial processes [12,18,25]. However in this article we investigate the involvement of the modified Caputo's fractional operator [30, 31] for our results. We would like to highlight the two sides of the Caputo's time-fractional derivative by a brief time-line (see Figure 4). We use the concept of left-hand side of Caputo's derivative for our results, concept taken from [1, p. 5].

Definition 8 (see[32]). "The left-hand side Caputo's fractional derivative of order a" is defined as follows:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (19)

Caputo's derivative of order [alpha] > 0 of the power functions:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (20)

Definition 9 (see [31]). Let f [member of] A be analytic and normalized function. Then the modified Caputo's derivative operator of f is defined by

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (21)

where [eta] [member of] R,([eta]-1) < [lambda] < [eta] < 2 and

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (22)

Remark 10. Note that [J.sup.0.sub.0] f(t) = f(T) and [J.sup.1.sub.1](t) = Tf'(T).

Definition 11 (see [31]). "Special Case of modified Caputo's derivative operator" is defined as follows: let [eta] = 0 in Definition 2; we obtain

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (23)

Denoting the modified Caputo's fractional derivative operator by [mathematical expression not reproducible] and omitting the constant term ([GAMMA]([eta][gamma])/[LAMBDA](2 + [eta] - [lambda]))[t.sup.n-[lambda]], from (21) by using (22) together with the relation of [beta]-function and [gamma]-function [33], we obtain the power functions of modified Caputo's fractional derivative operator of order [lambda] >0 (same as in (20)); in the following form, see for details about below operator [30].

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (24)

where ([eta] - 1 < [lambda] < [eta] < 2, [eta] [member of] R, t > 0).

Remark 12. Note that the above power form of modified Caputo's fractional derivative corresponds to power function studied by Rubin & Wenzel (1996); see [34], "that is accuracy in a memory task at time t is given by f(t) = [at.sup.-b] : a, b [member of] R".

For f(t) = t, (24) becomes

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (25)

Considering the effects of memory in economic process the generalized concept of marginal and average values of indicator in terms of Caputo's Left-hand side derivative with (t [member of] [t; Tj) is given by

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (26)

where Y = Y(t) is economic indicator and X = X(t) is determining factor. The above equation shows the economic T-indicator at time t = T, which confines the economic process with memory, where [mathematical expression not reproducible] is the left-hand side derivative of order [alpha] [greater than or equal to] 0 given in Definition 8. The parameter a [greater than or equal to] 0 demarcates the degree of depression in the memory about the changes of the indicator and factor on the interval [0,Tj.

Economic research studies show that memory effect leads to abnormality in economic growth. The memory effect with declining order 0 < [alpha] <1 results in slower growth of output compared with the standard model without memory; on the other hand the descending order of 0 < [alpha] < 2 can give faster growth output, for more details on economic growth model see [35].

For instance to count on changes in results of marginal values, we introduce the modified Caputo's fractional derivative of order [lambda]:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (27)

where [mathematical expression not reproducible] is given by Definition 9 or (24).

Remark 13. Note for [eta] = 0 expression (27) coincides with the fractional order marginal value of (26) and for q = 1 it coincides with marginal value of integer order as in (16).

It is also usable to replace (X(t) = t) for economic indicator. So, using (27) the above expression becomes

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (28)

where ([lambda] - [eta]) characterizes the degree of depression of the memory about the changes of indicators and factor on the interval [0, T].

For the sake of numerical analysis of marginal values we apply the integer order derivative, Caputo's fractional order derivative, and modified Caputo's fractional order derivative, respectively, shown in forthcoming equations and tabulation. Manipulating (9), (10), and (16), we obtain the marginal value through integer order:

[MY.sub.X] (1) = (0.02t-3/0.002t-0.2).sub.t=1] = 15.0505 (29)

Using (9), (10), and (20), we get the marginal value through Caputo's fractional order:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (30)

Making use of (9), (10), and (27), we get the marginal value through modified Caputo's operator of order rj:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (31)


Now for different choices of [eta] :([eta]- 1 < 1/2 < [eta] < 2) the marginal values by using the modified Caputo's operator in expression (31) are given in Table 1.

Remark 14. The sharpening behavior of the fractional values can be seen from (Table1) as [eta] = 1 - [member of] : [member of] > 0 (the infinitesimal neighborhood before 1) results in maximum marginal value and on the other hand as [eta] = 1/2 + [member of] : [member of] > 0 (the infinitesimal neighborhood after 1/2) results in minimum marginal value. Note that two integer values of [eta] = {0,1} where {0} (is out of the interval) show anomalous character.

Some of the key notes are as follows:

(1) Equation (15) is the average values of indicator only for the values of the indicator and factor at times 0 and T.

(2) Equation (16) is the marginal values of indicator only for the values of the indicator and factor at t = T.

(3) The proposed economic indicator in (27) allows us to describe the dependence of economic process from all state of changes in a finite time interval [0, T].

(4) The supplementary parameter [eta] [member of] R lowers the rate of the past memory about the changes of indicator and factor on the interval [0, T].

5. Conclusion

We used a modified Caputo's fractional operator towards the rectification of the indicator function Y(X) by involving smaller degree ([lambda] - n) of forgetting memory. The influences of economic agents have been controlled comparative to the Caputo's fractional derivative of order [eta] [greater than or equal to] 0.

Data Availability

All data generated or analyzed during the study are included in the article.


The earlier version of this research article was presented in the "First Innovation Conference" on 21 December 2017, At A'Sharqiyah University Ibra, Sultanate of Oman.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest. All the authors agreed with the content of the manuscript.


The work here is supported by UKM grant GUP-2017-064.


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Hameed Ur Rehman [ID], (1,2) Maslina Darus [ID],[1.sup. ]and Jamal Salah (3)

(1) School of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

(2) Center for Language and Foundation Studies, A' Sharqiyah University, Post Box No. 42, Post Code No. 400 Ibra, Oman

(3) College of Applied and Health Sciences, A' Sharqiyah University, Post Box No. 42, Post Code No. 400 Ibra, Oman

Correspondence should be addressed to Maslina Darus;

Received 29 May 2018; Revised 26 August 2018; Accepted 5 September 2018; Published 1 October 2018

Academic Editor: Igor Andrianov

Caption: Figure 1: Four balls slide down a cycloid curve from different positions, but they arrive at the bottom at the same time, taken from [19].

Caption: Figure 2: Three cost curves (average total cost, marginal cost, and marginal revenue) overlap.

Caption: Figure 3: The graph in figure defined by equations (9), (10) shows the dependencies of an indicator Y on a factor X.

Caption: Figure 4: Action of derivative on three stages of functions.
Table 1: Marginal values for [eta] [member of]
(1/2,1] U {0}.

Depressive value            Marginal Value

n                      [MY.sub.X] (1/2, eta], 1)

0                               20.0284
33/64                           20.0288
17/32                           20.0292
9/16                            20.0305
5/8                             20.0336
11/16                           20.0382
3/4                             20.0455
13/16                           20.0579
7/8                             20.0832
15/16                           20.1616
31/32                           20.3265
63/64                           20.6906
127/128                         21.5932
255/256                         24.6707
1                               15.0403
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