So as to put our calculation of in context, we first note that the expression (1.3) for has been made more explicit by Jimbo et al. [4], who proved that

where satisfies the form of the Painlevé V equation:

subject to the boundary condition

Subsequent derivations of this result have been given by Its et al. [5], Mehta [6] and Tracy and Widom [7]. Our expression for is given in terms of the solution of a non-linear equation which generalizes (2.2).
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