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Coherent pairs of measures were introduced in 1991 and constitute a very useful tool in the study of Sobolev orthogonal polynomials on the real line. In this work, coherence and partial coherence in two variables appear as the natural extension of the univariate case. Given two families of bivariate orthogonal polynomials expressed as polynomial systems, they are a partial coherent pair if a polynomial of the second family can be given as a linear combination of the first partial derivatives of (at most) three consecutive polynomials of the first family. A full coherent pair is a pair of families of bivariate orthogonal polynomials related by means of partial coherent relations in each variable. Consequences of this kind of relations concerning both families of bivariate orthogonal polynomials are studied. Finally, some illustrative examples are provided.
bivariate orthogonal polynomials; classical and semiclassical orthogonal polynomials; coherent pairs