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### Hilbert's Theorem on $L_2$ norm of polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}[X]$ - Explicit construction and a converse?

Consider the set of polynomials with real coefficients as a vector space with the following inner-product: $\langle f, g \rangle = \int_{a}^{b} f(x)g(x) dx$. Hilbert showed, in a paper from 1894, ...
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### The unreasonable effectiveness of Pade approximation

I am trying to get an intuitive feel for why the Pade approximation works so well. Given a truncated Taylor/Maclaurin series it "extrapolates" it beyond the radius of convergence. But what I can't ...
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### Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many others (?)

Let's work over the field $\mathbb{C}$ of complex numbers, and let $X\subset \mathbb{P}^n$ be a projective variety. Let $\tilde{X}\subset \mathbb{P}^n$ be any small open neighborhood of $X$, in the ...
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### A “better” rational approximation of pi?

$355/113$ is a good fractional approximation of $\pi$, because we use six digits to produce seven correct digits of $\pi$. $$\frac{355}{113} = 3.1415929\ldots$$ Let $R$ be the ratio of the number of ...
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### Solving NP problems in (usually) Polynomial time?

Just because a problem is NP-complete doesn't mean it can't be usually solved quickly. The best example of this is probably the traveling salesman problem, for which extraordinarily large instances ...
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### Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many others (?), 3

Part 3 of this series of questions. In the meantime, I realized that there is some very simple question that was left open in Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many ...
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### Functions approximated by rolling epicycle curves

Imagine a decreasing sequence of (positive) radii $r_1 > r_2 > r_3 > \cdots$ and a series of nested circles $C_1 \supset C_2 \supset C_3 \supset \cdots$ with these radii, initially each ...
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### A generalization of Chebyshev polynomials

What is the monic polynomial $p(x)$ of degree $n$ which minimizes $\max_{x \in [-1,1]} |p(x)|$? The answer is the Chebyshev polynomial, and its largest value on $[-1,1]$ is $1/2^{n-1}$. Now suppose ...
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### Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many others (?), 2

This is a sequel to the question Accumulation of algebraic subvarieties: Near one subvariety there are many others (?) . Let $Y$ be some projective variety, over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $X\subset Y$ be ...
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### The closures in $C^0(\mathbb{R}, \mathbb{R})$ of the set of integer valued polynomials, resp, of polynomials with integer coefficients

This is a follow up of an interesting recent question on the topic. The answer given there by fedia shows that the matter is rich and complicated, and I can't resist to submit here a further question. ...
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### Degree necessary of a polynomial?

Given $-1<a<b<0$, I want to find a polynomial $f(x)\in\Bbb R[x]$ such that $f(x)\in[a,b]$ at every $x\in[b^2,a^2]$ and $f(0)=0$. What is minimum degree that is needed and maximum degree that ...
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### Approximation theory on the disc

Chebyshev theory provides a very effective method for approximating continuous real valued functions on the unit interval. Is there something similar for continuous real valued functions on the ...
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### Padé approximations of $e$

The following question came up in the analysis of some algorithm. Let $R_{s,t}(z)$ be the Padé approximants of $e^z$, and define $r_{s,t} = R_{s,t}(1)$. Using the explicit expression for the error ...
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### approximate a probability distribution by moment matching

Suppose we want to approximate a real-valued random variable $X$ by a discrete random variable $Z$ with finitely many atoms. Suppose all moments of $X$ is finite. We want to match the moments of $X$ ...
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### Polynomial approximations of curves

This is the 3D version of this question. The responses to that question contained a lot of complaints about fuzzy definition of the problem, so I made this new question very narrow and explicit. For ...
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### Kronecker Approximation theorem and Fibonacci numbers

There is a famous old theorem by Kronecker that for every positive real $\alpha$ and $\epsilon>0$ there exists a positive integer n such that $\alpha n$ is within $\epsilon$ of an integer. ...
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### Uniform approximation of $x^n$ by a degree $d$ polynomial: estimating the error

The answer to this question should be well known, but it's a hard question to search for online. Suppose we want to approximate the function $x^n$ by a polynomial of degree $d$ in the $L_\infty$ norm ...
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### Approximation with continuous functions

Is it true that for every function $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ there exists a sequence of continuous functions $f_n(x): \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that for any $x \in \mathbb{R}$ $f_n(x)$ ...
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### A senseful meaning of 'approximation of manifolds'?

Any continuous function can be uniformly approximated by smooth functions. I would like to have something similar - in what-ever sense - for continuous manifolds. For example, by Whitney's theorem, ...
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### polynomials with minimal $L_\infty$ norm on multiple disjoint intervals

It is well-known that Chebyshev polynomials are the polynomials of minimal $L_\infty$ norm on [-1,1] with leading coefficient 1. But what if you want the minimal $L_\infty$ polynomial on two disjoint ...
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### Approximation theoretic question about operator norm

Let $\|M\|:=\sup_{u:\|u\|=1}\|Mu\|$ be the operator norm induced by the Euclidean distance. Suppose $A$ is a $k\times k$ symmetric matrix with $A_{ij}>0$ for all $i,j$ and $\sum_{i,j} A_{ij} = 1.$...
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### On derivatives of polynomials majorized by $\max(1,|x|^d)$

In the course of generalizing the Bernstein-Markov theorem to normed space, Harris came up with the following question. Suppose that $p$ is a real polynomial satisfying $|p(x)| \leq (1+|x|)^d$. ...
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### Application of polynomials with non-negative coefficients

Question 1: Are there any deeper applications (in any field of mathematics) of polynomials (with possibly more than one variable) over the real numbers whose coefficients are non-negative? So far I ...
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### Approximating erf by tanh

It appears to be well-known that $\tanh(x)\le \mathrm{erf}(x)$ on $[0,\infty)$. It's off-handedly mentioned here, for example. Where can I find a formal proof? On the one hand, it's hard to imagine ...
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### Stone-Weierstrass analogue for $L^p$

Let $A$ be a complex algebra of bounded measurable functions on the measure space $(X,\mu)$ (case of $[0,1]$ with Lebesgue measure is enough for me) closed under conjugation. Assume that $A$ separates ...
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### Efficient approximation of a matrix and its inverse

Assume that $A$ is a real $n\times n$ matrix whose rows constitute an orthonormal basis of $\mathbb R^n$. Informal statement of question: Assume we want to approximate $A$ by a rational ...
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### Accuracy of the truncated Hausdorff moment problem

For a sequence of real numbers $s = (s_i)_{i \in n}$ let $M_s$ be the collection of functions $f:[0,1] \to [0,1]$ such that $$(\forall i \leq n) \int_0^1 x^i f(x) dx = s_i$$ In other words, $M_s$ ...
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### Sparse approximate representation of a collection of vectors

Suppose I have a collection of $n$ vectors $C \subset \mathbb{F}_2^n$. They are of course spanned by the canonical set of $n$ basis vectors. What I would like to find is a much smaller (~ $\log n$) ...
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Wiener has the following fantastic results about approximations using translation families: Given a function $h: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, the set $\{\sum a_i h(\cdot - x_i): a_i, x_i \in \mathbb{... 6answers 1k views ### best approximation to the LambertW(x) or exp(LambertW(x)) what is the best available approximation ( say up to 10 digits ) for LambertW(x) or exp(LambertW(x)) for x > 2000 1answer 569 views ### Is there a continuous function$f$satisfying the following Zygmund condition but not differentiable. Suppose that a continuous function$f$on the line and satisfies $$|f(x+2h)−2f(x+h)+f(x)|\leq const \frac{|h|}{(\log\frac{1}{|h|})^{\beta}}\,\,\,\,\,\,\text{where}\,\,\,\, \beta \in(0, 1]$$ ... 2answers 764 views ### Stone-Weierstrass for monotone functions Let$\; f : [0,1] \to \mathbb{R} \;$be continuous and non-decreasing.$\;\;$Let$\epsilon$be a real number such that$\; 0 < \epsilon \;$. Does it follow that that there exists a real ... 4answers 2k views ### Approximation by exponential polynomials Let$u(t) = \Sigma_{k=1}^n c_k e^{\lambda_k t} (c_k \in \mathbb C, \lambda_k \in \mathbb C) $be an exponential polynomial of$\underline{order}n$. Define$E_n$to be the collection of all ... 1answer 147 views ### Asymptotics of Fresnel integrals It is known that \begin{equation*} I(p) = \sqrt { \frac {4 \mathrm{i} p} {\pi}}\int \limits _{-\infty} ^{\infty} \mathrm{e}^{- \mathrm{i} p x^2} \varphi (x) \mathrm{d}x \end{equation*} is a bounded ... 1answer 299 views ### Jackson's theorem for partial sum of Fourier series There is a classical theorem of Jackson stating that the$N$-th partial sum$S_N f$of the Fourier series of a Lipschitz continuous function$f$(which is periodic with period 1) satisfies$$|f(x) - ... 2answers 183 views ###$L^{\infty}$polynomial approximation In short: For a given smooth or continuous function, how can we obtain the best$L^{\infty }$approximating polynomial? Jackson (1911) proved that there is a best approximating polynomial in the$L^{\...
Consider for some $0 < \alpha \leq 1$ the space functions $x:[0,1] \to \mathbb{R}^n$ such that $x(0) = 0$ and $\sup_{s,t} \frac{\|f(t)-f(s)\|}{|t-s|^{\alpha}}$ is finite. There are at least two ...