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### Local-to-global inequalities for measures: Brunn-Minkowski, Ahlswede-Daykin, what else?

This question is motivated by an obvious formal analogy between two well-known inequalities:
Log-concavity and Brunn-Minkowski inequality
Let $\mu(dx) := m(x) dx$ be an absolutely continuous ...

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### Inequality regarding sum of gaussian on lattices

When S is a subset of an inner product space, let d(S) denote ${\sum\limits_{s \in S} e^{- \langle s,s \rangle}}$
Suppose L is a discrete additive subgroup of $\mathbb{R^n}$, M is a subgroup of L, ...

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### A sumset inequality

A friend asked me the following problem:
Is it true that for every $X\subset A\subset \mathbb{Z}$, where $A$ is finite and $X$ is non-empty, that $$\frac{|A+X|}{|X|}\geq \frac{|A+A|}{|A|}?$$
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### About generalized Minkowski inequality

For which functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+ \to \mathbb{R}^+$ does the inequality
$f^{-1}\left(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n f(x_k+y_k)\right) \leq f^{-1}\left(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n f(x_k)\right) + ...

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### Hölder's inequality for matrices

I was wondering if the Hölder's inequality was true for matrix induced norms, i.e. if
$$\|AB\|_1 \leq \|A\|_p\|B\|_q, \quad\forall p,q \in [1,\infty] \text{ s.t. } \tfrac{1}{p}+\tfrac{1}{q} = 1.$$
But ...

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### Is this Holder-type inequality true $\;(\int fg )\,(\int f^2 + g^2)\leq \int f^2g+fg^2\;$? [closed]

Suppose $f$ and $g$ are non-negative functions such that $\int f(x)dx = \int g(x)dx=1$. Is it true that
$$\Big(\int fg \Big)\,\Big(\int f^2 + g^2\Big)\leq \int f^2g+fg^2\quad?$$

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### An elementary inequality: reference request

Consider the problem of minimizing $\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_{i}}$ under the constraints $\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_{i}^{2}}=1$ and $x_{i} \geq 0$. Obviously the solution is given by the vector $(1,0,\ldots,0)$.
Now ...

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### a inequality of $L^p$ [closed]

I want to prove the inequality
$$
|x-y|^p \le \frac{p}{2}\big|x-y\big|\;\big(x^{p-1}+y^{p-1}\big)
$$
if $p \ge 1$. For the case $p$ is an integer, it's easy to do, but I have no idea when $p$ is not ...

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### Rosenthal like inequality for weak $\mathbb L^p$-norms

Let $p$ be a real number greater than $1$. It is well known (see Hall and Heyde's Martingale limit theory and its applications, Theorem 2.10) that there exists a constant $C_p$ such that if ...

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### Inequality with four variables [closed]

Prove or find a counterexample.
Let $a_1, a_2, b_1, b_2 \in \mathbb{R}$ satisfy $a_1+a_2=1$ and $b_1+b_2=1$. Then,
$$
\frac{1}{a_1^2+a_2^2} + \frac{1}{b_1^2 + b_2^2} \geq (\frac{1}{(a_1 b_2)^2 + (a_1 ...

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### A homogeneous but slightly asymmetric inequality

I need to prove the following inequality: for any $Z=(z_1,\dots,z_l)\in\mathbb{C}^l$ for any $p\geq 2$ and $l\geq 2$
\begin{equation}
\left|\left|\sum_{j=1}^l ...

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### A Poincaré-type inequality with logarithmic function

For any function $f(x)$ we denote $\bar{f}:=\frac{1}{\Omega}\int_\Omega f(x)\,dx$.
Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded smooth domain and $u(x)> 0$ be a smooth function defined on ...

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### Local positivity of solutions to linear differential inequalities (Chaplygin's theorem)

According to the entry "Differential inequality" of the Encyclopedia of Mathematics
http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php/Differential_inequality
the following result is due to Chaplygin ...

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### Maximization of a total variation distance subject to another total variation distance in Markov chain

Suppose two dependent random variables $X$ and $V$ from finite alphabets $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{X}$ with known joint and marginal distributions are given. Let $P_{XV}$ and $P_X$ and $P_V$ are the ...

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### Maximizing Renyi entropy for a certain channel

The channel under consideration is $T = A + B$, where $A$ and $B$ take on values in $\{0, 1\}$ according to a probability mass function. Let (joint) random vector $(A_1, A_2,\ldots, A_n)$ be denoted ...

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### Deviation bound for the maximum of the norm of Wiener process

Let $W(t)$ be an $n$-dimensional Wiener process. Denote by $\chi_n^2$ a chi-squared random variable with $n$ degrees of freedom. I have recently found the following inequality given without proof:
$$
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### Prove or disprove $ \int_{0}^{\infty} \int_{-x}^{0} f(x)f(y)dydx > \int_{0}^{\infty} \int_{-\infty}^{-x} f(x)f(y)dydx. $

Consider a symmetric, unimodal distribution $f(x)$ such that $\int_{0}^{\infty} f(x) > 1/2$. I want to prove or disprove the following:
$$
\int_{0}^{\infty} \int_{-x}^{0} f(x)f(y)dydx > ...

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### Asymptotic growth for $\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}(n-i)\binom{k}{i}$ [closed]

For positive integers $n,k$, define $$f(n,k):=\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}(n-i)\binom{k}{i}.$$
What are upper and lower bounds of $f(n,k)$ by simpler terms? (e.g. finding bounds which are not a summation like ...

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### An interpolation type inequality

Let $u(x),x\in R_+$ be a non-negative decreasing smooth function with compact support $[0,L]$, I want to know the following inequality is true? $a\in (0,1)$
$$\int_0^\infty \frac{1}{1+x}u^{1+a}dx \le ...

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### How to prove that the odd continued fraction approximants of ln(1+X) are upper bounds?

The odd order continued fraction approximants for $\ln(1+X)$ are
$$X,\quad \frac{X^2+6X}{4X+6,}\quad \frac{X^3+21X^2+30X}{9X^2+36X+30,}\quad \dots.$$
In "Some bounds for the logarithmic function", ...

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### Comparison of Hardy's inequality and Sobolev's inequality

Both, Hardy's inequality and Sobolev's inequality, are estimates that compare the Laplacian of a function and to the function itself, admittedly in a slightly different fashion.
Still they seem to be ...

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### Maximizing an integral over a convex region

Let $C$ denote a compact, convex region in the plane containing the origin with unit area, and let $f$ be a probability distribution on $C$. Let $f^\ast$ denote the distribution that maximizes the ...

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### Inequalities for averaging over partially ordered sets

Let's start from a classical inequality:
If $0\le a_1\le\cdots\le a_k$ and $0\le b_1\le\cdots\le b_k$ then
$(a_1+\cdots+a_k)(b_1+\cdots+b_k)\le k(a_1b_1+\cdots+a_k b_k)$.
It can be written also in ...

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### Inequality involving the side lengths of a quadrilateral

If $a$, $b$, $c$ and $d$ are the four sides of a quadrilateral, the problem is to show that $ab^2(b-c)+bc^2(c-d)+cd^2(d-a)+da^2(a-b)\ge 0$. I've verified it to be true for quite a large number of ...

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### Can the Brun-Titchmarsh theorem be improved when the modulus is smooth?

For $q,a$ relatively prime, let $\pi(x,q,a)$ denote the number of primes less than $x$ which are congruent to $a$ modulo $q$. The Brun-Titchmarsh theorem states that $$\pi(x,q,a)\leq ...

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### An inequality related to the number of binary strings with no fixed substring

This is basically a repost of this math.se question. At the time I was writing this I thought it has to have a straightforward solution so I posted it there. Now I am not so sure about it being so ...

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### Equivalent metrics on symmetric positive definite matrices

By similar arguments as for the proof of the golden-thompson inequality (see "Log majorization and complementary Golden-Thompson type inequalities" by T.Ando and F.Hiai) we can show that for all A,B ...

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### Proof of an inequality for a linear combination of three trigonometric functions

Given a function $$f(t) = k_{1} \sin(t+\alpha) + k_{3} \sin(3t+\beta) + k_{5} \sin(5t+\gamma)$$
where $k_{1}, k_{3}$ and $k_{5}$ are all positive parameters, and the three phase angles, $ ...

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### Set of Positive Definite matrices with determinant > 1 forms a convex set

While reading a paper An Arithmetic Proof of John’s Ellipsoid Theorem by Gruber and Schuster, I have a question on their proof.
Consider an $n\times n$ real symmetric and positive definite matrix ...

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### An integral inequality

Let $g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be bounded with derivative $g'$. I have shown that the following inequality holds for all $w\in\mathbb{R}$,
...

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### A challenging non homogenous fractional inequality

I have posted this question on Stackexchange but it has received no answer so far. It is a challenging generalization of several difficult inequalities, where none of the usual methods used in ...

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### An inequality about the sum of some unit fractions with a property

Question : Is the following true for any $n,N\in\mathbb N$?
$$\sum_{k_1+k_2+\cdots+k_N=n,\ k_i\ge0\in\mathbb Z}\frac1{\prod_{j=1}^{N}\{(N-1)k_j+1\}}\le 1$$
Motivation : I've known the $N=3$ case :
...

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### Bounding the positive semi-definite matrix with its block diagonal matrix [closed]

Can we bound $\mathbf{A}$ with $\mathbf{A^*}$ as ${\bf{A}} \preceq {{\bf{A}}^*}$ where
\begin{equation}
{\bf{A}} = \left[ {\begin{array}{*{20}{c}}
{{{\bf{A}}_{11}}}&{...}&{{{\bf{A}}_{1N}}}\\
...

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### Inequality between incomplete beta and gamma functions; or when is binomial distribution function above/below its limiting Poisson

Please note: this question was posted first (September 4) in math.stackeschange.com and then (September 16) in stats.stackeschange.com. It got no answers in neither of those sites.
Let the ...

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### Estimate of a ratio of two incomplete gamma functions

I would like to bound from above the expression
$$
\frac{\Gamma(\alpha,x)-\Gamma(\alpha,y)}{\Gamma(\beta,x)-\Gamma(\beta,y)}
$$
for $x>y>0$. By plotting the above expression I have found that ...

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### Given a correlation matrix $B$. What correlation matrix A (maximizes / minimizes) the following: det(A+B)

Given correlation matrix $B$ (positive semi-definite with ones in the diagonal).
1)Find the correlation matrix $A$ which maximizes $\det\left(A+B\right)$.
2)Find the correlation matrix $A$ which ...

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### Getting a bound via polynomial equations

When studying the existence problem of power residue deference sets, I came across the following system of polynomial equations over $\mathbb{C}$,
\begin{cases}
...

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### Sum over integer compositions

Sorry if the question is trivial - are there closed form expressions or good approximations for the sum of a symmetric function taken over all integer compositions (into given number of parts) of a ...

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### What proportion of the positive integers satisfy $I(n) < \frac{2n}{n + 1} \leq I(n^2) < 2$?

Let
$$I(x) = \frac{\sigma(x)}{x}$$
be the abundancy index of the positive integer $x$. Note that $\sigma(x)$ is the classical sum-of-divisors function. For example,
$$\sigma(12) = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ...

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### An inequality for Lp-functions

I am interested in the following inequality:
\begin{equation}
\int\limits_\Omega \left\vert f_1 - f_2 \right\vert^p ~ d\mu \le C_p \left[ \int\limits_\Omega \left\vert f_1 \right\vert^p ~ d\mu + ...

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### Is vesica piscis a maximal length curve constrained to two points?

Let $r(t), t\in [0,1]$ be a continuous piecewise $C^1$ curve on the plane where $r(0)=(0,0)$ and $r(1)=(1,0)$. The distance $|r(t)|$ is a non-decreasing function and the distance $|r(t)-(1,0)|$ is a ...

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### Dependence of the constant in Korn's inequality on the domain

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^N$ be an open, connected set with Lipschitz boundary, $N \geqslant 2$ and
$$ \mathcal{E} ( v) := \int_{\Omega} \sum_{i, j} \varepsilon_{i
j} ( v) \varepsilon_{i j} ...

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### Inequalities in paper by Jean Bourgain

The question refers to the following paper by Jean Bourgain: http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0011053
Specifically, I can't derive the following inequality in (1.20):
\begin{equation}
...

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### Inequality for certain analytic functions

Suppose that $f(z)$ is analytic for $\Re(z)>0$ and it is positive on the real axis. Suppose that for some $y_0$ we have
$$
\left| {f\left( {x + iy} \right)} \right| \le f\left( x \right)
$$
for any ...

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### Determinant inequality of square-product sum of diagonal matrix and upper-triangular matrix

Recently, I have seen a matrix inequality but don't know how to prove it. The inequality goes as follows.
For an arbitrary $n\times n$ diagonal matrix $\mathbf{D}$ and an arbitrary upper-triangular ...

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### An Entropy Inequality

Let $X,Y$ be probability measures on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$, and set $K=\sum_i\sqrt{X(i)Y(i)}$ so that $Z:=\frac{1}{K}\sqrt{XY}$ is also a probability measure on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$. How can we prove the ...

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### upper bound on infinite series by exponentials

I'm interested in upper bounding the following infinite series by exponential functions for x>1 (I would be fine with x>2 as well).
\begin{eqnarray*}
\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}e^{-\frac{x^2n^2}{2}}\\
...

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### Distance between the product of marginal distributions and the joint distribution

Given a joint distribution $P(A,B,C)$, we can compute various marginal distributions. Now suppose:
\begin{align}
P1(A,B,C) &= P(A) P(B) P(C) \\
P2(A,B,C) &= P(A,B) P(C) \\
P3(A,B,C) &= ...

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### An inequality involving multi-index

I came across these inequalities while learning about Schwartz functions (Classical Fourier Analysis, Grafakos) and I have no idea how to prove this:
For $x \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$ and $\alpha = ...

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### The Bombieri Vinogradov Theorem restricted to moduli divisible by $k$

The Bombieri-Vinogradov Theorem states that given $A>0$, there exists $B>0$ such that for $Q=\sqrt{x}\left(\log x\right)^{-B},$ we have $$\sum_{q\leq Q}\max_{y\leq x}\max_{\begin{array}{c}
...