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If $f(x)\leq f(f(x))$ for all $x$, is $x\leq f(x)$?

If I have $f(x)\leq f(f(x))$ for all real $x$, can I deduce $x\leq f(x)$? Thank you.
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Prove that $\int_0^1|f''(x)|dx\ge4.$

Let $f$ be a $C^2$ function on $[0,1]$. $f(0)=f(1)=f'(0)=0,f'(1)=1.$ Prove that $\int_0^1|f''(x)|dx\ge4.$ Also determine all possible $f$ when equality occurs.
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A functional equation with inequality

Find all (at least one) functions $f\colon \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ (or show there is none), such that $$ f(x^3+x)≤x≤f(x^3)+f(x), \quad \text{for all $x\in \mathbb{R}$}. $$ This is a problem asked ...
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Weighted Poincare Inequality

I'm trying to prove a result I found in a paper, and I think I'm being a bit silly. The paper claims the following: By the Poincare inequality on the unit square $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ we have ...
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An estimate of $C^2$

Let $u$ be a function on a domain $\Omega\subset R^n$, and $D^2u=\left(\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x_i\partial x_j}\right)_{n\times n}$ be the Hessian of $u$. If $D^2u$ is positively definite and ...
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Use of cut-off functions and partitions of unity

This is a simple problem, but I would still be very thankful if you could give me an advice on it. I'm trying to show that in a compact M-dimensional manifold, $$\int e^w \sqrt{g}\, dx \leq C \exp ...
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Minkowski type inequality in Banach algebras

Under which circumstances it is true that $\|(A+B)^n\|^{1/n}\le \|A^n\|^{1/n}+\|B^n\|^{1/n}$ for elements $A$ and $B$ in a Banach algebra and a natural number $n$?
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Inequality $\Gamma(\alpha+x)\Gamma(\beta+y)\leq C(\alpha; \beta)\Gamma(x+y-1)$

I need to prove $$\Gamma(\alpha+x)\Gamma(\beta+y)\leq C(\alpha; \beta)\Gamma(x+y),$$ for $x>\alpha$ and $y>\beta$ with $0<\alpha,\beta \leq \frac{1}{2}$ constants, and $C(\alpha, \beta)$ is a ...
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Finding appropriate function

In order to obtain an estimate I'm wondering if there is a positive function $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}_+$ such that $f(x) < |x|$ for $|x|$ large enough (say $|x|\ge C_0>0$) so that the ...
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Does this inequality have any solutions in $\mathbb{N}$?

Does this (number-theoretic) inequality have any solutions $x \in \mathbb{N}$? $$\frac{\sigma_1(x)}{x} < \frac{2x}{x + 1}$$ Notice that we necessarily have $x > 1$.
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Variational Problem on a manifold - bounding my functional from below

Let $(M, g_{ij})$ be a compact Riemannian manifold. Let $f \in C^{0,\alpha}(M)$ be a given function. I have the linear operator $L = \Delta h - 12u^2h$, where $u \in C^{2,\alpha}$. I need to show ...
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Functional inequality and one identity

I'm a high school student from Bonn, Germany and I have to solve the following problem: If $g:R \rightarrow R $ is a function with the property $g(ab)-ag(b)\leq bg(a)$, for all real numbers a and b, ...
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Exponential Inequality

I was working on a problem and reduced it to showing the following inequality: $$2x e^{x^2/6} \ge e^x - e^{-x} \text{ for $x \ge 0$}$$ I tried expanding everything in Taylor series to no avail. I ...
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A question about odd perfect numbers

Edit [in response to a comment from anon]: Hereinafter, $N$ is a positive integer, $\sigma(N)$ is the sum-of-divisors of $N$, $\omega(N)$ is the number of distinct prime factors of $N$, and ...
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Convex functions: bounding the difference

Suppose you are given a convex function $f: R^d \rightarrow R$. Let us say you are given $x,x' \in R^d$ and there are $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n \in R^d$ such that $$\sum_{i=1}^n (x_i - x') = x - x'.$$ ...
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Does $1 + \frac{1}{x} + \frac{1}{x^2}$ have a global minimum, where $x \in \mathbb{R}$?

Does the function $$f(x) = 1 + \frac{1}{x} + \frac{1}{x^2},$$ where $x \in {\mathbb{R} \setminus \{0\}}$, have a global minimum? I tried asking WolframAlpha, but it appears to give an inconsistent ...
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Inequality for Expected Value of Product

Let $(\Omega, \mathbb{P}, \mathcal{F})$ be a probability space, and let $\mathbb{E}$ denote the expected value operator. Consider the random variables $f: \Omega \rightarrow \{0,1,2\}$ and $g: \Omega ...
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An inequality about the gradient of a harmonic function

Let $G$ a open and connected set. Consider a function $z=2R^{-\alpha}v-v^2$ with $R$ that will be chosen suitably small, where $v$ is a harmonic function in $G$, and satisfies $$|x|^\alpha\leqslant ...
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Geometric intuition for the inequality $(f(y) - c) ( y - d ) \geq (f(d) - c) ( f^{-1}(c) - d )$

Good day to everyone. I am interested in the geometric intuition for the following statement: Let $f:\mathbb{R} \mapsto \mathbb{R}$ be a monotonically increasing, invertible function and $c,d \in ...
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Minkowski's Inequality for $0<p<1$.

I need to prove: for non-negative functions $f,g\in L^p[0,1]$, $||f+g||_p\geq||f||_p+||g||_p$ for $0<p<1$. For $1\leq p<\infty$, the inequality is reversed and the proof is like: The cases ...
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Range of inner product of a sequence and its permutation

$a^n :=(a_i)_1^n$ is a finite sequence of real numbers of length $n$, where $\sum\limits_{i=1}^n a_i=0$ and $\sum\limits_{i=1}^n a_i^2=1$. Consider $s_n(a^n,\sigma):=\sum\limits_{i=1}^n ...
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Does this inequality have any solutions for composite $n \in \mathbb{N}$?

Does this inequality have any solutions for composite $n \in \mathbb{N}$? $$\sqrt{2} < \frac{\sigma_1(n^2)}{n^2} < \frac{4n^2}{(n + 1)^2}$$ Note that $\sigma_1$ is the sum-of-divisors ...
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Why are so many inequalities and estimate in PDEs?

I want to study PDEs, but when I read some PDEs books, I notice that there are so many inequalities here and always do estimates. I really want to know why there are so many inequalities here and ...
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fraction power vector-norm inequality

If X is a Banach Space and $x,y\in X$. Then by the definition of a Banach algebra we know $$\|x.y\|\leq\|x\|\|y\|$$ and thats how we can have relation for any positive power. i.e. $n\in N$, ...
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Inequality for Gamma functions

Let $k, n ,m \in N$ and such that $0\leq k \leq n \leq m$. When the following ineuality is true? $$ ...
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I want to solve the inequality $z′(t)+1≥0$ for all $t≥0$

Let $z(t)$ be a differentiable function for all $t≥0$. I want to solve the inequality: $$z′(t)+1≥0$$ for all $t≥0$. where $z′(t)$ is the derivative of $z(t)$.
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An application of Poincare inequality [solved] [duplicate]

I am woking on Evans PDE problem 5.10. #15: Fix $\alpha>0$ and let $U=B^0(0,1)\subset \mathbb{R}^n$. Show there exists a constant $C$ depending only on $n$ and $\alpha$ such that $$ \int_U u^2 dx ...
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Find the range of values of $x$ which satisfies the inequality.

Find the range of values of $x$ which satisfies the inequality $(2x+1)(3x-1)<14$. I have done more similar sums and I know how to solve it. I tried this one too but my answer doesn't matches the ...
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What is the maximum value of $\frac{2x}{x + 1} + \frac{x}{x - 1}$, if $x \in \mathbb{R}$ and $x > 1$?

What is the maximum value of $$f(x) = \frac{2x}{x + 1} + \frac{x}{x - 1},$$ if $x \in \mathbb{R}$ and $x > 1$? A 2-D plot of of $f$ for $x \in (\infty, \infty)$ is here. Lastly, note that ...
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Does this inequality hold true, in general?

Let $$N = \prod_{i=1}^{\omega(N)}{{p_i}^{\alpha_i}}$$ be the prime factorization of the positive integer $N$. Does the following inequality hold true in general? ...
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Does this function have a (global) minimum?

A good day to everyone. Does the following function have a (global) minimum: $$1 + \frac{1}{x} + {\left(1 + \frac{1}{x}\right)}^\theta,~~x\in\mathbb R$$ where $$\theta = {\displaystyle\frac{3\log ...
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Does the following inequality hold if and only if $N$ is an odd deficient number?

Let $N \in \mathbb{N}$. (That is, let $N$ be a positive integer.) This is in reference to two of my earlier questions here at MSE: Does the following inequality hold true, in general? Does this ...
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Sobolev Inequality with powers

The following is one of the Sobolev Inequalities as stated in Gilbarg & Trudinger's text on elliptic PDEs: $\displaystyle W_{0}^{1,p}(\Omega)\subset L^{\frac{np}{(n-p)}}(\Omega)$ for $p<n$. ...
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sum of ceiling function inequality

I need to show the following inequality: $$\sum_{j=1}^n \left(\frac{D_j}{Q_j} \left\lceil\frac{Q_j}{T_c}\right\rceil \right) \ge \frac{\sum_{j=1}^n D_j}{\sum_{j=1}^n Q_j} ...
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Bessel's inequality implying convergence

Define Bessel's inequality $$ \sum_{n=1}^N|a_n|^2\leq \|x\|^2 $$ where $a_n=\langle x,e_n \rangle$. Lemma Let $\{e_n\}_{n\geq 0}\subset H$ be a complete orthonormal set. If $x\in H$ and ...
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What proportion of the natural numbers satisfy the following inequalities?

Let $\sigma_1(n)$ be the sum of the divisors of $n \in \mathbb{N}$, and let $$I(n) = \frac{\sigma_1(n)}{n}$$ be the abundancy index of $n$. What proportion of the natural numbers satisfy the ...
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Prove that $\frac1{x}-x$ is multiplicatively subadditive in $(0, 1)$

If $f(x) = \dfrac1{x}-x$, prove that $f(x)$ is multiplicatively subadditive in $(0, 1)$, that is, if $a, b \in (0, 1)$, then $f(a)+f(b) < f(ab)$.
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What is the minimum value of $\sqrt{\frac{2(x - 1)}{x}} + \frac{x + 1}{x}$, if $x > 1$?

What is the minimum value of $$f(x) = \sqrt{\frac{2(x - 1)}{x}} + \frac{x + 1}{x},$$ if $x \in \mathbb{R}$ and $x > 1$? Note that $f$ has a global minimum value of $$f(1) = 2$$ if we allow $x ...
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maximize the expected value of the logarithm of the weighted average of random variables

I'm trying to do the following. $$\max_{m\in\mathbb{R}} \mathbb{E}\left[\log (wA + (1-w)B_m)\right],$$ where $0<w<1$ and $A, B_m > 0$ are correlated random variables. $A$ does not depend ...
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Show that $\int_0^1f(x)^3dx\le\left(\int_0^1f(x)dx\right)^2$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prove that $\int_0^x f^3 \le \left(\int_0^x f\right)^2$ Let $f$ be a differentiable function on $[0,1]$. $f(0)=0$ and $1\ge f'(x)\ge0$. Show that ...
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What are some good general estimates?

For example, the triangle inequality for complex numbers and summations is a good one. Also, the ML-Estimate (Estimation Lemma), Cauchy Estimates $|zw|=|z||w|$. As you can probably notice, I really ...
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Increasing rearrangement and Hardy-Littlewood inequality

Don't know how many of you guys are familiar with the theory of rearrangements, but I have a question for you about it. As you can see in Leoni (or in Lieb & Loss), the decreasing and the ...
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inequality for series

Let $j \in Z_+$. Set $$ a_j^{(1)}=a_j:=\sum_{i=0}^j\frac{(-1)^{j-i}}{i!6^i(2(j-i)+1)!} $$ and $a_j^{(l+1)}=\sum_{i=0}^ja_ia_{j-i}^{(l)}$. Let $X(i)=|a^{(2i)}_j|j!$. Verify that $X(i)\leq X(1)$ for ...
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Are there (known) bounds to the following arithmetic / number-theoretic expression?

I apologize in advance if this is something that is already well-known in the literature, but I would like to ask nonetheless (for the benefit of those who likewise do not know): Are there (known) ...
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Inequality, with quotient substitution

I do not know how to prove this inequality: Suppose that $x_i>0$ and $x_1\cdot ...\cdot x_n=1$, show that $$\frac{1}{1+x_1+x_1x_2}+...+\frac{1}{1+x_n+x_nx_1}>1$$ The hint is to use quotient ...
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Harnack Inequality…

Consider the eigenfunction $\varphi_R>0$ $$L\varphi_R=\lambda_R\varphi_R, \ \ \ in \ \ B_R,$$ and $$\varphi_R=0, \ \ \ in \ \ \partial B_R,$$ where $L$ is a elliptic operator and $\lambda_R$ is the ...
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Uniform Poincaré-Wirtinger constant for diffeomorphic domains?

Consider a bounded and connected open set (with regular boundary) $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^d$ and a family of $\mathscr{C}^1$-diffeomorphisms $(\varphi_t)_{t\in[0,\alpha]}$ all in ...
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Counting $2010^2$-tuples

Here's a problem i invented myself, but i'm not sure about my solution. I'll show it later, so people can enjoy trying to find one: Consider the function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\{1,2,...,2012\}$ that ...
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How to prove equality from poincare inequality?

Let $$D = \{y \in C^1(0,1) : y(0) = y(1) = 0\}$$ Suppose there exists a $C_0$ such that $$\int_{0}^{1} y^2 \ dx \leq C_0 \int_{0}^{1} (y')^2 \ dx$$ for all $y \in D$, and for all $C < C_0$ ...
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Show that $\ c_X(p,q) \le d_X(p,q)$, for $ p, q \in X$

Update I'm trying to show the Corollary, but I have stuck...That is: For any complex space $X$, we have: $$\begin{align} (1).\ c_X(p,q) &\le d_X(p,q),\ \text{for}\ p, q \in X \\ (2).\ ...