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I've been banging my head against a wall for a few weeks to find a feasible solution for $y(x)$.

$$\sin(x) = \int_0^{2\pi} \max(y(t), y(x+t)) dt$$

I don't think there is an unique solution, but I will accept any solution. I've tried various numerical minimization methods, convolution, guess the solution, etc, but nothing seems to work.

Does anybody have any ideas?

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  • $\begingroup$ try to use the fact $max(y(t),y(x+t))=|\frac{y(t)+y(x+t)}{2}|+|\frac{y(t)-y(x+t)}{2}|$ $\endgroup$ – vidyarthi Dec 6 '18 at 17:22
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If $x=0$ then \begin{equation*} 0= \sin(0)=\int_{0}^{2\pi}\max(y(t),y(t))\, \mathrm{d}t = \int_{0}^{2\pi}y(t)\, \mathrm{d}t . \end{equation*} If $x = \frac{3\pi}{2}$ then \begin{equation*} -1 = \sin\left(\frac{3\pi}{2}\right) = \int_{0}^{2\pi}\max\left(y(t),y\left(\frac{3\pi}{2}+t\right)\right)\, \mathrm{d}t \ge \int_{0}^{2\pi}y(t)\, \mathrm{d}t = 0. \end{equation*} Consequently, it does not exist any solution $y(x)$.

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  • $\begingroup$ How did you obtain that inequality? $\endgroup$ – Szeto Dec 8 '18 at 11:50
  • $\begingroup$ I used that $\max(a,b) \ge a$. $\endgroup$ – JanG Dec 8 '18 at 14:11

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