See the title. This is true if the sequence is nonnegative; some Tauberian theorems which I was able to find give some more general sufficient conditions. I would like to know if this is true for arbitrary bounded sequences.

Recall that for a sequence $(a_n)$ with natural indices $n$, the Cesàro means are $\frac1{N}\sum\limits_{n=1}^N a_n$, and the Abel means are $(1-r)\sum\limits_n r^n a_n$.

  • $\begingroup$ @J.M.: you removed the set over which the sum is taken in the definition of the Cesaro means. Well, let it be, let us hope that the readers know this. $\endgroup$ – urosIV Nov 22 '11 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ I'll restore it. I was going for consistency since it looked fine for you to omit the index terms in the Abel mean... $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Nov 22 '11 at 17:59
  • $\begingroup$ You are welcome to make it looking perfect)) $\endgroup$ – urosIV Nov 22 '11 at 18:00
  • $\begingroup$ In any event: I imagine Hardy's book on divergent series ought to have results on this. Have you checked that already? $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Nov 22 '11 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I did. I did not find this result and they don't seem to pay special attention to bounded sequences. $\endgroup$ – urosIV Nov 22 '11 at 18:05

Yes. For the following modes of convergence you can prove $(1)\Rightarrow (2)\Rightarrow (3)\Rightarrow (4)$.

$$\begin{eqnarray} a_n &\to& a \qquad (1)\\ \sigma_n:={1\over n}\sum_{j=1}^{n} a_j &\to& a \qquad (2)\\ (1-r)\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n r^n &\to& a\qquad (3)\\ (1-r)\sum_{n=1}^\infty \sigma_n r^n &\to& a\qquad (4) \end{eqnarray} $$

If $a_n$ is a bounded sequence then $(2)\Longleftrightarrow (3)$. One direction is $(2)\Rightarrow (3)$ and the other follows from Littlewood's Tauberian theorem ($(4)\Rightarrow (2)$) since $\sigma_{n+1}-\sigma_n$ is $O(1/n)$.

Reference. For further information and two proofs of the "Abel to Cesàro" theorem, see Chapter 1, sections 7, 11, and 12 of Tauberian Theory: A Century of Development by Jacob Korevaar.

  • $\begingroup$ Looks very nice, I just want to check all details. Do you know a reference? $\endgroup$ – urosIV Nov 22 '11 at 19:04
  • $\begingroup$ I'll try to find more precise references when I get home, and have access to my books. $\endgroup$ – user940 Nov 22 '11 at 19:29

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