# Remez inequality

In mathematics, the Remez inequality, discovered by the Soviet mathematician Evgeny Yakovlevich Remez (Remez 1936), gives a bound on the sup norms of certain polynomials, the bound being attained by the Chebyshev polynomials.

## The inequality

Let σ be an arbitrary fixed positive number. Define the class of polynomials πn(σ) to be those polynomials p of the nth degree for which

${\displaystyle |p(x)|\leq 1}$

on some set of measure ≥ 2 contained in the closed interval [1, 1+σ]. Then the Remez inequality states that

${\displaystyle \sup _{p\in \pi _{n}(\sigma )}\|p\|_{\infty }=\|T_{n}\|_{\infty }}$

where Tn(x) is the Chebyshev polynomial of degree n, and the supremum norm is taken over the interval [1, 1+σ].

Observe that Tn is increasing on ${\displaystyle [1,+\infty ]}$, hence

${\displaystyle \|T_{n}\|_{\infty }=T_{n}(1+\sigma ).}$

The R.i., combined with an estimate on Chebyshev polynomials, implies the following corollary: If J  R is a finite interval, and E  J is an arbitrary measurable set, then

${\displaystyle \max _{x\in J}|p(x)|\leq \left({\frac {4\,\,{\textrm {mes}}J}{{\textrm {mes}}E}}\right)^{n}\sup _{x\in E}|p(x)|\qquad \qquad (*)}$

for any polynomial p of degree n.

## Extensions: Nazarov–Turán lemma

Inequalities similar to (*) have been proved for different classes of functions, and are known as Remez-type inequalities. One important example is Nazarov's inequality for exponential sums (Nazarov 1993):

Nazarov's Inequality. Let
${\displaystyle p(x)=\sum _{k=1}^{n}a_{k}e^{\lambda _{k}x}}$
be an exponential sum (with arbitrary λk C), and let J  R be a finite interval, E  J—an arbitrary measurable set. Then
${\displaystyle \max _{x\in J}|p(x)|\leq e^{\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}\left({\frac {C\,\,{\textrm {mes}}J}{{\textrm {mes}}E}}\right)^{n-1}\sup _{x\in E}|p(x)|~,}$
where C > 0 is a numerical constant.

In the special case when λk are pure imaginary and integer, and the subset E is itself an interval, the inequality was proved by Pál Turán and is known as Turán's lemma.

This inequality also extends to ${\displaystyle L^{p}(\mathbb {T} ),\ 0\leq p\leq 2}$ in the following way

${\displaystyle \|p\|_{L^{p}(\mathbb {T} )}\leq e^{A(n-1){\textrm {mes}}(\mathbb {T} \setminus E)}\|p\|_{L^{p}(E)}}$

for some A>0 independent of p, E, and n. When

${\displaystyle \mathrm {mes} E<1-{\frac {\log n}{n}}}$

a similar inequality holds for p > 2. For p=∞ there is an extension to multidimensional polynomials.

Proof: Applying Nazarov's lemma to ${\displaystyle E=E_{\lambda }=\{x\,:\ |p(x)|\leq \lambda \},\ \lambda >0}$ leads to

${\displaystyle \max _{x\in J}|p(x)|\leq e^{\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}\left({\frac {C\,\,{\textrm {mes}}J}{{\textrm {mes}}E_{\lambda }}}\right)^{n-1}\sup _{x\in E_{\lambda }}|p(x)|\leq e^{\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}\left({\frac {C\,\,{\textrm {mes}}J}{{\textrm {mes}}E_{\lambda }}}\right)^{n-1}\lambda }$

thus

${\displaystyle {\textrm {mes}}E_{\lambda }\leq C\,\,{\textrm {mes}}J\left({\frac {\lambda e^{\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}}{\max _{x\in J}|p(x)|}}\right)^{\frac {1}{n-1}}}$

Now fix a set ${\displaystyle E}$ and choose ${\displaystyle \lambda }$ such that ${\displaystyle {\textrm {mes}}E_{\lambda }\leq {\tfrac {1}{2}}{\textrm {mes}}E}$, that is

${\displaystyle \lambda =\left({\frac {{\textrm {mes}}E}{2C\mathrm {mes} J}}\right)^{n-1}e^{-\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}\max _{x\in J}|p(x)|}$

Note that this implies:

${\displaystyle {\textrm {mes}}E\cap (J\setminus E_{\lambda })\geq {\textrm {mes}}E-{\textrm {mes}}E_{\lambda }\geq {\tfrac {1}{2}}{\textrm {mes}}E}$

Now

{\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}\int _{x\in E}|p(x)|^{p}\,{\mbox{d}}x&\geq \int _{x\in E\cap (J\setminus E_{\lambda })}|p(x)|^{p}\,{\mbox{d}}x\\[6pt]&\geq \lambda ^{p}\mathrm {mes} E\cap (J\setminus E_{\lambda })\\[6pt]&\geq {\frac {1}{2}}{\textrm {mes}}E\left({\frac {{\textrm {mes}}E}{2C\mathrm {mes} J}}\right)^{p(n-1)}e^{-p\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}\max _{x\in J}|p(x)|^{p}\\[6pt]&\geq {\frac {1}{2}}{\frac {{\textrm {mes}}E}{{\textrm {mes}}J}}\left({\frac {{\textrm {mes}}E}{2C\mathrm {mes} J}}\right)^{p(n-1)}e^{-p\max _{k}|\Re \lambda _{k}|\,\mathrm {mes} J}\int _{x\in J}|p(x)|^{p}\,{\mbox{d}}x\end{aligned}}}

which completes the proof.

## Pólya inequality

One of the corollaries of the R.i. is the Pólya inequality, which was proved by George Pólya (Pólya 1928), and states that the Lebesgue measure of a sub-level set of a polynomial p of degree n is bounded in terms of the leading coefficient LC(p) as follows:

${\displaystyle {\textrm {mes}}\left\{x\in \mathbb {R} \,\mid \,|P(x)|\leq a\right\}\leq 4\left({\frac {a}{2\mathrm {LC} (p)}}\right)^{1/n}~,\quad a>0~.}$

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