# Bernstein polynomials

Algebraic polynomials defined by the formula

Introduced by S.N. Bernshtein in 1912 (cf. ). The sequence of Bernstein polynomials converges uniformly to a function on the segment if is continuous on this segment. For a function which is bounded by , , with a discontinuity of the first kind,

The equation

is valid if is twice differentiable at the point . If the -th derivative of the function is continuous on the segment , the convergence

is uniform on this segment. A study was made ([1b], [5]) of the convergence of Bernstein polynomials in the complex plane if is analytic on the segment .

#### References

[1a] | S.N. Bernshtein, , Collected works , 1 , Moscow (1952) pp. 105–106 |

[1b] | S.N. Bernshtein, , Collected works , 2 , Moscow (1954) pp. 310–348 |

[2] | V.L. Goncharov, "The theory of interpolation and approximation of functions" , Moscow (1954) (In Russian) |

[3] | V.A. Baskakov, "An instance of a sequence of linear positive operators in the space of continuous functions" Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR , 113 : 2 (1957) pp. 249–251 (In Russian) |

[4] | P.P. Korovkin, "Linear operators and approximation theory" , Hindushtan Publ. Comp. (1960) (Translated from Russian) |

[5] | L.V. Kantorovich, Izv. Akad. Nauk SSSR Ser. Mat. , 8 (1931) pp. 1103–1115 |

#### Comments

There is also a multi-variable generalization: generalized Bernstein polynomials defined by the completely analogous formula

Here stands for the multi-index .

As in the one variable case these provide explicit polynomial approximants for the more-variable Weierstrass approximation and Stone–Weierstrass theorems. For the behaviour of Bernstein polynomials in the complex plane and applications to movement problems, cf. also [a3].

#### References

[a1] | P.J. Davis, "Interpolation and approximation" , Dover, reprint (1975) pp. 108–126 |

[a2] | T.J. Rivlin, "An introduction to the approximation of functions" , Dover, reprint (1981) |

[a3] | G.G. Lorentz, "Bernstein polynomials" , Univ. Toronto Press (1953) |

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