De la Vallée-Poussin summation method

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A method for summing series of numbers. It is denoted by the symbol . A series

has a de la Vallée-Poussin sum if the relation

is valid. The method was proposed by Ch.J. de la Vallée-Poussin [1]. For the Fourier series of a function the de la Vallée-Poussin averages (see also de la Vallée-Poussin singular integral) are of the form


is the so-called de la Vallée-Poussin kernel. The de la Vallée-Poussin summation method is a regular summation method (cf. Regular summation methods). The method is stronger than all Cesàro summation methods (cf. Inclusion of summation methods). In view of its weak approximative properties, the de la Vallée-Poussin summation method is practically never used in the theory of approximation of functions.


[1] Ch.J. de la Vallée-Poussin, "Sur l'approximation des fonctions d'une variable reélle et de leurs dérivées par des polynômes et des suites limitées de Fourier" Bull. Acad. Belg. , 3 (1908) pp. 193–254
[2] G.H. Hardy, "Divergent series" , Clarendon Press (1949)
[3] T. Gronwall, "Ueber einige Summationsmethoden und ihre Anwendung auf die Fouriersche Reihe" J. Reine Angew. Math. , 147 (1917) pp. 16–35
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