# Steklov function

*for an integrable function $ f $*
on a bounded segment $ [ a, b] $

The function

$$ \tag{* } f _ {h} ( t) = \frac{1}{h} \int\limits _ { t- h/2} ^ { t+ h/2} f( u) du = \ \frac{1}{h} \int\limits _ { - h/2} ^ { h/2 } f( t+ v) dv. $$

Functions of the form (*), as well as the iteratively defined functions

$$ f _ {h,r} ( t) = \ \frac{1}{h} \int\limits _ { t- h/2} ^ { t+h/2} f _ {h,r-1} ( u) du ,\ \ r = 2, 3 \dots $$

$$ f _ {h,1} ( t) = f _ {h} ( t), $$

were first introduced in 1907 by V.A. Steklov (see [1]) in solving the problem of expanding a given function into a series of eigenfunctions. The Steklov function $ f _ {h} $ has derivative

$$ f _ {h} ^ { \prime } ( t) = \ \frac{1}{h} \left \{ f \left ( t+ \frac{h}{2} \right ) - f \left ( t- \frac{h}{2} \right ) \right \} $$

almost everywhere. If $ f $ is uniformly continuous on the whole real axis, then

$$ \sup _ {t \in (- \infty , \infty ) } | f( t) - f _ {h} ( t) | \leq \omega \left ( \frac{h}{2} , f \right ) , $$

$$ \sup _ {t \in (- \infty , \infty ) } | f _ {h} ^ { \prime } ( t) | \leq \frac{1}{h} \omega ( h, f ), $$

where $ \omega ( \delta , f ) $ is the modulus of continuity of $ f $. Similar inequalities hold in the metric of $ L _ {p} (- \infty , \infty ) $, provided $ f \in L _ {p} (- \infty , \infty ) $.

#### References

[1] | V.A. Steklov, "On the asymptotic representation of certain functions defined by a linear differential equation of the second order, and their application to the problem of expanding an arbitrary function into a series of these functions" , Khar'kov (1957) (In Russian) |

[2] | N.I. [N.I. Akhiezer] Achiezer, "Theory of approximation" , F. Ungar (1956) (Translated from Russian) |

#### Comments

Steklov's fundamental paper was first published in French (1907) in the "Communications of the Mathematical Society of Kharkov" ; [1] is the Russian translation, together with additional comments by N.S. Landkof.

#### References

[a1] | E.W. Cheney, "Introduction to approximation theory" , Chelsea, reprint (1982) |

[a2] | M.W. Müller, "Approximationstheorie" , Akad. Verlagsgesellschaft (1978) |

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