 Cesàro mean

In mathematics, the Cesàro means (also called Cesàro averages) of a sequence (a_{n}) are the terms of the sequence (c_{n}), where
is the arithmetic mean of the first n elements of (a_{n}). ^{[1]}^{:96} This concept is named after Ernesto Cesàro (1859  1906).
A basic result ^{[1]}^{:100102} states that if
then also
That is, the operation of taking Cesàro means preserves convergent sequences and their limits. This is the basis for taking Cesàro means as a summability method in the theory of divergent series. If the sequence of the Cesàro means is convergent, the series is said to be Cesàro summable. There are certainly many examples for which the sequence of Cesàro means converges, but the original sequence does not: for example with
we have an oscillating sequence, but the means have limit: . (See also Grandi's series.)
Cesàro means are often applied to Fourier series, ^{[2]}^{:1113} since the means (applied to the trigonometric polynomials making up the symmetric partial sums) are more powerful in summing such series than pointwise convergence. The kernel that corresponds is the Fejér kernel, replacing the Dirichlet kernel; it is positive, while the Dirichlet kernel takes both positive and negative values. This accounts for the superior properties of Cesàro means for summing Fourier series, according to the general theory of approximate identities.
A generalization of the Cesàro mean is the StolzCesàro theorem.
The Riesz mean was introduced by M. Riesz as a more powerful but substantially similar summability method.
See also
References
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} Hardy, G. H. (1992). Divergent Series. Providence: American Mathematical Society. ISBN 9780821826492.
 ^ Katznelson, Yitzhak (1976). An Introduction to Harmonic Analysis. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 9780486633312.
External links
Categories: Means
 Mathematical series
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