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Infinite log-concavity for polynomial pólya frequency sequences
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Mathematics (Div.).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1055-1474
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.).
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, ISSN 0002-9939, E-ISSN 1088-6826, Vol. 143, no 12, 5147-5158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

McNamara and Sagan conjectured that if a0, a1, a2, . . . is a Pólya frequency (PF) sequence, then so is (formula presented), . . .. We prove this conjecture for a natural class of PF-sequences which are interpolated by polynomials. In particular, this proves that the columns of Pascal’s triangle are infinitely log-concave, as conjectured by McNamara and Sagan. We also give counterexamples to the first mentioned conjecture. Our methods provide families of nonlinear operators that preserve the property of having only real and nonpositive zeros.

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American Mathematical Society (AMS), 2015. Vol. 143, no 12, 5147-5158 p.
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Infinite log-concavity, Log-concavity, Pólya frequency sequence, Real zeros
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Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181260DOI: 10.1090/proc/12654ISI: 000364413200011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84944198620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-181260DiVA: diva2:900895
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Available from: 2016-02-05 Created: 2016-01-29 Last updated: 2016-02-05Bibliographically approved

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