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Topic: mediant of two integers
Replies: 12   Last Post: Aug 23, 2013 2:57 AM

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 Virgil Posts: 8,833 Registered: 1/6/11
Re: mediant of two integers
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:21 PM

Joshua Lindman <i.love.jeevitha@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sunday, August 18, 2013 1:56:58 AM UTC-4, quasi wrote:
> > Joshua Lindman wrote:
> >

> > >
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> > >What is the most general form of the median inequality?
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> > >
> >
> > >Let a/b < c/d (rationals, where a,b,c,d integers)
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> > >
> >
> > >Then,
> >
> > >
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> > >a/b < (a+c)/(b+d) < c/d
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> > >
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> > >
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> > >I don't see any restrictions on a,b,c,d (except that b,d nonzero)
> >
> > >in Wikipedia:
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> > >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediant_%28mathematics%29
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> >
> >
> > No check the link again.
> >
> >
> >
> > Firstly, they choose the letters in a different order.
> >
> >
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> > They use the fractions a/c, b/d, and for the inequality they
> >
> > impose the restrictions c > 0 and d > 0.
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> >
> >
> > For your choice of fractions a/b, c/d, the corresponding
> >
> > restrictions are b > 0 and d > 0.
> >
> >
> >
> > Here's a more general version.
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> >
> >
> > I call it "The Baseball Inequality".
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> >
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> > The proof is straightforward.
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> >
> >
> > Given a sequence x_1, x_2, ..., x_n of real numbers and a
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> > sequence y_1, y_2, ..., y_n of positive real numbers such
> >

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> I believe this should work when product(y_i) > 0 (i.e., all pos. or all neg.)
>

That product will be positive if any even number of the y_i are negative
so that does not require that they all be all positive or all negative
for n > 2.
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Date Subject Author
8/17/13 i.love.jeevitha@gmail.com
8/17/13 Virgil
8/17/13 William Elliot
8/17/13 i.love.jeevitha@gmail.com
8/18/13 William Elliot
8/18/13 i.love.jeevitha@gmail.com
8/18/13 William Elliot
8/23/13 i.love.jeevitha@gmail.com
8/18/13 quasi
8/18/13 i.love.jeevitha@gmail.com
8/18/13 quasi
8/18/13 Virgil
8/23/13 Karl-Olav Nyberg