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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012, Article ID 471096, 14 pages
Research Article

Inequalities between Power Means and Convex Combinations of the Harmonic and Logarithmic Means

1School of Distance Education, Huzhou Broadcast and TV University, Huzhou 313000, China
2Department of Mathematics, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036, China

Received 10 October 2011; Accepted 1 December 2011

Academic Editor: Md. Sazzad Chowdhury

Copyright Β© 2012 Wei-Mao Qian and Zhong-Hua Shen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We prove that 𝛼𝐻(π‘Ž,𝑏)+(1βˆ’π›Ό)𝐿(π‘Ž,𝑏)>𝑀(1βˆ’4𝛼)/3(π‘Ž,𝑏) for π›Όβˆˆ(0,1) and all π‘Ž,𝑏>0 with π‘Žβ‰ π‘ if and only if π›Όβˆˆ[1/4,1) and 𝛼𝐻(π‘Ž,𝑏)+(1βˆ’π›Ό)𝐿(π‘Ž,𝑏)<𝑀(1βˆ’4𝛼)/3(π‘Ž,𝑏) if and only if βˆšπ›Όβˆˆ(0,3345/80βˆ’11/16), and the parameter (1βˆ’4𝛼)/3 is the best possible in either case. Here, 𝐻(π‘Ž,𝑏)=2π‘Žπ‘/(π‘Ž+𝑏), 𝐿(π‘Ž,𝑏)=(π‘Žβˆ’π‘)/(logπ‘Žβˆ’log𝑏), and 𝑀𝑝(π‘Ž,𝑏)=((π‘Žπ‘+𝑏𝑝)/2)1/𝑝(𝑝≠0) and 𝑀0√(π‘Ž,𝑏)=π‘Žπ‘ are the harmonic, logarithmic, and pth power means of a and b, respectively.