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Lina Zhang, Xuesi Ma, "New Refinements and Improvements of Some Trigonometric Inequalities Based on Padé Approximant", Journal of Mathematics, vol. 2020, Article ID 2753691, 7 pages, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/2753691
New Refinements and Improvements of Some Trigonometric Inequalities Based on Padé Approximant
A multiple-point Padé approximant method is presented for approximating and bounding some trigonometric functions in this paper. We give new refinements and improvements of some trigonometric inequalities including Jordan’s inequality, Kober’s inequality, and Becker-Stark’s inequality. The analysis results show that our conclusions are better than the previous conclusions.
Inequalities involving trigonometric functions are used in many areas of pure and applied mathematics. Trigonometric inequalities have attracted many researchers. Many improvements of Jordan’ inequality [1–11], Kober’s inequality [12–16], and Becker-Stark’s inequality [4, 17, 18] have been obtained.
Recently, Bercu presented a Padé approximant method  and obtained the following inequalities:
In this paper, we present a multiple-point Padé approximant method for approximating and bounding some trigonometric functions. New refinements and improvements of related trigonometric inequalities are obtained, including Jordan’s inequality, Kober’s inequality, and Becker-Stark’s inequality. We introduce the concept of maximum error to compare our results with the previous methods. The results show that our bounds are tighter than the previous conclusions.
2. Multiple-Point Padé Approximant Method
The Padé approximant has been studied in many literature studies [19, 21–24]. In particular, Bercu et al. presented good results of several trigonometric inequalities using the Padé approximant. In this section, we present a multiple-point Padé approximant method. Given a bounded smooth function , letbe a rational polynomial interpolating of at multiple points such thatwhere and and are two given integers. There are unknowns in equation (9), and , . By selecting suitable values of , we can obtain the polynomial by solving equation (9).
The general Padé approximant method is a special case of the multiple-point Padé approximant. Here, we just need to consider one point. If can be written as a formal power series , where the coefficients , are constant. Taylor’s expansion is one of the most common ways to get a power series of a function. The Padé approximant of degree of the function is determined by
The Padé approximant is considered the “best” approximation of a function by a rational function of a given degree. The rational approximation is also good for series with alternation terms and poor polynomial convergence. This is our motivation of using the Padé approximant to approximate trigonometric functions and improve these trigonometric inequalities. Different values of and will affect the approximate performance. By selecting suitable values of and , we can obtain the “best” approximant. Let , and we can obtain a simple result. The result is a special case of (10).
It is well known thatwherefor , and are Bernoulli’s numbers.
Using the Padé approximant and equation (11), we obtain a better approximation of tangent function. Here, we need to pay attention to the value of in formula (10). Let , and is given in (12); we can obtain the Padé approximant of . In the same way, we can also obtain the Padé approximants of other trigonometric functions.
Table 1 gives the comparison between the Padé approximant and the Taylor series expansion of tangent function. It is easy to see that the maximum approximation error of the Padé approximant is less than the error of the corresponding Taylor polynomial. The advantage of the Padé approximant is more obvious with the increase of the polynomial degree. The bottom row of Table 1 shows the maximum approximation error of the Taylor polynomial is ; however, the maximum approximation error of the Padé approximant is . At the same time, we can find that the form of the Padé approximant is simpler because of its lower degree.
3. New Improvements of Jordan’s, Kober’s, and Becker-Stark’s Inequalities
In this section, we give new improvements of Jordan’s, Kober’s, and Becker-Stark’s inequalities based on the Padé approximant.
Theorem 1. For , we have that
Theorem 2. For , we have that
Theorem 3. For , we have thatwhere and are defined in inequality (6).
Proof. The left side of inequality (22) is equivalent towhere .
It is obvious thatwhere , and we have ; then, is a monotony decrease function in (0, ), . Therefore, for .
By the definition of and , we have, and there exist and such thatwhich mean inequality (25) is valid . Then, we have . The proof of is obtained from .
The proof of Theorem 3 is completed.
4. Conclusions and Analysis
In this paper, a multiple-point Padé approximant method is presented for approximating and bounding some trigonometric functions. We find that the Padé approximant is a better approximation of trigonometric functions. The conclusion is verified in Table 1. We give new refinements and improvements of Jordan’s, Kober’s, and Becker-Stark’s inequalities based on the Padé approximant. In order to compare our results with the previous methods, we introduce the concept of the maximum error. The maximum error is the most important index to measure the upper and lower bounds of an inequality. denotes the maximum error between a function and its lower bound. denotes the maximum error between a function and its upper bound.
Table 2 gives the comparison of the maximum errors between and its bounds for different methods. It is obvious that the results of this paper are superior to the previous conclusions. The upper and lower bounds of inequality (13) are tighter than inequalities (1) and (4). The results of are presented in Table 3. and of inequality (17) is the smallest of three methods in Table 3.
Table 4 gives the comparison of the maximum errors between and its bounds for this paper and Zhang et al.’s paper . Because inequality (3) holds in , not in , we no longer consider the results of literature  in the comparison of . Table 4 shows that the upper bound of inequality (6) has a maximum error of ; however, the maximum error of the lower bound of inequality (6) is . This paper greatly improves the lower bound of . The maximum error of the lower bound of inequality (22) in this paper reaches . The maximum error of the lower bound of inequality (22) is far less than that of inequality (6).
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Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
The work was partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (nos. 11701152 and 11161038), Key Research Project of Colleges and Universities in Henan Province (no. 20A520016), and Ph.D. Foundation of Henan Polytechnic University (no B2017-44).
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