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On Positive Definiteness of Some Functions


  • Zastavnyi, Victor P.


Let [rho] be a nonnegative homogeneous function on n. General structure of the set of numerical pairs ([delta], [lambda]), for which the function (1-[rho][lambda](x))[delta]+ is positive definite on n is investigated; a criterion for positive definiteness of this function is given in terms of completely monotonic functions; a connection of this problem with the Schoenberg problem on positive definiteness of the function exp(-[rho][lambda](x)) is found. We also obtain a general sufficient condition of Polya type for a function f([rho](x)) to be positive definite on n.

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  • Zastavnyi, Victor P., 2000. "On Positive Definiteness of Some Functions," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 73(1), pages 55-81, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:73:y:2000:i:1:p:55-81

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    1. Richards, Donald St. P., 1985. "Positive definite symmetric functions on finite-dimensional spaces II," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 3(6), pages 325-329, October.
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