In mathematics the Chebyshev polynomials, named after Pafnuty Chebyshev, are a sequence of orthogonal polynomials which are related to de Moivre's formula and which can be defined recursively. One usually distinguishes between Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind which are denoted Tn and Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind which are denoted Un. The letter T is used because of the alternative transliterations of the name Chebyshev as Tchebycheff, Tchebyshev (French) or Tschebyschow (German).
Chebyshev polynomials are polynomials with the largest possible leading coefficient, but subject to the condition that their absolute value on the interval [-1,1] is bounded by 1. They are also the extremal polynomials for many other properties.
Chebyshev polynomials are important in approximation theory because the roots of the Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind, which are also called Chebyshev nodes, are used as nodes in polynomial interpolation. The resulting interpolation polynomial minimizes the problem of Runge's phenomenon and provides an approximation that is close to the polynomial of best approximation to a continuous function under the maximum norm. This approximation leads directly to the method of Clenshaw–Curtis quadrature.
for the polynomials of the first and second kind, respectively. These equations are special cases of the Sturm–Liouville differential equation.
- 1 Definition
- 2 Relation between Chebyshev polynomials of the first and second kinds
- 3 Explicit expressions
- 4 Properties
- 5 Examples
- 6 As a basis set
- 7 Spread polynomials
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind are defined by the recurrence relation
The ordinary generating function for Tn is
the exponential generating function is
The Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind are defined by the recurrence relation
The ordinary generating function for Un is
the exponential generating function is
The Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind can be defined as the unique polynomials satisfying
or, in other words, as the unique polynomials satisfying
for n = 0, 1, 2, 3, ... which is a variant (equivalent transpose) of Schröder's equation, viz. Tn(x) is functionally conjugate to nx, codified in the nesting property below. Further compare to the spread polynomials, in the section below.
The polynomials of the second kind satisfy:
which is structurally quite similar to the Dirichlet kernel :
That cos(nx) is an nth-degree polynomial in cos(x) can be seen by observing that cos(nx) is the real part of one side of de Moivre's formula, and the real part of the other side is a polynomial in cos(x) and sin(x), in which all powers of sin(x) are even and thus replaceable through the identity cos2(x) + sin2(x) = 1.
This identity is quite useful in conjunction with the recursive generating formula, inasmuch as it enables one to calculate the cosine of any integral multiple of an angle solely in terms of the cosine of the base angle.
Evaluating the first two Chebyshev polynomials,
one can straightforwardly determine that
and so forth.
Two immediate corollaries are the composition identity (or nesting property specifying a semigroup)
and the expression of complex exponentiation in terms of Chebyshev polynomials: given z = a + bi,
Pell equation definition
The Chebyshev polynomials can also be defined as the solutions to the Pell equation
in a ring R[x]. Thus, they can be generated by the standard technique for Pell equations of taking powers of a fundamental solution:
Products of Chebyshev polynomials
When working with Chebyshev polynomials quite often products of two of them occur. These products can be reduced to combinations of Chebyshev polynomials with lower or higher degree and concluding statements about the product are easier to make. It shall be assumed that in the following the index m is greater than or equal to the index n and n is not negative. For Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind the product expands to
which is an analogy to the addition theorem with the identities For n=1 this results in the already known recurrence formula, just arranged differently, and with n=2 it forms the recurrence relation for all even or all odd Chebyshev polynomials (depending on the parity of the lowest m) which allows to design functions with prescribed symmetry properties. Three more useful formulas for evaluating Chebyshev polynomials can be concluded from this product expansion:
For Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind products may be written as:
By this, like above, with n=2 the recurrence formula of Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind forms for both types of symmetry to
- depending on whether m starts with 2 or 3.
Relation between Chebyshev polynomials of the first and second kinds
The Chebyshev polynomials of the first and second kind are closely related by the following equations
- , where n is odd.
- , where n is even.
The recurrence relationship of the derivative of Chebyshev polynomials can be derived from these relations
This relationship is used in the Chebyshev spectral method of solving differential equations.
Equivalently, the two sequences can also be defined from a pair of mutual recurrence equations:
These can be derived from the trigonometric formulae; for example, if , then
Note that both these equations and the trigonometric equations take a simpler form if we, like some works, follow the alternate convention of denoting our Un (the polynomial of degree n) with Un+1 instead.
Turán's inequalities for the Chebyshev polynomials are
The integral relations are
where integrals are considered as principal value.
Different approaches to defining Chebyshev polynomials lead to different explicit expressions such as:
where the prime at the sum symbol indicates that the contribution of needs to be halved if it appears.
where 2F1 is a hypergeometric function.
Roots and extrema
A Chebyshev polynomial of either kind with degree n has n different simple roots, called Chebyshev roots, in the interval [−1,1]. The roots of the Chebyshev polynomial of the first kind are sometimes called Chebyshev nodes because they are used as nodes in polynomial interpolation. Using the trigonometric definition and the fact that
one can easily prove that the roots of Tn are
Similarly, the roots of Un are
The extrema of Tn on the interval −1 ≤ x ≤ 1 are located at
One unique property of the Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind is that on the interval −1 ≤ x ≤ 1 all of the extrema have values that are either −1 or 1. Thus these polynomials have only two finite critical values, the defining property of Shabat polynomials. Both the first and second kinds of Chebyshev polynomial have extrema at the endpoints, given by:
Differentiation and integration
The derivatives of the polynomials can be less than straightforward. By differentiating the polynomials in their trigonometric forms, it's easy to show that:
The last two formulas can be numerically troublesome due to the division by zero (0/0 indeterminate form, specifically) at x = 1 and x = −1. It can be shown that:
Indeed, the following, more general formula holds:
This latter result is of great use in the numerical solution of eigenvalue problems.
where the prime at the summation symbols means that the term contributed by is to be halved, if it appears.
Concerning integration, the first derivative of the Tn implies that
and the recurrence relation for the first kind polynomials involving derivatives establishes that
Both the Tn and the Un form a sequence of orthogonal polynomials. The polynomials of the first kind are orthogonal with respect to the weight
on the interval [−1,1], i.e. we have:
This can be proven by letting x = cos (θ) and using the defining identity Tn(cos (θ)) = cos (nθ).
Similarly, the polynomials of the second kind are orthogonal with respect to the weight
on the interval [−1,1], i.e. we have:
(Note that the measure is, to within a normalizing constant, the Wigner semicircle distribution).
The Tn also satisfy a discrete orthogonality condition:
where the xk are the N Chebyshev nodes (see above) of TN(x)
For the polynomials of the second kind and with the same Chebyshev nodes xk there are similar sums:
and without the weight function:
Based on the N zeros of the Chebyshev polynomial of the second kind UN(x)
a different sum can be constructed
and again without the weight function:
For any given n ≥ 1, among the polynomials of degree n with leading coefficient 1,
is the one of which the maximal absolute value on the interval [−1, 1] is minimal.
This maximal absolute value is
and |ƒ(x)| reaches this maximum exactly n + 1 times at
Let's assume that is a polynomial of degree n with leading coefficient 1 with maximal absolute value on the interval [−1, 1] less than .
Because at extreme points of we have
For every nonnegative integer n, Tn(x) and Un(x) are both polynomials of degree n. They are even or odd functions of x as n is even or odd, so when written as polynomials of x, it only has even or odd degree terms respectively. In fact,
The leading coefficient of Tn is 2n − 1 if 1 ≤ n, but 1 if 0 = n.
Tn are a special case of Lissajous curves with frequency ratio equal to n.
The Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind satisfy the relation
which is easily proved from the product-to-sum formula for the cosine. The polynomials of the second kind satisfy the similar relation
(with the convention )
Similar to the formula
we have the analogous formula
which follows from the fact that this holds by definition for .
Then and are commuting polynomials:
as is evident in the Abelian nesting property specified above.
Generalized Chebyshev polynomials
The generalized Chebyshev polynomials are defined by
where is not necessarily an integer. They have the power series expansion
The first few Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind are A028297
The first few Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind are A053117
As a basis set
Furthermore, as mentioned previously, the Chebyshev polynomials form an orthogonal basis which (among other things) implies that the coefficients an can be determined easily through the application of an inner product. This sum is called a Chebyshev series or a Chebyshev expansion.
Since a Chebyshev series is related to a Fourier cosine series through a change of variables, all of the theorems, identities, etc. that apply to Fourier series have a Chebyshev counterpart. These attributes include:
- The Chebyshev polynomials form a complete orthogonal system.
- The Chebyshev series converges to ƒ(x) if the function is piecewise smooth and continuous. The smoothness requirement can be relaxed in most cases — as long as there are a finite number of discontinuities in ƒ(x) and its derivatives.
- At a discontinuity, the series will converge to the average of the right and left limits.
The abundance of the theorems and identities inherited from Fourier series make the Chebyshev polynomials important tools in numeric analysis; for example they are the most popular general purpose basis functions used in the spectral method, often in favor of trigonometric series due to generally faster convergence for continuous functions (Gibbs' phenomenon is still a problem).
Consider the Chebyshev expansion of . One can express
One can find the coefficients either through the application of an inner product or by the discrete orthogonality condition. For the inner product,
Alternatively, when you cannot evaluate the inner product of the function you are trying to approximate, the discrete orthogonality condition gives an often useful result for approximate coefficients,
where is the Kronecker delta function and the are the N Gauss–Lobatto zeros of
For any N, these approximate coefficients provide an exact approximation to the function at with a controlled error between those points. The exact coefficients are obtained with , thus representing the function exactly at all points in . The rate of convergence depends on the function and its smoothness.
This allows us to compute the approximate coefficients very efficiently through the discrete cosine transform
To provide another example:
The partial sums of
are very useful in the approximation of various functions and in the solution of differential equations (see spectral method). Two common methods for determining the coefficients an are through the use of the inner product as in Galerkin's method and through the use of collocation which is related to interpolation.
As an interpolant, the N coefficients of the (N − 1)th partial sum are usually obtained on the Chebyshev–Gauss–Lobatto points (or Lobatto grid), which results in minimum error and avoids Runge's phenomenon associated with a uniform grid. This collection of points corresponds to the extrema of the highest order polynomial in the sum, plus the endpoints and is given by:
Polynomial in Chebyshev form
An arbitrary polynomial of degree N can be written in terms of the Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind. Such a polynomial p(x) is of the form
Polynomials in Chebyshev form can be evaluated using the Clenshaw algorithm.
The spread polynomials are in a sense equivalent to the Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind, but enable one to avoid square roots and conventional trigonometric functions in certain contexts, notably in rational trigonometry.
- Chebyshev filter
- Chebyshev cube root
- Dickson polynomials
- Legendre polynomials
- Hermite polynomials
- Romanovski polynomials
- Chebyshev rational functions
- Approximation theory
- The Chebfun system
- Discrete Chebyshev transform
- Markov brothers' inequality
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