Talk:Bernoulli's inequality
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asdf[edit]
In generalized inequality: if x=0, both inequalities are valid.  anon
This has been fixed.  Toby Bartels
a little bit more[edit]
1x<e^(x)
Jackzhp 20:00, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
This entry should be for real values of r, not just for integer values[edit]
Bernoulli's inequality true for all real values of r ≥ 1. This is important for many applications, so it is less useful to just describe it for integer values of r. And I do not think that it is worthwhile including an induction proof, which only gives the result for integer values of r.
Here's a quick proof for all real values of r ≥ 1. Unfortunately, I don't have the Wikipedia skills to directly edit this entry, so maybe someone else can do it.
Let f(x) = (1+x)^r  1  rx. The extended mean value theorem says that
f(x) = f(0) + f'(0)x + (1/2)f(y)x^2
for some y between 0 and x. But f(0) = 0 and f'(0) = 0, so
f(x) = r(r1)(1+y)^{r2}x^2.
for some y between 0 and x. It is clear that this last expression is nonnegative if x > 1 and r ≥ 1. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.118.41.44 (talk) 14:59, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
For n integer values the inequality also applies for x>=2[edit]
For some reason this is not mentioned anywhere, but upon trying to prove the inequality I stumbled upon that fact. It can be easily shown that for even n values the inequality applies for all real x values, and for odd n's, for all x>=2.
 Maybe it is not mentioned because for noninteger n values  a^n is meaningless for negative a values (2<=x<1).
[Shir Peled] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.139.226.37 (talk) 18:09, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
Please add History[edit]
Does anyone know which Bernoulli came up with the inequality, or when? Will someone please add a history section, links to the proper Bernoulli, and a link to this article from the proper Bernoulli's page? Thank you. Yoda of Borg (talk) 04:12, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
More info at http://web01.shu.edu/projects/reals/history/bernoull.html. I can fill out the article later, but I'm not an expert on whether what I would add would be considered plagiarizing this source. Yoda of Borg (talk) 04:19, 10 October 2008 (UTC)