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Colloquium: Rodrigo Banuelos

Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
MONT 214

Special Semester in Probability Lectures

Title: On the discrete Hilbert transform

Abstract: The discrete Hilbert transform, acting on the space of (doubly infinite) sequences, was introduced by David Hilbert at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the discrete analogue of the continuous Hilbert transform acting on functions on the real line (conjugate function in the periodic case). In 1925, M. Riesz proved the L^p boundedness, for p larger than one and finite, of the continuous version, thereby solving a problem of considerable interest at the time. From this he deduced the same result for the discrete version. In 1926 E.C. Titchmarsh turned this around. He gave a direct proof of the boundedness of the discrete operator and from it deduced the same for the continuous version. Further, he showed that the discrete and continuous versions have the same p-norms. Unfortunately, the following year Titchmarsh pointed out that his argument for equality of the norms was incorrect. The problem of equality has been a long-standing conjecture since. In this talk the speaker describes—taking a historical point of view and avoiding technicalities as much as possible—some tools from probability theory that lead to a proof of this conjecture.

The talk is based on joint work with Mateusz Kwasnicki of Wroclaw University, Poland.


Iddo Ben-Ari

Probability at UConn (primary)

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