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Inequalities involving the mean and the standard deviation of nonnegative real numbers

Journal of Inequalities and Applications20062006:43465

DOI: 10.1155/JIA/2006/43465

Received: 22 December 2005

Accepted: 21 September 2006

Published: 8 November 2006


Let and be the mean and the standard deviation of the components of the vector , where with a positive integer. Here, we prove that if , then for . The equality holds if and only if the largest components of are equal. It follows that is a strictly increasing sequence converging to , the largest component of , except if the largest components of are equal. In this case, for all .


Authors’ Affiliations

Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad Católica del Norte


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