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Baskakov operators and Jacobi weights: pointwise estimates


In this paper we present direct results (upper estimates) for Baskakov operators acting in spaces related with Jacobi-type weights. Our results include and extend some known facts related with this problem. The approach is based in the use of a new pointwise K-functional.


Let \(C[0,\infty )\) be the family of all real continuous functions on the semiaxis and \(\mathcal{B}(0,\infty )\) the family of all bounded functions in \((0,\infty )\). A family of Baskakov operators is obtained as follows. For \(\lambda \in \mathbb{R}\), \(\lambda \geq 1\), and a function \(f:[0,\infty )\to \mathbb{R}\), define (whenever the series converges)

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda }(f,x)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty }f \biggl( \frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)v_{ \lambda,k}(x),\quad x\geq 0, \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} v_{\lambda,k}(x)=\binom{\lambda +k-1}{k} \frac{x^{k}}{(1+x)^{\lambda +k}}. \end{aligned}$$

Some authors have considered these operators acting in spaces defined with the help of a Jacobi weight in the discrete case (\(\lambda =n\in \mathbb{N}\)) (see [6, 17, 18], and [21]).

Let us present some notations. Throughout the paper we set \(\varphi (x)=\sqrt{x(1+x)}\) and, for \(x>0\),

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x)=x^{a} /(1+x)^{b}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(a\geq -1\) and \(b\in \mathbb{R}\) are fixed real parameters.

We will study approximation properties of the operators \(V_{\lambda }\) in the weighted spaces of continuous functions

$$\begin{aligned} C_{\varrho }[0,\infty ) = \bigl\{ f\in C[0,\infty ): \varrho f\in \mathcal{B}(0,\infty ) \bigr\} . \end{aligned}$$

When \(0< a<1\) and \(b>0\), it was proved in [21] that Baskakov operators are unbounded in \(C_{\varrho }[0,\infty )\) with the usual weighted norm \(\Vert \varrho f\Vert =\Vert \varrho f\Vert _{\infty }:=\sup_{x>0}| \varrho (x)f(x)|\). That is the reason why is better to consider the norm

$$\begin{aligned} \Vert f \Vert _{\varrho }= \bigl\vert f(0) \bigr\vert +\sup _{x> 0} \bigl\vert \varrho (x)f(x) \bigr\vert . \end{aligned}$$

To avoid complications, some authors prefer to work with the space

$$\begin{aligned} C_{\varrho }^{0}[0,\infty )=\bigl\{ f\in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty ): f(0)=0\bigr\} . \end{aligned}$$

For \(\alpha \in [0,1]\), we also consider the space

$$\begin{aligned} C_{\varrho }^{2,\alpha }:=C^{2,\alpha }_{\varrho }[0,\infty ) = \bigl\{ g \in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty ): g'\in AC_{\mathrm{loc}} \text{ and } \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g''\in \mathcal{B}(0,\infty ) \bigr\} . \end{aligned}$$

In this paper we present upper estimates for the error \(\varrho (x) \vert f(x)-V_{\lambda }(f,x) \vert \) assuming that \(a\geq -1\) and \(b\in \mathbb{R}\).

In the discrete case, pointwise estimates have been obtained by some authors under more restrictive selections of the parameters a and b. For instance, in the unweighted case (\(a=b=0\)), Xie [20, Theorem 1.1] proved that, for \(\alpha \in [0,1]\),

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{n}(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C \omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }} \biggl(f,\frac{\varphi ^{1-\alpha }(x)}{\sqrt{n}} \biggr),\quad f\in C[0, \infty )\cap \mathcal{B}(0,\infty ), \end{aligned}$$

where \(\omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }}(f,t)\) is the Ditzian–Totik modulus.

The case \(\alpha =0\) was previously studied by Huo and Xue in [14, Theorem 1]. For \(0< a<1\), \(b>0\), and \(\alpha \in [0,1]\), Wang and Xue [18, Theorem 1.1] verified the inequality

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{n}(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C \omega ^{2}_{ \varphi ^{\alpha }} \biggl(f,\frac{\varphi ^{1-\alpha }(x)}{\sqrt{n}} \biggr)_{\varrho },\quad f\in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty ). \end{aligned}$$

The same result appeared in [17].

Our results are not restricted to the consideration of a larger family of parameters a and b. There are two other important facts to be taken into account. First, instead of the classical K-functionals, we use a pointwise K-functional of the form

$$\begin{aligned} K_{\alpha }(f,x,t)_{\varrho }= \inf_{g\in C_{\varrho }^{2,\alpha }} \bigl\{ \Vert f-g \Vert _{\varrho }+t \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2}g'' \bigr\Vert _{(0,x]}+t \varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert _{[x,\infty )} \bigr\} . \end{aligned}$$

In second place, we present the estimates for operators with the continuous parameter λ. Why are these two changes necessary? As we will show in another paper, the K-functional (3) is convenient for proving strong converse inequalities.

Notice that, when \(\alpha =1\), the K-functional (3) is just equivalent to the usual one

$$\begin{aligned} K_{\alpha }(f,t)_{\varrho }=\inf_{g\in C_{\varrho }^{2,\alpha }} \bigl\{ \Vert f-g \Vert _{\varrho }+t \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha } g'' \bigr\Vert \bigr\} , \end{aligned}$$

because, for all \(x>0\),

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2} g'' \bigr\Vert \leq \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2} g'' \bigr\Vert _{(0,x]}+ \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2} g'' \bigr\Vert _{[x,+\infty )} \leq 2 \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2} g'' \bigr\Vert . \end{aligned}$$

Moreover, for \(0\leq \alpha \leq 1\) and \(x>0\), we have

$$\begin{aligned} K_{\alpha }(f,x,t)_{\varrho }\leq 2K_{\alpha } \bigl(f,t \varphi ^{2(1- \alpha )}(x) \bigr)_{\varrho }. \end{aligned}$$

Indeed, for \(y\in (0,x]\), \(\alpha \in [0,1]\) and \(g\in C_{\varrho }^{2,\alpha }\), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert \varrho (y)\varphi ^{2}(y)g''(y) \bigr\vert =\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(y) \bigl\vert \varrho (y)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(y)g''(y) \bigr\vert \leq \varphi ^{2(1- \alpha )}(x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert \end{aligned}$$

and then

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2}g'' \bigr\Vert _{(0,x]}\leq \varphi ^{2(1- \alpha )}(x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert . \end{aligned}$$

On the other hand, the use of a continuous parameter allows us to apply the results to study other family of operators. For a real \(c>0\), \(n> c\), and a function \(f:[0,\infty )\to \mathbb{R}\), define

$$\begin{aligned} W_{n,c}(f,x)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty }f \biggl( \frac{k}{n} \biggr)w_{n,k,c}(x),\quad x\geq 0, \end{aligned}$$

whenever the series converges, where

$$\begin{aligned} w_{n,k,c}(x)=\frac{C(n,k,c)}{k!}\frac{ x^{k} }{(1+cx)^{k+n/c}},\quad k>0, \end{aligned}$$

with \(C(n,k,c)=n(n+c)\cdots (n+(k-1)c)\), and \(w_{n,0,c}(x)=1/(1+cx)^{n/c}\). Here n is not necessarily an integer.

The operators (7) have been studied by several authors (see [3, 4, 10, 14], and [22]). Later we show that the operators \(W_{n,c}(f,x)\) are related with Baskakov operators, but with a family of not integer parameters. This is a good reason for studying the operators \(V_{\lambda }\).

The main results are given in Sect. 2 (pending of some auxiliary results that will be proved in Sect. 3). In Sect. 4 we explain how our approach can be used to obtain similar results for the operators (7). Converse results will appear in a separated paper.

The paper contains several references written in Chinese. We include them to provide a review in the topic. Since we do not use any result from these work, the reader can follow our arguments.

Main results

The inequality (8) was proved in [21, page 136], [15, Lemma 2.2] and [18, page 365-366] under the restriction \(0< a<1\) and \(b>0\). The same restrictions were considered in [10].

Proposition 2.1

Assume \(a\geq -1\), \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), \(\alpha \in [0,1]\). If \(0\leq a+\alpha < 2\), then there exists a constant \(C=C(a,b,\alpha )\) such that, for \(\lambda > 2(1+p)\), with \(p=\max \{| b|,2|b-\alpha | \}\) and \(x>0\), one has

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x)V_{\lambda } \biggl( \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert }{\varrho (u)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)}\,du \biggr\vert ,x \biggr) \leq \frac{C}{\lambda }\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x). \end{aligned}$$


By definition of \(V_{\lambda }\),

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x)V_{\lambda } \biggl( \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-s \vert }{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}\,ds \biggr\vert ,x \biggr) = \varrho (x)\sum_{k=0}^{\infty } \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{ \vert k/\lambda -s \vert \,ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)} \biggr\vert v_{ \lambda,k}(x). \end{aligned}$$

First we estimate in (i) the term corresponding to \(k=0\), for \(\lambda x\leq 1\). In (ii) we consider the sum for \(k>0\) and \(\lambda x\leq 1\). Finally, in part (iii) we estimate the sum in the case \(\lambda x\geq 1\).

(i) Assume \(k=0\) and \(\lambda x\leq 1\). Then

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \int _{0}^{x} \frac{s ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}v_{\lambda,0}(x)= \frac{x^{a}}{(1+x)^{b+\lambda }} \int _{0}^{x} s^{1-a-\alpha }(1+s)^{b- \alpha } \,ds. \end{aligned}$$

If \(b\geq \alpha \), then from (9) we obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \int _{0}^{x} \frac{s ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}v_{\lambda,0}(x) &\leq \frac{x^{a}}{(1+x)^{\alpha +\lambda }} \int _{0}^{x} s^{1-a-\alpha } \,ds \\ &= \frac{x^{2-\alpha }}{(2-a-\alpha )(1+x)^{\alpha +\lambda }} = \frac{x \varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{(2-a-\alpha )(1+x)^{1+\lambda }} \\ &\leq \frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{(2-a-\alpha )\lambda }. \end{aligned}$$

If \(b< \alpha \), then from (9) and the condition \(b+\lambda \geq 0\), we get

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \int _{0}^{x} \frac{s ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}v_{\lambda,0}(x)& \leq x^{a} \int _{0}^{x} s^{1-a-\alpha } \,ds = \frac{x^{2-\alpha }}{2-a-\alpha } \\ &\leq \frac{x \varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{(2-a-\alpha )(1+x)^{1-\alpha }} \leq \frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{(2-a-\alpha )\lambda }. \end{aligned}$$

(ii) Suppose \(0<\lambda x \leq 1\) and \(k>0\). If \(b\geq 0\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{(k/\lambda -s)\,ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}&= \frac{x^{a}}{(1+x)^{b}} \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{(k/\lambda -s)(1+s)^{b} \,ds}{s^{a+\alpha }(1+s)^{\alpha }} \\ &\leq \frac{k/\lambda -x}{x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{b+\alpha }} \int _{x}^{k/ \lambda }\frac{(1+s)^{\lceil {b}\rceil }}{(1+s)^{\lceil {b}\rceil -b}}\,ds \\ &\leq \frac{(k/\lambda -x)^{2}(1+k/\lambda )^{\lceil {b}\rceil }}{x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\lceil {b}\rceil +\alpha }}. \end{aligned}$$

Hence, from Proposition 3.5,

$$\begin{aligned} &\varrho (x)\sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{(k/\lambda -s)\,ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)} v_{ \lambda,k}(x) \\ &\quad\leq \frac{1}{x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\lceil {b}\rceil +\alpha }}\sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl( \frac{k}{\lambda }-x \biggr)^{2} \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{\lceil {b}\rceil }v_{\lambda,k}(x) \leq \frac{C}{x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\alpha }} \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda } \\ &\quad = C\frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{\lambda }. \end{aligned}$$

If \(b<0\), we obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{(k/\lambda -s)\,ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}&= \frac{x^{a}}{(1+x)^{b}} \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{(k/\lambda -s)(1+s)^{b} \,ds}{s^{a+\alpha }(1+s)^{\alpha }} \\ &\leq \frac{1}{x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\alpha }} \int _{x}^{k/\lambda }(k/\lambda -s)\,ds= \frac{(k/\lambda -x)^{2}}{2x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\alpha }}. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x)\sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \int _{x}^{k/\lambda } \frac{(k/\lambda -s)\,ds}{\varrho (s)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(s)}v_{\lambda,k}(x)& \leq \frac{1}{2x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\alpha }}\sum_{k=1}^{\infty }( k/ \lambda -x)^{2}v_{\lambda,k}(x) \\ &\leq \frac{1}{2x^{\alpha }(1+x)^{\alpha }}\frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda }= \frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{2\lambda }. \end{aligned}$$

(iii) Now we assume that \(\lambda x\geq 1\). From Corollary 3.4 and Propositions 3.2 (i) and 3.6, one has (\(C=1/(2-a-\alpha )\))

$$\begin{aligned} &\varrho (x)V_{\lambda } \biggl( \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert }{u^{a+\alpha } (1+u)^{\alpha -b}}\,du \biggr\vert ,x \biggr)\\ &\quad\leq C V_{ \lambda } \biggl(\frac{(t-x)^{2}}{\varphi ^{2\alpha }(x)} \biggl(1+ \frac{(1+t)^{b-\alpha }}{(1+x)^{b-\alpha }} \biggr),x \biggr) \\ &\quad=\frac{C}{\varphi ^{2\alpha }(x)} \biggl( V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)^{2},x \bigr)+ \frac{V_{\lambda } ((t-x)^{2}(1+t)^{b-\alpha },x )}{(1+x)^{b-\alpha }} \biggr) \\ &\quad\leq C \biggl(\frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{\lambda }+ \frac{ ( V_{\lambda } ((t-x)^{4},x ) )^{1/2} ( V_{\lambda } ((1+t)^{2(b-\alpha )},x ) )^{1/2}}{\varphi ^{2\alpha }(x)(1+x)^{b-\alpha }} \biggr) \\ &\quad\leq C \biggl( \frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{\lambda }+C_{1}2^{ \vert b- \alpha \vert } \frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{\lambda } \biggr)\leq C_{2} \frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{\lambda }. \end{aligned}$$


Proposition 2.2

If \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), \(a\geq -1\), \(\varrho (x)=x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\), then there exists a constant \(C=C(a,b)\) such that, for all \(f\in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty )\), \(x>0\) and \(\lambda \geq 2(1+p)\), with \(p=| b| \), if \(a=-1\), and \(p=\max \{2|a|, 2|b|, |b|/(1+a)\}\) otherwise, one has

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C \Vert f \Vert _{\varrho }. \end{aligned}$$


If \(f\in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty )\) and \(x>0\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq \frac{\varrho (x) \vert f(0) \vert }{(1+x)^{\lambda }} +\varrho (x)\sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl\vert f \biggl(\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr) \biggr\vert v_{\lambda,k}(x). \end{aligned}$$

If \(a<0\), then \(f(0)=0\). If \(a\geq 0\) (note that \(\lambda +b\geq a\)), then

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\varrho (x) \vert f(0) \vert }{(1+x)^{\lambda }} = \frac{x^{a} \vert f(0) \vert }{(1+x)^{\lambda +b}} \leq \frac{x^{a} \vert f(0) \vert }{(1+x)^{a}}\leq \bigl\vert f(0) \bigr\vert . \end{aligned}$$

On the other hand

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x)\sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl\vert f \biggl(\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr) \biggr\vert v_{\lambda,k}(x) \leq \varrho (x) \Vert \varrho f \Vert \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \frac{v_{\lambda,k}(x)}{\varrho (k/\lambda )} \leq C \Vert \varrho f \Vert , \end{aligned}$$

where in the last inequality we have used Proposition 3.8. Hence,

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq \bigl\vert f(0) \bigr\vert +C \Vert \varrho f \Vert =C_{1} \Vert f \Vert _{ \varrho }, \end{aligned}$$

where \(C_{1}=\max \{1,C\}\). □

Theorem 2.3

Assume \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), \(a\in [-1,1)\), \(\varrho (x)=x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\) and \(\alpha \in [0,1]\). If \(0\leq a+\alpha \), then there exist a constant \(C=C(a,b,\alpha )\) and \(\lambda _{0}>0\), such that, for \(x>0\), \(f\in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty )\) and \(\lambda \geq \lambda _{0}\), one has

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C K_{\alpha } \biggl(f,x,\frac{1}{\lambda } \biggr)_{\varrho }, \end{aligned}$$

where \(K_{\alpha }(f,x,t)_{\varrho }\) is defined in (3).


If \(x>0\) and \(g\in C_{\varrho }^{2,\alpha }[0,\infty )\), we use the representation

$$\begin{aligned} g(t)= g(x)+g' (x) (t-x)+ \int _{x}^{t} g''(u) (t-u)\,du. \end{aligned}$$

If \(t< x\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} g''(u) (t-u)\,du \biggr\vert \leq \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2}g'' \bigr\Vert _{(0,x]} \int _{t}^{x} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert \,du}{\varphi ^{2}(u)\varrho (u)}, \end{aligned}$$

and, if \(t>x\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} g''(u) (t-u)\,du \biggr\vert \leq \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert _{[x,\infty )} \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert \,du}{\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)\varrho (u)}. \end{aligned}$$

Hence, from Proposition 2.1, we have

$$\begin{aligned} &\varrho (x) \bigl\vert V_{\lambda }(g,x)-g(x) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad\leq \varrho (x)V_{ \lambda } \biggl( \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} g''(u) (t-u)\,du \biggr\vert ,x \biggr) \\ &\quad \leq \varrho (x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2}g'' \bigr\Vert _{(0,x]} V_{\lambda } \biggl( \biggl\vert \int _{t}^{x} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert \,du}{\varphi ^{2}(u)\varrho (u)} \biggr\vert ,x \biggr) \\ &\qquad{} +\varrho (x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert _{[x,\infty )}V_{ \lambda } \biggl( \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert \,du}{\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)\varrho (u)} \biggr\vert ,x \biggr) \\ &\quad \leq \frac{C}{\lambda } \bigl( \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2}g'' \bigr\Vert _{(0,x]}+ \varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert _{[x,\infty )} \bigr). \end{aligned}$$

Now, using standard arguments and Proposition 2.2, we have, for \(x>0\),

$$\begin{aligned} & \varrho (x)\bigl\vert f(x)-V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad \leq \varrho (x) \bigl\vert f(x)-g(x) \bigr\vert +\varrho (x) \bigl\vert V_{\lambda }(g-f,x) \bigr\vert + \varrho (x) \bigl\vert g(x)-V_{\lambda }(g,x) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad\leq (1+C) \Vert f-g \Vert _{\varrho }+\varrho (x) \bigl\vert g(x)-V_{\lambda }(g,x) \bigr\vert . \end{aligned}$$

Thus, the result follows from (11), (12) and the definition of the K-functional given in (3). □

Note that the condition \(a<1\) in Theorem 2.3 is necessary in order to apply Proposition 2.1 with \(\alpha =1\) to the right side integral in (10). However, writing

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} g''(u) (t-u)\,du \biggr\vert \leq \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert \,du}{\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)\varrho (u)} \biggr\vert , \end{aligned}$$

we only need the condition \(0\leq a+\alpha <2\) to apply Proposition 2.1 and conclude that

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl(V_{\lambda }(g,x)-g(x) \bigr)\leq \frac{C}{\lambda } \varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x) \bigl\Vert \varrho \varphi ^{2\alpha }g'' \bigr\Vert . \end{aligned}$$

Remark 1

The inequality (13) was proved in [8, Lemma 6] for \(\alpha =0\), \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), and \(a\in [-1,0]\). For \(a=b=0\) the inequality (13) was also proved in [19, page 106-107]. The case \(a=0\) and \(b\in \mathbb{N}\) appeared in [4, Lemma 5] and [22, Lemma 1.6] with \(\alpha =0\).

Taking into account (12), (13), Proposition 2.2 and the definition of the K-functional given in (4) we have immediately the following result.

Corollary 2.4

Assume \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), \(a\geq -1\), \(\varrho (x)=x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\) and \(\alpha \in [0,1]\). If \(0\leq a+\alpha <2\), then there exist a constant \(C=C(a,b,\alpha )\) and \(\lambda _{0}>0\) such that, if \(\lambda \geq \lambda _{0}\), \(x>0\), and \(f\in C_{\varrho }[0,\infty )\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C K_{\alpha } \biggl(f,\frac{\varphi ^{2(1-\alpha )}(x)}{\lambda } \biggr)_{\varrho }, \end{aligned}$$

where \(K_{\alpha }(f,t)\) is the K-functional given in (4).

Remark 2

In [5, 11] and [16], direct results as in (14) were given with \(a=b=0\). In [15, 18] and [21] the problem was studied with \(0< a<1\) and \(b>0\). In [9, Proposition 3.3] the authors considered weights of the form \(\varrho (x)=x^{\beta _{0}}/(1+x)^{\beta _{0}+\beta _{\infty }}\), with \(\beta _{0},\beta _{\infty }\in [-1,0]\). Theorem 1.2 of [6] is also included in Corollary 2.4. In fact, in [6] for reals \(r,s\) and λ satisfying \(0\leq r<\lambda \leq 1\) and \(s\geq 0\), the author considered the weight \(\varrho ^{*}(x)=x^{r}/(1+x)^{s}\) and the norm \(\Vert \varrho ^{*}\varphi ^{2(1-\lambda )}f\Vert \). But this is equivalent to use the weight \(\varrho (x)=x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\), with \(a=r+1-\lambda \geq 0\) and \(b=s-1+\lambda \).

The operators \(V_{\lambda }\), with \(\lambda =n\in \mathbb{N}\), were considered in [14] and [19], with \(a=b=0\). In [4] and [22] the case \(a=0\) and \(b\in \mathbb{N}\) was studied, while in [10] it was assumed that \(0< a<1\) and \(b>0\).

Notice that, for \(\alpha \in [0,1]\),

$$\begin{aligned} x^{\alpha /2}\leq \varphi ^{\alpha }(x)\leq 2^{\alpha /2}x^{\alpha /2},\quad 0< x < 1. \end{aligned}$$

Thus \(\varphi ^{\alpha }\) satisfies condition (6.1.3) in [5] with \(\beta (0)=\alpha /2\). On the other hand

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \sim x^{a}\quad \text{as } x\to 0+ \quad\text{and}\quad \varrho (x) \sim x^{a-b} \quad\text{as } x\to \infty. \end{aligned}$$

Hence condition (6.1.2) in [5] also holds with \(\gamma (0)=a\) and \(\gamma (\infty )=a-b\).

As in [5, page 56], if \(a=0\), define

$$\begin{aligned} \omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }}(f,t)_{\varrho }=\sup _{0< h\leq t} \bigl\Vert \varrho \Delta ^{2}_{h\varphi ^{\alpha }} f \bigr\Vert , \end{aligned}$$

where \(\Delta ^{2}_{s}f(x)= f(x+s)-2f(x)+f(x-s)\).

If \(a>0\), define

$$\begin{aligned} \omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }}(f,t)_{\varrho }=\sup _{0< h\leq t} \bigl\Vert \varrho \Delta ^{2}_{h\varphi ^{\alpha }}f \bigr\Vert _{[t^{*},\infty )} +\sup_{0< h\leq t^{*}} \bigl\Vert \varrho \overrightarrow{\Delta }^{2}_{h \varphi ^{\alpha }}f \bigr\Vert _{[0,12t^{*}]}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(\overrightarrow{\Delta }^{2}_{s}f(x) =f(x+2s)-2f(x+s)+f(x)\), and

$$\begin{aligned} t^{*}= \bigl(2^{1+\alpha /2} \bigr)^{2/(2-\alpha )}t^{2/(2-\alpha )}. \end{aligned}$$

It is well known (see [5, Th. 6.1.1] that there exist positive constants \(C_{1}\) and \(t_{0}\) such that, for \(f\in C_{\varrho }^{0}[0,\infty )\) and \(0< t\leq t_{0}\),

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{C_{1}}\omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }}(f,t)_{\varrho } \leq K_{\alpha }\bigl(f,t^{2}\bigr)_{\varrho } \leq C_{1}\omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }}(f,t)_{\varrho }, \end{aligned}$$

where \(K_{\alpha }(f,t)_{\varrho }\) is given by (4), and the modulus is defined by (15) when \(a=0\) and by (16) when \(a>0\).

For \(a<0\), we do not know a characterization of the K-functional in terms of an appropriate modulus of smoothness.

From Corollary 2.4 and (17), we obtain the following result.

Theorem 2.5

Assume \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), \(a\in [0,1)\), \(\varrho (x)=x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\) and \(\alpha \in [0,1]\). There exist a constant \(C=C(a,b,\alpha )\) and \(\lambda _{0}>0\) such that, if \(\lambda \geq \lambda _{0}\), \(x>0\) and \(f\in C_{\varrho }^{0}[0,\infty )\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{\lambda }(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C \omega ^{2}_{ \varphi ^{\alpha }} \biggl(f,\frac{\varphi ^{1-\alpha }(x)}{\sqrt{\lambda }} \biggr)_{\varrho }, \end{aligned}$$

where \(\omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\alpha }}(f,t)_{\varrho }\) is defined in (15) and (16).

In the discrete and unweighted case (\(n\in \mathbb{N}\) and \(a=b=0\)), the inequality (18) was obtained by Huo and Xue [14, Theorem 1] in terms of the usual modulus of continuity (\(\alpha =0\)):

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{n}(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq 5 \omega _{2} \biggl(f,\sqrt{ \frac{x(1+x)}{2n}} \biggr). \end{aligned}$$

In [20, Theorem 1.1], Xie proved an inequality of the form

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert f(x)-V_{n}(f,x) \bigr\vert \leq C \omega ^{2}_{\varphi ^{\gamma }} \biggl(f,\frac{\varphi ^{1-\gamma }(x)}{\sqrt{n}} \biggr) \end{aligned}$$

any \(\gamma \in [0,1]\).

For \(0< a<1\), \(b>0\) and \(\alpha \in [0,1]\), the inequality (18) was obtained by Wang and Xue [18, Theorem 1.1]. Another proof was presented in [17].

Auxiliary results

Lemma 3.1

For \(m\in \mathbb{N}\), \(\lambda >m\), \(x>0\) and \(k\in \mathbb{N}_{0}\), one has

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2^{m-1}} \biggl(\frac{1+k/\lambda }{1+x} \biggr)^{m}\leq \frac{v_{\lambda +m,k}(x)}{v_{\lambda,k}(x)} \leq \biggl( \frac{1+k/\lambda }{1+x} \biggr)^{m}. \end{aligned}$$


Note that for \(k=0\) the inequality holds trivially. Next we will consider two cases:

Case I: Assume \(0< k\leq m\). From the definition of \(v_{\lambda,k}(x)\), we have,

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{v_{\lambda +m,k}(x)}{v_{\lambda,k}(x)}&=\frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}} \frac{(\lambda +m)(\lambda +m+1)\cdots (\lambda +k+m-1)}{\lambda (\lambda +1)\cdots (\lambda +k-1)} \\ &=\frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}}\prod_{j=0}^{k-1} \biggl(1+\frac{m}{\lambda +j} \biggr). \end{aligned}$$

Then the result follows taking into account that, if \(k< m\) and \(\lambda >m\), then \(1+k/\lambda \leq 1+m/\lambda \leq 2\) and then

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2^{m-1}} \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{m}\leq 1+ \frac{k}{\lambda }\leq 1+\frac{m}{\lambda }\leq \prod_{j=0}^{k-1} \biggl(1+ \frac{m}{\lambda +j} \biggr)\leq \biggl(1+\frac{m}{\lambda } \biggr)^{k}\leq \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{m}, \end{aligned}$$

where in the last inequality we have applied that \((1+\beta p)^{q}\leq (1+\beta q)^{p}\) for \(p,q\in \mathbb{N}_{0}\), \(p\geq q\) and \(\beta \geq 0\).

Case II: Now suppose \(k> m\). In this case, we have

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{v_{\lambda +m,k}(x)}{v_{\lambda,k}(x)}&=\frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}} \frac{(\lambda +k)(\lambda +k+1)\cdots (\lambda +k+m-1)}{\lambda (\lambda +1)\cdots (\lambda +m-1)} \\ &=\frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}}\prod_{j=0}^{m-1} \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda +j} \biggr) \end{aligned}$$

and then the result follows taking into account that, for \(j=0,1,\ldots, m-1\),

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2} \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)\leq \frac{\lambda }{\lambda +j} \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)\leq \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda +j} \biggr)\leq 1+ \frac{k}{\lambda }. \end{aligned}$$


For \(m=0,1,2,\dots \), the central moment of order m of the operator \(V_{\lambda }\) is defined by

$$\begin{aligned} S_{\lambda,m}(x)=V_{\lambda }\bigl((e_{1}-x)^{m},x \bigr), \end{aligned}$$

where \(e_{1}\) is the function defined by \(e_{1}(t)=t\).

Proposition 3.2

For \(\lambda \geq 1\), one has (see [3]):

(i) \(S_{\lambda,0}(x)=1\), \(S_{\lambda,1}(x)=0\), and for \(m\geq 1\),

$$\begin{aligned} S_{\lambda,m+1}(x)=\frac{1}{\lambda }\varphi ^{2}(x) \bigl(S'_{ \lambda,m}(x)+m S_{\lambda,m-1}(x) \bigr). \end{aligned}$$

(ii) For each \(m\in \mathbb{N}\) there exists a constant \(C_{m}\) such that, if \(\lambda x\geq 1\), then \(S_{\lambda,2m}(x)\leq C_{m}\varphi ^{2m}(x)/\lambda ^{m}\).

In particular, from (20), we obtain \(S_{\lambda,2}(x)=\varphi ^{2}(x)/\lambda \) and, for \(\lambda x\geq 1\),

$$\begin{aligned} S_{\lambda,4}(x)&=\frac{\varphi ^{4}(x)}{\lambda ^{2}} \biggl( 3+ \frac{6}{\lambda }+\frac{1}{\lambda x(1+x)} \biggr) \\ & \leq \frac{\varphi ^{4}(x)}{\lambda ^{2}} \biggl( 9+ \frac{\lambda }{1+\lambda } \biggr)\leq 10 \frac{\varphi ^{4}(x)}{\lambda ^{2}}, \end{aligned}$$

because the function \(\Psi (x)=1/(x(1+x))\) decreases on \((0,+\infty )\).

Proposition 3.3

Assume \(r\geq 0\), \(m, q\in \mathbb{R}\) and \(m-r+1>0\). Then, for \(x>0\) and \(t\geq 0\), one has

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{(t-u)^{m}}{u^{r}}(1+u)^{q} \,du \biggr\vert \leq \frac{ \vert t-x \vert ^{m+1}}{(m-r+1)x^{r}} \bigl((1+x)^{q}+(1+t)^{q} \bigr). \end{aligned}$$


First note that

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{(t-u)^{m}}{u^{r}}(1+u)^{q} \,du \biggr\vert \leq \bigl((1+x)^{q}+(1+t)^{q} \bigr) \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert ^{m}}{u^{r}} \,du \biggr\vert . \end{aligned}$$

Now we estimate the last integral in the expression above. If \(t< x\), then, putting \(u-t=\tau (x-t)\), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert ^{m}}{u^{r}} \,du \biggr\vert &= \int _{t}^{x} \frac{(u-t)^{m}}{u^{r}} \,du = (x-t)^{m+1} \int _{0}^{1} \frac{\tau ^{m}}{ ((1-\tau )t+\tau x )^{r}}\,d\tau \\ &\leq \frac{(x-t)^{m+1}}{x^{r}} \int _{0}^{1} \tau ^{m-r}\,d\tau = \frac{(x-t)^{m+1}}{(m-r+1)x^{r}}. \end{aligned}$$

If \(x< t\), then (note that \(m>-1+r\geq -1\))

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert ^{m}}{u^{r}} \,du \biggr\vert = \int _{x}^{t} \frac{(t-u)^{m}}{u^{r}} \,du\leq \frac{1}{x^{r}} \int _{x}^{t} (t-u)^{m} \,du = \frac{(t-x)^{m+1}}{(m+1)x^{r}}. \end{aligned}$$


An inequality similar to (22) was proved in [8, Lemma 3] with the conditions \(0\leq r\leq 2\) and \(m-r\geq 0\).

Corollary 3.4

Assume \(a\geq -1\), \(b \in \mathbb{R}\), \(\varrho (x)=x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\) and \(\alpha \in [0,1]\). If \(0\leq a+\alpha <2\), then, for \(x>0\) and \(t\geq 0\),

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert }{\varrho (u)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)}\,du \biggr\vert \leq \frac{(t-x)^{2}}{(2-a-\alpha )\varphi ^{2\alpha }(x)} \biggl(1+ \frac{(1+t)^{b-\alpha }}{(1+x)^{b-\alpha }} \biggr). \end{aligned}$$



$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert }{\varrho (u)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)}\,du \biggr\vert = \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert (1+u)^{b -\alpha }}{u^{a+\alpha }}\,du \biggr\vert , \end{aligned}$$

the result follows from Proposition 3.3 with \(q=b-\alpha \), \(m=1\) and \(r=a+\alpha \). □

In particular, from (23) we have

$$\begin{aligned} \varrho (x) \biggl\vert \int _{x}^{t} \frac{ \vert t-u \vert }{\varrho (u)\varphi ^{2\alpha }(u)}\,du \biggr\vert \leq \frac{2(t-x)^{2}}{(2-a-\alpha )\varphi ^{2\alpha }(x)}, \end{aligned}$$

for \(t>x\) and \(b\leq \alpha \) or \(t< x\) and \(b\geq \alpha \).

It is well known (see [3]) that the operator \(V_{\lambda }\) satisfies the relation

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)f(t),x \bigr)=\frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda }V_{ \lambda }' \bigl(f(t),x \bigr). \end{aligned}$$

Writing \(1+t=(1+x)+(t-x)\) and applying (25), we have

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)f(t),x \bigr)=(1+x)V_{\lambda } \bigl(f(t),x \bigr)+ \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda }V'_{\lambda } \bigl(f(t),x \bigr). \end{aligned}$$

Using (25) twice, it is easy to show that

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)^{2}f(t),x \bigr)= \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda } \biggl( \biggl(\frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda } V'_{\lambda } \bigl(f(t),x\bigr) \biggr)'+V_{\lambda } \bigl(f(t),x \bigr) \biggr). \end{aligned}$$

An inequality similar to (28) was proved by Becker [2, Lemma 6] and Zhang [22, Lemma 1.5] with a unspecific constant. We include here a simpler proof and give the optimal constant.

Proposition 3.5

Let \(m\in \mathbb{N}\) and \(\lambda \geq 1\). Then

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}}V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)^{2}(1+t)^{m},x \bigr)\leq C(m) \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda },\quad x\geq 0, \end{aligned}$$

where \(C(m)=(1+m+m^{2})m!\).


Denote \(P_{m}(x)=V_{\lambda } ((1+t)^{m},x )\). It follows from (26) with \(f(t)=(1+t)^{m}\) that

$$\begin{aligned} P_{m+1}(x)=(1+x)P_{m}(x)+\frac{x(1+x)}{\lambda } P'_{m}(x). \end{aligned}$$

Since \(P_{1}(x)=1+x\), we deduce by induction that \(P_{m}(x)\) is a polynomial of degree m which can be written as

$$\begin{aligned} P_{m}(x)=\sum_{k=1}^{m}c_{m,k}( \lambda ) (1+x)^{k}x^{m-k}, \end{aligned}$$

with \(c_{m,k}(\lambda )\geq 0\), \(k=1,\dots,m\).

In what follows we denote by \(\ell (P)\) the leader coefficient of a polynomial P. From (29) we also obtain the recurrence relation

$$\begin{aligned} \ell (P_{1})=1,\qquad \ell (P_{m+1})= \biggl(1+\frac{m}{\lambda } \biggr) \ell (P_{m}), \end{aligned}$$

and this implies that

$$\begin{aligned} \ell (P_{m})=\prod_{j=0}^{m-1} \biggl(1+\frac{j}{\lambda } \biggr),\quad m\geq 1. \end{aligned}$$

Applying (27) with \(f(t)=(1+t)^{m}\), we get

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)^{2}(1+t)^{m},x \bigr)= \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda } \biggl( \biggl( \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda }P'_{m}(x) \biggr)'+P_{m}(x) \biggr)=: \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda }Q_{m}(x). \end{aligned}$$

Taking into account

$$\begin{aligned} Q_{m}(x)&= \biggl(\frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda }P'_{m}(x) \biggr)'+P_{m}(x)= \frac{x(1+x)}{\lambda }P''_{m}(x)+ \frac{1+2x}{\lambda }P'_{m}(x)+P_{m}(x) \\ &=\frac{x(1+x)}{\lambda }P''_{m}(x)+ \frac{1+x}{\lambda }P'_{m}(x)+ \frac{x}{\lambda }P'_{m}(x)+P_{m}(x) \end{aligned}$$

and (30), we deduce that \(Q_{m}\) is also a polynomial of degree m which can be written as

$$\begin{aligned} Q_{m}(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{m} \,d_{m,k}(\lambda ) (1+x)^{m-k}x^{k}, \end{aligned}$$

with \(d_{m,k}(\lambda )\geq 0\), \(k=0,1,\dots,m\).


$$\begin{aligned} R_{m}(x):=\frac{Q_{m}(x)}{(1+x)^{m}}=\sum_{k=1}^{m} \,d_{m,k}(\lambda ) \biggl(\frac{x}{1+x} \biggr)^{m-k} \end{aligned}$$

and then, for all \(x\geq 0\),

$$\begin{aligned} R'_{m}(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{m-1} \,d_{m,k}(\lambda ) (m-k) \biggl(\frac{x}{1+x} \biggr)^{m-k-1}\frac{1}{(1+x)^{2}}\geq 0. \end{aligned}$$

Thus \(R_{m}\) is increasing on \([0,+\infty )\) and then, for all \(x\geq 0\),

$$\begin{aligned} R_{m}(x)=\frac{Q_{m}(x)}{(1+x)^{m}}\leq \lim_{x\to +\infty } \frac{Q_{m}(x)}{(1+x)^{m}}=\ell (Q_{m}). \end{aligned}$$

Finally, for all \(x\geq 0\),

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}}V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)^{2}(1+t)^{m},x \bigr)= \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda } \frac{Q_{m}(x)}{(1+x)^{m}}\leq \ell (Q_{m}). \end{aligned}$$

To finish the proof, it is sufficient to note that

$$\begin{aligned} \ell (Q_{m})= \biggl(\frac{m(m-1)}{\lambda }+\frac{2m}{\lambda }+1 \biggr) \ell (P_{m})= \biggl(1+\frac{m(m+1)}{\lambda } \biggr)\prod _{j=0}^{m-1} \biggl(1+\frac{j}{\lambda } \biggr). \end{aligned}$$

Putting \(\lambda =1\) in the above expression, we obtain a upper bound which is valid for all \(\lambda \geq 1\) and \(x\geq 0\). Hence, we conclude that

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}}V_{\lambda } \bigl((t-x)^{2}(1+t)^{m},x \bigr)\leq C(m) \frac{\varphi ^{2}(x)}{\lambda },\quad x\geq 0, \lambda \geq 1, \end{aligned}$$

where \(C(m)=(1+m+m^{2})m!\). □

Using (30) and repeating the same arguments as above, it can be proved that, for all \(\lambda \geq 1\), \(x\geq 0\),

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}} V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{m},x \bigr)= \frac{P_{m}(x)}{(1+x)^{m}}\leq \ell (P_{m})= \prod _{j=0}^{m-1} \biggl(1+\frac{j}{\lambda } \biggr)\leq m!. \end{aligned}$$

In what follows we use a different approach to get an inequality similar to (32) which is valid for all \(m\in \mathbb{R}\). We will consider the ceiling and floor functions of a number \(z\in \mathbb{R}\) defined by

$$\begin{aligned} \lceil {z}\rceil =\min \{r\in \mathbb{Z}: r\geq z\} \quad\text{and}\quad \lfloor {z} \rfloor =\max \{r\in \mathbb{Z}:r\leq z\}. \end{aligned}$$

Proposition 3.6

For \(d\in \mathbb{R}\), \(x>0\) and any λ satisfying \(\lambda \geq 2(1+| d| )\), one has

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{d},x \bigr)\leq 2^{| d| }(1+x)^{d}. \end{aligned}$$


Note that the above inequality is trivial when \(d= 0\).

(i) Assume \(d=m \in \mathbb{N}\). From (32) and taking into account that \(\lambda >m\), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{(1+x)^{m}}V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{m},x \bigr)\leq \prod_{j=0}^{m-1} \biggl(1+ \frac{j}{\lambda } \biggr)\leq 2^{m-1}. \end{aligned}$$

(ii) For \(d=-m\), \(m\in \mathbb{N}\), we use the right side inequality in Lemma 3.1 by replacing λ by \(\lambda -m\) (note that \(\lambda -m>m\)), to obtain

$$\begin{aligned} v_{\lambda,k}(x)\leq \biggl(\frac{1+\frac{k}{\lambda -m}}{1+x} \biggr)^{m} v_{\lambda -m,k}(x)\leq 2^{m} \biggl( \frac{1+k/\lambda }{1+x} \biggr)^{m} v_{\lambda -m,k}(x), \end{aligned}$$

where in the last inequality we have taken into account that \(\lambda >2m\) and then

$$\begin{aligned} 1+\frac{k}{\lambda -m}\leq \frac{\lambda }{\lambda -m} \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr) \leq 2 \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr). \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{-m},x \bigr)&=\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }(1+k/ \lambda )^{-m} v_{\lambda,k}(x) \\ &\leq 2^{m}(1+x)^{-m}\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }v_{\lambda -m,k}(x)=2^{m}(1+x)^{-m}. \end{aligned}$$

(iii) If \(d> 0\) and \(d\notin \mathbb{N}\), then, applying Hölder’s inequality and using (33), we have (note that \(\lambda \geq 2(1+| d| )>2\lceil {d}\rceil \)),

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{d},x \bigr)\leq \bigl(V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{ \lceil {d}\rceil },x \bigr) \bigr)^{d/\lceil {d}\rceil } \leq 2^{(\lceil {d} \rceil -1)d/\lceil {d}\rceil }(1+x)^{d}\leq 2^{d}(1+x)^{d}. \end{aligned}$$

Similarly, if \(d<0\) and \(-d\notin \mathbb{N}\), we apply again Hölder’s inequality and (34) (note that \(\lambda \geq 2(1+| d| )\geq 2| \lfloor d\rfloor | \) and \(0< d/\lfloor d\rfloor )<1\)), to obtain

$$\begin{aligned} V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{d},x \bigr)\leq V_{\lambda } (1+t)^{\lfloor d \rfloor },x )^{d/{\lfloor d\rfloor }}\leq 2^{| \lfloor d\rfloor | d/{ \lfloor d\rfloor }}(1+x)^{d}=2^{| d| }(1+x)^{d}. \end{aligned}$$


A result similar to Proposition 3.7 was proved in [10, Lemma 1] in the case that \(\lambda =n\in \mathbb{N}\) and \(d\in \mathbb{N}\), but with an unspecific constant. The arguments presented here are similar to the one given in [10]. Anyway we present a detailed proof because the quoted paper is not easy to obtain.

Proposition 3.7

For \(\ell >0\), \(x>0\) and any real λ satisfying \(\lambda \geq 2(1+\ell )\), one has

$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl( \frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\ell }v_{ \lambda,k}(x)\leq \frac{2^{\ell }(1+\lceil {\ell }\rceil )!}{x^{\ell }}. \end{aligned}$$


(i) Assume \(\ell \in \mathbb{N}\). First note that, for \(x>0\),

$$\begin{aligned} x^{\ell } \biggl(\frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\ell } \frac{v_{\lambda,k}(x)}{v_{\lambda -\ell,k+\ell }(x)}& = \biggl( \frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\ell } \frac{(k+\ell )!}{k!} \frac{\lambda (\lambda +1)\cdots (\lambda +k-1)}{(\lambda -\ell )(\lambda -\ell +1)\cdots (\lambda -\ell +(k+\ell -1))} \\ &= \biggl(\frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\ell }\frac{(k+\ell )!}{k!} \frac{1}{(\lambda -1)(\lambda -2)\cdots (\lambda -\ell )} \\ &= \frac{1}{k^{\ell }}\prod_{i=1}^{\ell }(k+i) \prod_{j=1}^{ \ell } \biggl(1- \frac{j}{\lambda } \biggr)^{-1}. \end{aligned}$$

Also, note that

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{k^{\ell }}\prod_{i=1}^{\ell }(k+i) = \prod_{i=1}^{ \ell } \biggl(1+ \frac{i}{k} \biggr)\leq (1+\ell )!. \end{aligned}$$

On the other hand, since \(\lambda > 2\ell \), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \prod_{j=1}^{\ell } \biggl(1- \frac{j}{\lambda } \biggr)^{-1} \leq \biggl(1-\frac{\ell }{\lambda } \biggr)^{-\ell }= \biggl( \frac{\lambda }{\lambda -\ell } \biggr)^{\ell }< 2^{\ell }. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl( \frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\ell }v_{ \lambda,k}(x) \leq \frac{2^{\ell }(1+\ell )!}{x^{\ell }} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty }v_{\lambda -\ell,k+\ell }(x) \leq \frac{2^{\ell }(1+\ell )!}{x^{\ell }}. \end{aligned}$$

(ii) Finally assume \(\ell >0\) and \(\ell \notin \mathbb{N}\). Using Hölder’s inequality and (36), we have (note that \(\lambda \geq 2(1+\ell )\geq 2\lceil {\ell }\rceil \)),

$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl(\frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\ell }v_{ \lambda,k}(x)\leq \Biggl( \sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl( \frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{\lceil {\ell }\rceil } v_{\lambda,k}(x) \Biggr)^{ \ell /\lceil {\ell }\rceil } \leq \frac{2^{\ell }(1+\lceil {\ell }\rceil )!}{x^{\ell }}. \end{aligned}$$


Proposition 3.8

For \(a\in [-1,\infty )\) and \(b\in \mathbb{R}\), there exists a constant \(C=C(a,b)\) such that, for \(x>0\) and \(\lambda \geq 2(1+p)\), with \(p=|b| \), if \(a=-1\), and \(p=\max \{2|a|, 2|b|, |b|/(1+a)\}\) otherwise, we have

$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl(\frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{a} \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b}v_{\lambda,k}(x) \leq C \frac{(1+x)^{b}}{x^{a}},\quad x>0. \end{aligned}$$


When \(a\geq 0\), we use Hölder’s inequality to obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl(\frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{a} \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b}v_{\lambda,k}(x) \leq \Biggl( \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl( \frac{\lambda }{k} \biggr)^{2a}v_{\lambda,k}(x) \Biggr)^{1/2} \bigl(V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{2b},x \bigr) \bigr)^{1/2}, \end{aligned}$$

and then the result follows from Propositions 3.6 and 3.7.

When \(-1< a< 0\), we use again Hölder’s inequality and Proposition 3.6 to get

$$\begin{aligned} \sum_{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl(\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{-a} \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b}v_{\lambda,k}(x)& \leq \bigl(V_{\lambda }(t,x) \bigr)^{-a} \bigl(V_{\lambda } \bigl((1+t)^{b/(1+a)},x\bigr) \bigr)^{1+a} \\ &\leq 2^{| b|}\frac{(1+x)^{b}}{x^{a}}. \end{aligned}$$

When \(a=-1\) a different argument is needed. Note that, for \(k\geq 1\), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{v_{\lambda,k}(x)}{v_{\lambda +1,k-1}(x)}=\frac{\lambda x}{k} \end{aligned}$$

and then

$$\begin{aligned} &\sum_{k=1}^{\infty }\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b}v_{ \lambda,k}(x)\\ &\quad=x\sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \biggl(1+\frac{k}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b} v_{\lambda +1,k-1}(x) \\ &\quad=x\sum_{k=0}^{\infty } \biggl(1+ \frac{k+1}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b}v_{\lambda +1,k}(x)=x \biggl( \frac{\lambda +1}{\lambda } \biggr)^{b}\sum_{k=0}^{\infty } \biggl(1+ \frac{k}{\lambda +1} \biggr)^{b}v_{\lambda +1,k}(x) \\ &\quad\leq 2^{2| b| }x(1+x)^{b}, \end{aligned}$$

where in the last inequality we have applied Proposition 3.6 and the fact that \(1\leq \frac{\lambda +1}{\lambda }\leq 2\). □

Application to other operators

As we remark in the Introduction, the operators \(W_{n,c}\), with \(c>0\) and \(n>c\) have been studied by some authors. Some estimates for these operators can be inferred by the one presented above. In fact, if \(f:[0,\infty )\to \mathbb{R}\) and we set \(g(t)=f(t/c)\), then

$$\begin{aligned} V_{n/c}(g,cx)&=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty }g \biggl(\frac{ck}{n} \biggr) \binom{n/c+k-1}{k}\frac{(cx)^{k}}{(1+cx)^{k+n/c}} \\ &=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty }f \biggl( \frac{k}{n} \biggr) \frac{n(n+c)\cdots (n+(k-1)c)}{k!}\frac{x^{k}}{(1+cx)^{k+n/c}} \\ &=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty }f \biggl( \frac{k}{n} \biggr)\frac{C(n,k,c)}{k!} \frac{x^{k}}{(1+cx)^{k+n/c}}=W_{n,c}(f,x). \end{aligned}$$

For the operators \(W_{n,c}\), Hou and Xue [14] gave upper estimates in the unweighted case (\(a=b=0\)). Chen and Wu in [4] and by Zhang in [22] considered the same operators but acting in weighted spaces with polynomial weights (\(a=0\) and \(b\in \mathbb{N}\)). While Gao, Kong and Xue [10] analyzed the weight \(\varrho (x) =x^{a}/(1+x)^{b}\), with \(0< a<1\) and \(b>0\). All the results of these authors can be recovered for our approach by using equation (37).

The ideas in this work can be used to study other families of operators like Lupas, Szász–Mirakyan and some modifications of Baskakov operators, like the ones considered in [1, 7, 12, 13]. For instance, in [13] only some special polynomial weights were presented.

In our setting, for the case of Szász–Mirakyan operators, the authors will present similar results in a forthcoming work.

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Bustamante, J., Merino-García, J.J. & Quesada, J.M. Baskakov operators and Jacobi weights: pointwise estimates. J Inequal Appl 2021, 119 (2021).

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  • Baskakov operators
  • Direct estimates
  • Jacobi weights
  • K-functionals