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Closure of the Cone of Sums of $2d$powers in Certain Weighted $\ell_1$seminorm Topologies


Published:20121229
Printed: Jun 2014
Mehdi Ghasemi,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E6
Murray Marshall,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E6
Sven Wagner,
Technische Universität Dortmund, Fakultät für Mathematik, Lehrstuhl VI, Vogelpothsweg 87, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
Abstract
In a paper from 1976, Berg, Christensen and Ressel prove that the
closure of the cone of sums of squares $\sum
\mathbb{R}[\underline{X}]^2$ in the polynomial ring
$\mathbb{R}[\underline{X}] := \mathbb{R}[X_1,\dots,X_n]$ in the
topology induced by the $\ell_1$norm is equal to
$\operatorname{Pos}([1,1]^n)$, the cone consisting of all polynomials
which are nonnegative on the hypercube $[1,1]^n$. The result is
deduced as a corollary of a general result, established in the same
paper, which is valid for any commutative semigroup.
In later work, Berg and Maserick and Berg, Christensen and Ressel
establish an even more general result, for a commutative semigroup
with involution, for the closure of the cone of sums of squares of
symmetric elements in the weighted $\ell_1$seminorm topology
associated to an absolute value.
In the present paper we give a new proof of these results which is
based on Jacobi's representation theorem from 2001. At the same time,
we use Jacobi's representation theorem to extend these results from
sums of squares to sums of $2d$powers, proving, in particular, that
for any integer $d\ge 1$, the closure of the cone of sums of
$2d$powers $\sum \mathbb{R}[\underline{X}]^{2d}$ in
$\mathbb{R}[\underline{X}]$ in the topology induced by the
$\ell_1$norm is equal to $\operatorname{Pos}([1,1]^n)$.