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Derivative of best approximation

  1. Jun 10, 2015 #1
    Say that we have a continuous, differentiable function f(x) and we have found the best approximation (in the sense of the infinity norm) of f from some set of functions forming a finite dimensional vector space (say, polynomials of degree less than n or trigonometric polynomials of degree less than n or basically anything satisfying the Haar condition).

    What can be said about how well the derivative, f'(x), is approximated by the derivative of the approximation?

    Thank you.
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  3. Jun 10, 2015 #2


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    Not very much. Take g(x)=f(x)+sin(1000000x)/1000 as an approximation to f(x). Then g'(x) = f'(x)+1000*cos(x).
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