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Advanced Number Theory

These are Olympiad-level theorems and properties of numbers that are routinely used on the IMO and other such competitions.

Jensen's Inequality

For a convex function $f(x)$ and real numbers $a_1,a_2,a_3,a_4\ldots,a_n$ and $x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4\ldots,x_n$, the following holds:

\[\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_i\cdot f(x_i)\ge f(\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_i\cdot x_i)\]

Holder's Inequality

For positive real numbers $a_{i_{j}}, 1\le i\le m, 1\le j\le n$, the following holds:


Muirhead's Inequality

For a sequence $A$ that majorizes a sequence $B$, then given a set of positive integers $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n$, the following holds:

\[\sum_{sym} {x_1}^{a_1}{x_2}^{a_2}\ldots {x_n}^{a_n}\geq \sum_{sym} {x_1}^{b_1}{x_2}^{b_2}\cdots {x_n}^{b_n}\]

Rearrangement Inequality

For any multi sets ${a_1,a_2,a_3\ldots,a_n}$ and ${b_1,b_2,b_3\ldots,b_n}$, $a_1b_1+a_2b_2+\ldots+a_nb_n$ is maximized when $a_k$ is greater than or equal to exactly $i$ of the other members of $A$, then $b_k$ is also greater than or equal to exactly $i$ of the other members of $B$.

Newton's Inequality

For non-negative real numbers $x_1,x_2,x_3\ldots,x_n$ and $0 < k < n$ the following holds:

\[d_k^2 \ge d_{k-1}d_{k+1}\],

with equality exactly iff all $x_i$ are equivalent.

MacLaurin's Inequality

For non-negative real numbers $x_1,x_2,x_3 \ldots, x_n$, and $d_1,d_2,d_3 \ldots, d_n$ such that \[d_k = \frac{\sum_{ 1\leq i_1 < i_2 < \cdots < i_k \leq n}x_{i_1} x_{i_2} \cdots x_{i_k}}{{n \choose k}}\], for $k\subset [1,n]$ the following holds:

\[d_1 \ge \sqrt[2]{d_2} \ge \sqrt[3]{d_3}\ldots \ge \sqrt[n]{d_n}\]

with equality iff all $x_i$ are equivalent.

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