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Testing inequalities in sage

asked 2013-07-26 08:22:04 +0200

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updated 2023-01-09 23:59:42 +0200

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I wanted to show if: $$ |a+b| \leq |a| + |b|$$

So I wrote this in sage:


The result is False.

I had expected the result to be True. What is the correct way to test this in sage?

Thank you in advance for any help provided.

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Interesting, $bool(abs(a) >= a)$ is $True$, but $bool(abs(a+b) >= (a+b))$ is $False$. Weird.

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-07-26 16:43:32 +0200 )edit

Also, assume(a<0,b>0) results in false too:

ensaba gravatar imageensaba ( 2013-07-26 17:00:46 +0200 )edit

If it can't be determined whether a relation holds, `False` will be returned.

Eviatar Bach gravatar imageEviatar Bach ( 2013-07-26 21:54:52 +0200 )edit

This is disturbing: $$assume(a, 'real')$$ $$assume(b, 'real')$$ $$bool(sqrt((a+b)^2) == sqrt(a^2) + sqrt(b^2))$$ is $$True$$ ????

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-07-26 22:59:43 +0200 )edit

@eviatar-bach returning False in case can't be determined whether a relation holds seems to me unwise ; This should be changed to a tristate-answer, whatever the third state is

jack77 gravatar imagejack77 ( 2013-07-27 20:49:32 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-07-31 10:43:47 +0200

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updated 2017-04-20 00:54:59 +0200

As explained in this answer, there is currently no way for Sage to say "I do not know the result", hence the answer 'False', which means 'False or Unknown'.

EDIT See trac ticket 17700

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but it should!

jack77 gravatar imagejack77 ( 2013-07-31 20:31:28 +0200 )edit

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