Duality of metric entropy | Annals of Mathematics

Abstract For two convex bodies K and T in ℝn, the covering number of K by T, denoted N(K,T), is defined as the minimal number of translates of T needed to cover K. Let us denote by K∘ the polar body of K and by D the euclidean unit ball in ℝn. We prove that the two functions of t, N(K,tD) and N(D,tK∘), are equivalent in the appropriate sense, uniformly over symmetric convex bodies K⊂ℝn and over n∈ℕ. In particular, this verifies the duality conjecture for entropy numbers of linear operators, posed by Pietsch in 1972, in the central case when either the domain or the range of the operator is a Hilbert space.

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