Weak logarithmic Sobolev inequalities and entropic convergence

Research paper by Patrick Cattiaux, Ivan Gentil, Arnaud Guillin

Indexed on: 05 Jan '07Published on: 05 Jan '07Published in: Mathematics - Probability


In this paper we introduce and study a weakened form of logarithmic Sobolev inequalities in connection with various others functional inequalities (weak Poincar\'{e} inequalities, general Beckner inequalities...). We also discuss the quantitative behaviour of relative entropy along a symmetric diffusion semi-group. In particular, we exhibit an example where Poincar\'{e} inequality can not be used for deriving entropic convergence whence weak logarithmic Sobolev inequality ensures the result.