forms of Hardy type inequalities due to Moser and Jodeit (cf. [23] and §5.6). We
have also obtained an approach to the extrapolation theorems for weighted norm
inequalities of Rubio de Francia in the context of our theory. The key observation
is that a lattice satisfying a p convexity or concavity condition can be described as
an appropiate extrapolation space of a family of weighted Ir spaces. We refer to a
forthcoming paper [30] for the details. The above examples indicate the potential
breadth of the applications of the theory, and we hope that extrapolation will
become a useful tool for problems in other areas, as well.
The organization of the paper is as follows. In §2 we study the simplest of
extrapolation problems. Given a family of interpolation methods {J«}.
f i
, indexed
by some set 9, when are we able to reconstruct the end points An, A. from
,A A # 6 0 ? Roughly speaking, this means that the family {^n}nfc\ cannot
contain too big holes. Our solution essentially shows that as soon as we can
reconstruct one dimensional spaces we can reconstruct all spaces. This can always
be done using either of the two basic extrapolation methods A and S. We then
address the problem of determining when a given family {A^}^ ~ of Banach spaces
can be obtained by interpolation from a pair A = (A A.) by means of such families
"without holes." In §3 we develop the theory of these extrapolation methods in the
context of the real interpolation method. We show that an operator is bounded on
the whole scale L 0 k l , i f and only if certain inequality involving the S -
method is satisfied. Furthermore, there is a simple transform relating the operator
bound on the intermediate spaces and the particular £ inequality to which this is
equivalent. It also turns out that these £ inequalities sometimes can be divided.
Let us consider a simple example: We pick the pair (L jL00). It is well known that
an operator T is bounded from L to L and from to L00, both with norm 1, if and
only if
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