Suppose E is a subset of the unit circle T and HC L is the Hardy subalgebra. We examine the problem of Finding the distance from the characteristic function of E to zn H. This admits an alternate description as a dual extremal problem. Precise solutions are given in several important cases. The techniques used involve the theory of Toeplitz and Hankel operators as well as the construction of certain conformal mappings.

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Ross, William T., Isabelle Chalendar, Stephan Ramon Garcia, and Dan Timotin. "An Extremal Problem for Characteristic Functions." ArXiv, 2013, 1-23.

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