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Approximation numbers of linear operators are a very useful tool in order to understand the structure and the numerical behaviour of the operators. In this paper, this concept is extended to polynomials on Banach spaces and the approximation numbers of diagonal polynomials are estimated. As a main tool the rank of polynomials as a graduation of finite type polynomials is introduced and studied.

For several applications it is very useful to classify the linear or non-linear mappings by their summability properties. Absolutely summing operators and polynomials are prominent and classical examples of such setting. Here we are interested in the larger class of almost summing polynomials and we investigate their connections to other related notions of summability.