# What is an honest basis?

In a comment to this question, the commentator stated that

"the monomials form an honest basis for your vector space".

To be honest, I never heard of that. Is this something elementary?

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I mean ‘honest’ in the usual sense of the English word. There are other kinds of bases for special vector spaces: orthogonal bases, Schauder bases... – Zhen Lin Jan 17 '12 at 14:10
Thank you for your honesty. – Paul Jan 17 '12 at 14:15
Enough puns, honestly! – joriki Jan 17 '12 at 14:51
One standard term for an "honest basis", as opposed to a Schauder basis, is "Hamel basis". – Brad Jan 18 '12 at 0:51