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Space of Functions: Characterizations of Positivity

Context The problem here is about the characterization of positivity for real or complex valued functions: $$\sigma(f)\geq 0\iff\sigma(f(x))\geq 0\text{ for all }x\in X\iff f(x)\geq 0\text{ for all ...
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Need help understanding this proof about Gelfand spectrum

Consider the following theorem: Let $A$ be a complex non-unital commutative Banach algebra and let $\Omega (A)$ denote its Gelfand spectrum / character space. Then $\Omega (A)$ is locally compact. ...
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Set difference of spectra

Let $A$ be a $B^{*}$ algebra and let $B$ be a sub $B^{*}$ algebra.From the fact that $d({\sigma}_{B}(x))$ is a subset of $d({\sigma}_{A}(x))$ where $d$ is the boundary., deduce that ...
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Find an example of product of operators not Jointly Continuous in strong topology.

I'm trying to find an example of the fact that the product of operators is not jointly continuous in the strong topology. I know the example of the unilateral shift (that is on wikipedia), but I ...
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boundary of a spectrum proof

Let $A$ be a closed unital subalgebra of banach algebra $B$. Prove that ${\delta}{\sigma}_{B}(x)$ is contained in ${\delta}{\sigma}_{A}(x)$ for every $x$ in $B$.
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Constructing a functions with Gelfand Naimark

If $X$ and $Y$ are compact Hausdorff spaces, show that for any algebra homomorphism $$ F:C(Y) \to C(X) $$ there exists a continuous function $f:X\to Y$ such that $$ F(\phi)=\phi \circ f, \forall \phi ...
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Application of Stone-Weierstrass with a non-unital algebra

Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space. We say that a function $f\colon X \to \mathbb{R}$ vanishes at $\infty$ if for each $\epsilon >0$ there exists a compact $K_\epsilon \subset X$ such ...
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Open map in Banach algebra

I'm having trouble showing a certian function is open and can be extended. Let $\Omega$ be a completely regular topological space and $A=C_b(\Omega)$ the space of all complex-values bounded ...
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Topology of maximal ideal space

We know that strictly positive integers with multiplication form a semigroup $S$. Let $\mathscr A=\ell ^1(S)$ with convolution. What is $\mathscr A$'s maximal ideal space? It seems enough to find ...
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Left topological zero-divisors in Banach algebras.

Let $ A $ be a unital Banach algebra. Define $ \zeta: A \longrightarrow [0,\infty) $ by $$ \forall a \in A: \quad \zeta(a) \stackrel{\text{def}}{=} \inf_{b \in \mathbb{S}(A)} \| ab \|, $$ where $ ...
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Stone-Čech via $C_b(X)\cong C(\beta X)$

I am having some trouble constructing the Stone-Čech compactification of a locally compact Hausdorff space $X$ using theory of $C^*$-algebras. I did some search but could not find a good answer on ...
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$Conv(Ex((C(X))_1))$ is dense in $(C(X))_1$?

Let $X$ be compact Hausdorff, and $C(X)$ the space of continuous functions over $X$. Denote the closed unit ball in $C(X)$ by $(C(X))_1$, then it can be shown $f$ is an extreme point of $(C(X))_1$ if ...
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Initial topology of the spectrum mapping $\sigma$

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a Banach algebra, the map $\sigma$ maps each element $a\in\mathcal{A}$ to its spectrum $\sigma(a)$, which is a compact subset of $\mathbb{C}$. The collection of compact subsets ...
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Topology of $(\mathcal{A},*)$ determined by $\mathcal{A}_{sa}$?

Let $(\mathcal{A},*)$ be a $*$-algebra, we have the following observation: Let $\|\cdot\|_1$ and $\|\cdot\|_2$ be two norms on $\mathcal{A}$ such that the involution is an isometry with respect to ...
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A subset of $\bar{S}\backslash S$ contains an open ball in $\bar{S}$? (operator theory)

E and S are subsets of a metric space. $E$ is a subset of $\bar{S}\backslash S$. Then $\overline{E}\subset(\overline{S}\backslash S^{o})$, but I wonder whether there is some condition that guarantees ...
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When is the ring of continuous functions absolutely flat?

This question was created in a discussion. Let $X$ be a topological space. Denote by $C(X; \mathbb{R})$ the ring of real-valued continuous functions defined on $X.$ Characterize those compact ...