Functional analysis is the study of infinite-dimensional vector spaces, often with additional structures (inner product, norm, topology), with typical examples given by function spaces. The subject also includes the study of linear and non-linear operators on these spaces, as well as measure, ...

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Representation of a linear functional in vector space

In the book Functional Analysis,Sobolev Spaces and Partial Differential Equations of Haim Brezis we have the following lemma: Lemma. Let $X$ be a vector space and let $\varphi, \varphi_1, \varphi_2, ...
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Part (a) of Exercise 13 of first chapter of Rudin's book “Functional Analysis”

I would really appreciate it if you could give me some advice on the part (a) of Exercise 13 of first chapter of Walter Rudin's book "Functional Analysis": Let $C$ be the vector space of all ...
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Weak topology on an infinite-dimensional normed vector space is not metrizable

I've been pondering over this problem for a while now, but I can't come up with a proof or even a useful approach... Let $X$ be am infinite-dimensional normed vector space over $\mathbb{K}$ (that is ...
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$\ell^1$ vs. continuous dual of $\ell^{\infty}$ in ZF+AD

Let the base field be the real numbers or the complex numbers (I don't think it will matter). Let $(\ell^{\infty})'$ be the continuous dual of the Banach space $\ell^{\infty}$. Let $\: f : \ell^1 ...
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how to show that the norm-limit of compact operators is compact?

When I read the item of compact operator on Wikipedia, it said that Let $T_{n}, n\in \mathbb{N}$, be a sequence of compact operators from one Banach space to the other, and suppose that $Tn$ ...
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Proof of $f = g \in L^1_{loc}$ if $f$ and $g$ act equally on $C_c^\infty$

Let $f$ and $g$ be locally integrable, say on $R^n$ (for arbitrary open domains, just extend trivially). Suppose $\forall \phi \in C_c^\infty : \int f \phi dx = \int g \phi dx$. Let $K = ...
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$\omega$ - space of all sequences with Fréchet metric

I'm working on to prove the following: Show that the convergence in the space $\omega$ (space of all sequences with respect to the Fréchet metric) is the coordinate convergence. Any hint is ...
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Selfadjoint Restrictions of Legendre Operator $-\frac{d}{dx}(1-x^{2})\frac{d}{dx}$

Problem: Let $Lf =-((1-x^{2})f')'$ be the Legendre differential operator defined on the domain $\mathcal{D}(L)$ consisting of twice absolutely continuous functions on $(-1,1)$ for which $f, Lf \in ...
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A compact operator is completely continuous.

I have a question. If $X$ and $Y$ are Banach spaces, we have to prove that a compact linear operator is completely continuous. A mapping $T \colon X \to Y$ is called completely continuous, if it maps ...
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Normal Operators: Spectrum vs. Numerical Range

Disclaimer: As I realized in the comments that this works for normal operators I decided to modify this question. Besides, I got the proof now - thanks to T.A.E.! Prove that for normal operators the ...
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show that the element in $\ell^1$.

If $x=(x_n)$ is a sequence of complex numbers such that the series $\sum x_ny_n$ is convergent for all $y=(y_n)\in{c_0}$. Then prove that $x\in{\ell^1}$. Can anyone tell me what is the meaning of ...
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Generalized Riemann Integral: Improper Version

Reference For a bounded nonexample of integrability see: Riemann Integral: Bounded Nonexample For a convergence theorem on integral see: Riemann Integral: Uniform Convergence For a comparison of ...
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Integral eigenvectors and eigenvalues

I need to find the eigenvalues e eigenvectors of this integral. a) $$\int_{0}^{2\pi}(\cos^2(x+y)+1/2)\phi (y)dy$$ b)- Solved thanks $$\int_{0}^{1}(x^2y^2-2/45)\phi (y)dy$$
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Instructive proofs in functional analysis

I am beginning to learn functional analysis (from Folland and Royden), but I am from a non-mathematical background, so I often encounter techniques in proofs that I am not familiar with (for example ...
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A function that is $L^p$ for all $p$ but is not $L^\infty$?

Let $X$ be the interval $[0,1]$ with Lebesgue measure. Is there a function $f\in L^p(X)$ for all $p\in[1,\infty)$ that is not $\in L^\infty(X)$? If so, what is an example? Motivation: In a course ...
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What is spectrum for Laplacian in $\mathbb{R}^n$?

I know very well that Laplacian in bounded domain has a discrete spectrum. How about Laplacian in $\mathbb{R}^n$?(not in some fancy-shaped unbounded domain, but the whole domain) Where can I find ...
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When is $L^1 = (L^\infty)^\ast$?

I found this exercise in Cohn's Measure Theory: Let $(X, \mathscr A, \mu)$ be a finite measure space. Show that the conditions the map $T: L^1(X, \mathscr A, \mu) \to (L^\infty(X, \mathscr ...
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Eigenvalues of matrix with entries that are continuous functions

For each $t \in [0,b]$, let $M(t)$ be an $n \times n$ matrix with entries $m_{ij}(t).$ The matrix $M(t)$ is invertible and positive-definite, so the eigenvalues of $M(t)$ exist and are positive for ...
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Acting of a dual pairing in Sobolev Spaces

I have a question about the Sobolev Space $H^1_0(U)$, where $U$ is a open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let us denote with $H^{-1}(U)$ the dual space of $H^1_0$. How is the acting of $H^{-1}$ and $H^1_0$ ...
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Dual of a dual cone

Any hint on how to prove the following please: Let $K$ be a convex cone, and $K^*$ its dual cone. Prove that $K^{**}$ is the closure of $K$. Thanks!
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When is the image of a linear operator closed?

Let $X$, $Y$ be Banach spaces. Let $T:X\rightarrow Y$ be a bounded linear operator. Under what circumstances is the image of $T$ closed in $Y$ (except finite-dimensional image). In particular, I ...
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Is the space $C[0,1]$ complete?

In order to prove $C[0,1]$ is complete, my functional analysis book says: "It is only necessary to show that every Cauchy sequence in $C[0,1]$ has a limit". It goes on by supposing $\{x_n\}$ is a ...
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$T$ is continuous if and only if $\ker T$ is closed

Let $X,Y$ be normed linear spaces. Let $T: X\to Y$ be linear. If $X$ is finite dimensional, show that $T$ is continuous. If $Y$ is finite dimensional, show that $T$ is continuous if and only if $\ker ...
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Why is $L^1(\mathbb{R}^n) \cap L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ dense in $ L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$?

In Lieb and Loss's Analysis, I saw that they mentioned $L^1(\mathbb{R}^n) \cap L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ dense in $ L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ (dense wrt the $L^2$ norm, I think). But I didn't find its proof in the ...
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reference for operator algebra

I am taking a course on operator algebra this semester. My instructor has suggested a reference "Kadinson and Ringrose." Are there any other good/standard references for this subject that I can look ...
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Is compactness a stronger form of continuity?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space. We say that a linear operator $T \colon H \to H$ is compact if it maps bounded sets to precompact ones, that is, if for every bounded sequence $(a_n)$ in $H$, $(Ta_n)$ has ...
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spectrum of the right shift operator

Here is the question: Considering the right shift operator $S$ on $l^2({\bf Z})$, what can one know about ran$(S-\lambda)$? Here is what I thought: If one wants to prove that the operator ...
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Intersection of kernels implies linear dependence of functionals

I am trying to prove the following. I have seen it alluded to in other places of the internet (this site included) but without proof. Let $L,L_1\ldots L_n$ be linear functionals on a vector space ...
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Why isometric isomorphic between Banach spaces means we can identify them?

Is the "isometric" part really necessary? For what reason is that? Eg. we prove that there is an isometric isomorphism between $(L^p)'$ and $L^q$ ($(p,q)$ conjugate) and then we identify them ...
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Example of a closed subspace of a Banach space which is not complemented?

In this post, all vector spaces are assumed to be real or complex. Let $(X, ||\cdot||)$ be a Banach space, $Y \subset X$ a closed subspace. $Y$ is called $\underline{\mathrm{complemented}}$, if there ...
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Properties of dual spaces of sequence spaces

Can you tell me if I got the following homework right? Nitpicking is welcome. a) Recall that $$ c_0 (\mathbb{N}) = \{ f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{C} \mid \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty } f(n) ...
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Prove: The weak closure of the unit sphere is the unit ball.

I want to prove that in an infinite dimensional normed space $X$, the weak closure of the unit sphere $S=\{ x\in X : \| x \| = 1 \}$ is the unit ball $B=\{ x\in X : \| x \| \leq 1 \}$. $\\$ Here is ...
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What is the topological dual of a dual space with the weak* topology?

I'm trying to understand a claim I heard in class. To be concrete, suppose $X$ is a compact, hausdorff topological space, and let $C(X)$ be the space of continuous functions on $X$ with the supremum ...
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$\operatorname{Range}T$ is a closed subspace.

Let $X,Y$ two Banach spaces. If $T \in \mathcal{B}(X,Y)$ study if $\operatorname{Range}T$ is a closed subspaces. How can I prove this fact ? What theorems can I use ? thanks :)
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linear subspace of dual space

$X$ is a locally convex space and $X^*$ is its dual space with weak* topology or uniform topology. If $H$ is a linear subspace of $X^*$ such that $\bar H \ne X^*$, then is there a non-zero $x \in X$ ...
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When is $C_0(X)$ separable?

Recall that a compact Hausdorff space is second countable if and only if the Banach space $C(X)$ of continuous functions on $X$ is separable. I'm looking for a similar criterion for locally compact ...
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On the limits of weakly convergent subsequences

Let $\{ f_n \}$ be a sequence in a Hilbert space $L^2(\mathbb{R}^d)$. We say that this sequence converges weakly to an element $f \in L^2$ if $\langle f_n, g \rangle \to \langle f,g \rangle$ for every ...
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On the weak and strong convergence of an iterative sequence

I have some difficulties in the following problem. I would like to thank for all kind help and construction. Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional real Hilbert space and $F: H\rightarrow H$ be a ...
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Is a von Neumann algebra just a C*-algebra which is generated by its projections?

von Neumann algebras have the nice property that they are generated by their projections (the elements satisfying $e = e^{\ast} = e^2$) in the sense that they are the norm closure of the subspace ...
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Continuous function on closed unit ball

Take a continuous mapping $f: \bar{B^{n}} \rightarrow \bar{B^{n}}$, where $\bar{B^{n}}$ is a closed unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. Assume that $f(x) \neq x$ for every $x \in \bar{B^{n}}$. Define ...
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The sup norm on $C[0,1]$ is not equivalent to another one, induced by some inner product

Let $\mathrm{C}[0,1]$ be the space of continuous functions $[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ endowed with the norm $||x||_{\infty}=\mathrm{max}_{t\in [0,1]}|x(t)|$. It is easy to verify that this norm is ...
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Sum of closed and compact set in a TVS

I am trying to prove: $A$ compact, $B$ closed $\Rightarrow A+B = \{a+b | a\in A, b\in B\}$ closed (exercise in Rudin's Functional Analysis), where $A$ and $B$ are subsets of a topological vector space ...
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Fixed point Exercise on a compact set

Let $K$ a compact normed space and $f:K\rightarrow K$ so that $$\|f(x)-f(y)\|<\|x-y\|\quad\quad\forall\,\, x, y\in K, x\neq y.$$ Prove that $f$ have a fixed point.
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Orthogonal complement of a Hilbert Space

I have this problem: Let $S$ be a subset of a Hilbert $H$ and let $M$ be the closed subspace generated by $S$. Show that $M^{\perp} = S^{\perp}$ $M = (S^{\perp})^{\perp}$ if $V$ is a subspace of ...
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If $(I-T)^{-1}$ exists, can it always be written in a series representation?

If $X$ is a Banach space, and $T:X \to X$ is a bounded linear operator with norm < $1$, then $I-T$ has a bounded inverse defined by $(I-T)^{-1} = \sum_{n=0}^\infty T^n$. Thinking in terms of a ...
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Lower Semicontinuity Concepts

Let $X$ be a real Banach space, let $f:X\rightarrow \overline{\mathbb{R}}$ be a functional. We have known that: If $f$ is weakly lower semicontinuous then $f$ is weakly sequentially lower ...
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Direct sum of orthogonal subspaces

I'm working on the following problem set. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a Hilbert space and $A$ and $B$ orthogonal subspaces of $\mathcal{H}$. Prove or disprove: 1) $A \oplus B$ is closed, then $A$ and $B$ ...
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Liapunov's Inequality for $L_p$ spaces

Let $1 \leq p,q < \infty$ and $0 \leq \lambda \leq 1$. If $r = \lambda p + (1 - \lambda)q$ and $f \in L_p \cap L_q $, then $$||f||_r^r \leq ||f||_p^{\lambda p} ||f||_q^{(1 - \lambda)q} \tag{*}$$ ...
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For positive invertible operators $C\leq T$ on a Hilbert space, does it follow that $T^{-1}\leq C^{-1}$?

I need the following result. I think it's quite obvious but I don't know how to prove that: Let $C, T : \mathcal{H} \rightarrow \mathcal{H}$ be two positive, bounded, self-adjoint, invertible ...
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$L^1(μ)$ is finite dimensional if it is reflexive

If $(X,\Omega,\mu)$ is a $\sigma -$ finite measure space, show that if $L^1(X,\Omega,\mu)$ is reflexive then it is finite dimensional. My attempt: I want to show there is a copy of $\ell^1$ in ...