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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Applications of the Hahn-Banach Theorems

Question: What are some interesting or useful applications of the Hahn-Banach theorem(s)? Motivation: Most of the time, I dislike most of Analysis. During a final examination, a question sparked my ...
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Why is such an operator continuous?

These two questions were in one question of a list of exercises. Let $E$ be a Banach space and $T : E \longrightarrow E^*$ be linear. If $\langle T(x),x \rangle \geq 0$ holds for all $x \in E$, ...
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A net version of dominated convergence?

Let $G$ be a locally compact Hausdorff Abelian topological group. Let $\mu$ be a Haar measure on $G$, i.e. a regular translation invariant measure. Let $f$ be fixed in $\mathcal{L}^1(G, \mu)$. ...
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A paradox on Hilbert spaces and their duals

I am making some elementary mistakes here. Could you please help me point out the problems? Thank you very much! Suppose on some space $H$ we have two inner products, which make $H$ after completion ...
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Conceptual difference between strong and weak formulations

What are the conceptual differences in presenting a problem in strong or weak form? For example for a 2D Poisson problem the strong form is: \begin{split}- \nabla^2 u(\pmb{x}) &= ...
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Criteria of compactness of an operator

Suppose $K$ is a linear operator in a separable Hilbert space $H$ such that for any Hilbert basis $\{e_i\}$ of $H$ we have $\lim_{i,j \to \infty} (Ke_i,e_j) = 0$. Is it true that $K$ is compact? ...
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Distance minimizers in $L^1$ and $L^{\infty}$

If $H$ is a Hilbert space, we have the Hilbert Projection Theorem, which tells us that given a nonempty, closed, convex subset $K \subset H$, and a point $x \in H$, there is a unique point $y \in K$ ...
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Image of closed ball under degenerate integral operator is a closed set

I will be putting a bounty on this problem as soon as it lets me. For those who want to understand where the problem came from I encourage reading the edits, as I cut out several failed attempts and ...
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A technical relation

I have encountered the following interesting technical relation. $$ \pi^2 = \inf_{x \in \mathcal{D}(0,1) \setminus\{0\}} \frac{\int_0^1 |x'(s)|^2 \, \text{d}s}{\int_0^1 |x(s)|^2 \, \text{d}s}$$ ...
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If weak topology and weak* topology on $X^*$ agree, must $X$ be reflexive?

Let $X$ be a Banach space and suppose that the weak topology on $X^*$ agrees with the weak* topology on $X^*$. Must $X$ be reflexive? To prove the contrapositive, it will suffice to assume that $X$ ...
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Suppose $\phi$ is a weak solution of $\Delta \phi = f \in \mathcal{H}^1$. Then $\phi\in W^{2,1}$

I'm trying to prove the statement in the title in as simple a way as possible. It is Theorem 3.2.9 in Helein's book "Harmonic maps, conservation laws, and moving frames", although it is not proved ...
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Distributions on manifolds

Wikipedia entry on distributions contains a seemingly innocent sentence With minor modifications, one can also define complex-valued distributions, and one can replace $\mathbb{R}^n$ by any ...
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$\ell_\infty$ a Grothendieck space

The problem I am considering stated formally is this: Show that if a sequence in $\ell_\infty^*$ is weak*-convergent, then it is also weakly convergent. We may reduce this to the case where the ...
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Algebraically flavoured functional analysis book

I'm looking for a book on functional analysis that would suit someone who is more algebraically/geometrically oriented and seeks to learn the subject with the goal of using it later for geometric ...
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There is no continuous mapping from $L^1([0,1])$ onto $L^\infty([0,1])$

There is no continuous mapping from $L^1([0,1])$ onto $L^\infty([0,1])$. Proof: suppose $T:L^1 \rightarrow L^\infty$ continuous and onto. $L^1$ is separable, let $\{f_n\}$ be a countable dense ...
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Liouville's theorem for Banach spaces without the Hahn-Banach theorem?

Let $B$ be a (complex) Banach space. A function $f : \mathbb{C} \to B$ is holomorphic if $\lim_{w \to z} \frac{f(w) - f(z)}{w - z}$ exists for all $z$, just as in the ordinary case where $B = ...
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Applications of Banach Algebras and Operator Algebras

I am trying to learn operator algebra theory (I am tempted to start with Douglas' "Banach Algebra Techniques in Operator Theory"). One aspect that I am curious about is whether there are significant ...
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Is the natural map $L^p(X) \otimes L^p(Y) \to L^p(X \times Y)$ injective?

Let $X,Y$ be $\sigma$-finite measure spaces, and let $L^p(X) \otimes L^p(Y)$ be the algebraic tensor product. The product has a natural map into $L^p(X \times Y)$ which takes $\sum a_{ij} f_i \otimes ...
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Prove that there exist linear functionals $L_1, L_2$ on $X$

Let $X$ be a linear space, $p, q$ sublinear functionals on $X$, and $L$ a linear functional on $X$ such that $|L(x)| ≤ p(x) + q(x),$ for all $x ∈ X$. Prove that there exist linear functionals $L_1, ...
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Extension and trace operators for Sobolev spaces

Given that $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ is an open, convex, Lipschitz bounded set. Let $O \subset \Omega$ be open bounded set then consider. $$u_{m} \rightharpoonup^{*} u \text{ in } ...
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Isometry on a dense sub-space of a Banach space?

Let $X$ be a Banach space and let $D$ be a dense sub-space of $X$. I don't know if the following fact is true: Fact: For every (linear) isometry $T\in\operatorname{Iso}(X)$ and for every ...
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An approximate eigenvalue for $ T \in B(X) $.

This is a problem from Conway’s Functional Analysis: Definition An approximate eigenvalue for $ T \in B(X) $ is a scalar $ \lambda $ such that there is a sequence of unit vectors $ x_{n} \in X $ ...
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Showing a sequence of integrals converges to zero

Let $\varphi$ be a complex-valued function which is analytic on $\{z \in \mathbb C : |z| \leq 2\}$, let $\gamma$ be the unit circle in the complex plane, and define $$ F_n(z) = \int_\gamma ...
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Maximal ideal space of $c_{\mathcal{U}}$

Let $\mathcal{U}$ be an filter over $\mathbb{N}$. Define $$c_{\mathcal{U}} = \{{(x_n)\in \ell_\infty\colon \lim_{\mathcal{U}, n}x_n =0\}},$$ which is a C*-algebra. Is there an accessible topological ...
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A type of local minimum (2)

Data: $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ is an open connected (may be unbounded) set, and locally $\partial \Omega$ is a Lipschitz graph. $S \subset \partial \Omega$ is measurable and $H^{n-1}(S)>0$. ...
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Generalizing Cauchy-Schwarz for more than two vectors

For a complex inner product space, $X$, Cauchy-Schwarz inequality states $$ | \langle x,y \rangle |^2 \leq \langle x,x\rangle \cdot \langle y, y\rangle , $$ for any $x,y \in X$. Equality holds if and ...
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Spectrum of composition of convolution and multiplication

Let $T$ be the operator from $L^2(\mathbb R^n)$ to $L^2(\mathbb R^n)$ defined as composition of convolution and multiplication, $Tf := (af) * g$ where $g$ is in $L^2$ and $a$ is a bounded function. ...
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What is the strongest possible statement of the idea that “the tangent line is the best linear approximation”?

For instance, I've just checked that that if you take the best linear approximation (in the $L^2$ sense) to a sufficiently nice function $f$ on the interval $[-\varepsilon, \varepsilon]$, and then let ...
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norm of a singular integral operator

My question is from Harmonic Analysis, about the study of singular kernels (in the Calderon Zygmund sense.) Suppose that a kernel $K$ is a singular kernel, extending to a bounded operator on $L^p$, ...
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Gradient Estimate - Question about Inequality vs. Equality sign in one part

$\DeclareMathOperator{\diam}{diam}\newcommand{\norm}[1]{\lVert#1\rVert}\newcommand{\abs}[1]{\lvert#1\rvert}$For $u \in C^{1}(\overline{\Omega})$, for $\Omega\subset \subset \mathbb{R^{n}}$ a bounded ...
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Can the “inducing” vector norm be deduced or “recovered” from an induced norm?

Can the "inducing" vector norm be deduced or "recovered" from an induced (operator) norm? This question occurred to me after seeing this question. I'm hoping that perhaps there exists something like ...
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Question regarding the Kolmogorov-Riesz theorem on relatively compact subsets of $L^p(\Omega)$.

Usually, the Kolmogorov-Riesz theorem is quoted for $L^p(\mathbb R^n)$, but I am looking for versions considering spaces over subsets in $\mathbb R^n$. The following is from the book "Sobolev spaces" ...
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Compact set of probability measures

I think I can solve the following exercise if X is assumed to be separable, otherwise I can't. Let $X$ be a (Hausdorff) locally compact space, $\pi\colon X \to Y$ a continuous map into a ...
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Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Fredholm integral operator $K(g) = \int_0^1 e^{x t} g(t) dt$.

I would like to compute the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Fredholm integral operator $$K(g) = \int_0^1 e^{xt} g(t) dt.$$ The sources I've checked* seem to say that the process is fairly ...
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Vector, Hilbert, Banach, Sobolev spaces

Trying to wrap my head around all these different spaces. Which one is the most general? Can you summarize the differences between them? Is there a notable space that I missed?
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Why isn't every element of the spectrum an eigenvalue? (Where is the error in my proof?)

My book defines the spectrum like this: Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space, let $I \in B(H)$ be the identity operator and let $T \in B(H)$. The spectrum of $T$, denoted $\sigma(T)$, is defined ...
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Isometric to Dual implies Hilbertable?

Let $X$ be a Banach space and suppose that $X$ is isometric to its continuous dual space $X^*$. Must $X$ be hilbertable in the sense that there exists an inner product which induces the norm on $X$? ...
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$C_c(X)$ dense in $L_1(X)$

I did the following homework, can you tell me if my answer is correct? Prove that for any $\sigma$-compact, locally compact Hausdorff space $\Omega$ equipped with a Radon measure $\mu$ the set of ...
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Non-Banach, completely metrizable normed vector space

Does there exist a normed vector space $(X,\|\cdot\|)$ over $\mathbb R$ or $\mathbb C$ such that the metric induced by the norm $(x,y)\mapsto\|x-y\|$ is not complete; but there exists some other ...
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Invertibility of compact operators in infinite-dimensional Banach spaces

Let $X$ be an infinite-dimensional Banach space, and $T$ a compact operator from $X$ to $X$. Why must $0$ then be a spectral value for $T$? I believe this is equivalent to saying that $T$ is not ...
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Equicontinuity on a compact metric space turns pointwise to uniform convergence

I know that If $\{f_n\}$ is an equicontinuous sequence, defined on a compact metric space $K$, and for all $x$, $f_n(x)\rightarrow f(x)$, then $f_n\rightarrow f$ uniformly. I'm having trouble ...
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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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Relations between p norms

The p-norm is given by $||x||_{p} = (\sum_{n=1}^{\infty }|x_{n}|^{p})^{1/p}$. For $0 < p < q$, it can be shown that $||x||_{p} \geq ||x||_{q}$ (1, 2). It sppears that in $R^{n}$ a number of ...
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Are a weak derivatives and distributional derivatives are different?

For simplicity, given a real function $f\in L^1_{loc}(\Omega)$, we define both weak or distributional derivatives by $\int f'\phi = - \int f \phi'$ for all test functions $\phi$. Now, take $\Omega = ...
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Trace class for operators

Let $ \mathcal{H} $ be a Hilbert space and $ T: \mathcal{H} \to \mathcal{H} $ a bounded linear operator. The $ n $-th singular number $ {\mu_{n}}(T) $ of $ T $ is defined as the distance from $ T $ ...
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Self adjoints and unitaries in a banach * algebra

Are the spectra of self adjoints and unitaries in banach * algebras necessarily a subset of the reals and the unit circle respectively? The proofs I know for C* algebras use the continuous functional ...
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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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On Some Properties of Hölder Continuous Functions

The function space $H^{\alpha} (\Omega)$ for $0 < \alpha \le 1$, is the set of functions: $$\{ f \in C^0(\Omega) : \sup_{x \neq y} \dfrac{|f(x) - f(y)|}{|x-y|^{\alpha}} < \infty \}$$ with the ...
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What's so special about $p=2$ for the $L^p$ spaces?

The Banach space dual of $L^p$ is $L^q$, where $q=\frac{p}{p-1}$, but I don't really understand the motivation behind this. In particular, I find it kind of surprising that the only $L^p$ space whose ...
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How to show that quotient space $X/Y$ is complete when $X$ is Banach space, and $Y$ is a closed subspace of $X$?

How to show that quotient space $X/Y$ is complete when $X$ is Banach space, and $Y$ is a closed subspace of $X$? Here's my attempt: Given a Cauchy sequence $\{q_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ in $X/Y$, each ...