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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$T$ 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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Completeness of a finite direct sum of closed subspaces of $L^2$

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be real-valued square-integrable random variables defined on a probability space $(\Omega, {\cal F},P)$. For $i=1,2$, set $$ A_i := \{g(X_i)\in L^2 \mid g \text{ is some Borel ...
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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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Does the Gelfand transformation on $\ell^1(\mathbb Z)$ possess a continuous inverse on its image?

I am interested in the Gelfand transformation $$ \Phi\colon\ell^1(\mathbb Z)\to\mathcal C(\mathbb T),\quad a\mapsto\sum_{n\in\mathbb Z}a_n z^n. $$ This is an injective homomorphism of Banach algebras. ...
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Eigenfunctions of the Laplacian

I am willing to offer a bounty for this one, so I will give you an exact idea of what I need: I am looking for solutions of $$\Delta \Psi(r,\theta)=k^2\Psi(r,\theta)$$ where $k\in \mathbb{R}$. Such ...
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Dual space of $H^1$

It holds that $W^{1,2}=H^1 \subset L^2 \subset H^{-1}$. This is clear since for every $v \in H^1(U)$ $u \rightarrow (u,v)_{H^1}$ is an element of $H^{-1}$. Moreover for every $v \in L^2(U)$ $u ...
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A commutator identity for bounded linear maps and the identity operator of a non-zero normed space is never a commutator

Let $ \mathcal{X} $ be a normed linear space and $ S,T: \mathcal{X} \to \mathcal{X} $ be linear operators such that $ S \circ T- T \circ S=1 $. Show that $ S \circ T^{n+1}- T^{n+1} \circ S=(n+1)T^n ...
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A convergence problem in Banach spaces related to ergodic theory

Suppose $X$ is a Banach space, $T\in B(X)$, satisfied the following condition. $\sup \Big\lVert\frac{1}{n}\sum \limits_{i=0}^{n-1}T^{i}\Big\rVert<\infty$ $\frac{1}{n}\lVert ...
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An application of J.-L. Lion's Lemma

Let $X,Y$ and $Z$ be three Banach spaces with norms $\|\cdot\|_X$, $\|\cdot\|_Y$,$\|\cdot\|_Z$. Assume that $X\subset Y$ with compact "injection" and that $Y\subset Z$ with continuous injection. Then ...
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Monotone convergence to a fixpoint in a Banach space

Let $\mathscr X$ be a complete separable metric space and $\mathbb B$ be the Banach space of all real-valued bounded measurable functions on $\mathscr X$. The partial order on this space is introduced ...
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Definition of Banach limit

In my Bachelor Thesis I have defined a Banach limit as a functional $LIM: l^\infty (\mathbb{N})\rightarrow \mathbb R$ that has the following properties: B1 If $(x_n)$ is a convergent sequence, then ...
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Traces on separable simple $C^{\ast}$- algebras

What is an example of a separable, simple $C^{\ast}$-algebra that admits two different tracial states? EDIT: Julien has pointed to a number of avenues to answer this question. If anyone has an ...
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Characterization of weak convergence in $\ell_\infty$

Is there some simple characterization of weak convergence of sequences in the space $\ell_\infty$? If yes, is there some similar claim for nets? I was only able to come up with a characterization ...
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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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Is $W_0^{1,p}(\Omega)$ complemented in $W^{1,p}(\Omega)$?

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded domain and $p\in (1,\infty)$. It is know that there exist a unique bounded surjective linear map $T: W^{1,p}(\Omega)\to W^{1-1/p,p}(\partial\Omega)$ with ...
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Is there a smooth compact set between any two compact sets?

today I saw the following statement and of course believe that this is true but I don't know how to prove it rigorously (and neither do my colleagues). Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be open and ...
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Practical applications of the $L^p$ norm when $p \neq 1,2,\infty$

I'm roughly familiar with the concept of $L^p$ norms -- what they represent and how they are computed -- though I am far from educated in functional analysis in general. For reasons that are more or ...
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Locally integrable functions

Formulation: Let $v\in L^1_\text{loc}(\mathbb{R}^3)$ and $f \in H^1(\mathbb{R}^3)$ such that \begin{equation} \int f^2 v_+ = \int f^2 v_- = +\infty. \end{equation} Here, $v_- = \max(0,-f)$, $v_+ = ...
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Abelian sub-C*-algebras

Given a non-abelian C*-algebra $A$. I am wondering what are the possible abelian sub-C*-algebras of $A$. Let $K$ be the spectrum of $A$. Does $A$ contain an isomorphic copy (as a Banach space) of the ...
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Maximum of measures over sets and functions

Let $(X,\mathcal A)$ be any measurable space and denote by $\mathrm b\mathcal A_1$ the set of all real-valued $\mathcal A$-measurable functions $f$ satisfying $\|f\|:=\sup_{x\in X}|f(x)|\leq 1$. Let ...
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*-homomorphisms $M_n(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow M_m(\mathbb{C})$

I've heard that every *-homomorphism $\phi:M_m(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow M_n(\mathbb{C})$ is unitarily equivalent to some *-homomorphism of the form $A\in ...
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Real numbers equipped with the metric $ d (x,y) = | \arctan(x) - \arctan(y)| $ is an incomplete metric space

I have to show that the real numbers equipped with the metric $ d (x,y) = | \arctan(x) - \arctan(y)| $ is an incomplete metric space. Certainly, I have to search for a cauchy sequence of real numbers ...
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Integer translates of a scaling function

I think this is asked as a standard exercise in books about wavelets (e.g. exercise 7.2 in Mallat's book), but I couldn't find a proof. Let $\phi$ be a scaling function (see definition below). I ...
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Calculus on the Sobolev space valued function of one real variable $t$?

Now I am interested in the calculus on Banach space valued function, especially the function with value in a certain Sobolev space. I want to prove that $$\bigcap_{k=0}^m ...
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Physical interpretation of C* property

From a mathematical point of view, quantum mechanics can be formulated in the language of a non-commutative, unital C*-algebra $\mathcal A$ (of observables). In this context, what does the ...
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Is my statistician friend right/wrong on metric spaces and norms?

I was talking to a statistician friend of mine who said that instead of minimizing this function $\sum_{i,j}W_{ij}d_{ij}^2(X)$ over $X$ it would be better to solve an analogous minimization problem ...
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Dual space of space of all smooth function

On the space $C^\infty(S^1,\mathbb R)$, for each $n\in \mathbb N$, define $$p_N(\gamma)= \max\{|f^{(k)}(t): t\in S^1, k\leq N\}$$ Topology of all norms above define a metrizable locally convex ...
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If $X^*$ is isomorphic to $Y^*$, what do we know about $X$ and $Y$?

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are Banach spaces with duals $X^*$ and $Y^*$. If we know $X^*$ and $Y^*$ are isomorphic, what can we say about $X$ and $Y$? One trivial thing is that they can be isometrically ...
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Sex, Crime and Functional Analysis?

Ever since a friend told me about this book titled Sex, Crime and Functional Analysis: Part I. Functional Analysis, I have been looking for a copy of this book, but in vain. SO does this book ...
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Subspaces of $l_p$ and Banach-Mazur distance

It is well-known that every subspace of $l_2$ is isometric to $l_2$. When $p\neq 2$, $l_p$ has subspaces that are not even isomorphic, let alone isometric, to $l_p$. Suppose $X$ is a subspace of $l_p$ ...
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What is the name for the archetypical example of a test function, $\varphi(x)=e^{1/(x^2-1)}$?

$$ \varphi(x)=e^{1/(x^2-1)} $$ This function (on the interval $\quad]\!-1,1[ \,\,\, $, outside of it simply $\equiv0$) is used as the typical example of a test function / bump function, I have so ...
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Finding a proper solution of a given functional

It's my first post here, but I worked very hard to find solution and I failed. Hereinafter, I skip physical background and directly proceed to my mathematical problem. No matter how, you know the ...
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Is there any motivation for Zorn's Lemma?

I have been reading Kreyszig's book on functional analysis, where it uses Zorn's lemma to prove the Hahn Banach theorem. However I don't quite get what Zorn's lemma is saying. I understand that it ...
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Is there an analytic approximation to the minimum function?

I am looking for an analytic function that approximates the minimum function. i.e., $|f(x_1,x_2) - \min(x_1,x_2)| < \zeta$ for some $\zeta$ that may be related to $|x_1 - x_2|$. Or may be a series ...
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Differentiating an Inner Product

If $(V, \langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle)$ is a finite-dimensional inner product space and $f,g : \mathbb{R} \longrightarrow V$ are differentiable functions, a straightforward calculation with components ...
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A linear operator on a finite dimensional Hilbert space is continuous

How do I show that a linear function from a Hilbert space $H$ to itself is continuous if $H$ is finite dimensional? Also, what would be an example of a linear function from a Hilbert space to itself ...
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$L^1$ and $L^{\infty}$ are not reflexive

I want some proof for the following statement : $L^1$ and $L^{\infty}$ are not reflexive. Can anyone help me, please? or reference me?
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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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Cauchy Sequence in $X$ on $[0,1]$ with norm $\int_{0}^{1} |x(t)|dt$

In Luenberger's Optimization book pg. 34 an example says "Let $X$ be the space of continuous functions on $[0,1]$ with norm defined as $\|x\| = \int_{0}^{1} |x(t)|dt$". In order to prove $X$ is ...
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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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Domain of an operator in functional analysis

I used to think that if we say $f$ is a function from a set $X$ to $Y$ then this implied that $f$ was defined on all of $X$. Because the definition of function is that it's a set $\{(x,y) \mid \text{ ...
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Showing the inequality $|\alpha + \beta|^p \leq 2^{p-1}(|\alpha|^p + |\beta|^p)$

I have a small question that I think is very basic but I am unsure how to tackle since my background in computing inequalities is embarrasingly weak - I would like to show that, for a real number $p ...
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Complement of $c_{0}$ in $\ell^{\infty}$

How can I show that $c_{0}$ cannot be complemented in $\ell^{\infty}$? Complement in the following sense $$c_{0}+V = \ell^{\infty}$$ And the projections are continuous.
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Compact operator maps weakly convergent sequences into strongly convergent sequences

I found the following property of compact operators in a proof, and I can't prove it. Prove that if $T \in \mathcal{L}(E,F)$ is compact, and if $u_n \rightharpoonup u$ (the sequence converges ...
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On the density of $C[0,1]$ in the space $L^{\infty}[0,1]$

It's easy to show $C[0,1]$ is not dense in $L^{\infty}[0,1]$ in the norm topology, but $C[0,1]$ is dense in $L^{\infty}[0,1]$ in the weak*-topology when take $L^{\infty}$ as the dual of $L^{1}$. how ...
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Do there exist closed subspaces $X$, $Y$ of Banach space, such that $X+Y$ is not closed?

I am looking for an example of two closed subspaces of a Banach space, such that their sum is not closed.
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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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Some basics of Sobolev spaces

Let $W^{m,p}(\Omega) = \{ f \in L^p(\Omega): D^\alpha f \in L^p(\Omega) \text{ for multi-indices } |\alpha| \leq m\}$, where $D$ denotes the weak derivative. Let $W_0^{m,p}$ denote the closure of ...
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Counterexample for the solvability of $-\Delta u = f$ for $f\in C^2$

I'm learning for an exam and I'm surprised by the following statement that is given without proof or example: Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ be open, bounded and connected and let $f\in ...
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A Riesz-type norm-preserving and bijective mapping between a Banach space and its dual

Let $\Omega$ be a measure space and let $1<p<\infty$ and $p'=p/(p-1)$. Also let us agree to write simply $L^p$ instead of $L^p(\Omega)$. If we identify the dual space $\left(L^p\right)^\star$ ...