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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Selfadjoint compact operator with finite trace

I have a compact selfadjoint operator $T$ on a separable Hilbert space. For some fixed orthonormal basis, the operator's diagonal is in $\ell^1(\mathbb{N})$. Can we conclude that $T$ is trace ...
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Hahn-Banach theorem: 2 versions

I have a question regarding the Hahn-Banach Theorem. Let the analytical version be defined as: Let $E$ be a vector space, $p: E \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a sublinear function and $F$ be a subspace of ...
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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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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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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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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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Norm on a Hölder's space

I want to prove that Hölder space is a Banach space under the "Hölder Norm" ie. $\|\cdot\|_{C^{k,\alpha}}$. Any hints would be appreciable .
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General “Hodge theorem”

I know basically zero Hodge theory, so this question might be weird. Let $$A \stackrel{S}{\longrightarrow} B \stackrel{T}{\longrightarrow} C$$ be a sequence of closed, densely defined maps of ...
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Origin of the name 'test functions'

This is a very simple question really: where did the name 'test functions', used nowadays when speaking of infinitely differentiable and compactly supported functions, come from? More to the point: is ...
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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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Do we need to identify dual spaces in PDEs?

In PDEs we often use the fact that we can identify dual spaces eg. $L^2(0,T;V)^* = L^2(0,T;V^*)$ in the sense that $$u_t + Au = f$$ where $u_t$, $f \in L^2(0,T;V^*)$ and $A:L^2(0,T;V) \to ...
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Dual of “Dual of Fréchet Space with Weak*-Topology” Equals Dual of “Dual of Fréchet Space with Topology of Compact Convergence”

Let $X$ be a Fréchet space. I know that: Closed convex, balanced, hulls of compact subsets of $X$ are compact. Let ${X^*}$ denote the (topological) dual space. I know that: ${X^*}$ is also the ...
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Is the identity map $id: H^2(-\pi,\pi) \to L^2(-\pi,\pi)$ Hilbert-Schmidt?

Let $H_1, H_2$ be Hilbert spaces. A linear operator $A: H_1 \to H_2$ is Hilbert-Schmidt iff for some orthonormal basis $\lbrace e_n : ~ n \in \mathbb{N} \rbrace$ of $H_1$ the sum $\sum_{n \in ...