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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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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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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Non-divergence form of a 2nd order PDE

This might be a trivial question but I'm very rusty with regards to calculus and am new to PDEs. How would you write the following second order quasilinear equation in it's non-divergence form: The ...
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Problem with infinite product using iterating of a function: $ \exp(x) = x \cdot f^{\circ 1}(x)\cdot f^{\circ 2}(x) \cdot \ldots $

[update]: I made the question more precise, more general and added a follow up question Considering the iteration of functions (with focus on the iterated exponentiation) I'm looking, ...
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Does convexity of a 'norm' imply the triangle inequality?

Given a vector space $V$ (for convenience, defined over $\mathbb{r}$), we call $d:V\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ a norm for $V$ if $\forall \mathbf{u}, \mathbf{v} \in V$ and $\forall r \in \mathbb{R}$ we ...
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Motivation of Feynman-Kac formula and its relation to Kolmogorov backward/forward equations?

Kolmogorov backward/forward equations are pdes, derived for the semigroups constructed from the Markov transition kernels. Feynman-Kac formula is also a pde corresponding to a stochastic process ...
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Every Hilbert space operator is a combination of projections

I am reading a paper on Hilbert space operators, in which the authors used a surprising result Every $X\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ is a finite linear combination of orthogonal projections. The ...
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How to prove that a bounded linear operator is compact?

I encountered a homework problem that says: If $A$ is a bounded linear operator from $X$ to $Y$. And $K$ is a compact operator from $X$ to $Y$, where $X$ and $Y$ are both Banach spaces, and ...
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Stone-Weierstrass implies Fourier expansion

To prove the existence of Fourier expansion, I have to solve the following exercise, which supposedly follows from the Stone-Weierstrass theorem: Let $G$ be a compact abelian topological group ...
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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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average of maximal function is less than its infimum?

Let M be the dyadic Hardy-Littlewood maximal operator. Prove the following: there is a constant $C$ such that for any $f$, $$ \inf_{x\in I}Mf(x)\le C 2^k\inf_{x\in J} Mf(x) $$ where $I$ and $J$ are ...
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Osgood condition

Let $h$ and $g$ be continuous, non-decreasing and concave functions in the interval $[0,\infty)$ with $h(0)=g(0)=0$ and $h(x)>0$ and $g(x)>0$ for $x>0$ such that both satisfy the Osgood ...
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Extending the domains of densely defined bounded integral transforms on $L^2(\Bbb R)$

This is a question I've contemplated for quite some time since it's pretty closely related to Fourier theory (particularly choosing the "right" space to define the Fourier transform on). However I've ...
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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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Hille Yosida theorem application

Disclaimer: pretty long and specific (contraction semi groups involved). I have fourth order parabolic equation $$ u_t + \Delta^2 u = 0 $$ on $U_T = U \times [0,T]$. $U \subset \mathbb{R}^m$ is a ...
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Elementary applications of Krein-Milman

Recall that the Krein-Milman theorem asserts that a compact convex set in a LCTVS is the closed convex hull of its extreme points. This has lots of applications to areas of mathematics that use ...
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If $A$ is the ring of continuous functions on a genus $g$ surface, can the genus of $X$ be seen by simple algebra in $A$? [migrated]

I was describing to a friend the result that a compact Hausdorff space is determined up to homeomorphism up to by its ring of continuous functions, and he asked how one could see the genus of a ...
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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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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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Why is a function space considered to be a “vector” space when its elements are not vectors?

I am confused by the notion of a function space. For example consider the basis $\{1, x, x^2\}$ which is the basis for the vector space of all polynomials of degree at most $2$. What is the notion of ...
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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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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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Can you equip every vector space with a Hilbert space structure?

Suppose that we have a vector space $X$ over the field $\mathbb F \in \{ \mathbb R, \mathbb C \}$. Question: Does there exist a Hilbert space $\widehat X$ over $\mathbb F$ such that $\widehat X$, ...
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Why is $\ell^1(\mathbb{Z})$ not a $C^{*}$-algebra?

When $\ell^1(\mathbb Z)$ is equipped with the convolution as multiplication and $a^{*}_{n}=\bar{a}_{-n}$, I can prove it satisfies all conditions except $\|a^{*}a\|=\|a\|^2$, which I cannot prove nor ...
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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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How to prove Halmos’s Inequality

How to prove Halmos’s Inequality? If $A$ and $B$ are bounded linear operators on a Hilbert space such that $A$, or $B$, commutes with $AB-BA$ then $$\|I-(AB- BA)\|\ge 1.$$ I found it from ...
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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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Closed Subspaces of Vector Spaces

Question: In Functional Analysis we can note things like: every closed subspace of a Banach space is Banach. In this case, what does "closed subspace" mean? Does this mean closed under the norm ...
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Linear functional on a Banach space is discontinuous then its nullspace is dense.

I need to prove that: If a nonzero linear functional $f$ on a Banach Space $X$ is discontinuous then the nullspace $N_f$ is dense in $X$. To prove that $N_f$ is dense, it suffices to show that ...
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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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$C_c(X)$ 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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Nonnegative linear functionals over $l^\infty$

My purpose is a clarification of the role of the axiom of choice in constructing limits for bounded sequences. Namely, we want a linear functional of norm 1 defined on the space of all bounded complex ...
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$l^\infty(I)$ and $l^\infty(J)$ isometrically isomorphic with $|I| \not= |J|.$

Is it possible for $l^\infty (I)$ and $l^{\infty} (J)$ to be isometrically isomorphic with the cardinality of $I$ not equal to the cardinality of $J$? I'm able to show that if $1\le p < \infty,$ ...
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Every multiplicative linear functional on $\ell^{\infty}$ is the limit along an ultrafilter.

It is well-known that for any ultrafilter $\mathscr{u}$ in $\mathbb{N}$, the map\begin{equation}a\mapsto \lim_{\mathscr{u}}a\end{equation} is a multiplicative linear functional, where ...
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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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Isomorphisms of Fréchet Spaces

What is the proper notion of an isomorphism between Fréchet spaces? Obviously it should be a linear map. I'm just worried about the analytic structure. Should one be able to order the seminorms on ...
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Why do we distinguish the continuous spectrum and the residual spectrum?

As we know, continuous spectrum and residual spectrum are two cases in the spectrum of an operator, which only appear in infinite dimension. If $T$ is a operator from Banach space $X$ to $X$, $aI-T$ ...
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Tensor products of functions generate dense subspace?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two spaces in certain category, $F(\cdot)$ a functor associating each space with a function space (with certain topology). Assume that for any $f\in F(X)$ and $g\in F(Y)$, $f\otimes ...
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Can the phase of a function be extracted from only its absolute value and its Fourier transform's absolute value?

If for a function $f(x)$ only its absolute value $|f(x)|$ and the absolute value $|\tilde f(k)|$ of its Fourier transform $\tilde f(k)=N\int f(x)e^{-ikx} dx$ is known, can $f(x) = |f(x)|e^{i\phi(x)}$ ...
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Metric and Topological structures induced by a norm

While proving that some normed spaces were complete, two questions came to my mind. They relate the topological and the metric structures induced by a norm. 1) Is it possible to find two equivalent ...
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Is the following set closed in $\ell_{p}$ for $1\le p$?

Let $S=\left\{ \left\{a_n\right\}_{n=1}^\infty\in\ell_{p}\mid \sum_{n=1}^\infty {a_n}=1, a_n\ge0 \ \forall \ n\in\Bbb N \right\}$ Is the set $S$ closed in the normed space ...
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Proof that there is no Banach-Tarski paradox in $\Bbb R^2$ using finitely additive invariant set functions?

I am wondering if anyone is familiar with the above topic? I have found a proof that it is possible to define a finitely additive invariant set function in $\mathbb{R}^2$ on the circle in Lax's book ...
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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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Showing a subset of $C([0,1])$ is compact.

Let $${\cal F}=\left\{ f:\left[0,1\right]\to\mathbb{R} : \left|f\left(x\right)-f\left(y\right)\right|\le\left|x-y\right|\mbox{ and }{\displaystyle \int_{0}^{1}f\left(x\right)dx=1}\right\}.$$ Show ...
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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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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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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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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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A theorem due to Gelfand and Kolmogorov

For any topological space $X$, we can define $C(X)$ to be the commutative ring of continuous functions $f\,:\,X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ under pointwise addition and multiplication. Then $C(-)$ becomes ...