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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Does the open mapping theorem imply the Baire category theorem?

A nice observation by C.E. Blair1, 2, 3 shows that the Baire category theorem for complete metric spaces is equivalent to the axiom of (countable) dependent choice. On the other hand, the three ...
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Your favourite application of the Baire Category Theorem

I think I remember reading somewhere that the Baire Category Theorem is supposedly quite powerful. Whether that is true or not, it's my favourite theorem (so far) and I'd love to see some applications ...
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Is the derivative the natural logarithm of the left-shift?

(Disclaimer: I'm a high school student, and my knowledge of mathematics extends only to some elementary high school calculus. I don't know if what I'm about to do is valid mathematics.) I noticed ...
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Norms Induced by Inner Products and the Parallelogram Law

Let $ V $ be a normed vector space (over $\mathbb{R}$, say, for simplicity) with norm $ \lVert\cdot\rVert$. It's not hard to show that if $\lVert \cdot \rVert = \sqrt{\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle}$ ...
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Is it possible for a function to be in $L^p$ for only one $p$?

I'm wondering if it's possible for a function to be an $L^p$ space for only one value of $p \in [1,\infty)$ (on either a bounded domain or an unbounded domain). One can use interpolation to show that ...
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Paul Erdos's Two-Line Functional Analysis Proof

Legends hold that once upon a time, some mathematicians were rather pleased about a 30-ish page result in functional analysis. Paul Erdos, upon learning of the problem, spent ten or so minutes ...
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Explicit norm on $\mathcal{C}^0(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$

Do you know an explicit norm on $\mathcal{C}^0(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$? Using the axiom of choice, every vector space admits a norm but have you an explicit formula on ...
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Laplace, Legendre, Fourier, Hankel, Mellin, Hilbert, Borel, Z…: unified treatment of transforms?

I understand "transform methods" as recipes, but beyond this they are a big mystery to me. There are two aspects of them I find bewildering. One is the sheer multiplicity of such transforms. Is ...
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Example of a compact set that isn't the spectrum of an operator

This question is a follow-up to this recent question and related to that one. Is there an easy example of an (infinite-dimensional) Banach space $X$ and a non-empty compact set $K \subset ...
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Why don't analysts do category theory?

I'm a mathematics student in abstract algebra and algebraic geometry. Most of my books cover a great deal of category theory and it is an essential tool in understanding these two subjects. Recently, ...
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Banach Spaces - How can $B,B',B'', B''', B'''',B''''',\ldots$ behave?

(ZFC) Let $ \big\langle B,+,\cdot, \:\: \|\cdot\| \:\: \big\rangle $ be a Banach space. Define $ \mathbf{B} \; = \;\big\langle B,+,\cdot, \:\: \|\cdot\| \:\: \big\rangle $. Define $\: \mathbf{B}_0 ...
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What is the spectral theorem for compact self-adjoint operators on a Hilbert space actually for?

Please excuse the naive question. I have had two classes now in which this theorem was taught and proven, but I have only ever seen a single (indirect?) application involving the quantum harmonic ...
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Looking for a function such that…

There was this question on one of the whiteboards at my company, and I found it intriguing. Maybe it's a dumb thing to ask. Maybe there is a simple answer that I couldn't see. Anyway, here it is: ...
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Was Grothendieck familiar with Stone's work on Boolean algebras?

In short, my question is: Was Grothendieck familiar with Stone's work on Boolean algebras? Background: In an answer to Pierre-Yves Gaillard's question Did Zariski really define the Zariski ...
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Is there an explicit isomorphism between $L^\infty[0,1]$ and $\ell^\infty$?

Is there an explicit isomorphism between $L^\infty[0,1]$ and $\ell^\infty$? In some sense, this is a follow-up to my answer to this question where the non-isomorphism between the spaces $L^r$ ...
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Continuous projections in $\ell_1$ with norm $>1$

I was trying to find papers and articles about non-contractive continuous projections in $\ell_1(S)$ where $S$ is an arbitrary set. If it is not studied yet, I would like to know results for the case ...
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Good book for self study of functional analysis

I am a EE grad. student who has had one undergraduate course in real analysis (which was pretty much the only pure math course that I have ever done). I would like to do a self study of some basic ...
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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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When does a real function together with its derivatives form a basis?

Consider real functions defined on an interval, let's say $[-\pi,\pi]$. Let $s(x)$ be an analytic, periodic function such that all of its Fourier components are non-zero. We build a set of functions ...
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The identity cannot be a commutator in a Banach algebra?

The Wikipedia article on Banach algebras claims, without a proof or reference, that there does not exist a (unital) Banach algebra $B$ and elements $x, y \in B$ such that $xy - yx = 1$. This is ...
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Why is the Daniell integral not so popular?

The Riemann integral is the most common integral in use and is the first integral I was taught to use. After doing some more advanced analysis it becomes clear that the Riemann integral has some ...
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Square root of a function (in the sense of composition)

There are some math quizzes like: find a function $\phi:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $\phi(\phi(x)) = f(x) \equiv x^2 + 1.$ If such $\phi$ exists (it does in this example), $\phi$ can ...
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Are these two Banach spaces isometrically isomorphic?

Let $c$ denote the space of convergent sequences in $\mathbb C$, $c_0\subset c$ be the space of all sequences that converge to $0$. Given the uniform metric, both of them can be made into Banach ...
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Norms on C[0, 1] inducing the same topology as the sup norm

This is an old homework problem of mine that I was never able to solve. The solution may or may not involve the Baire category theorem, which I am terrible at applying. Let $C[0, 1]$ denote the ...
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Is Banach-Alaoglu equivalent to AC?

The Banach-Alaoglu theorem is well-known. It states that the closed unit ball in the dual space of a normed space is $\text{wk}^*$-compact. The proof relies heavily on Tychonoff's theorem. As I have ...
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Connections between metrics, norms and scalar products (for understanding e.g. Banach and Hilbert spaces)

I am trying to understand the differences between $$ \begin{array}{|l|l|l|} \textbf{vector space} & \textbf{general} & \textbf{+ completeness}\\\hline \text{metric}& \text{metric ...
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If $\sum a_n b_n <\infty$ for all $(b_n)\in \ell^2$ then $(a_n) \in \ell^2$

I'm trying to prove the following: If $(a_n)$ is a sequence of positive numbers such that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n b_n<\infty$ for all sequences of positive numbers $(b_n)$ such that ...
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Operators with finite spectrum

Suppose that $T$ is a bounded operator with finite spectrum. What happens with the spectrum of $T+F$, where $F$ has finite rank? Is it possible that $\sigma(T+F)$ has non-empty interior? Is it always ...
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Is $\mathbb{R}^{\infty}$ homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^{\infty}\setminus\{0\}$?

Let $\mathbb{R}^{\infty}$ be a linear topological space of all sequences $x=(x_{1},x_{2},\ldots,x_{n},\ldots)$ of real numbers with a product topology, or, in other words, let $\mathbb{R}^{\infty}$ be ...
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The Duals of $l^\infty$ and $L^{\infty}$

Can we identify the dual space of $l^\infty$ with another "natural space"?. If the answer yes what about $L^\infty$. By the dual space I mean the space of all continuous linear functionals.
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Norm for pointwise convergence

Does there exist a norm on the space of all real-valued functions on the real line (or on an open set? a compact set?) such that convergence in this norm is equivalent to pointwise convergence?
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Not every metric is induced from a norm

I have studied that every normed space $(V, \lVert\cdot \lVert)$ is a metric space with respect to distance function $d(u,v) = \lVert u - v \rVert$, $u,v \in V$. My question is whether every metric ...
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Discontinuous linear functional

I'm trying to find a discontinuous linear functional into $\mathbb{R}$ as a prep question for a test. I know that I need an infinite-dimensional Vector Space. Since $\ell_2$ is infinite-dimensional, ...
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Is the fundamental theorem of calculus independent of ZF?

By the fundamental theorem of calculus I mean the following. Theorem: Let $B$ be a Banach space and $f : [a, b] \to B$ be a continuously differentiable function (this means that we can write $f(x + ...
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In $\ell^p$, if an operator commutes with left shift, it is continuous?

Our professor put this one in our exam, taking it out along the way though because it seemed too tricky. Still we wasted nearly an hour on it and can't stop thinking about a solution. What we have: ...
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Compact sets as point spectrum of a bounded operator

It is well known that if $K$ is any compact set in $\mathbb{C}$, then there exist a bounded linear operator $T:l_2\to l_2$ such that $\sigma(T)=K$. My questions are: Q1) Does there exist $T$, a ...
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When do weak and original topology coincide?

Let $X$ be a topological vector space with topology $T$. When is the weak topology on $X$ the same as $T$? Of course we always have $T_{weak} \subset T$ by definition but when is $T \subset ...
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Learning Aid for Basic Theorems of Topological Vector Spaces in Functional Analysis

I am self-teaching myself the basics of functional analysis (e.g. topological vector spaces), and frankly I am starting to get a migraine sorting out/organizing in my head all of the ...
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Does a Fourier transformation on a (pseudo-)Riemannian manifold make sense?

the Fourier transformation of a scalar function with respect to one variable might be defined as $\mathcal{F}\left[w\right](\omega )\equiv ...
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Cardinality of a Hamel basis

What is the cardinality of a Hamel basis of $\ell_1(\mathbb{R})$? Is it deducible in ZFC that it is seemingly continuum? Does it follow from this that each Banach space of density $\leqslant ...
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Is $[0,1]^\omega$ homeomorphic to $D^\omega$?

Let $n\in \mathbb N$ and let $D^n$ be the closed $1$-ball in $\left(\mathbb R^n, \|\,\cdot\,\|_1\right)$. It is not too hard to show that $[0,1]^n \cong D^n$ in this case. This observation leads to ...
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Prove an inequality on $l^2$ sequences over $F_2$

Denote $F_2$ the free non-abelian group on two letters $a, b$. Note that any element in $F_2$ is just a word formed by letters from the set $\{a,b,a^{-1},b^{-1}\}$, and the group structure is given ...
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Reinventing The Wheel - Part 2: The Lebesgue Integral

Disclaimer After struggling for some time to find an appropriate definition for the notion of integration I came across another attempt for which I would need your help deciding to what extend this ...
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A natural proof of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality

Most of the proofs of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality on a pre-Hilbert space use a fact that if a quadratic polynomial with real coefficients takes positive values everywhere on the real line, then its ...
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Example of different topologies with same convergent sequences

It's well known that for metric spaces the following is true Let $ X $ be a space with two different metrics $ d_1,d_2$ such that the two topological spaces $ (X,d_1),(X,d_2) $ have the same ...
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Can spectrum “specify” an operator?

Given a bounded operator $A$ on a Banach space $X$, one may find the spectrum $\sigma(A)\subset{\bf C}$. Here are my questions: Given some set in the complex plane, say, $S\subset{\bf C}$, ...
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Medial Limit of Mokobodzki (case of Banach Limit)

A classical Banach limit is very usefull concept for me, but there is a problem with the integration and even with the measurability, this means for a sequence $(f_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ of measurable ...
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Finding the adjoint of an operator

This is from my homework, I'm totally lost as to how to proceed. Consider the operator $T: L^2([0,1]) \rightarrow L^2([0,1])$ defined by $(Tf)(x) = \int^x_0 f(s) \ ds$ What is the adjoint of $T$? ...
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Are commutative C*-algebras really dual to locally compact Hausdorff spaces?

Several online sources (e.g. Wikipedia, the nLab) assert that the Gelfand representation defines a contravariant equivalence from the category of (non-unital) commutative $C^{\ast}$-algebras to the ...
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When is a notion of convergence induced by a topology?

I'm interested in sufficient conditions for a notion of sequential convergence to be induced by a topology. More precisely: Let $V$ be a vector space over $\mathbb{C}$ endowed with a notion $\tau$ of ...