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Why isn't it a Hilbert space

Let $X$ be the vector space of all the continuous complex-valued functions on $[0,1]$. Then $X$ has an inner product $$(f,g) = \int_0^1 f(t)\overline{g(t)} dt$$ to make it an inner product space. But ...
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Recognition of an orthonormal complete set in an Hilbert Space

I recently came across this exercise: Let $u_n:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$ be the sequence of functions defined by: $$(u_n):=\text{sign }(\sin(2^n\pi x)),\qquad n=0,1,2,\dots$$ a)Prove that this set of ...
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Why are inner product spaces only defined on $\Bbb R$ or $\Bbb C$?

A vector space $V$ makes sense over any field $F$, or even a division ring. So why does adding an inner product suddenly not make sense without taking the $F=\Bbb R$ or $\Bbb C$? What are the primary ...
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Duality mappings on finite-dimensional spaces

I have a few questions regarding some concepts in a book "nonlinear partial differential equations by Roubicek" I am studying. The following is from the text. "Let $V$ be a separable, reflexive ...
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Example of a non-algebraic $\ell^2$-function in two variables

Let's call an $\ell^2$-function $\mathbb{N} \times \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{C}$ algebraic if it is in the image of the natural algebra homomorphism $\ell^2(\mathbb{N}) \otimes \ell^2(\mathbb{N}) \to ...
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How to prove that square-summable sequences form a Hilbert space?

Let $l^2$ be the set of sequences $x = (x_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ ($x_n \in \mathbb{C}$) such that $\sum_{k\in\mathbb{N}} \left|x_k\right|^2 < \infty$, how can I prove that $l^2$ is a Hilbert space ...
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Definition of resolvent set

I'm having trouble understanding some subtlety of definition of resolvent set for given bounded operator A everywhere defined on some Hilbert space. Book I use (and many other sources) give the ...
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Prove Operator is a Projector

Let $\mathscr{H}$ be a complex Hilbert space. A projector is a linear map $P:\mathscr{H}\to\mathscr{H}$ such that $P\circ P = P$. I'm trying to prove the following claim, from the information given ...
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Derive Fourier transform from what it should do?

I was wondering about the following: Imagine you want to figure out whether there is a transform that exchanges differentiation with multiplication and convoution with pairwise transformation for ...
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Approximation of bounded and continuous mappings

Does anyone know if we can approximate a bounded (i.e. bounded sets in V are mapped to bounded sets in V': for every bounded $U\subseteq V$ and $x\in U$, there exists $K_U>0$ such that ...
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Matrix Representation of Operators in Infinite Dimensional (Separable) Hilbert Spaces

Suppose we have a separable Hilbert space (thus with a countable basis) and that we to represent an operator in matrix form, i.e: $$A: H \rightarrow H \\ \; \; \; \; \; \;x \;\rightarrow \sum_{j \in ...
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Every Hilbert-Schmidt is an integral operator?

Let $(X,\mu)$ be a $\sigma$-finite measure space. If $K\in\mathcal{L}^2(X\times X,\mu\times\mu)$ then the map $A_K:\mathcal{L}^2(X,\mu)\to\mathcal{L}^2(X,\mu)$ defined by\begin{equation} ...
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Orthonormal basis for Sobolev Spaces

Sobolev spaces of order 2 are known to form a Hilbert space. Consider such a Sobolev space of (order 2) functions on the domain $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. What is an example for the basis ...
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Compute $d(x^{100},P_{\le 98})$ where $P$ is subspace of polynomials with degree $\le 98$

Compute $d(x^{100},P_{\le 98})$ where $P$ is subspace of polynomials with degree $\le 98$, looking at $C_{(2)}[-1,1]$, with $L_2$ norm. I tried to look at a general polynomial $\sum_{i=0}^{98} ...
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Measure on a separable Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a real separable Hilbert space. Is it true that there exist a probability space $(\Omega, \mu)$ and a measurable function $\pi\colon \Omega \to H$ such that for any $h \in H$ we have $$ ...
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A complete eigenvector basis for the restricted operator

Let $X$ be a (not necessarily bounded) selfadjoint linear operator on a Hilbert space $H$ and let $M$ be a closed subspace such that $X(M) \subset M$. Suppose that $X$ admits an orthonormal basis ...
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Two different definitions of ellipticity

This is a question originating in another mathematics forum, matematicamente.it (in Italian). In literature one encounters the word elliptic in (at least) two different definitions. In what follows ...
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Show that an unbouned normal operator is closed

A linear operator $A$ is called nomal if $\mathcal{D}(A)=\mathcal{D}(A^{*})$ and $\lVert A\phi\rVert =\lVert A^{*}\phi\rVert$ for every $\phi\in \mathcal{D}(A)$. Show that normal operators are closed. ...
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Properties of matrices $M=UDU^*$ with $UU^*=Id$

I recently came across some matrices of the form $M=UDU^*$ (the superscript $*$ denotes the conjugate transpose), where $U \in \mathbb{C}^{r\times n}$ with $r<n$, $D \in \mathbb{C}^{n \times n}$ a ...
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Two Hilbert spaces $V \subset H$, a basis for both spaces?

Let $V \subset H$ be a pair of Hilbert spaces (with different inner products). The embedding is continuous and dense, and both spaces are separable. Is it always the case that one can I find a ...
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Hilbert spaces - equivalent norm

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space with a norm $\| \cdot \|_1$. Let $\| \cdot \|_2$ be another norm on $H$ which is equivalent with $\| \cdot \|_1$. It is easy to see that $(H, \| \cdot \|_2)$ is a Banach ...
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Why is the numerical range of an operator convex?

Let $T$ be a Hilbert space operator. Its numerical range is \begin{equation} W(T)=\{\langle Tx,x\rangle:\|x\|=1\}.\end{equation} It is a well-known fact that $W(T)$ is a convex subset of the complex ...
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Elegant proof that $L^2([a,b])$ is separable

Is anybody aware of, or can provide at least an outline, of a proof that the Hilbert space of Lebesgue functions square-integrable on the closed real interval [a,b], equipped with the $L^2$ norm, is ...
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Convergence in weak topology implies convergence in norm topology

In Hilbert space why does convergence in weak topology $x_n$ to $x$ imply that $x_n$ converges to $x$ in norm? Thank you very much for your answers. What if I put a condition on weak convergence ...
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If $\sum (a_n)^2$ converges and $\sum (b_n)^2$ converges, does $\sum (a_n)(b_n)$ converge?

Could someone help me to solve this or at least give me a hint?, I have tried using Cauchy's criterion, the Dirichlet test for convergence, etc, but I can´t prove it.Honestly I don´t know where to ...
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Volterra Operator is compact but has no eigenvalue

Volterra operator is defined as operator $V:L^2[0,1]\rightarrow L^2[0,1]$ by \begin{eqnarray} (V)(f(x))=\int_0^xf(y)dy \end{eqnarray} Would you help me to prove that this operator is compact but has ...
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Hilbert space with all subspaces closed

Does there exist an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space with all subspaces closed?
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Orthogonal complement of a Hilbert Space

I have this problem: Let $S$ be a subset of a Hilbert $H$ and let $M$ be the closed subspace generated by $S$. Show that $M^{\perp} = S^{\perp}$ $M = (S^{\perp})^{\perp}$ if $V$ is a subspace of ...
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$\ell_p$ is Hilbert space if and only if $p=2$

Can anybody please help me to prove this.. Let $p$ greater than or equal to $1$, show that the space of all $p$-summable sequences is an inner product space if and only if $p=2$.
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Soft Question Hilbert Space Geometry

Just a quick question about the geometry of Hilbert spaces from an intuitive standpoint. Maybe just assuming we're working with $L^2$ would simplify the situation. Basically, in something like ...
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The Hahn-Banach theorem for Hilbert spaces follows from Riesz's theorem

How does the Hahn-Banach theorem for Hilbert spaces follow from Riesz's representation theorem?
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Proof Complex positive definite => self-adjoint

I am looking for a proof of the theorem that says: A is a complex positive definite endomorphism and therefore is A self-adjoint. Does anybody of you know how to do this?
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$f$ an isometry from a hilbert space $H$ to itself such that $f(0)=0$ then $f$ linear.

This question was on an exam and I am not sure how to answer it. I mostly tried writing zero in different ways and tried lots of algebra to get something out. I also tried to use the fact that $H$ is ...
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Can the composite of two projections really fail to be a projection?

Let $H$ denote a Hilbert space. For any closed subspace $C \subseteq H$, write $P_C$ for the orthogonal projection onto $C$. Then according to wikipedia, the composite $P_U \circ P_V$ needn't be a ...
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What is a Hilbert space?

I've just seen a question about Hilbert Subspaces. This made me wonder what a Hilbert space is. Can anyone explain in layman's terms?
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Norm inequality for sum and difference of positive-definite matrices

If $X_{1}$ and $X_{2}$ are positive definite matrices, how to show that $\left\Vert X_{1}-X_{2}\right\Vert \le\left\Vert X_{1}+X_{2}\right\Vert$ for the spectral norm? and how about for the nuclear ...
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Does orthogonal decomposition characterize direct sums in Hilbert space?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space with inner product $(\cdot, \cdot)$. I know that if $M$ is a closed subspace of $H$, then $H$ can be written as the direct sum $M \oplus M^\perp$, where $M^\perp$ stands ...
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What's the spectrum of this operator in $\ell^2$?

Suppose that $\ell^2 = \biggl\{(x_n)_n \in \mathbb{K}^{\mathbb{N}_0} \biggm| \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}|{x_n}^2| < +\infty \biggr\}$ is a Hilbert-space with the inproduct $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle_2: ...
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Homeomorphisms between infinite-dimensional Banach spaces and their spheres

As I know Cz. Bessaga has proved that an infinite-dimensional Banach space is homeomorphic to its unit sphere. Unfortunately I do not have his book but I want to know is this theorem true without ...
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Uniform mean ergodic theorem

I'm working in Einsiedler and Ward's book on Ergodic Theory and in Exercise 2.5.4 they want to prove the following $$\lim_{N - M \to \infty} \frac{1}{N - M} \sum_{n = M}^{N - 1} U_T^n f \to P_T f.$$ ...
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What is the difference between an isometric operator and a unitary operator on a Hilbert space?

It seems that both isometric and unitary operators on a Hilbert space have the following property: $U^*U = I$ ($U$ is an operator and $I$ is the identity operator) What is the difference between ...
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Dense subspace of $L^{2}[0,1]$

I know that $C[0,1]$ is dense in $L^{2}[0,1]$ but is $\{f\in C^{2}[0,1]:f(0)=f(1)=0\}$ dense in $L^{2}[0,1]$?
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Norm of a $2\times 2$ matrix as a Hilbert space operator

Work in the Hilbert space $\mathbb C^2$. Let $$A = \begin{bmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \\ \end{bmatrix} $$ be a matrix with entries in $\mathbb C$, and let $A$ ...
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Spectrum proofs

Let $T$ be a densely defined closed unbounded operator on a Hilbert space $H$. Show that if $\lambda$ is a point in the residual spectrum of $T$, then $\bar{\lambda}$ is in the point spectrum of the ...
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Is duality an exact functor on Banach spaces or Hilbert spaces?

Let $V,V',V''$ and $W$ be vector spaces over $k$. Then, it is known that $\operatorname{Hom}(\cdot,V)$ is a contravariant exact functor, i.e. for each exact sequence $0\to V'\to V\to V'' \to 0$, and ...
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Unit Ball of $\mathcal{l}_2$

Let $B(\mathcal{l}_2) :=\{x \in \mathcal{l}_2 : \|x \| \leq 1 \}$ and $S(\mathcal{l}_2) :=\{x \in \mathcal{l}_2 : \|x \| = 1 \}$ be the unit ball and the unit sphere of $\mathcal{l}_2$, respectively. ...
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Optimization problem using Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces

I am encountering a problem concerning Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces (RKHS) in the context of machine learning using Support Vector Machines (SVMs). With refernece to this paper [Olivier ...
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Show that $\|e^{tA}\| \le e^{t\|\Re (A)\|}$

Let $X$ be a complex Hilbert space, and let $A$ be a bounded linear operator on $X$. Define the real part of $A$ to be $\Re(A)=\frac{1}{2}(A^{\star}+A)$, and define ...
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Tensor product of operators

We know that if $T_1$ is a linear bounded operator on a Hilbert space $H_1$ and $T_2$ is a linear bounded operator on a Hilbert space $H_2$ there exists a unique linear bounded operator $T$ on $H_1 ...
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Parallelogram law valid in banach spaces?

It is known that the parallelogram law $\|x-y\|^2+\|x+y\|^2 = 2(\|x\|^2 + \|y\|^2)$ holds in any space with an inner product (the norm being induced by this inner product). Is this formula valid in ...