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$P+Q-PQ$ is a projection if and only if $PQ=QP$.

Let $\mathcal H$ is a Hilbert space and $P,Q:\mathcal H \to \mathcal H$ are projections. I want to show that $P+Q-PQ$ is a projection if and only if $PQ=QP$. If $PQ=QP$ clearly $P+Q-PQ$ is a ...
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The strong operator limit of a sequence of unitary operators

If $\mathcal H$ is a Hilbert space and $U_n \in B(\mathcal H)$ is a strong-operator convergent sequence of unitary operators, say $U_n\rightarrow U$, is it true that $U$ is unitary? More explicitly, ...
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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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Continuity of scalar product

In a Hilbert space $H$ with inner product and associated norm, why would if $\|x-x_n\| \longrightarrow 0$ and $\|y-y_n\| \longrightarrow 0$ also $\langle x_n,y_n\rangle \longrightarrow\langle ...
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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 ...
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Convex subset of Hilbert space as intersection of closed balls

How does one prove that any closed, convex, and bounded subset of a Hilbert space is the intersection of the closed balls that contain it?
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$\sin$ and $\cos$ are the basis of what space?

When learning Fourier expansions, we learn that $\{\sin(mx), \cos(mx)\}_{m \in \Bbb N}$ is an orthonormal basis for our space and thus we can expand functions in it. My question is what space is this ...
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Nonseparable $L^2$ space built on a sigma finite measure space

Is it possible to have a nonseparable $L^2$ Hilbert space for which the underlying measure space is sigma finite? I appreciate any example but prefer one built on the Borel sigma algebra of some ...
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Matrix Representation of Trace Class Operators

Suppose we have a separable Hilbert space (thus with a countable basis) and that represent an operator in matrix form, i.e: $A: H \rightarrow H $$$x \;\rightarrow \sum_{j \in \mathbb{N}}\left(\sum_{k ...
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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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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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A baby version of the Stein-Cotlar almost-orthogonality lemma

The following is an exercise from Stein and Shakarchi's Real Analysis. Suppose $\{T_k\}$ is a collection of bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$, each with norm at most $1$. Suppose also 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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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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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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Adjoint of multiplication by $z$ in the Bergman space

I am learning Hilbert space theory from Halmos' "Introduction to Hilbert space and the theory of spectral multiplicity". While talking about understanding adjoints (p. 39), he calls special ...
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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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Completeness of derivatives of Hilbert basis with respect to a parameter

Let us take a Hilbert basis $\left|x_\lambda\right >$ in a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, i.e. the $\left|x_\lambda\right >$ are a complete, orthonormal set of vectors. The subscript indicates ...
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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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the basis for the Sobolev space $H^1_0([0,1],\mathbb{R})$

According to the Sturm-Liouville theorem, for any continuous function $p\in\mathcal{C}^0([0,1],\mathbb{R})$, there is a Hilbert basis (normlised) $(\psi_n)_{n\geq1}$ of $L^2([0,1],\mathbb{R})$ such ...
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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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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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$\ell_p$ 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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$f$ 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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Properties of reflexive Banach spaces

I just want to see the importance of reflexive Banach spaces and what is special about them compared to other Banach spaces. What kind of properties hold in reflexive spaces that do not necessarily ...
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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: ...