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Is this space a Hilbert Space?

I have a space of continuously differentiable functions on [a, b] with the dot product defined in this way: $ x \cdot y = \int_a^b \! [x(t)y(t) + x'(t)y'(t)] \, \mathrm{d}t. $ Is this space a Hilbert ...
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Is there a useful relationship between pointwise and $L^2$ distance?

It would be really convenient to get a bound on the point-wise closeness of functions by knowing their $L^2$ distance. Clearly, if two functions are close in the $L^2$ sense, you cannot get a general ...
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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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Does a symmetric operator on a Hilbert space have a symmetric adjoint?

Suppose we have a linear operator $T$, densely-defined on some Hilbert space. If $T$ is symmetric (i.e., $T^*$ extends $T$: notationally, $T\subseteq T^*$) does it follow that $T^*$ is also symmetric ...
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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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Is $H^1(M) \subset L^2(M) \subset H^{-1}(M)$ a Hilbert triple for $M$ a manifold with boundary?

Is $H^1(M) \subset L^2(M) \subset H^{-1}(M)$ a Hilbert triple for $M$ a manifold with boundary? What smoothness is required of the boundary? I would be grateful for some references to this.
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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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Question about example of non-separable Hilbert space

I have come across the following example of a non-separable Hilbert space: Example 2.84. Let $I$ be a set, equipped with the discrete topology and the counting measure $\lambda_{\text{ count}}$ ...
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How to show a compact, closed-range operator on an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space has finite rank, without using the open-mapping theorem?

If $H$ is an $\infty$-dimensional Hilbert space and $T:H\to{H}$ is a compact operator with closed range, how do I show that $T$ has finite rank, without using the open-mapping theorem? (The ...
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$L^{2}$ functions

Let $f(x)$ be a continuous function for all $x\in \mathbb R$, such that $f\in L^{2}(\mathbb R)$ (i.e., $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}|f(x)|^{2}dx<\infty$), and define $$f_{o}(x):=\sup_{|x-y|\leq ...
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Equivalent formulations: pure contraction

I want to prove the following equivalence: let $T$ be a bounded self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $H$. TFAE: $\|Tx\|<\|x\|$ for each $x\in H\setminus\{0\}$ $\|T\|\leq1$ and ...
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Brownian motion, reproducing kernel Hilbert space, and the Laplace operator

Consider the standard Brownian motion on $[0,1]$: $$ dB_t, \; B_0 = 0, $$ defined on the probability space $(\Omega, P)$. It covariance function is $K(s,t) = \min \{s , t\}$ on $[0,1] \times ...
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Composition of projections has a fixed point in a Hilbert space

Let Let H be a Hilbert space with an inner product ⟨⋅,⋅⟩ : H×H→R, and induced norm $∥⋅∥ : H→R_+$ Let $C_1$ and $C_2$ be closed, convex, nonempty, disjoint subsets of $H$ with at least one of ...
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Using Lax Milgram to find a weak solution in an intersection of Sobolev spaces

I am trying to prove the existence of a weak solution of the problem: $$ -\Delta^2 u = f \in L^2(U)\\ \\ u|_{\partial U}=\Delta u|_{\partial U} = 0 $$ on the bounded open set $U\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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Brownian Motion Covariance: max instead of min

It is known that $\operatorname{Cov}(B_t,B_s)=\min(t,s)$ where $B$ is Brownian motion. Can one think of an Ito process or integral (preferrably plain Gaussian process) $W$ such that ...
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Show $T$ is compact

$H$ and $K$ are Hilbert Spaces, $(u_n)$ and $(v_n)$ are sequences in $H$ and $K$ respectively. $\sum_{n=1}^{n=\infty} \|u_n\|\|v_n\| $ converges. $T\colon H\rightarrow K$ is defined by ...
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Spectral theorem for unitary operators

I saw in several texts, as a part of the spectral theorem for unitary operators, that given a unitary operator $U$ on a Hilbert space $H$ (say it is separable), $H$ can be decomposed as an orthogonal ...
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An inner product on the dual space of a non-complete inner product space?

As is well known, for any Hilbert space $V$, there is a natural inner product on the continuous dual. (the space of all continuous linear functionals). Is there a way to endow an inner product on ...
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Pointwise approximation of a closed operator

If $T:\mathcal D(T) \rightarrow \mathcal Y$ is a closed operator from a Banach space $\mathcal X$ to a Banach space $\mathcal Y$, is it possible to find bounded operators $T_n\in \mathscr B(\mathcal ...
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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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Positive Operators: Definition?

Definitions Given an operator algebra $\mathcal{A}\subseteq\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ with $1\in\mathcal{A}$ Consider selfadjoint operators $A=A^*\in\mathcal{A}$. Define positive elements by: ...
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Is there an orthonormal basis for $L_2[0,1]$ consisting of convex functions?

Is there an orthonormal basis $\{\phi_{\alpha}\}$ for the space $L_2[0,1]$ of square-integrable functions from $[0,1]$ to $\mathbb{R}$ such that every $\phi_{\alpha}$ is convex? Edit: A helpful ...
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Prove or disprove this argument

Let $L>0$ and let $\Omega$ be the set of all integrable functions from $[0,L]$ to $]0,+\infty[$. For all $\varphi, \psi \in \Omega$ define $\left \langle \varphi,\psi \right ...
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Don't understand this proof of equivalence of weak solutions to PDE

I'm trying to understand the proof that (c) implies (a) here in the following proposition (here, $\mathcal{V} = L^2(0,T;V)$). See the very last line in the image for that part: $$$$ $$$$ I give here ...
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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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Is this a spectral decomposition/embedding/isometry?

Given a symmetric p.s.d matrix G, we know that a gram matrix/inner-product representation, X exists where $G=X^TX$ and $X=U\lambda^{1/2}$ via the eigen decomposition of $G$. Now if I take the same ...
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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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Conditions for the sequence being weakly convergent

Let $H=\ell_2$ be the Hilbert space of the square-summable sequences where $$ \langle x,y\rangle=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}x_iy_i, \quad \|x\|=\sqrt{\langle x,x\rangle}. $$ Let $F: H\rightarrow H$ be an ...
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Sum of operator and adjoint is self-adjoint

In abstract Hodge theory there is the following lemma: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $A \in \mathcal{C}(H)$ a densely defined, closed operator (so possibly unbounded) and $A^*$ its adjoint operator. ...
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Relations between spectrum and quadratic forms in the unbounded case

Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space. If $B$ is a bounded self-adjoint operator on $H$ then its spectrum is a closed and bounded subset of the real line and we can find its extremes in terms of the ...
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What are the negative-dimentional n-sphere and n-cube?

The generalized formula for the volume and surface area of n-sphere allows to evaluate volumes and areas of negative-dimentional n-spheres. $$\begin{array}{ll} S_{n-1}(R) &= ...
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Bounded operator that does not attain its norm

What is a bounded operator on a Hilbert space that does not attain its norm? An example in $L^2$ or $l^2$ would be preferred. All of the simple examples I have looked at (the identity operator, the ...
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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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Boundedness of operator on Hilbert space

I have the following question: let $\mathcal{H}$ be a Hilbert space and $\{\varphi_{i}\}_{i \in \mathbb{N}}$ be an orthonormal basis. Furthermore let $T: \mathcal{H} \rightarrow \mathcal{H}$ be an ...
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Why do bases of infinite dimensional spaces need to be orthonormal?

I asked this question following a discussion in my Mathematical Methods course and didn't get a satisfactory answer. If we have an infinite dimensional Hilbert space, why do we need an orthonormal ...
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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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A counterexample to theorem about orthogonal projection

Can someone give me an example of noncomplete inner product space $H$, its closed linear subspace of $H_0$ and element $x\in H$ such that there is no orthogonal projection of $x$ on $H_0$. In other ...
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Compact operator

If $H$ and $K$ are Hilbert spaces,show that if $T:H\longrightarrow K$ is a compact operator and $\{e_{n}\}$ is any orthonormal sequence in $H$ then $\|Te_{n}\|\to0$.Is the converse true? thanks.
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Is this operator bounded? Hilbert space projection

Let $V \subset H$ be Hilbert spaces (different inner products) with $V$ dense in $H$. Let $b_n$ be an orthonormal basis for $H$ and an orthogonal basis for $V$. Define $$P_n:H \to ...
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A counterexample on the existence of some sequence in Hilbert space

I want to find a uniformly bounded sequence $\{x_n\}$ in $l^2(\mathbb{C})$ such that $x_n$ does not converge to zero in weak topology, i.e., $\exists ~y\in l^2(\mathbb{C}),$ such that $\langle y, ...
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Subspaces of Hilbert Spaces of finite dimension

Given a Hilbert space $H$ of finite dimension, why is any subspace of this space closed? I tried bashing out an answer using an arbitrary Cauchy sequence $\{ f_1 , f_2, \ldots \} \subset S \subset H $ ...
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Do all angles occur in Hilbert spaces?

Let $X$ be a Hilbert space with scalar product $(\cdot,\cdot)$. Then for two vectors $v,w$ of norm $1$, we can interpret $(v,w)$ as an angle, so that $(v,w)=\cos(\varphi)$ for a unique angle ...
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Separability of the space of bounded operators on a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a (separable) infinite dimensional Hilbert space, and $B(H)$ the space of bounded operators on $H$. Is $B(H)$ separable in the operator norm topology? What about in the strong and weak ...
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Paradox or Error: On the inclusion of dense subspaces into Hilbert spaces

the following observations are very simple, but I suppose they contain an error, which I haven't been able to find it so far. Maybe somebody can help how to fix it: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $U$ be ...
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One of these two operators is not invertible

I have a Hilbert space $H$ and a bounded self-adjoint operator $T$ on it with $||T||=1$. I've been trying to show that at least one of $I+T, I-T$ are not invertible, but I haven't been able to make ...
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Normal $T\in B(H)$ has a nontrivial invariant subspace

I am wondering if the following is true: Every normal $T\in B(H)$ has a nontrivial invariant subspace if $\dim(H)>1$?
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Hilbert-Schmidt Operator

We have just covered Hilbert-Schmidt operators in class (which I missed) and I am having a hard time getting my head around them. I know the definition: If $H$ is a Hilbert space and ...
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Does $S^\bot+T^\bot = (S\cap T)^\bot$ hold in infinite-dimensional spaces?

If $S$ and $T$ are subspaces of some finite-dimensional inner product space then $$S^\bot+T^\bot = (S\cap T)^\bot.$$ See, for example, this post or this post Does it hold in infinite-dimensional ...
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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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Show that linear Operator on $\ell^2$ is unbounded

Currently, I am preparing for a next semester course and trying to figure out some basic concepts in functional analysis. Let $T:\mathcal{D}(T)\to \ell^2$ be defined by ...