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How to prove that an operator is compact?

Consider $T\colon\ell^2\to\ell^2$ an operator such that $Te_k=\lambda_k e_k$ with $\lambda_k\to 0$ as $k \to \infty$ how to prove that it is compact?
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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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How to show that this set is compact in $\ell^2$

Let $(a_n)_{n}\in\ell^2:=\ell^2(\mathbb{R})$ be a fixed sequence. Consider the subspace $$C=\{(x_n)_{n}\in\ell^2 : |x_n|\le a_n\text{ for all }n\in\mathbb{N}\}.$$ According to the book [Dunford and ...
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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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Compactness of Multiplication Operator on $L^2$

Suppose we have an bounded linear operator A that operates from $L^2([a,b]) \mapsto L^2([a,b])$. Now suppose that $A(f)(t) = tf(t)$. Is A compact? Edit: I know $A = A^*$ but I'm not really sure ...
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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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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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$\ell_p$ 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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An orthonormal set cannot be a basis in an infinite dimension vector space?

I'm reading the Algebra book by Knapp and he mentions in passing that an orthonormal set in an infinite dimension vector space is "never large enough" to be a vector-space basis (i.e. that every ...
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Is there a constructive proof of this characterization of $\ell^2$?

I would like to revisit this question, which can be equivalently stated as: Proposition. Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real (or complex) numbers such that $\sum a_n b_n$ converges for every $(b_n) ...
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On the weak and strong convergence of an iterative sequence

I have some difficulties in the following problem. I would like to thank for all kind help and construction. Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional real Hilbert space and $F: H\rightarrow H$ be a ...
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Graph of symmetric linear map is closed

A homework problem: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space. Let $T:H\rightarrow H$ be a symmetric linear map ($\langle Tx,y\rangle=\langle x,Ty\rangle$). Show that $S$ is bounded. My attempt: I'd ...
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Is compactness a stronger form of continuity?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space. We say that a linear operator $T \colon H \to H$ is compact if it maps bounded sets to precompact ones, that is, if for every bounded sequence $(a_n)$ in $H$, $(Ta_n)$ has ...
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Different versions of Riesz Theorems

In Wikipedia, there are three versions of Riesz theorems: 1 The Hilbert space representation theorem for the (continuous) dual space of a Hilbert space; 2 The representation theorem for ...
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Hellinger-Toeplitz theorem use principle of uniform boundedness

Suppose $T$ is an everywhere defined linear map from a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ to itself. Suppose $T$ is also symmetric so that $\langle Tx,y\rangle=\langle x,Ty\rangle$ for all ...
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Every Hilbert space has an orthonomal basis - using Zorn's Lemma

The problem is to prove that every Hilbert space has a orthonormal basis. We are given Zorn's Lemma, which is taken as an axiom of set theory: Lemma If X is a nonempty partially ordered set with the ...
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Sum of Closed Operators Closable?

Let $A$ and $B$ be closed operators on a (separable complex) Hilbert space with dense domains $D(A)$ and $D(B)$ respecitvely. Then, we may define the operator $A+B$ on $D(A)\cap D(B)$. In general, ...
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Convergence of a sequence of periodic functions

Motivated by the homogenization theory which studies the effects of high-frequency oscillations in the coefficients upon solutions of PDE, I am thinking about the following question. Let the ...
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Compact operators and uniform convergence

Suppose $T: H \rightarrow H$ is a compact operator, $H$ is a Hilbert space, and let $(A_n)$ be a sequence of bounded linear operators on $H$ converging strongly to $A$. Show that $A_nT$ converges in ...
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Does there exist a real Hilbert space with countably infinite dimension as a vector space over R?

Essentially what the title says - where to me a Hilbert space is a complete (Hermitian) inner product space, am I safe to assume every such real Hilbert space is of uncountable dimension over ...
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Meaning of “kernel”

In analysis, there are at least three kinds of "kernel" concepts: In probability theory, there is a concept called transition probability, also called probability kernel, from one measure space $X$ ...
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Measure on Hilbert Space

On $\mathbb{R}^n$, we of course have the usual Lebesgue meausre. In many ways, separable, infinite-dimesional Hilbert space is the most natural generalization of $\mathbb{R}^n$ to ...
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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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$f$ 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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positive invertible operators

I need the following result. I think it's quite obvious but I don't know how to prove that: Let $C, T : \mathcal{H} \rightarrow \mathcal{H}$ be two positive, bounded, self-adjoint, invertible ...
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Countable family of Hilbert spaces is complete

Let $H_1, H_2, \ldots, H_n$ be a countable family of Hilbert spaces. Let H be the set of tuples $x = (x_1, \ldots, x_n,\ldots)\in \prod_n H_n$ with the property that $$\|x \| ^2 =\sum_n \| x_n \| ...
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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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Haar's base for $L^2[0,1]$

$\newcommand{\span}{\operatorname{span}}$ Define $e_{0,0}\equiv 1$, and for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$ $$e_{n,k}=\begin{cases} 2^{n/2} &\text{if } \frac{k-1}{2^n}\leq x\lt \frac{k-\frac{1}{2}}{2^n}\\ ...
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Norms involving positive operators

Let's say we have $A \leq B$. Is it then true that $||Ax|| \leq ||Bx||$ (where $x, A, B$ all belong to the same finite-dimensional Hilbert space $H$)?
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Show that if the Riesz map is surjective on $H$, then $H$ is a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a vector space equipped with an inner product $(\cdot, \cdot)$ and $f:H\to H',\ f(x)=(\cdot,x)$ surjective. Now, why $H$ is a Hilbert space? The other direction is clear by Riesz' ...
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Normal operators in Hilbert spaces

Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space and let $T:H\to H$ be a continues linear map such that there exists an orthonormal basis of $H$ that consists of the eigenvectors of $T$. Show that $T$ is normal. ...
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Nested sequence of sets in Hilbert space

How can I prove that nested sequence of non-empty bounded closed convex sets in Hilbert space have nonempty intersection? I just don't know where to start. Thanks
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Show $\{u_n\}$ orthonormal, A compact implies $\|Au_n\| \to 0$

I'm having a bit trouble with this homework exercise. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a Hilbert space and $\{u_n\}_{n=1}^\infty$ an orthonormal sequence in $\mathcal{H}$. Let $A$ be a compact operator on ...
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The direct sum of two closed subspace is closed? (Hilbert space)

I know that if $X$ is a Banach space, then, the direct sum of two closed subspace $X_1$ and $x_2$ is not necessarily closed. But what if $X$ is Hilbert? I assume there is something to do with the ...
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Bounded operator and Compactness problem

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space with orthonormal basis $(e_{n})_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$. Furthermore, let $T\colon H\rightarrow C[a,b]$ be a bounded operator. a) Let $x\in [a,b]$. Show that there is a ...
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proof for a basis in $L^2$

I know, correct me if I am wrong, that the functions $H_n(x)\exp(-x^2/2)$ form a complete basis in $L^2(\mathbb{R},dx)$, where $H_n(x)$ is the $n$th Hermite polynomial. This must be true also for ...
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Prove or disprove that the given expression is “always” positive

I have previously asked a question and I tried to solve it by my own and it led to the question below: Prove or disprove that ...
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I need to show that $K$ is compact and that $co(K)$ is bounded, but not closed.

Let $x_n$ be a sequence in a Hilbert space such that $\left\Vert x_n \right\Vert=1$ and $ \langle x_n,\ x_m \rangle =0 $, for all $n \neq m$. Let $ K= \{ x_n/ n : n \in \mathbb{N} \} \cup \{0\} $. ...
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Question about limits of weakly convergent sequence in $H^1_0(\Omega)$

Let $H = H_{0}^{1}(\Omega)$ where $\Omega$ is a bounded domain in $R^N$ whose boundary $\partial\Omega$ is a smooth manifold. We know that the embedding $$H\hookrightarrow L^s(\Omega)$$ is compact for ...
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Range of $Df(a)$ contained in the subspace $\{f(a)\}^{\perp}$ with $f$ differentiable

Let $A$ a open set in a Hilbert Space $H$, suppose that $f:A\to F$ is differentiable at $a\in A$ and that $||f(x)||=c$ forall $x\in A$. Show that range of $Df(a)$ is contained in the subspace ...
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Given two basis sets for a finite Hilbert space, does an unbiased vector exist?

Let $\{A_n\}$ and $\{B_n\}$ be two bases for an $N$-dimensional Hilbert space. Does there exist a unit vector $V$ such that: $$(V\cdot A_j)\;(A_j\cdot V) = (V\cdot B_j)\;(B_j\cdot V) = 1/N\;\;\; \ ...
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Vector, Hilbert, Banach, Sobolev spaces

Trying to wrap my head around all these different spaces. Which one is the most general? Can you summarize the differences between them? Is there a notable space that I missed?
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orthonormal system in a Hilbert space

Let $\{e_n\}$ be an orthonormal basis for a Hilbert space $H$. Let $\{f_n\}$ be an orthonormal set in $H$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{\|f_n-e_n\|}<1$. How do I show that $\{f_n\}$ is also an ...
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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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A linear operator on a finite dimensional Hilbert space is continuous

How do I show that a linear function from a Hilbert space $H$ to itself is continuous if $H$ is finite dimensional? Also, what would be an example of a linear function from a Hilbert space to itself ...
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Weak Convergence implies boundedness and componentwise convergence

Let $\ell^2$ be the set of real number sequences $\{a_n\}$ such that $\sum a_n^2 <\infty$. Let $\langle a_n,y\rangle \rightarrow \langle a,y\rangle$ for some $a\in \ell^2$ and for all $y\in ...
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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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Sequences are Cauchy depending on the norm?

Assume that we have two Banach spaces $B_1, B_2$ with their underlying sets being identical. Is it possible that a Cauchy sequence in one of the spaces would fail to be Cauchy in the other? I am ...
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Counterexample for the stability of orthogonal projections

Let $V$ be a seperable Banach space, which is dense and continuously embedded in a Hilbert Space $H$. Let $(V_m)$ be a Galerkin scheme (See definition below) for $V$. Using the embedding we can ...
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Why are $l^{\infty}$ and $L^{\infty}$ non separable spaces?

$l^p (1≤p<{\infty})$ and $L^p (1≤p<∞)$ are separable spaces. What on earth has changed when the value of p turns from a finite number to ${\infty}$? Our teacher gave us some hints that there ...