# Matt N.

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 Jun24 comment Density of linear span of idempotents in $L^{\infty}$ @DanielFischer Oh, I see that you already gave this hint in your very first comment to this question! Thank you : ) Jun24 comment Density of linear span of idempotents in $L^{\infty}$ @DanielFischer Could you give me a hint on how to show that the simple functions are dense in $L^\infty$? What I have is that if $\varepsilon > 0$ then the goal is to find measurable sets $S_1,\dots, S_n$ and coefficients $c_1,\dots, c_n$ such that $$\|f- \sum_{k=1}^n c_k \chi_{S_k}\|_\infty < \varepsilon$$ Now I'm not sure how to actually construct the sets and determine the coefficients. Jun24 comment Density of linear span of idempotents in $L^{\infty}$ @DanielFischer Thank you! And: Yes, you're right (we are pedantic : )) Jun24 comment Density of linear span of idempotents in $L^{\infty}$ @DanielFischer Am I right that $f\in L^\infty$ is idempotent if and only if $f=\chi_S$ (characteristic function) for $S\subseteq \Omega$ measurable? Jun24 revised Maximal abelian subalgebra of Banach algebra is closed and contains the unit deleted 2 characters in body; edited tags; edited title Jun19 comment Coarsest and Finest Topology Then it depends on whether the smallest generated topology is a subset of the given family or not. Maybe you could add the new assumption to the question and then someone more knowledgable than myself will write an answer. Jun19 comment Coarsest and Finest Topology No. For example if the family does not contain the empty set. Jun18 comment Distribution of $\log X$ @t.b. There is a smoke signal for you. And a cave painting. Not sure you get pinged if I send you a comment but I'm going to try. Jun16 comment Another limit to evaluate: $\lim\limits_{x \to \infty}\frac{x-\sin x }{x-\tan x}$ Copy pasting from the question into wolfram alpha gives $1$ for me. Jun14 answered “Every linear mapping on a finite dimensional space is continuous” Jun14 comment “Every linear mapping on a finite dimensional space is continuous” Isn't $T(E)$ of dimension $\le n$? (assuming $E$ is of dimension $n$) Jun13 comment In topology class, continuous and surjective problem @topy It was a pleasure! Jun13 comment In topology class, continuous and surjective problem @topy Regarding your question in the comment: If you endow $[a,b]$ with the subspace topology then $[a,y) = [a,b]\cap (-\infty,y)$ hence $[a,y)$ is open in $[a,b]$. It is not closed since if it was both closed and open we could write $[a,b]$ as a disjoint union of open sets which would contradict the fact that $[a,b]$ is connected. Jun13 comment In topology class, continuous and surjective problem @topy They are open by the definition of the subspace topology: If $Y$ is any subset of $\mathbb R$ then a set $S\subseteq Y$ in the subspace topology on $Y$ is defined to be open if there exists an open set $O \subseteq \mathbb R$ such that $S= Y \cap O$. Now in your question $Y$ is $f([0,1])$. Since $(y,\infty)$ is open in $\mathbb R$ the set $f([0,1]) \cap (y,\infty)$ is open in $f([0,1])$ (in the subspace topology). Jun13 comment A problem about general topology. @DanielFischer What I don't understand is: how can one check something is a base for the topology on $X$ when one is not given a topology on $X$? Jun13 answered In topology class, continuous and surjective problem Jun11 awarded Popular Question Jun7 comment Find the minimum distance that equal maximum inner product Yes, I'm still trying to understand. Jun7 comment Find the minimum distance that equal maximum inner product But left side of what? Jun7 comment Find the minimum distance that equal maximum inner product Is there a condition missing or am I misunderstanding something?