# Finite dimensional subspace of Hilbert space and basis

Let $H$ be infinite-dimensional Hilbert space with basis functions $b_i$.

Let $B_n = \text{span}\{b_1, ...,b_n\}$.

So $\text{dim}(N) = n$.

Let $c_i$ be another basis for $H$. Is it true that $$B_n = \text{span}\{c_{j_1}, ..., c_{j_n}\}$$ for some indices ${j_i}$?

I think so since $B_n$ has dimension $n$ so anything in the set can be written as sum of $n$ basis functions?

• No, that need not be. Consider $n = 1$ for simple counterexamples. Jul 9 '13 at 20:55
• Please see my answer in this question:math.stackexchange.com/questions/430211/… Jul 9 '13 at 22:27
• @ShuhaoCao Nice answer Jul 11 '13 at 21:35

It is not even true for finite-dimensional spaces. Let $B = \mathrm{span}(e_1) \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ and look at the basis $c_1 = (1,1)$, $c_2 = (1,-1)$ of $\mathbb{R}^2$.