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Questions tagged [functional-analysis]

Functional analysis, the study of infinite-dimensional vector spaces, often with additional structures (inner product, norm, topology), with typical examples given by function spaces. The subject also includes the study of linear and non-linear operators on these spaces and other topics. For basic questions about functions use more suitable tags like (functions), (functional-equations) or (elementary-set-theory).

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Limit of $L^p$ norm

Could someone help me prove that given a finite measure space $(X, \mathcal{M}, \sigma)$ and a measurable function $f:X\to\mathbb{R}$ in $L^\infty$ and some $L^q$, $\displaystyle\lim_{p\to\infty}\|f\|...
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Norms Induced by Inner Products and the Parallelogram Law

Let $ V $ be a normed vector space (over $\mathbb{R}$, say, for simplicity) with norm $ \lVert\cdot\rVert$. It's not hard to show that if $\lVert \cdot \rVert = \sqrt{\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle}$ ...
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If $f_k \to f$ a.e. and the $L^p$ norms converge, then $f_k \to f$ in $L^p$

Let $1\leq p < \infty$. Suppose that $\{f_k\} \subset L^p$ (the domain here does not necessarily have to be finite), $f_k \to f$ almost everywhere, and $\|f_k\|_{L^p} \to \|f\|_{L^p}$. Why is ...
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$L^p$ and $L^q$ space inclusion

Let $(X, \mathcal B, m)$ be a measure space. For $1 \leq p < q \leq \infty$, under what condition is it true that $L^q(X, \mathcal B, m) \subset L^p(X, \mathcal B, m)$ and what is a counterexample ...
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The $ l^{\infty} $-norm is equal to the limit of the $ l^{p} $-norms. [duplicate]

If we are in a sequence space, then the $ l^{p} $-norm of the sequence $ \mathbf{x} = (x_{i})_{i \in \mathbb{N}} $ is $ \displaystyle \left( \sum_{i=1}^{\infty} |x_{i}|^{p} \right)^{1/p} $. The $ l^{\...
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Let $X$ be an infinite dimensional Banach space. Prove that every Hamel basis of X is uncountable.

Let $X$ be an infinite dimensional Banach space. Prove that every basis of $X$ is uncountable. Can anyone help how can I solve the above problem?
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Discontinuous linear functional

I'm trying to find a discontinuous linear functional into $\mathbb{R}$ as a prep question for a test. I know that I need an infinite-dimensional Vector Space. Since $\ell_2$ is infinite-dimensional, ...
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Understanding of the theorem that all norms are equivalent in finite dimensional vector spaces

The following is a well-known result in functional analysis: If the vector space $X$ is finite dimensional, all norms are equivalent. Here is the standard proof in one textbook. First, pick a ...
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How do you show that $l_p \subset l_q$ for $p \leq q$?

I can't seem to work out the inequality $(\sum |x_n|^q)^{1/q} \leq (\sum |x_n|^p)^{1/p}$ for $p \leq q$ (which I'm assuming is the way to go about it).
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“Every linear mapping on a finite dimensional space is continuous”

From Wiki Every linear function on a finite-dimensional space is continuous. I was wondering what the domain and codomain of such linear function are? Are they any two topological vector spaces (...
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Space of bounded continuous functions is complete

I have lecture notes with the claim $(C_b(X), \|\cdot\|_\infty)$, the space of bounded continuous functions with the sup norm is complete. The lecturer then proved two things, (i) that $f(x) = \lim ...
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Equivalent Definitions of the Operator Norm

How do you prove that these four definitions of the operator norm are equivalent? $$\begin{align*} \lVert A\rVert_{\mathrm{op}} &= \inf\{ c\;\colon\; \lVert Av\rVert\leq c\lVert v\rVert \text{ for ...
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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 $\sum_{n=1}^\...
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Showing the inequality $|\alpha + \beta|^p \leq 2^{p-1}(|\alpha|^p + |\beta|^p)$

I have a small question that I think is very basic but I am unsure how to tackle since my background in computing inequalities is embarrasingly weak - I would like to show that, for a real number $p ...
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Cardinality of a Hamel basis of $\ell_1(\mathbb{R})$

What is the cardinality of a Hamel basis of $\ell_1(\mathbb R)$? Is it deducible in ZFC that it is seemingly continuum? Does it follow from this that each Banach space of density $\leqslant 2^{\...
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The Duals of $l^\infty$ and $L^{\infty}$

Can we identify the dual space of $l^\infty$ with another "natural space"?. If the answer yes what about $L^\infty$. By the dual space I mean the space of all continuous linear functionals.
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The identity cannot be a commutator in a Banach algebra?

The Wikipedia article on Banach algebras claims, without a proof or reference, that there does not exist a (unital) Banach algebra $B$ and elements $x, y \in B$ such that $xy - yx = 1$. This is ...
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Your favourite application of the Baire Category Theorem

I think I remember reading somewhere that the Baire Category Theorem is supposedly quite powerful. Whether that is true or not, it's my favourite theorem (so far) and I'd love to see some applications ...
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Is it possible for a function to be in $L^p$ for only one $p$?

I'm wondering if it's possible for a function to be an $L^p$ space for only one value of $p \in [1,\infty)$ (on either a bounded domain or an unbounded domain). One can use interpolation to show that ...
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Strong and weak convergence in $\ell^1$

Let $\ell^1$ be the space of absolutely summable real or complex sequences. Let us say that a sequence $(x_1, x_2, \ldots)$ of vectors in $\ell^1$ converges weakly to $x \in \ell^1$ if for every ...
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If $f$ is measurable and $fg$ is in $L^1$ for all $g \in L^q$, must $f \in L^p$?

Let $f$ be a measurable function on a measure space $X$ and suppose that $fg \in L^1$ for all $g\in L^q$. Must $f$ be in $L^p$, for $p$ the conjugate of $q$? If we assume that $\|fg\|_1 \leq C\|g\|_q$ ...
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A Banach space is reflexive if and only if its dual is reflexive

How to show that a Banach space $X$ is reflexive if and only if its dual $X'$ is reflexive?
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Inequality between $\ell^p$-norms

Suppose that a sequence $x=(x_n)$ belongs both to $\ell^p$ and $\ell^q$ ($p,q>1$, $p\neq q$). Is there any inequality between $\|x\|_p$ and $\|x\|_q$. Can one $\ell^p$ be continuously embedded into ...
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Nonnegative linear functionals over $l^\infty$

My purpose is a clarification of the role of the axiom of choice in constructing limits for bounded sequences. Namely, we want a linear functional of norm 1 defined on the space of all bounded complex ...
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Real numbers equipped with the metric $ d (x,y) = | \arctan(x) - \arctan(y)| $ is an incomplete metric space

I have to show that the real numbers equipped with the metric $ d (x,y) = | \arctan(x) - \arctan(y)| $ is an incomplete metric space. Certainly, I have to search for a Cauchy sequence of real numbers ...
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Does there exist a linearly independent and dense subset?

Do there exist in infinitely dimensional normed spaces linearly independent and dense subsets? (Existence of linearly independent dense subset is equivalent of existence of dense Hamel Basis.) Thanks....
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weak sequential continuity of linear operators

Suppose I have a weakly sequentially continuous linear operator T between two normed linear spaces X and Y (i.e. $x_n \stackrel {w}{\rightharpoonup} x$ in $X$ $\Rightarrow$ $T(x_n) \stackrel {w}{\...
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Derivative of convolution

Assume that $f(x),g(x)$ are positive and are in $L^1$. Moreover, they are differentiable and their derivative is integrable. Let $h(x)=f(x)*g(x)$, the convolution of $f$ and $g$. Does the derivative ...
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$C([0, 1])$ is not complete with respect to the norm $\lVert f\rVert _1 = \int_0^1 \lvert f (x) \rvert \,dx$

Consider $C([0, 1])$, the linear space of continuous complex-valued functions on the interval $[0, 1]$, with the norm $$\displaystyle\lVert f\rVert_1 = \int_0^1 \lvert f(x)\rvert \,dx.$$ I have to ...
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Dirac Delta or Dirac delta function?

Is Dirac delta a function? What is its contribution to analysis? What I know about it: It is infinite at 0 and 0 everywhere else. Its integration is 1 and I know how does it come.
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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 space} &...
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Not every metric is induced from a norm

I have studied that every normed space $(V, \lVert\cdot \lVert)$ is a metric space with respect to distance function $d(u,v) = \lVert u - v \rVert$, $u,v \in V$. My question is whether every metric ...
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Example of a closed subspace of a Banach space which is not complemented?

In this post, all vector spaces are assumed to be real or complex. Let $(X, ||\cdot||)$ be a Banach space, $Y \subset X$ a closed subspace. $Y$ is called $\underline{\mathrm{complemented}}$, if there ...
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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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How to show if $ \lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $AB^{-1}$, then $ \lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $ B^{-1}A$?

Statement: If $ \lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $AB^{-1}$, then $ \lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $ B^{-1}A$ and vice versa. One way of the proof. We have $B(B^{-1}A ) B^{-1} = AB^{-1}. $ Assuming $ \...
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Complement of $c_{0}$ in $\ell^{\infty}$

How can I show that $c_{0}$ cannot be complemented in $\ell^{\infty}$? Complement in the following sense $$c_{0}+V = \ell^{\infty}$$ And the projections are continuous.
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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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Example to prove that $ C^1[0,1] $ is not a Banach space for the uniform norm?

The space $ C^1[0,1] $- the space of all continuously differentiable functions on $ [0,1]$ is not a Banach space with respect to the sup norm,$ \|.\|_{\infty} $ since the uniform limit of a ...
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Orthogonal complement examples

I am looking for an example such that in a pre-Hilbert space $H$ we have for a subspace $U$ that (i) $\bar{U} \oplus U^\perp \neq H$ (ii) $ \bar{U} \neq U^{\perp \perp}$ Since finite and closed ...
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A net version of dominated convergence?

Let $G$ be a locally compact Hausdorff Abelian topological group. Let $\mu$ be a Haar measure on $G$, i.e. a regular translation invariant measure. Let $f$ be fixed in $\mathcal{L}^1(G, \mu)$. ...
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Relations between p norms

The p-norm is given by $||x||_{p} = (\sum_{n=1}^{\infty }|x_{n}|^{p})^{1/p}$. For $0 < p < q$, it can be shown that $||x||_{p} \geq ||x||_{q}$ (1, 2). It appears that in $R^{n}$ a number of ...
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Compact operator maps weakly convergent sequences into strongly convergent sequences

I found the following property of compact operators in a proof, and I can't prove it. Prove that if $T \in \mathcal{L}(E,F)$ is compact, and if $u_n \rightharpoonup u$ (the sequence converges ...
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Intersection of kernels and linear dependence of functionals

I am trying to prove the following. I have seen it alluded to in other places of the internet (this site included) but without proof. Let $L,L_1\ldots L_n$ be linear functionals on a vector space $X$....
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A natural proof of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality

Most of the proofs of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality on a pre-Hilbert space use a fact that if a quadratic polynomial with real coefficients takes positive values everywhere on the real line, then its ...
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If $1\leq p < \infty$ then show that $L^p([0,1])$ and $\ell_p$ are not topologically isomorphic

If $1\leq p < \infty$ then show that $L^p([0,1])$ and $\ell_p$ are not topologically isomorphic unless $p=2$. Maybe I would have to use the Rademacher's functions.
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Is it true that the unit ball is compact in a normed linear space iff the space is finite-dimensional?

I wonder about the following statement: Unit ball is compact in a real Norm Linear Space (NLS) iff the space is finite dimensional. Is this statement true? How would I go about proving this? I don'...
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Good book for self study of functional analysis

I am a EE grad. student who has had one undergraduate course in real analysis (which was pretty much the only pure math course that I have ever done). I would like to do a self study of some basic ...
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Norm of a symmetric matrix equals spectral radius

How do I prove that the norm of a matrix equals the absolutely largest eigenvalue of the matrix? This is the precise question: Let $A$ be a symmetric $n \times n$ matrix. Consider $A$ as an ...
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$T$ is continuous if and only if $\ker T$ is closed

Let $X,Y$ be normed linear spaces. Let $T: X\to Y$ be linear. If $X$ is finite dimensional, show that $T$ is continuous. If $Y$ is finite dimensional, show that $T$ is continuous if and only if $\ker ...