**Functional analysis** is a branch of mathematical analysis, the core of which is formed by the study of vector spaces endowed with some kind of limit-related structure (e.g. inner product, norm, topology, etc.) and the linear functions defined on these spaces and respecting these structures in a suitable sense. The historical roots of functional analysis lie in the study of spaces of functions and the formulation of properties of transformations of functions such as the Fourier transform as transformations defining continuous, unitary etc. operators between function spaces. This point of view turned out to be particularly useful for the study of differential and integral equations.

- Normed vector spaces
- Hilbert spaces
- Banach spaces
- Linear functional analysis
- Major and foundational results
- Uniform boundedness principle
- Spectral theorem
- Hahn–Banach theorem
- Open mapping theorem
- Closed graph theorem
- Other topics
- Foundations of mathematics considerations
- Points of view
- See also
- References
- Further reading
- External links

The usage of the word * functional * as a noun goes back to the calculus of variations, implying a function whose argument is a function. The term was first used in Hadamard's 1910 book on that subject. However, the general concept of a functional had previously been introduced in 1887 by the Italian mathematician and physicist Vito Volterra.^{ [1] }^{ [2] } The theory of nonlinear functionals was continued by students of Hadamard, in particular Fréchet and Lévy. Hadamard also founded the modern school of linear functional analysis further developed by Riesz and the group of Polish mathematicians around Stefan Banach.

In modern introductory texts to functional analysis, the subject is seen as the study of vector spaces endowed with a topology, in particular infinite-dimensional spaces. In contrast, linear algebra deals mostly with finite-dimensional spaces, and does not use topology. An important part of functional analysis is the extension of the theory of measure, integration, and probability to infinite dimensional spaces, also known as **infinite dimensional analysis**.

The basic and historically first class of spaces studied in functional analysis are complete normed vector spaces over the real or complex numbers. Such spaces are called Banach spaces. An important example is a Hilbert space, where the norm arises from an inner product. These spaces are of fundamental importance in many areas, including the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics, machine learning, partial differential equations, and Fourier analysis.

More generally, functional analysis includes the study of Fréchet spaces and other topological vector spaces not endowed with a norm.

An important object of study in functional analysis are the continuous linear operators defined on Banach and Hilbert spaces. These lead naturally to the definition of C*-algebras and other operator algebras.

Hilbert spaces can be completely classified: there is a unique Hilbert space up to isomorphism for every cardinality of the orthonormal basis.^{ [3] } Finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces are fully understood in linear algebra, and infinite-dimensional separable Hilbert spaces are isomorphic to . Separability being important for applications, functional analysis of Hilbert spaces consequently mostly deals with this space. One of the open problems in functional analysis is to prove that every bounded linear operator on a Hilbert space has a proper invariant subspace. Many special cases of this invariant subspace problem have already been proven.

General Banach spaces are more complicated than Hilbert spaces, and cannot be classified in such a simple manner as those. In particular, many Banach spaces lack a notion analogous to an orthonormal basis.

Examples of Banach spaces are -spaces for any real number . Given also a measure on set , then , sometimes also denoted or , has as its vectors equivalence classes of measurable functions whose absolute value's -th power has finite integral, that is, functions for which one has

If is the counting measure, then the integral may be replaced by a sum. That is, we require

Then it is not necessary to deal with equivalence classes, and the space is denoted , written more simply in the case when is the set of non-negative integers.

In Banach spaces, a large part of the study involves the dual space: the space of all continuous linear maps from the space into its underlying field, so-called functionals. A Banach space can be canonically identified with a subspace of its bidual, which is the dual of its dual space. The corresponding map is an isometry but in general not onto. A general Banach space and its bidual need not even be isometrically isomorphic in any way, contrary to the finite-dimensional situation. This is explained in the dual space article.

Also, the notion of derivative can be extended to arbitrary functions between Banach spaces. See, for instance, the Fréchet derivative article.

There are four major theorems which are sometimes called the four pillars of functional analysis. These are the Hahn-Banach theorem, the Open Mapping theorem, the Closed Graph theorem and the Uniform Boundedness Principle also known as the Banach-Steinhaus theorem. Important results of functional analysis include:

The uniform boundedness principle or Banach–Steinhaus theorem is one of the fundamental results in functional analysis. Together with the Hahn–Banach theorem and the open mapping theorem, it is considered one of the cornerstones of the field. In its basic form, it asserts that for a family of continuous linear operators (and thus bounded operators) whose domain is a Banach space, pointwise boundedness is equivalent to uniform boundedness in operator norm.

The theorem was first published in 1927 by Stefan Banach and Hugo Steinhaus but it was also proven independently by Hans Hahn.

Theorem (Uniform Boundedness Principle).LetXbe a Banach space andYbe a normed vector space. Suppose thatFis a collection of continuous linear operators fromXtoY. If for allxinXone has

then

There are many theorems known as the spectral theorem, but one in particular has many applications in functional analysis.

Theorem:^{ [4] } Let *A* be a bounded self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space *H*. Then there is a measure space (*X*, Σ, μ) and a real-valued essentially bounded measurable function *f* on *X* and a unitary operator *U*:*H*→*L*^{2}_{μ}(*X*) such that

where *T* is the multiplication operator:

and

This is the beginning of the vast research area of functional analysis called operator theory; see also the spectral measure.

There is also an analogous spectral theorem for bounded normal operators on Hilbert spaces. The only difference in the conclusion is that now may be complex-valued.

The Hahn–Banach theorem is a central tool in functional analysis. It allows the extension of bounded linear functionals defined on a subspace of some vector space to the whole space, and it also shows that there are "enough" continuous linear functionals defined on every normed vector space to make the study of the dual space "interesting".

**Hahn–Banach theorem:**^{ [5] } If *p* : *V* → **R** is a sublinear function, and *φ* : *U* → **R** is a linear functional on a linear subspace *U* ⊆ *V* which is dominated by p on U, i.e.

then there exists a linear extension *ψ* : *V* → **R** of φ to the whole space V, i.e., there exists a linear functional ψ such that

The open mapping theorem, also known as the Banach–Schauder theorem (named after Stefan Banach and Juliusz Schauder), is a fundamental result which states that if a continuous linear operator between Banach spaces is surjective then it is an open map. More precisely,:^{ [5] }

**Open mapping theorem.**If*X*and*Y*are Banach spaces and*A*:*X*→*Y*is a surjective continuous linear operator, then*A*is an open map (i.e. if*U*is an open set in*X*, then*A*(*U*) is open in*Y*).

The proof uses the Baire category theorem, and completeness of both *X* and *Y* is essential to the theorem. The statement of the theorem is no longer true if either space is just assumed to be a normed space, but is true if *X* and *Y* are taken to be Fréchet spaces.

The closed graph theorem states the following: If *X* is a topological space and *Y* is a compact Hausdorff space, then the graph of a linear map *T* from *X* to *Y* is closed if and only if *T* is continuous.^{ [6] }

Most spaces considered in functional analysis have infinite dimension. To show the existence of a vector space basis for such spaces may require Zorn's lemma. However, a somewhat different concept, Schauder basis, is usually more relevant in functional analysis. Many very important theorems require the Hahn–Banach theorem, usually proved using the axiom of choice, although the strictly weaker Boolean prime ideal theorem suffices. The Baire category theorem, needed to prove many important theorems, also requires a form of axiom of choice.

Functional analysis in its present form^{ [update] } includes the following tendencies:

*Abstract analysis*. An approach to analysis based on topological groups, topological rings, and topological vector spaces.*Geometry of Banach spaces*contains many topics. One is combinatorial approach connected with Jean Bourgain; another is a characterization of Banach spaces in which various forms of the law of large numbers hold.*Noncommutative geometry*. Developed by Alain Connes, partly building on earlier notions, such as George Mackey's approach to ergodic theory.*Connection with quantum mechanics*. Either narrowly defined as in mathematical physics, or broadly interpreted by, e.g. Israel Gelfand, to include most types of representation theory.

In mathematics, more specifically in functional analysis, a **Banach space** is a complete normed vector space. Thus, a Banach space is a vector space with a metric that allows the computation of vector length and distance between vectors and is complete in the sense that a Cauchy sequence of vectors always converges to a well defined limit that is within the space.

In mathematics, specifically in functional analysis, a **C ^{∗}-algebra** is a Banach algebra together with an involution satisfying the properties of the adjoint. A particular case is that of a complex algebra

In mathematics, any vector space * has a corresponding ***dual vector space** consisting of all linear forms on *, together with the vector space structure of pointwise addition and scalar multiplication by constants.*

The **Hahn–Banach theorem** is a central tool in functional analysis. It allows the extension of bounded linear functionals defined on a subspace of some vector space to the whole space, and it also shows that there are "enough" continuous linear functionals defined on every normed vector space to make the study of the dual space "interesting". Another version of the Hahn–Banach theorem is known as the **Hahn–Banach separation theorem** or the hyperplane separation theorem, and has numerous uses in convex geometry.

In mathematics, a **normed vector space** or **normed space** is a vector space over the real or complex numbers, on which a norm is defined. A norm is the formalization and the generalization to real vector spaces of the intuitive notion of "length" in the real world. A norm is a real-valued function defined on the vector space that is commonly denoted and has the following properties:

- It is nonnegative, that is for every vector x, one has
- It is positive on nonzero vectors, that is,
- For every vector x, and every scalar one has
- The triangle inequality holds; that is, for every vectors x and y, one has

In mathematics, **weak topology** is an alternative term for certain initial topologies, often on topological vector spaces or spaces of linear operators, for instance on a Hilbert space. The term is most commonly used for the initial topology of a topological vector space with respect to its continuous dual. The remainder of this article will deal with this case, which is one of the concepts of functional analysis.

In mathematics, the ** L^{p} spaces** are function spaces defined using a natural generalization of the

In mathematics, particularly linear algebra and functional analysis, a **spectral theorem** is a result about when a linear operator or matrix can be diagonalized. This is extremely useful because computations involving a diagonalizable matrix can often be reduced to much simpler computations involving the corresponding diagonal matrix. The concept of diagonalization is relatively straightforward for operators on finite-dimensional vector spaces but requires some modification for operators on infinite-dimensional spaces. In general, the spectral theorem identifies a class of linear operators that can be modeled by multiplication operators, which are as simple as one can hope to find. In more abstract language, the spectral theorem is a statement about commutative C*-algebras. See also spectral theory for a historical perspective.

In the area of mathematics known as functional analysis, a **reflexive space** is a locally convex topological vector space (TVS) such that the canonical evaluation map from *X* into its bidual is an isomorphism of TVSs. Since a normable TVS is reflexive if and only if it is semi-reflexive, every normed space *X* is reflexive if and only if the canonical evaluation map from *X* into its bidual is surjective; in this case the normed space is necessarily also a Banach space. Note that in 1951, R. C. James discovered a *non*-reflexive Banach space that is isometrically isomorphic to its bidual.

In mathematics, the **uniform boundedness principle** or **Banach–Steinhaus theorem** is one of the fundamental results in functional analysis. Together with the Hahn–Banach theorem and the open mapping theorem, it is considered one of the cornerstones of the field. In its basic form, it asserts that for a family of continuous linear operators whose domain is a Banach space, pointwise boundedness is equivalent to uniform boundedness in operator norm.

In functional analysis and related areas of mathematics, **locally convex topological vector spaces** (**LCTVS**) or **locally convex spaces** are examples of topological vector spaces (TVS) that generalize normed spaces. They can be defined as topological vector spaces whose topology is generated by translations of balanced, absorbent, convex sets. Alternatively they can be defined as a vector space with a family of seminorms, and a topology can be defined in terms of that family. Although in general such spaces are not necessarily normable, the existence of a convex local base for the zero vector is strong enough for the Hahn–Banach theorem to hold, yielding a sufficiently rich theory of continuous linear functionals.

In functional analysis, a branch of mathematics, a **compact operator** is a linear operator , where are normed vector spaces, with the property that maps bounded subsets of to relatively compact subsets of . Such an operator is necessarily a bounded operator, and so continuous. Some authors require that are Banach, but the definition can be extended to more general spaces.

In functional analysis and related areas of mathematics, a **barrelled space** is a topological vector spaces (TVS) for which every barrelled set in the space is a neighbourhood for the zero vector. A **barrelled set** or a **barrel** in a topological vector space is a set that is convex, balanced, absorbing, and closed. Barrelled spaces are studied because a form of the Banach–Steinhaus theorem still holds for them.

In mathematics, a **nuclear space** is a topological vector space with many of the good properties of finite-dimensional vector spaces. The topology on them can be defined by a family of seminorms whose unit balls decrease rapidly in size. Vector spaces whose elements are "smooth" in some sense tend to be nuclear spaces; a typical example of a nuclear space is the set of smooth functions on a compact manifold.

In functional analysis, the concept of a **compact operator on Hilbert space** is an extension of the concept of a matrix acting on a finite-dimensional vector space; in Hilbert space, compact operators are precisely the closure of finite-rank operators in the topology induced by the operator norm. As such, results from matrix theory can sometimes be extended to compact operators using similar arguments. By contrast, the study of general operators on infinite-dimensional spaces often requires a genuinely different approach.

In functional analysis, the **dual norm** is a measure of size for a continuous linear function defined on a normed vector space.

The mathematical concept of a **Hilbert space**, named after David Hilbert, generalizes the notion of Euclidean space. It extends the methods of vector algebra and calculus from the two-dimensional Euclidean plane and three-dimensional space to spaces with any finite or infinite number of dimensions. A Hilbert space is a vector space equipped with an inner product, an operation that allows lengths and angles to be defined. Furthermore, Hilbert spaces are complete, which means that there are enough limits in the space to allow the techniques of calculus to be used.

This is a glossary for the terminology in a mathematical field of functional analysis.

In mathematics, specifically in functional analysis and Hilbert space theory, **vector-valued Hahn–Banach theorems** are generalizations of the Hahn–Banach theorems from linear functionals to linear operators valued in topological vector spaces (TVSs).

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