Definition talk:Hilbert Space

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Different definition of Hilbert space

A work under study 1975: Bert Mendelson: Introduction to Topology (3rd ed.) defines a Hilbert space as $H = \struct {\R^\infty, d}$ where:

$\ds \R^\infty := \prod_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty \R$
$\ds \map d {u, v} := \paren {\sum_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty \paren {u_i - v_i}^2}^{1/2}$

where $u = \tuple {u_1, u_2, \ldots}, v = \tuple {u_1, u_2, \ldots}$ for $u_1, u_2, \ldots, v_1, v_2 \ldots \in \R$.

Can this be reconciled with the definition as given in this page? Clearly Mendelson's definition is a specific instance of what is given here, in the limited context of a generalization of a Euclidean vector space, but I am having difficulty finding sources to back up Mendelson's definition.

Is anyone able to help? In the meantime I am skipping this chapter in Mendelson until I get an idea of where this is going to need to go. --prime mover (talk) 12:59, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

The space defined above is intended to be the Hilbert sequence space $\map {\ell^2} \R$. However, it omits the square-summability condition which is necessary to make $d$ a metric. Does that provide you with a start for further inquiry? — Lord_Farin (talk) 13:54, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks -- yes I wondered about that as well ... but as you say, it doesn't have that extra bit.
I may merely add it as an extension of the Euclidean vector space and call it an "infinite-dimensional Euclidean vector space" and take it from there, adding an Also known as. --prime mover (talk) 18:00, 4 January 2015 (UTC)


I think Hilbert space is $\struct {V, d}$, not $V$. So we need modification.--Bltzmnn.k (talk) 04:04, 26 January 2018 (EST)

I am afraid I don't understand your remark. Could you please clarify? — Lord_Farin (talk) 12:15, 28 January 2018 (EST)