Definition and basic properties¶
A linear space over a field is a set , endorsed with the operations of vector addition “” and scalar multiplication “” which are required to fullfill certain properties, usually called axioms. To emphasize the importance of all ingredients, vector spaces are often written as tuples . We always assume that or .
In the following, we list the axioms, which are required to hold for arbitrary and .
Associativity of addition
Commutativity of addition
Existence of a neutral element of addition
Existence of inverse elements of addition
Compatibility of multiplications
Neutral scalar is the neutral element of scalar multiplication
Distributivity with respect to vector addition
Distributivity with respect to scalar addition
Of course, the inverse element is usually denoted with .
The vector space is called a metric space if it is additionally endorsed with a distance function or metric
with the following properties for all :
We call the tuple a Metric space.
A function on intended to measure lengths of vectors is called a norm
if it fulfills the following conditions for all and :
A tuple fulfilling these conditions is called Normed vector space. Note that a norm induces a natural metric via .
Inner product spaces¶
Measure angles and defining notions like orthogonality requires the existence of an inner product
with the following properties for all and :
The tuple is then called an Inner product space. Note that the inner product induces the norm .
We refer to the space as the -dimensional Cartesian space over the field . We choose this notion since Euclidean spaces are usually associated with the Euclidean norm and distance, which are just (important) special cases. Vector addition and scalar multiplication in are, of course, realized with entry-wise addition and scalar multiplication.
The natural inner product in is defined as
with the standard Euclidan norm for . As metric, one usually takes the norm-induced distance function, although other choices are possible.
Weighted Cartesian spaces¶
In the standard definition of inner products, norms and distances, all components of a vector are have the same weight. This can be changed by using weighted versions of those functions as described in the following.
Weighted norms can be defined in different ways. For a general norm , a weighted version is given by
For the -norms with , the definition is usually changed to
where is the -th root of the matrix . The reason for this definition is that for , this version is consistent with the inner product since .
Remark on matrices as operators¶
A matrix can be regarded as a linear operator
It is well known that in the standard case of a Euclidean space, the adjoint operator is simply defined with the conjugate transposed matrix:
However if the spaces and have weighted inner products, this identification is no longer valid. If and are the weighting matrices of the inner products, we get
Thus, the adjoint of the matrix operator between the weighted spaces is rather given as .