PUBLICATIONS DE L'INSTITUT MATHÉMATIQUE (BEOGRAD) (N.S.)
Vol. 35(49), pp. 173--177 (1984)
ON CHARACTERIZATIONS OF INNER-PRODUCT SPACES
O. P. Kapoor and Jagadish PrasadDepartment of Mathematics, I.I.T. Kanpur, India
Abstract: The generalized inner-product $(x,y)$ in a normed linear space $X$ is the right Gateaux derivative of the functional $\|x\|^2/2$ at $x$ in the direction of $y$. The orthogonality relation for the generalized inner-product is $x\perp_G y\Leftrightarrow (x,y)=0$. Tapia has proved that $X$ must be an inner-product space if the generalized inner-product is either symmetric or linear in $y$, and Detlef Laugwitz showed that if dimension $X\geq 3$ and the orthogonality for generalized inner-product is symmetric, then $X$ is an inner-product space. In this note we discuss this orthogonality relation and provide alternative proofs of the results of Tapia and Laugwitz.
Classification (MSC2000): 46B99
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