By R. Shankar

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Since J is a function on a space of functions, it is called a functional. To summarize, we are minimizing a functional J : V → R. Unlike in the case of Rn , there does not exist a “universal” function space. Many different choices for V are possible, and specifying the desired space V is part of the problem formulation. Another issue is that in order to define local minima of J over V , we need to specify what it means for two functions in V to be close to each other. 2, a ball of radius ε with respect to the standard Euclidean norm on Rn was used to define the notion of closeness.

Unlike in the case of Rn , there does not exist a “universal” function space. Many different choices for V are possible, and specifying the desired space V is part of the problem formulation. Another issue is that in order to define local minima of J over V , we need to specify what it means for two functions in V to be close to each other. 2, a ball of radius ε with respect to the standard Euclidean norm on Rn was used to define the notion of closeness. In the present case we will again employ ε-balls, but we need to specify which norm we are going to use.

The requirement that δJ|y must be a linear functional is understood in the usual sense: δJ|y (α1 η1 + α2 η2 ) = α1 δJ|y (η1 ) + α2 δJ|y (η2 ) for all η1 , η2 ∈ V and α1 , α2 ∈ R. The first variation as defined above corresponds to the so-called Gateaux derivative of J, which is just the usual derivative of J(y + αη) with respect to α (for fixed y and η) evaluated at α = 0: J(y + αη) − J(y) . 5). Now, suppose that y ∗ is a local minimum of J over some subset A of V . We call a perturbation3 η ∈ V admissible (with respect to the subset A) if y ∗ + αη ∈ A for all α sufficiently close to 0.

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