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A common generalization of functional equations characterizing normed and quasi-inner-product spaces. (English) Zbl 0712.39021
We determine the general solutions of the functional equation \(f_ 1(x+y)+f_ 2(x-y)=f_ 3(x)+f_ 4(y),\) x,y\(\in G\) for \(f_ i: G\to F\) \((i=1,2,3,4)\), where G is a 2-divisible group and F is a commutative field of characteristic different from 2. The motivation for studying this equation came from a result due to Drygas where he proved a Jordan and von Neumann type characterization theorem for quasi-inner products. Also, this equation is a generalization of the quadratic functional equation investigated by several authors in connection with inner product spaces and their generalizations. Special cases of this equation include the Cauchy equation, the Jensen equation, the Pexider equation and many more. Here, we determine the general solution of this equation without any regularity assumptions on \(f_ i\).
Reviewer: P.K.Sahoo

39B42 Matrix and operator functional equations
39B52 Functional equations for functions with more general domains and/or ranges
46C15 Characterizations of Hilbert spaces
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