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Avishek Sen Gupta on 28 September 2021

This post lists solutions to many of the exercises in the **Distance Metrics section 1.2** of *Erwin Kreyszig’s* **Introductory Functional Analysis with Applications**. This is a work in progress, and proofs may be refined over time.

For reference, the axioms **(M1)** to **(M4)** for a distance metric are as follows:

**(M1)****Nonnegative, Real, and Bounded:**\(0 \leq d(x,y)<\infty, d(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}\)**(M2)****Principle of Indiscernibles:**\(d(x,y)=0\) if and only if \(x=y\)**(M3)****Symmetry:**\(d(x,y)=d(y,x)\)**(M4)****Triangle Inequality:**\(d(x,y) \leq d(x,z) + d(z,y)\)

**Proof:** The space referred to is the space of all bounded and unbounded sequences.

The candidate metric is defined as:

\[d(x,y)=\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty \mu_i\frac{|x_i-y_i|}{1+|x_i-y_i|}\]**(M1)** \(d(x,y)\) is bounded, non-negative, and real.

We know that \(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty \mu_i\) converges, thus if we prove \(\lambda_i \mu_i<mu_i\), we will have proved that \(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty \lambda_i \mu_i\) converges, and is thus real, bounded.

Indeed, if we examine \(d(x,y)\), we can make the following observation:

\[d(x,y)=\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty \mu_i\underbrace{\frac{|x_i-y_i|}{1+|x_i-y_i|}}_{0\leq\lambda<1}\]Thus, \(d(x,y)\) is bounded and real. \(d(x,y)\) is also nonnegative because \(0\leq\lambda<1\) and \(\mu_i>0\).

**(M2)** \(d(x,y)=0\) if and only if \(x=y\).

This is evident since:

\[d(x,x)=\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty \mu_i\frac{|x_i-x_i|}{1+|x_i-x_i|}=0\]**(M3)** \(d(x,y)=d(y,x)\)

This is easily seen since the modulus sign guarantees that:\(\vert x_i-y_i\vert=\vert y_i-x_i \vert\), and thus \(d(x,y)=d(y,x)\).

**(M4)** \(d(x,y) \leq d(x,z) + d(z,y)\)

For convenience of notation, let us denote use the following notation:

\[A=|x_i-y_i| \\ B=|y_i-z_i| \\ C=|z_i-y_i|\]We’d like to prove that:

\[\require{cancel} \frac{A}{1+A} \leq \frac{B}{1+B} + \frac{C}{1+C} \\ = \frac{B+C+2BC}{(1+B)(1+C)} \\ \Rightarrow A(1+B)(1+C) \leq (B+C+2BC)(1+A) \\ \Rightarrow A+\cancel{CA}+\cancel{AB}+\cancel{ABC} \leq B+C+2BC+\cancel{AB}+\cancel{CA}+\cancel{2}ABC \\ \Rightarrow A \leq B+C+2BC+ABC \\ \Rightarrow |x_i-y_i| \leq |x_i-z_i|+|z_i-y_i|+2BC+ABC\]Thus, we need to prove that:

\[|x_i-y_i| \leq |x_i-z_i|+|z_i-y_i|+2BC+ABC\]where \(A,B,C \geq 0\).

We already know from the **Triangle Inequality** that:

Thus, we have:

\[\frac{A}{1+A} \leq \frac{B}{1+B} + \frac{C}{1+C}\]Multiplying throughout by \(\mu_i\), and summing over \(i\), we have:

\[\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty\mu_i\frac{A}{1+A} \leq \sum_{i=1}^\infty\mu_i\frac{B}{1+B} + \sum_{i=1}^\infty\mu_i\frac{C}{1+C} \\ \Rightarrow d(x,y) \leq d(x,z) + d(z,y)\]Thus, \(d(x,y)\) is a metric.

\[\blacksquare\]**Proof:**
From the identity involving conjugate exponents, we know that:

Set \(p=2\), then we get \(q=2\), so that we get:

\[2\alpha \beta \leq \frac{\alpha^2}{2} + \frac{\beta^2}{2} + \alpha \beta \\ \Rightarrow 4\alpha \beta \leq \alpha^2 + \beta^2 + 2\alpha \beta \\ \Rightarrow \alpha \beta \leq {\left(\frac{\alpha + \beta}{2}\right)}^2 \\ \Rightarrow \sqrt{\alpha \beta} \leq \frac{\alpha + \beta}{2}\]This proves that the Geometric Mean of two numbers cannot exceed their Arithmetic Mean.

\[\blacksquare\]\({(|\xi_1| + \cdots + |\xi_n|)}^2 \leq n ({|\xi_1|}^2 + \cdots + {|\xi_n|}^2)\).

**Proof:** The Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality is :

Set \(y_i=1\), so that we get:

\[\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^n |x_i| \leq {\left( \displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^n {|x_i|}^2 \right)}^\frac{1}{2} \\ \Rightarrow {\left(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^n |x_i|\right)}^2 \leq \displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^n {|x_i|}^2 \\ \Rightarrow {(|x_1| + \cdots + |x_n|)}^2 \leq n ({|x_1|}^2 + \cdots + {|x_n|}^2)\] \[\blacksquare\]**Answer:**

\((x_k)=\frac{1}{n}\) is the key to creating sequences which converge, but whose corresponding series are not summable. The issue is that you cannot just use \((x_k)=\frac{1}{n}\) because for \(p>1\), we have \(S_k=\displaystyle\sum {\left(\frac{1}{n}\right)}^p\) will converge, and obviously we do not want that.
The trick is to introduce a numerator which will clearly show divergence of the series (using the Ratio Test for example), but then write the series as the **numerator** number of \(\frac{1}{n}\) terms.

Let us take a simple example: consider the sequence \((x_k)=\frac{n+1}{n}\). The series is then written as:

\[x_k=\{2, \frac{3}{2}, \frac{4}{3}, \frac{5}{4}, \frac{6}{5}, \cdots \}\]But the above could also be written like so:

\[y_k=\{\underbrace{\frac{1}{1}, \frac{1}{1}}_{\text{Two }1}, \underbrace{\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2}}_{\text{Three }\frac{1}{2}}, \underbrace{\frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3}}_{\text{Four }\frac{1}{3}}, \underbrace{\frac{1}{4}, \frac{1}{4}, \frac{1}{4}, \frac{1}{4}, \frac{1}{4}}_{\text{Five }\frac{1}{4}}, \cdots \}\]This shows that the limit of this sequence is zero, even though the “parent” series is clearly not summable. Breaking up the terms of a divergent series to create a new sequence which has a finite limit is the key idea here.

However, in the above example, the choice of numerator \(n+1\) does not pass the Ratio Test for divergence, because \(\frac{x_{k+1}}{x_k}=\frac{n^2+2n}{n^2+2n+1}<1\). We will thus need a bigger numerator. An additive factor will not do, because for all \(K>0\), we will get \(\frac{x_{k+1}}{x_k}=\frac{2n}{n+1}>1\), for \(n>1\), which is always going to be the case for our series..

An exponential factor like \(2^n\) will work as the numberator, because then we have \(\frac{x_{k+1}}{x_k}=\frac{n^2+2n}{n^2+2n+1}<1\)
**Note:** \((n+1)\) is not the only choice for a numerator. Anything that is clearly bigger than the denominator should do. \(2^n\), for example is also a valid choice. The choice will affect how many \(\frac{1}{n}\) terms will appear from each term in the original series.

\(z_k\) is an example of a sequence which converges to zero, but whose series diverges for all \(p \geq 1\).

**Answer:**

\((x_i)=\frac{1}{i}\) converges to 0. \(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty{(\frac{1}{i})}^p\) diverges to \(\infty\) for \(p\leq 1\), and thus violates the condition for a sequence in \(\ell^p\) spaces, i.e. \(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty{\vert\xi_i\vert}^p<\infty\) for \(p \leq 1\).

**Proof:**

By the definition of set membership, we can say that if \(x,y \in A\), and \(A\subset B\), then \(x,y \in B\).

Consider the set of all distances in \(A\) and \(B\), like so:

\[\Delta_A={d(x,y): x,y \in A} \\ \Delta_B={d(u,v): u,v \in B}\]Since \(x,y\in A \Rightarrow x,y \in B\), all \(d(x,y):x,y \in A\) must exist in \(\Delta_B\). Thus, we have:

\[\Delta_A \subset \Delta_B\]Thus, \(\delta(A)=\sup \Delta_A\) exists in \(\Delta_B\), i.e.,

\[\begin{equation} \delta(A) \in \Delta_B \label{eq:diameter-A-in-DeltaB} \end{equation}\]By the definition of the diameter of a bounded set, we have:

\[\begin{equation} \delta_B=\sup \Delta_B \label{eq:diameter-B-sup-DeltaB} \end{equation}\]Putting \(\eqref{eq:diameter-A-in-DeltaB}\) and \(\eqref{eq:diameter-B-sup-DeltaB}\) together, implies that:

\[\delta(A) \leq \delta(B)\]**Verbal Reasoning**: \(\delta(A)\) is *a* member of \(B\), while \(\delta(B)\) is the least upper bound of \(B\), thus \(\delta(A)\) has to be less than or, at the most, equal to this least upper bound \(\delta(B)\).

**Proof:**

We prove the **“if”** side of the claim first.

Assume \(A=\{x\}\).

Then the set \(\Delta_A={d(x,x)}\).

Therefore \(\delta(A)=\sup \Delta_A=d(x,x)\).

By the definition of a distance metric, \(d(x,x)=0\).

Thus, we get:

\[\delta(A)=0\] \[\blacksquare\]For the **“only if”** side of implication, Let \(\delta(A)=\sup \Delta_A=0\).

By the definition of a distance metric, \(d(x,y)\geq 0\).

Thus, all other elements of \(\Delta_A\) have to be zero. This implies there is only one element in \(\Delta_A={0}\).

Therefore, distances between all points \(x \in A\) must be zero.

By the definition of a distance metric, \(d(x,y)=0\) if \(x=y\).

Therefore, all points must be equal to each other, i.e., there is only one point in \(A\).

\[\blacksquare\]\(D(A,B) = \inf d(a, b)\).

**Proof:**

Consider \(A={3,4}\), and \(B={4,5}\).

Then, we have:

Then \(D(P(A),P(B))=\inf d(a,b)=0\)

However, \(P(A) \neq P(B)\).

Thus, property **(M1)** of the distance metric is violated, and \(D\) is not a valid distance metric on the power set of \(X\).

**Proof:**

Let \(\Delta_{XY}=\{d(x,y):x \in A\, y \in B\}\)

Let \(A \cap B \neq \emptyset\), then there exists at least one element \(p\in A,B\).

Then, \(d(p,p) \in \Delta_{XY}\) and \(d(p,p)=0\).

Since a distance metric must be nonnegative, \(D(A,B)=\inf\Delta_{XY}=0\)

\[\blacksquare\]The converse is not true. To see why this is not true, remember that **the infimum/supremum of a set does not have to belong to that set**. Therefore, two sets can have the same infimum/supremum while still having their intersection be the null set.

Thus, consider the set formed by the sequence \(\{\frac{1}{2^n}\}\). Then \(X=\{\frac{1}{2^n}\}\) The infimum (and the limit point) of \(X\) is \(0\).

Now consider a second set \(Y={0}\).

Then, let \(\Delta_{XY}\) is the set of all distances between \(X\) and \(Y\), defined as:

\[\begin{align*} \Delta_{XY}&=\{d(x,y):x \in A, y \in B\} \\ &=\Bigl\{\frac{1}{2} - 0, \frac{1}{2^2} - 0, \frac{1}{2^3} - 0, \frac{1}{2^4} - 0, ...\Bigr\} \\ &=\Bigl\{\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2^2}, \frac{1}{2^3}, \frac{1}{2^4}, ...\Bigr\} \end{align*}\]We know then that:

\[\lim\limits_{n\rightarrow\infty}\frac{1}{2^n}=0 \\ \Rightarrow \lim\limits_{n\rightarrow\infty}\Delta_{XY}=0 \\\]In this case, \(\Delta_{XY}\) has no Least Upper Bound. Then, \(D{X,Y}\) is:

\[D(X,Y)=\inf\Delta_{XY}=0 \\\]This is a case where \(D(X,y)=0\), even though \(X\cap Y=\emptyset\).

Thus, we see that:

\(|D(x,B) - D(y,B)| \leq d(x, y)\).

**Proof:**

We have, from the **Triangle Inequality**,

We also have:

\[\begin{equation} d(y,b) \leq d(y,x) + d(x,b) \\ \Rightarrow d(y,b) \leq d(x,y) + d(x,b) \\ \Rightarrow d(y,b)-d(x,b) \leq d(x,y) \label{eq:1-2-10-2} \end{equation}\]From the results of \(\eqref{eq:1-2-10-1}\) and \(\eqref{eq:1-2-10-2}\), we get:

\[|d(x,b)-d(y,b)| \leq d(x,y)\]This is true for all \(d(x,b)\) and \(d(y,b)\), including their infimums, i.e.:

\[|\inf d(x,b)-\inf d(y,b)| \leq d(x,y) \\ \Rightarrow |D(x,B)-D(y,B)| \leq d(x,y)\] \[\blacksquare\]**Proof:**

The candidate metric is defined as:

\[\bar{d}(x,y)=\frac{d(x,y)}{1+d(x,y)}\]**(M1)** \(0 \leq d(x,y)<\infty, d(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}\)

\(d(x,y)\) is already a metric. Thus, \(d(x,y)\) is nonnegative and bounded. Then \bar{d}(x,y) is also nonegative and bounded, by its definition.

**(M2)** \(d(x,y)=0\) if and only if \(x=y\)

This is evident if we set \(d(x,y)=0\) in the definition of \(\bar{d}(x,y)\).

**(M3)** \(d(x,y)=d(y,x)\)

Since \(d(x,y)\) is symmetric, substituting \(d(y,x)\) in the definition of \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) shows that it is symmetric also.

**(M4)** \(d(x,y) \leq d(x,z) + d(z,y)\)

For convenience of notation, let us denote use the following notation:

\[A=d(x,y) \\ B=d(x,z) \\ C=d(z,y)\]We’d like to prove that:

\[\require{cancel} \frac{A}{1+A} \leq \frac{B}{1+B} + \frac{C}{1+C} \\ = \frac{B+C+2BC}{(1+B)(1+C)} \\ \Rightarrow A(1+B)(1+C) \leq (B+C+2BC)(1+A) \\ \Rightarrow A+\cancel{CA}+\cancel{AB}+\cancel{ABC} \leq B+C+2BC+\cancel{AB}+\cancel{CA}+\cancel{2}ABC \\ \Rightarrow A \leq B+C+2BC+ABC \\ \Rightarrow d(x,y) \leq d(x,z)+d(z,y)+2BC+ABC\]Thus, we need to prove that:

\[d(x,y) \leq d(x,z)+d(z,y)+2BC+ABC\]where \(A,B,C \geq 0\).

We already know from the **Triangle Inequality** that:

Thus, we have:

\[\frac{A}{1+A} \leq \frac{B}{1+B} + \frac{C}{1+C}\]Multiplying throughout by \(\mu_i\), and summing over \(i\), we have:

\[\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty\mu_i\frac{A}{1+A} \leq \sum_{i=1}^\infty\mu_i\frac{B}{1+B} + \sum_{i=1}^\infty\mu_i\frac{C}{1+C} \\ \Rightarrow \bar{d}(x,y) \leq \bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y)\]Thus \(d(x,y)\) is a metric.

\[\blacksquare\]Let us define three sets of metrics:

\[\Delta_A=\{d(x,y):x,y \in A\} \\ \Delta_B=\{d(x,y):x,y \in B\} \\ \Delta_{AB}=\{d(x,y):x \in A,y \in B\} \\\]Verbally,

- \(\Delta_A\) is the set of all distances between points in \(A\). \(\Delta_A\) is bounded because \(A\) is bounded by definition, therefore \(\delta(A)=\sup\Delta_A<\infty\).
- \(\Delta_B\) is the set of all distances between points in \(B\). \(\Delta_B\) is bounded because \(B\) is bounded by definition, therefore \(\delta(B)=\sup\Delta_B<\infty\).
- \(\Delta_{AB}\) is the set of all distances between points in \(A\) and points in \(B\).

Then the set of all distances between points in \(C=A \cup B\) is \(\Delta_C=\Delta_A \cap \Delta_B \cap \Delta_{AB}\).

By definition, diameter of \(C\) is:

\[\delta(A \cup B) = \inf \Delta_C\]From the axioms of the metric \(d\), we note that \(\forall d(x,y) \in \Delta_A, \Delta_B, \Delta_{AB}, d(x,y)<\infty\).

Then, we can deduce the following:

\[\delta(A \cup B) = \inf \Delta_C = \inf \{d(x,y): d(x,y) \in \Delta_A, \Delta_B, \Delta_{AB}\} \\ \Rightarrow \delta(A \cup B) < \infty\]Hence, the union of two bounded sets is bounded.

\[\blacksquare\]**Proof:**

The candidate distance metric is:

\[\bar{d}(x,y)=d_1(x_1,y_1) + d_2(x_2,y_2)\]where \(d_1\) and \(d_2\) are already valid distance metrics.

**(M1)** \(0 \leq \bar{d}(x,y)<\infty, \bar{d}(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}\)

Because \(d_1\) and \(d_2\) are already valid metrics. Thus \(0<d_1(x,y)<\infty\) and \(0<d_2(x,y)<\infty\).

\[\therefore 0<\bar{d}(x,y)<\infty\]Thus, \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) is nonegative and bounded, by its definition.

**(M2)** \(\bar{d}(x,y)=0\) if and only if \(x=y\)

This is evident if we set \(x=y\), then we have \(d_1(x,x)=d_2(x,x)=0\) and thus \(\bar{d}(x,y)=0\).

**(M3)** \(\bar{d}(x,y)=\bar{d}(y,x)\)

Since \(d_1(x,y)\) and \(d_2(x,y)\) are symmetric, substituting \(d_1(y,x)\) and \(d_2(y,x)\) in the definition of \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) shows that it is symmetric also.

**(M4)** \(\bar{d}(x,y) \leq \bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y)\)

Summing the above two identities, we see:

\[d_1(x_1,y_1) + d_2(x_2,y_2) \leq d_1(x_1,z_1) + d_1(z_1, y_1) + d_2(x_2,z_2) + d_2(z_2, y_2) \\ \Rightarrow \underbrace{d_1(x_1,y_1) + d_2(x_2,y_2)}_{\bar{d}(x_2,z_2)} \leq \underbrace{d_1(x_1,z_1) + d_2(x_2,z_2)}_{\bar{d}(x,z)} + \underbrace{d_1(z_1, y_1) + d_2(z_2, y_2)}_{\bar{d}(z,y)} \\ \Rightarrow \bar{d}(x,y) \leq d_1(x,z) + d_2(z,y)\]Hence, \(\bar{d}\) is a valid distance metric.

\[\blacksquare\]**Proof:**

The candidate distance metric is:

\[\bar{d}(x,y)=\sqrt{ {d_1(x_1,y_1)}^2 + {d_2(x_2,y_2)}^2}\]where \(d_1\) and \(d_2\) are already valid distance metrics.

**(M1)** \(0 \leq \bar{d}(x,y)<\infty, \bar{d}(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}\)

Because \(d_1\) and \(d_2\) are already valid metrics. Thus \(0<d_1(x,y)<\infty\) and \(0<d_2(x,y)<\infty\).

\[\therefore 0<\bar{d}(x,y)<\infty\]Thus, \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) is nonegative and bounded, by its definition.

**(M2)** \(\bar{d}(x,y)=0\) if and only if \(x=y\)

This is evident if we set \(x=y\), then we have \(d_1(x,x)=d_2(x,x)=0\) and thus \(\bar{d}(x,y)=0\).

**(M3)** \(\bar{d}(x,y)=\bar{d}(y,x)\)

Since \(d_1(x,y)\) and \(d_2(x,y)\) are symmetric, substituting \(d_1(y,x)\) and \(d_2(y,x)\) in the definition of \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) shows that it is symmetric also.

**(M4)** \(\bar{d}(x,y) \leq \bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y)\)

We have:

\[\begin{equation} {\bar{d}(x,z)}^2={d_1(x_1,z_1)}^2 + {d_2(x_2,z_2)}^2 \label{eq:rhs-1} \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2={d_1(z_1,y_1)}^2 + {d_2(z_2,y_2)}^2 \label{eq:rhs-2} \end{equation}\]We also have the following two identities:

\[d_1(x_1,y_1) \leq d_1(x_1,z_1) + d_1(z_1,y_1) \\ {d_1(x_1,y_1)}^2 \leq {d_1(x_1,z_1)}^2 + {d_1(z_1,y_1)}^2 + 2d_1(x_1,z_1) d_1(z_1,y_1) \\\] \[d_2(x_2,y_2) \leq d_2(x_2,z_2) + d_2(z_2,y_2) \\ {d_2(x_2,y_2)}^2 \leq {d_2(x_2,z_2)}^2 + {d_2(z_2,y_2)}^2 + 2d_2(x_2,z_2) d_2(z_2,y_2) \\\]If we add \(\eqref{eq:rhs-1}\) and \(\eqref{eq:rhs-2}\), we get:

\[{\bar{d}(x,z)}^2 + {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2 = {d_1(x_1,z_1)}^2 + {d_2(x_2,z_2)}^2 + {d_1(z_1,y_1)}^2 + {d_2(z_2,y_2)}^2 + 2d_1(x_1,z_1) d_1(z_1,y_1) + 2d_2(x_2,z_2) d_2(z_2,y_2) \\ {\bar{d}(x,z)}^2 + {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2 = \underbrace{ {d_1(x_1,z_1)}^2 + {d_1(z_1,y_1)}^2}_{\geq {d_1(x_1,y_1)}^2} + \underbrace{ {d_2(x_2,z_2)}^2 + {d_2(z_2,y_2)}^2}_{\geq {d_2(x_2,y_2)}^2} + 2d_1(x_1,z_1) d_1(z_1,y_1) + 2d_2(x_2,z_2) d_2(z_2,y_2) \\ {d_1(x_1,y_1)}^2 + {d_2(x_2,y_2)}^2 \leq {\bar{d}(x,z)}^2 + {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2 + 2d_1(x_1,z_1) d_1(z_1,y_1) + 2d_2(x_2,z_2) d_2(z_2,y_2) \\ {\bar{d}(x,y)}^2 \leq {\bar{d}(x,z)}^2 + {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2 + 2d_1(x_1,z_1) d_1(z_1,y_1) + 2d_2(x_2,z_2) d_2(z_2,y_2)\]The last two terms on the right can be written in an indexed form as below:

\[\begin{equation} {\bar{d}(x,y)}^2 \leq {\bar{d}(x,z)}^2 + {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2 + 2 \displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^2 d_i(x_i,z_i) d_i(z_i,y_i) \label{eq:indexed-form} \end{equation}\]Applying the **Cauchy-Scharz Inequality** to the last term on the RHS, we get:

Then, substituting the result above back into \(\eqref{eq:indexed-form}\), we get:

\[{\bar{d}(x,y)}^2 \leq {\bar{d}(x,z)}^2 + {\bar{d}(z,y)}^2 + 2 \bar{d}(x,z) \bar{d}(z,y) \\ \Rightarrow {\bar{d}(x,y)}^2 \leq {(\bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y))}^2 \\ \Rightarrow \bar{d}(x,y) \leq \bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y)\]Thus, \(\bar{d}\) is a valid distance metric.

\[\blacksquare\]**Proof:**

The candidate distance metric is:

\[\bar{d}(x,y)=\max[d_1(x_1,y_1), d_2(x_2,y_2)]\]where \(d_1\) and \(d_2\) are already valid distance metrics.

**(M1)** \(0 \leq \bar{d}(x,y)<\infty, \bar{d}(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}\)

Because \(d_1\) and \(d_2\) are already valid metrics. Thus \(0<d_1(x,y)<\infty\) and \(0<d_2(x,y)<\infty\).

\[\therefore 0<\bar{d}(x,y)<\infty\]Thus, \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) is nonegative and bounded, by its definition.

**(M2)** \(\bar{d}(x,y)=0\) if and only if \(x=y\)

This is evident if we set \(x=y\), then we have \(d_1(x,x)=d_2(x,x)=0\) and thus \(\bar{d}(x,y)=0\).

**(M3)** \(\bar{d}(x,y)=\bar{d}(y,x)\)

Since \(d_1(x,y)\) and \(d_2(x,y)\) are symmetric, substituting \(d_1(y,x)\) and \(d_2(y,x)\) in the definition of \(\bar{d}(x,y)\) shows that it is symmetric also.

**(M4)** \(\bar{d}(x,y) \leq \bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y)\)

We have:

\[\bar{d}(x,y)=\max[d_1(x_1,y_1), d_2(x_2,y_2)] \\ \bar{d}(x,z)=\max[d_1(x_1,z_1), d_2(x_2,z_2)] \\ \bar{d}(z,y)=\max[d_1(z_1,y_1), d_2(z_2,y_2)]\]Adding the above gives us:

\[\begin{equation} \bar{d}(x,y)=\max[d_1(x_1,y_1), d_2(x_2,y_2)] \\ \bar{d}(x,y) \leq \max[d_1(x_1,z_1)+d_1(z_1,y_1), d_2(x_2,z_2)+d_2(z_2,y_2)] \label{eq:1-2-15-max} \end{equation}\]We’d like to relate the above to the candidate metric. To do that, we need to find some way to group \(d_1(x_1,z_1)\) and \(d_2(z_2,y_2)\) together; currently they are stuck in separate “maximum” expressions.

To do this, let us observe that:

\[\begin{equation} a \leq \max(a,b) \\ c \leq \max(c,d) \\ \Rightarrow a+c \leq \max(a,b) + \max(c,d) \label{eq:1-2-15-a-plus-c} \end{equation}\]Similarly:

\[\begin{equation} b+d \leq \max(a,b) + \max(c,d) \label{eq:1-2-15-b-plus-d} \end{equation}\]Thus, if we take the maximum of the left hand side of \(\eqref{eq:1-2-15-a-plus-c}\) and \(\eqref{eq:1-2-15-b-plus-d}\), we get:

\[\max(a+c,b+d) \leq \max(a,b) + \max(c,d)\]Substituting the above results back into \(\eqref{eq:1-2-15-max}\), we get:

\[\begin{equation} \bar{d}(x,y) \leq \max[d_1(x_1,z_1)+d_1(z_1,y_1), d_2(x_2,z_2)+d_2(z_2,y_2)] \\ \leq \max(d_1(x_1,z_1), d_2(x_2,z_2)) + \max(d_1(z_1,y_1), d_2(z_2,y_2)) \label{eq:1-2-15-penultimate} \end{equation}\]We note that:

\[\bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y) = \max[d_1(x_1,z_1), d_2(x_2,z_2)] + \max[d_1(z_1,y_1), d_2(z_2,y_2)]\]Substituting the above equality into \(\eqref{eq:1-2-15-penultimate}\), we directly get:

\[\bar{d}(x,y) \leq \bar{d}(x,z) + \bar{d}(z,y)\]Thus, \(\bar{d}\) is a valid distance metric.

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