In linear algebra, functional analysis and related areas of mathematics, a norm is a function that assigns a strictly positive length or size to each vector in a vector space, other than the zero vector (which has zero length assigned to it). A seminorm, on the other hand, is allowed to assign zero length to some nonzero vectors (in addition to the zero vector).
A norm must also satisfy certain properties pertaining to scalability and additivity which are given in the formal definition below.
A simple example is the 2dimensional Euclidean space R^{2} equipped with the Euclidean norm. Elements in this vector space (e.g., (3, 7)) are usually drawn as arrows in a 2dimensional cartesian coordinate system starting at the origin (0, 0). The Euclidean norm assigns to each vector the length of its arrow. Because of this, the Euclidean norm is often known as the magnitude.
A vector space on which a norm is defined is called a normed vector space. Similarly, a vector space with a seminorm is called a seminormed vector space. It is often possible to supply a norm for a given vector space in more than one way.
Definition
Given a vector space V over a subfield F of the complex numbers, a norm on V is a function p: V → R with the following properties:^{[1]}
For all a ∈ F and all u, v ∈ V,

p(av) = a p(v), (absolute homogeneity or absolute scalability).

p(u + v) ≤ p(u) + p(v) (triangle inequality or subadditivity).

If p(v) = 0 then v is the zero vector (separates points).
By the first axiom, absolute homogeneity, we have p(0) = 0 and p(v) = p(v), so that by the triangle inequality

p(v) ≥ 0 (positivity).
A seminorm is a norm with the 3rd property (separating points) removed.
Every vector space V with seminorm p(v) induces a normed space V/W, called the quotient space, where W is the subspace of V consisting of all vectors v in V with p(v) = 0. The induced norm on V/W is clearly welldefined and is given by:

p(W + v) = p(v).
Two norms (or seminorms) p and q on a vector space V are equivalent if there exist two real constants c and C, with c > 0 such that

for every vector v in V, one has that: c q(v) ≤ p(v) ≤ C q(v).
A topological vector space is called normable (seminormable) if the topology of the space can be induced by a norm (seminorm).
Notation
If a norm p: V → R is given on a vector space V then the norm of a vector v ∈ V is usually denoted by enclosing it within double vertical lines: ‖v‖ := p(v). Such notation is also sometimes used if p is only a seminorm.
For the length of a vector in Euclidean space (which is an example of a norm, as explained below), the notation v with single vertical lines is also widespread.
In Unicode, the codepoint of the "double vertical line" character ‖ is U+2016. The double vertical line should not be confused with the "parallel to" symbol, Unicode U+2225 ( ∥ ). This is usually not a problem because the former is used in parenthesislike fashion, whereas the latter is used as an infix operator. The single vertical line  is called "vertical line" in Unicode and its codepoint is U+007C.
Examples

All norms are seminorms.

The trivial seminorm has p(x) = 0 for all x in V.

Every linear form f on a vector space defines a seminorm by x → f(x).
Absolutevalue norm
The absolute value

\ x \ =  x 
is a norm on the onedimensional vector spaces formed by the real or complex numbers.
Euclidean norm
On an ndimensional Euclidean space R^{n}, the intuitive notion of length of the vector x = (x_{1}, x_{2}, ..., x_{n}) is captured by the formula

\\boldsymbol{x}\ := \sqrt{x_1^2 + \cdots + x_n^2}.
This gives the ordinary distance from the origin to the point x, a consequence of the Pythagorean theorem. The Euclidean norm is by far the most commonly used norm on R^{n}, but there are other norms on this vector space as will be shown below. However all these norms are equivalent in the sense that they all define the same topology.
On an ndimensional complex space C^{n} the most common norm is

\\boldsymbol{z}\ := \sqrt{z_1^2 + \cdots + z_n^2}= \sqrt{z_1 \bar z_1 + \cdots + z_n \bar z_n}.
In both cases we can also express the norm as the square root of the inner product of the vector and itself:

\\boldsymbol{x}\ := \sqrt{\boldsymbol{x}^* ~ \boldsymbol{x}},
where x is represented as a column vector ([x_{1}; x_{2}; ...; x_{n}]), and x* denotes its conjugate transpose.
This formula is valid for any inner product space, including Euclidean and complex spaces. For Euclidean spaces, the inner product is equivalent to the dot product. Hence, in this specific case the formula can be also written with the following notation:

\\boldsymbol{x}\ := \sqrt{\boldsymbol{x} \cdot \boldsymbol{x}}.
The Euclidean norm is also called the Euclidean length, L^{2} distance, ℓ^{2} distance, L^{2} norm, or ℓ^{2} norm; see L^{p} space.
The set of vectors in R^{n+1} whose Euclidean norm is a given positive constant forms an nsphere.
Euclidean norm of a complex number
The Euclidean norm of a complex number is the absolute value (also called the modulus) of it, if the complex plane is identified with the Euclidean plane R^{2}. This identification of the complex number x + iy as a vector in the Euclidean plane, makes the quantity \sqrt{x^2 +y^2} (as first suggested by Euler) the Euclidean norm associated with the complex number.
Taxicab norm or Manhattan norm

\\boldsymbol{x}\_1 := \sum_{i=1}^{n} x_i.
The name relates to the distance a taxi has to drive in a rectangular street grid to get from the origin to the point x.
The set of vectors whose 1norm is a given constant forms the surface of a cross polytope of dimension equivalent to that of the norm minus 1. The Taxicab norm is also called the L_{1} norm. The distance derived from this norm is called the Manhattan distance or L_{1} distance.
The 1norm is simply the sum of the absolute values of the columns.
In contrast,

\sum_{i=1}^{n} x_i
is not a norm because it may yield negative results.
pnorm
Let p ≥ 1 be a real number.

\\mathbf{x}\_p := \bigg( \sum_{i=1}^n x_i^p \bigg)^{1/p}.
Note that for p = 1 we get the taxicab norm, for p = 2 we get the Euclidean norm, and as p approaches \infty the pnorm approaches the infinity norm or maximum norm. Note that the pnorm is related to the Hölder mean.
This definition is still of some interest for 0 < p < 1, but the resulting function does not define a norm,^{[2]} because it violates the triangle inequality. What is true for this case of 0 < p < 1, even in the measurable analog, is that the corresponding L^{p} class is a vector space, and it is also true that the function

\int_Xf(x)g(x)^p ~ \mathrm d \mu\,\!
(without pth root) defines a distance that makes L^{p}(X) into a complete metric topological vector space. These spaces are of great interest in functional analysis, probability theory, and harmonic analysis. However, outside trivial cases, this topological vector space is not locally convex and has no continuous nonzero linear forms. Thus the topological dual space contains only the zero functional.
The derivative of the pnorm is given by

\frac{\partial}{\partial x_k} \\mathbf{x}\_p = \frac{x_k x_k^{p2}}{\\mathbf{x}\_{p}^{p1}}.
For the special case of p = 2, this becomes

\frac{\partial}{\partial x_k} \\mathbf{x}\_2 = \frac{x_k}{\\mathbf{x}\_2},
or

\frac{\partial}{\partial \mathbf{x}} \\mathbf{x}\_2 = \frac{\mathbf{x}}{\\mathbf{x}\_2}.
Maximum norm (special case of: infinity norm, uniform norm, or supremum norm)
\x\_\infty = 1

\\mathbf{x}\_\infty := \max \left(x_1, \ldots ,x_n \right).
The set of vectors whose infinity norm is a given constant, c, forms the surface of a hypercube with edge length 2c.
Zero norm
In probability and functional analysis, the zero norm induces a complete metric topology for the space of measureable functions and for the Fspace of sequences with F–norm (x_n) \mapsto \sum_n{2^{n} x_n/(1+x_n)}, which is discussed by Stefan Rolewicz in Metric Linear Spaces.^{[3]}
Hamming distance of a vector from zero
In metric geometry, the discrete metric takes the value one for distinct points and zero otherwise. When applied coordinatewise to the elements of a vector space, the discrete distance defines the Hamming distance, which is important in coding and information theory. In the field of real or complex numbers, the distance of the discrete metric from zero is not homogeneous in the nonzero point; indeed, the distance from zero remains one as its nonzero argument approaches zero. However, the discrete distance of a number from zero does satisfy the other properties of a norm, namely the triangle inequality and positive definiteness. When applied componentwise to vectors, the discrete distance from zero behaves like a nonhomogeneous "norm", which counts the number of nonzero components in its vector argument; again, this nonhomogeneous "norm" is discontinuous.
In signal processing and statistics, David Donoho referred to the zero "norm" with quotation marks. Following Donoho's notation, the zero "norm" of x is simply the number of nonzero coordinates of x, or the Hamming distance of the vector from zero. When this "norm" is localized to a bounded set, it is the limit of pnorms as p approaches 0. Of course, the zero "norm" is not a Bnorm, because it is not positive homogeneous. It is not even an Fnorm, because it is discontinuous, jointly and severally, with respect to the scalar argument in scalarvector multiplication and with respect to its vector argument. Abusing terminology, some engineers omit Donoho's quotation marks and inappropriately call the numberofnonzeros function the L0 norm (sic.), also misusing the notation for the Lebesgue space of measurable functions.
Other norms
Other norms on R^{n} can be constructed by combining the above; for example

\x\ := 2x_1 + \sqrt{3x_2^2 + \max(x_3,2x_4)^2}
is a norm on R^{4}.
For any norm and any injective linear transformation A we can define a new norm of x, equal to

\Ax\.
In 2D, with A a rotation by 45° and a suitable scaling, this changes the taxicab norm into the maximum norm. In 2D, each A applied to the taxicab norm, up to inversion and interchanging of axes, gives a different unit ball: a parallelogram of a particular shape, size and orientation. In 3D this is similar but different for the 1norm (octahedrons) and the maximum norm (prisms with parallelogram base).
All the above formulas also yield norms on C^{n} without modification.
Infinitedimensional case
The generalization of the above norms to an infinite number of components leads to the L^{p} spaces, with norms

\x\_p = \bigg(\sum_{i\in\mathbb N}x_i^p\bigg)^{1/p} \text{ resp. } \f\_{p,X} = \bigg(\int_Xf(x)^p ~ \mathrm dx\bigg)^{1/p}
(for complexvalued sequences x resp. functions f defined on X\subset\mathbb R), which can be further generalized (see Haar measure).
Any inner product induces in a natural way the norm \x\ := \sqrt{\langle x,x\rangle}.
Other examples of infinite dimensional normed vector spaces can be found in the Banach space article.
Properties
The concept of unit circle (the set of all vectors of norm 1) is different in different norms: for the 1norm the unit circle in R^{2} is a square, for the 2norm (Euclidean norm) it is the wellknown unit circle, while for the infinity norm it is a different square. For any pnorm it is a superellipse (with congruent axes). See the accompanying illustration. Note that due to the definition of the norm, the unit circle is always convex and centrally symmetric (therefore, for example, the unit ball may be a rectangle but cannot be a triangle).
In terms of the vector space, the seminorm defines a topology on the space, and this is a Hausdorff topology precisely when the seminorm can distinguish between distinct vectors, which is again equivalent to the seminorm being a norm. The topology thus defined (by either a norm or a seminorm) can be understood either in terms of sequences or open sets. A sequence of vectors \{v_n\} is said to converge in norm to v if \v_n  v\ \rightarrow 0 as n \to \infty. Equivalently, the topology consists of all sets that can be represented as a union of open balls.
Two norms •_{α} and •_{β} on a vector space V are called equivalent if there exist positive real numbers C and D such that for all x in V

C\x\_\alpha\leq\x\_\beta\leq D\x\_\alpha. For instance, on \mathbf{C}^n, if p > r > 0, then

\x\_p \leq \x\_r \leq n^{(1/r1/p)}\x\_p.
In particular,

\x\_2\le\x\_1\le\sqrt{n}\x\_2

\x\_\infty\le\x\_2\le\sqrt{n}\x\_\infty

\x\_\infty\le\x\_1\le n\x\_\infty.
If the vector space is a finitedimensional real/complex one, all norms are equivalent. On the other hand, in the case of infinitedimensional vector spaces, not all norms are equivalent.
Equivalent norms define the same notions of continuity and convergence and for many purposes do not need to be distinguished. To be more precise the uniform structure defined by equivalent norms on the vector space is uniformly isomorphic.
Every (semi)norm is a sublinear function, which implies that every norm is a convex function. As a result, finding a global optimum of a normbased objective function is often tractable.
Given a finite family of seminorms p_{i} on a vector space the sum

p(x):=\sum_{i=0}^n p_i(x)
is again a seminorm.
For any norm p on a vector space V, we have that for all u and v ∈ V:

p(u ± v) ≥  p(u) − p(v) 
If X and Y are normed spaces and u : X \to Y is a continuous linear map, then the norm of u and the norm of the transpose of u are equal.^{[4]}
For the l^{p} norms, we have Hölder's inequality^{[5]}

x^\mathsf{T} y\le\ x\_p\y\_q\qquad \frac{1}{p}+\frac{1}{q}=1.
A special case of this is the Cauchy–Schwarz inequality:^{[5]}

x^\mathsf{T} y\le\x\_2\y\_2.
Classification of seminorms: Absolutely convex absorbing sets
All seminorms on a vector space V can be classified in terms of absolutely convex absorbing sets in V. To each such set, A, corresponds a seminorm p_{A} called the gauge of A, defined as

p_{A}(x) := inf{α : α > 0, x ∈ α A}
with the property that

{x : p_{A}(x) < 1} ⊆ A ⊆ {x : p_{A}(x) ≤ 1}.
Conversely:
Any locally convex topological vector space has a local basis consisting of absolutely convex sets. A common method to construct such a basis is to use a family (p) of seminorms p that separates points: the collection of all finite intersections of sets {p<1/n} turns the space into a locally convex topological vector space so that every p is continuous.
Such a method is used to design weak and weak* topologies.
norm case:

Suppose now that (p) contains a single p: since (p) is separating, p is a norm, and A={p<1} is its open unit ball. Then A is an absolutely convex bounded neighbourhood of 0, and p = p_{A} is continuous.

The converse is due to Kolmogorov: any locally convex and locally bounded topological vector space is normable. Precisely:

If V is an absolutely convex bounded neighbourhood of 0, the gauge g_{V} (so that V={g_{V} <1}) is a norm.
Generalizations
There are several generalizations of norms and seminorms. If
p is absolute homogeneity but in place of subadditivity we require that
2'.

there is a b \geq 1 such that p(u + v) \leq b(p(u) + p(v)) for all u, v \in V

then p satisfies the triangle inequality but is called a quasiseminorm and the smallest value of b for which this holds is called the multiplier of p; if in addition p separates points then it is called a quasinorm.
On the other hand, if
p satisfies the triangle inequality but in place of absolute homogeneity we require that
1'.

there exists a k such that 0 < k \leq 1 and for all v \in V and scalars \lambda p(\lambda v) =  \lambda ^k p(v)

then p is called a kseminorm.
We have the following relationship between quasiseminorms and kseminorms:

Suppose that q is a quasiseminorm on a vector space X with multiplier b. If 0 < k < log^2_2 b then there exists kseminorm p on X equivalent to q.
See also
Notes

^ Prugovečki 1981, page 20

^ Except in R^{1}, where it coincides with the Euclidean norm, and R^{0}, where it is trivial.

^ Rolewicz, Stefan (1987), Functional analysis and control theory: Linear systems, Mathematics and its Applications (East European Series) 29 (Translated from the Polish by Ewa Bednarczuk ed.), Dordrecht; Warsaw: D. Reidel Publishing Co.; PWN—Polish Scientific Publishers, pp. xvi+524,

^ Treves pp. 242  243

^ ^{a} ^{b}
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