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adjoint of multiplication operator in a commutative algebra

Dan Popescu asked me the following question, and since I'm not an expert I'm throwing his question on MO. Suppose that $A$ is a finite-dimensional vector space over an ordered field $k$ with ...
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Which linear transformations between f.d. Hilbert spaces contract the inner product?

Given two finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces $U, V,$ a linear transformation $T:U\to V$ contracts the inner product if for all $x,y \in U,$ $$\langle x,y \rangle_U \ge \langle Tx, Ty\rangle_V.$$ ...