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Isometry group of pseudo Riemannian manifold always a Lie group? (Myers-Steenrod)

Myers-Steenrod states that the isometry group of a Riemannian manifold is a Lie group. Is that also true for pseudo Riemannian manifolds? I didn't find anything related to that. Cheers
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If all balls at $x$ and $y$ are isometric is there an isometry sending $x$ to $y$?

Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and $x,y \in X$. Assume that for all $r > 0$ the balls $B_r(x)$ and $B_r(y)$ are isometric. Is it true that there exists an isometry of $X$ sending $x$ to $y$?
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If all balls around two points are isometric… — manifold version

This question is a natural follow-up of this other question, asked earlier today by wspin. Let's say that a metric space $(X,d)$ has two poles if: there are two distinct points $x$, $y$ such that ...
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Is there a global obstruction for a diffeomorphism to be an isometry?

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space. Let us call an automorphism $T:V\rightarrow V$ admissible if there exists an inner product $\langle , \rangle$ on $V$ making $T$ an isometry. We know $T$...
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Are there some intrinsic invariants of surfaces other than Gaussian curvature?

The principal curvatures of a surface is denoted by $\kappa_{1}, \kappa_{2}$. Let $P(x,y)$ be a polynomial with real coefficients. Assume that $P(\kappa_{1}, \kappa_{2})$ is an intrinsically ...
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Isometry group of a compact hyperbolic surface

Consider a compact surface $M$ of genus $g \geq 2$ with a metric of constant negative curvature. My question is, is it known under what sorts of sufficient conditions such a metric will have non-...
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Isometric embeddings of metric spaces in Hilbert spaces

There are plenty of isometric embeddings of metric spaces in Banach spaces. Nevertheless, I have been unable to find any significant result on isometric embeddings into Hilbert spaces. My question is: ...
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Laplace-Beltrami and the isometry group

H$\vphantom{a}$i. Consider the Laplacian on $\mathbb R^n$, $$ \Delta=\partial_i^2 $$ It is easy to prove that the most general differential operator that commutes with rotations and translations is ...
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Are metric isometries smooth at the boundary?

Let $M,N$ be smooth Riemannian manifolds with boundary (In particular, we assume the boundaries are smooth). Suppose we have a map $\phi:M \to N$ which satisfies the following properties: $$(1) \, \,...