Egorov theorem

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2020 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 28A [MSN][ZBL]

A theorem on the relation between the concepts of almost-everywhere convergence and uniform convergence of a sequence of functions. In literature it is sometimes cited as Egorov-Severini's theorem since it was proved independently and almost contemporarily by the two authors (see refs. [Ego], [Sev]).

Let $\mu$ be a $\sigma$-additive measure defined on a set $X$ endowed with a $\sigma$-algebra ${\mathcal A}$, i.e. $(X,{\mathcal A})$ is a measurable space. Let $E\in{\mathcal A}$, $\mu(E)<+\infty$, and let $f_k:E\to\mathbb{R}$ be a sequence of $\mu$-measurable functions converging $\mu$-almost-everywhere to a function $f$. Then, for every $\varepsilon>0$ there exists a measurable set $E_\varepsilon\subset E$ such that $\mu(E\setminus E_\varepsilon)<\varepsilon$, and the sequence $f_k$ converges to $f$ uniformly on $E_\varepsilon$.

The result is in general false if the condition $\mu(E)<+\infty$ is dropped. Despite of this, Luzin noted that if $X$, ${\mathcal A}$, $\mu$, $f_k$ and $f$ are as above, and $E\in{\mathcal A}$ is the countable union of sets $E_n$ with finite measure, then there exist a sequence $\{A_n\}\subset\mathcal{A}$ and $H\in{\mathcal A}$, with $\mu(H)=0$, such that $E=(\cup_nA_n)\cup H$, and $f_k$ converges uniformly to $f$ on each $A_n$.

A typical application is when $\mu$ is a positive Radon measure defined on a topological space $X$ (cf. Measure in a topological vector space) and $E$ is a compact set. The case of the Lebesgue measure on the line was first proved by D.F. Egorov ([Ego]).

Egorov's theorem has various generalizations. For instance, it works for sequences of measurable functions defined on a measure space $(X,{\mathcal A},\mu)$ with values into a separable metric space $Y$. The conclusion of Egorov's theorem might be false if $Y$ is not metrizable.

Another generalization is due to G. Mokobodzki (see [DeMe], [Rev]): Let $\mu$, ${\mathcal A}$ and $E$ be as above, and let $U$ be a set of $\mu$-measurable finite functions that is compact in the topology of pointwise convergence. Then there is a sequence $\{A_n\}$ of disjoint sets belonging to ${\mathcal A}$ such that the support of $\mu$ is contained in $\cup_nA_n$ and such that, for every $n$, the restrictions to $A_n$ of the elements of $U$ is compact in the topology of uniform convergence.


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This article was adapted from an original article by L.D. Kudryavtsev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article