A concept in value-distribution theory. Let $f(z)$ be a meromorphic function in the whole $z$-plane and let $n(r,a,f)$ denote its number of $a$-points (counting multiplicities) in the disc $|z|\leq r$. According to R. Nevanlinna's first fundamental theorem (cf. ), as $r\to\infty$,
where $T(r,f)$ is the characteristic function, which does not depend on $a$, $N(r,a,f)$ is the counting function (the logarithmic average of $n(r,a,f)$) and $m(r,a,f)>0$ is a function expressing the average proximity of the values of $f$ to $a$ on $|z|=r$ (cf. Value-distribution theory). For the majority of values $a$ the quantities $N(r,a,f)$ and $T(r,f)$ are asymptotically equivalent, as $r\to\infty$. A (finite or infinite) number $a$ is called an exceptional value if this equivalence as $r\to\infty$ is violated. One distinguishes several kinds of exceptional values.
A number $a$ is called an exceptional value of $f$ in the sense of Valiron if
A number $a$ for which
is also called an exceptional value for $f$. The quantity $\beta(a,f)$ (the positive deviation of $f$) characterizes the rate of the asymptotic approximation of $f(z)$ to $a$ (cf. ).
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An $a$-point of $f$ is a point $z$ such that $f(z)=a$.
Exceptional value. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Exceptional_value&oldid=37040