# Nikodým convergence theorem

A theorem [a6], [a7], [a4] saying that for a pointwise convergent sequence of countably additive measures (cf. Measure) defined on a -algebra , i.e., , :

i) the limit is a countably additive measure;

ii) is uniformly -additive. As is well-known, the Nikodým convergence theorem for measures fails in general for algebras of sets. But there are convergence theorems in which the initial convergence conditions are imposed on certain subfamilies of a given -algebra; those subfamilies need not be -algebras. The following definitions are useful [a2], [a9], [a8]:

SCP) An algebra has the sequential completeness property if each disjoint sequence from has a subsequence whose union is in .

SIP) An algebra has the subsequentional interpolation property if for each subsequence of each disjoint sequence from there are a subsequence and a set such that

and for .

The Nikodým convergence theorem holds on algebras with SCP) and SIP).

A famous result of J. Dieudonné [a3], Prop. 8, and A. Grothendieck [a5], p. 150, states that for compact metric spaces, respectively locally compact spaces, convergence of a sequence of regular Borel measures on every open set implies convergence on all Borel sets (cf. also Borel set).

Many related results can be found in [a1], [a8], where the method of diagonal theorems is used instead of the commonly used Baire category theorem (see [a4], [a10] and Diagonal theorem).

See also Brooks–Jewett theorem; Vitali–Hahn–Saks theorem.

#### References

[a1] | P. Antosik, C. Swartz, "Matrix methods in analysis" , Lecture Notes Math. , 1113 , Springer (1985) |

[a2] | C. Constantinescu, "Some properties of spaces of measures" Suppl. Atti Sem. Mat. Fis. Univ. Modena , 35 (1991) pp. 1–286 |

[a3] | J. Dieudonné, "Sur la convergence des suites de mesures de Radon" An. Acad. Brasil. Ci. , 23 (1951) pp. 21–38, 277–282 |

[a4] | N. Dunford, J.T. Schwartz, "Linear operators Part I" , Interscience (1958) |

[a5] | A. Grothendieck, "Sur les applications linéares faiblement compactes d'espaces du type " Canad. J. Math. , 5 (1953) pp. 129–173 |

[a6] | O. Nikodym, "Sur les suites de functions parfaitement additives d'ensembles abstraits" C.R. Acad. Sci. Paris , 192 (1931) pp. 727 |

[a7] | O. Nikodym, "Sur les suites convergentes de functions parfaitement additives d'ensembles abstraits" Monatsh. Math. , 40 (1933) pp. 427–432 |

[a8] | E. Pap, "Null-additive set functions" , Kluwer Acad. Publ. &Ister Sci. (1995) |

[a9] | W. Schachermayer, "On some classsical measure-theoretic theorems for non-sigma complete Boolean algebras" Dissert. Math. , 214 (1982) pp. 1–33 |

[a10] | C. Swartz, "Introduction to functional analysis" , M. Dekker (1992) |

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