Support of a measure

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The set , where is a locally compact Hausdorff space on which the regular Borel measure is given and is the largest open set for which . In other words, is the smallest closed set on which is concentrated. (Here, is concentrated on if .) If is compact, then is called of compact support.


The support of a measure on a topological space can be defined whenever the union of all -zero open subsets is still of measure zero. This is the case if has a countable base, or if is tight or Radon (see Regular measure), but it is not always the case if is only locally compact and is not tight.

Of course, one can always define, for a measure on a topological space with topology ,

But then it is not necessarily true that , contradicting the intuitive idea of a support.


[a1] W. Rudin, "Real and complex analysis" , McGraw-Hill (1966) pp. 57
[a2] H. Federer, "Geometric measure theory" , Springer (1969) pp. 60; 62; 71; 108
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This article was adapted from an original article by M.I. Voitsekhovskii (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article