# Talk:Absolute continuity

I moved some portions of the old article in Signed measure. I have not had the time to add all Mathscinet and Zentralblatt references. Camillo 22:54, 29 July 2012 (CEST)

Could I suggest using $\lambda$ rather than $\mathcal L$ for Lebesgue measure since

- it is very commonly used, almost standard
- it would be consistent with the notation for a general measure, $\mu$
- calligraphic is being used already for $\sigma$-algebras

--Jjg 12:57, 30 July 2012 (CEST)

- Why not? --Boris Tsirelson 13:21, 30 July 2012 (CEST)
- Fine by me Camillo 14:08, 30 July 2012 (CEST)

Between metric setting and References I would like to type the following lines. But for some reason which is misterious to me, any time I try the page comes out a mess... Camillo 10:45, 10 August 2012 (CEST)

if for every $\varepsilon$ there is a $\delta > 0$ such that,
for any $a_1<b_1<a_2<b_2<\ldots < a_n<b_n \in I$ with $\sum_i |a_i -b_i| <\delta$, we have
\[
\sum_i d (f (b_i), f(a_i)) <\varepsilon\, .
\]
The absolute continuity guarantees the uniform continuity. As for real valued functions, there is a characterization through an appropriate notion of derivative.

**Theorem 1**
A continuous function $f$ is absolutely continuous if and only if there is a function $g\in L^1_{loc} (I, \mathbb R)$ such that
\begin{equation}\label{e:metric}
d (f(b), f(a))\leq \int_a^b g(t)\, dt \qquad \forall a<b\in I\,
\end{equation}
(cp. with ). This theorem motivates the following

**Definition 2**
If $f:I\to X$ is a absolutely continuous and $I$ is compact, the metric derivative of $f$ is the function $g\in L^1$ with the smalles $L^1$ norm such that \ref{e:metric} holds (cp. with )

- OK, I found a way around. But there must be some bug: it seems that whenever I write the symbol "bigger" then things gets messed up (now even on THIS page). Camillo 10:57, 10 August 2012 (CEST)

- But I did not understand what is the problem. Messed up? On this page? Where? And what was the way around? --Boris Tsirelson 13:06, 10 August 2012 (CEST)

- I see: the problem appears when the character ">" appears somewhere after the "<" character in the equation of Theorem 1.
- Wow! Really, I knew that some characters, including "<", ">", "&" are forbidden in the wikitext, because they are special characters of the HTML language. But I also knew that the wiki software is cute enough, able to interpret these symbols as needed in most cases. Well, you are non-lucky enough to find a bad case. My experiment shows that it is enough to put a space after the "<" character. I do not know whether this is always enough or not. As the last resort, you can write "<" instead of "<" and ">" instead of ">"; this must work always; but I hope that a simpler way round can be found when needed (as you did). --Boris Tsirelson 15:38, 10 August 2012 (CEST)
- Some more explanation: if you look at the wikitext of the "References" section of the
*original*article, you see- <table><TR><TD valign="top">[1]</TD> <TD valign="top"> P.R. Halmos, "Measure theory" , v. Nostrand (1950)</TD>

- and so on. Here html tags are used intensively; they start with < and end with >. Now you can see what is the problem for the software... --Boris Tsirelson 16:29, 10 August 2012 (CEST)
- Maybe this page helps clearifying things. --Ulf Rehmann 18:26, 10 August 2012 (CEST)

**How to Cite This Entry:**

Absolute continuity.

*Encyclopedia of Mathematics.*URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Absolute_continuity&oldid=27486