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# Definition

For any interval
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$\lambda^\left(E\right)$ is defined as an
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:$\lambda^\left(E\right) = \inf \left\.$ Some sets $E$ satisfy the Carathéodory criterion, which requires that for every $A\subseteq \mathbb$, :$\lambda^\left(A\right) = \lambda^\left(A \cap E\right) + \lambda^\left(A \cap E^c\right).$ The set of all such $E$ forms a ''σ''-algebra. For any such $E$, its Lebesgue measure is defined to be its Lebesgue outer measure: $\lambda\left(E\right) = \lambda^\left(E\right)$. A set $E$ that does not satisfy the Carathéodory criterion is not Lebesgue-measurable.
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s do exist; an example is the
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## Intuition

The first part of the definition states that the subset $E$ of the real numbers is reduced to its outer measure by coverage by sets of open intervals. Each of these sets of intervals $I$ covers $E$ in a sense, since the union of these intervals contains $E$. The total length of any covering interval set may overestimate the measure of $E,$ because $E$ is a subset of the union of the intervals, and so the intervals may include points which are not in $E$. The Lebesgue outer measure emerges as the greatest lower bound (infimum) of the lengths from among all possible such sets. Intuitively, it is the total length of those interval sets which fit $E$ most tightly and do not overlap. That characterizes the Lebesgue outer measure. Whether this outer measure translates to the Lebesgue measure proper depends on an additional condition. This condition is tested by taking subsets $A$ of the real numbers using $E$ as an instrument to split $A$ into two partitions: the part of $A$ which intersects with $E$ and the remaining part of $A$ which is not in $E$: the set difference of $A$ and $E$. These partitions of $A$ are subject to the outer measure. If for all possible such subsets $A$ of the real numbers, the partitions of $A$ cut apart by $E$ have outer measures whose sum is the outer measure of $A$, then the outer Lebesgue measure of $E$ gives its Lebesgue measure. Intuitively, this condition means that the set $E$ must not have some curious properties which causes a discrepancy in the measure of another set when $E$ is used as a "mask" to "clip" that set, hinting at the existence of sets for which the Lebesgue outer measure does not give the Lebesgue measure. (Such sets are, in fact, not Lebesgue-measurable.)

# Examples

* Any closed interval of
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s is Lebesgue-measurable, and its Lebesgue measure is the length . The
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has the same measure, since the
difference between the two sets consists only of the end points ''a'' and ''b'' and has
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. * Any
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of intervals and is Lebesgue-measurable, and its Lebesgue measure is , the area of the corresponding
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is Lebesgue-measurable. However, there are Lebesgue-measurable sets which are not Borel sets. * Any
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set of real numbers has Lebesgue measure 0. In particular, the Lebesgue measure of the set of
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is 0, even though the set is
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in R. * The
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s are examples of
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s that have Lebesgue measure 0. * If the
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holds then all sets of reals are Lebesgue-measurable. Determinacy is however not compatible with the
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s are examples of sets that are not measurable with respect to the Lebesgue measure. Their existence relies on the
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Lebesgue measure (it can be obtained by small variation of the
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has a zero Lebesgue measure in its
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# Properties The Lebesgue measure on R''n'' has the following properties: # If ''A'' is a
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of intervals ''I''1 × ''I''2 × ⋯ × ''I''''n'', then ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable and $\lambda \left(A\right)=, I_1, \cdot , I_2, \cdots , I_n, .$ Here, , ''I'', denotes the length of the interval ''I''. # If ''A'' is a
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disjoint Lebesgue-measurable sets, then ''A'' is itself Lebesgue-measurable and ''λ''(''A'') is equal to the sum (or
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) of the measures of the involved measurable sets. # If ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable, then so is its
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. # ''λ''(''A'') ≥ 0 for every Lebesgue-measurable set ''A''. # If ''A'' and ''B'' are Lebesgue-measurable and ''A'' is a subset of ''B'', then ''λ''(''A'') ≤ ''λ''(''B''). (A consequence of 2, 3 and 4.) # Countable unions and intersections of Lebesgue-measurable sets are Lebesgue-measurable. (Not a consequence of 2 and 3, because a family of sets that is closed under complements and disjoint countable unions does not need to be closed under countable unions: $\$.) # If ''A'' is an
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subset of R''n'' (or even
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, see
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), then ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable. # If ''A'' is a Lebesgue-measurable set, then it is "approximately open" and "approximately closed" in the sense of Lebesgue measure (see the
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). # A Lebesgue-measurable set can be "squeezed" between a containing open set and a contained closed set. This property has been used as an alternative definition of Lebesgue measurability. More precisely, $E\subset \mathbb$ is Lebesgue-measurable if and only if for every $\varepsilon>0$ there exist an open set $G$ and a closed set $F$ such that $F\subset E\subset G$ and $\lambda\left(G\setminus F\right)<\varepsilon$. # A Lebesgue-measurable set can be "squeezed" between a containing G''δ'' set and a contained F''σ''. I.e, if ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable then there exist a G''δ'' set ''G'' and an F''σ'' ''F'' such that ''G'' ⊇ ''A'' ⊇ ''F'' and ''λ''(''G'' \ ''A'') = ''λ''(''A'' \ ''F'') = 0. # Lebesgue measure is both locally finite and
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, and so it is a
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. # Lebesgue measure is strictly positive on non-empty open sets, and so its
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is the whole of R''n''. # If ''A'' is a Lebesgue-measurable set with ''λ(''A'') = 0 (a
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), then every subset of ''A'' is also a null set.
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, every subset of ''A'' is measurable. # If ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable and ''x'' is an element of R''n'', then the ''translation of ''A'' by x'', defined by ''A'' + ''x'' = , is also Lebesgue-measurable and has the same measure as ''A''. # If ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable and $\delta>0$, then the ''dilation of $A$ by $\delta$'' defined by $\delta A=\$ is also Lebesgue-measurable and has measure $\delta^\lambda\,\left(A\right).$ # More generally, if ''T'' is a
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and ''A'' is a measurable subset of R''n'', then ''T''(''A'') is also Lebesgue-measurable and has the measure $\left, \det\left(T\right)\ \lambda\left(A\right)$. All the above may be succinctly summarized as follows (although the last two assertions are non-trivially linked to the following): : The Lebesgue-measurable sets form a ''σ''-algebra containing all products of intervals, and ''λ'' is the unique
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on that σ-algebra with
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=1. The Lebesgue measure also has the property of being ''σ''-finite.

# Null sets

A subset of R''n'' is a ''null set'' if, for every ε > 0, it can be covered with countably many products of ''n'' intervals whose total volume is at most ε. All
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sets are null sets. If a subset of R''n'' has
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less than ''n'' then it is a null set with respect to ''n''-dimensional Lebesgue measure. Here Hausdorff dimension is relative to the
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on R''n'' (or any metric
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equivalent to it). On the other hand, a set may have
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less than ''n'' and have positive ''n''-dimensional Lebesgue measure. An example of this is the
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which has topological dimension 0 yet has positive 1-dimensional Lebesgue measure. In order to show that a given set ''A'' is Lebesgue-measurable, one usually tries to find a "nicer" set ''B'' which differs from ''A'' only by a null set (in the sense that the
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(''A'' − ''B'') ∪ (''B'' − ''A'') is a null set) and then show that ''B'' can be generated using countable unions and intersections from open or closed sets.

# Construction of the Lebesgue measure

The modern construction of the Lebesgue measure is an application of
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. It proceeds as follows. Fix . A box in R''n'' is a set of the form : where , and the product symbol here represents a Cartesian product. The volume of this box is defined to be :$\operatorname\left(B\right)=\prod_^n \left(b_i-a_i\right) \, .$ For ''any'' subset ''A'' of R''n'', we can define its
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''λ''*(''A'') by: :$\lambda^*\left(A\right) = \inf \left\ .$ We then define the set ''A'' to be Lebesgue-measurable if for every subset ''S'' of R''n'', :$\lambda^*\left(S\right) = \lambda^*\left(S \cap A\right) + \lambda^*\left(S \setminus A\right) \, .$ These Lebesgue-measurable sets form a ''σ''-algebra, and the Lebesgue measure is defined by for any Lebesgue-measurable set ''A''. The existence of sets that are not Lebesgue-measurable is a consequence of the set-theoretical
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. The Vitali theorem, which follows from the axiom, states that there exist subsets of R that are not Lebesgue-measurable. Assuming the axiom of choice,
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s with many surprising properties have been demonstrated, such as those of the
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. In 1970, Robert M. Solovay showed that the existence of sets that are not Lebesgue-measurable is not provable within the framework of
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in the absence of the axiom of choice (see Solovay's model).

# Relation to other measures

The
Borel measure In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities and t ...
agrees with the Lebesgue measure on those sets for which it is defined; however, there are many more Lebesgue-measurable sets than there are Borel measurable sets. The Borel measure is translation-invariant, but not
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. The
Haar measure In mathematical analysis, the Haar measure assigns an "invariant volume" to subsets of locally compact topological groups, consequently defining an integral for functions on those groups. This Measure (mathematics), measure was introduced by Alfré ...
can be defined on any
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and is a generalization of the Lebesgue measure (R''n'' with addition is a locally compact group). The
Hausdorff measure In mathematics, Hausdorff measure is a generalization of the traditional notions of area and volume to non-integer dimensions, specifically fractals and their Hausdorff dimensions. It is a type of outer measure, named for Felix Hausdorff, that ass ...
is a generalization of the Lebesgue measure that is useful for measuring the subsets of R''n'' of lower dimensions than ''n'', like
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s, for example, surfaces or curves in R3 and
fractal In mathematics Mathematics (from Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as numbers (arithmetic and number theory), formulas and related structures (algebra), shapes and spaces in which they are contained (geometry), and quantities a ... sets. The Hausdorff measure is not to be confused with the notion of
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. It can be shown that there is no infinite-dimensional analogue of Lebesgue measure.