Modes of convergence (annotated index)

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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Unreferenced |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} The purpose of this article is to serve as an annotated index of various modes of convergence and their logical relationships. For an expository article, see Modes of convergence. Simple logical relationships between different modes of convergence are indicated (e.g., if one implies another), formulaically rather than in prose for quick reference, and indepth descriptions and discussions are reserved for their respective articles.

Guide to this index. To avoid excessive verbiage, note that each of the following types of objects is a special case of types preceding it: sets, topological spaces, uniform spaces, topological abelian groups (TAG), normed vector spaces, Euclidean spaces, and the real/complex numbers. Also note that any metric space is a uniform space. Finally, subheadings will always indicate special cases of their superheadings.

The following is a list of modes of convergence for:

A sequence of elements {an} in a topological space (Y)

  • Convergence, or "topological convergence" for emphasis (i.e. the existence of a limit). a uniform space (U)


  -   Convergence Cauchy-convergence

  -   Cauchy-convergence and convergence of a subsequence together convergence.

  -   U is called "complete" if Cauchy-convergence (for nets) convergence.

Note: A sequence exhibiting Cauchy-convergence is called a cauchy sequence to emphasize that it may not be convergent.

A series of elements Σbk in a TAG (G)


  -   Unconditional convergence convergence (by definition). a normed space (N)


  -   Absolute-convergence Cauchy-convergence absolute-convergence of some grouping1.

  -   Therefore: N is Banach (complete) if absolute-convergence convergence.

  -   Absolute-convergence and convergence together unconditional convergence.

  -   Unconditional convergence absolute-convergence, even if N is Banach.

  -   If N is a Euclidean space, then unconditional convergence absolute-convergence.

1 Note: "grouping" refers to a series obtained by grouping (but not reordering) terms of the original series. A grouping of a series thus corresponds to a subsequence of its partial sums.

A sequence of functions {fn} from a set (S) to a topological space (Y)

...from a set (S) to a uniform space (U)

Implications are cases of earlier ones, except:

  -   Uniform convergence both pointwise convergence and uniform Cauchy-convergence.

  -   Uniform Cauchy-convergence and pointwise convergence of a subsequence uniform convergence.

...from a topological space (X) to a uniform space (U)

For many "global" modes of convergence, there are corresponding notions of a) "local" and b) "compact" convergence, which are given by requiring convergence to occur a) on some neighborhood of each point, or b) on all compact subsets of X. Examples:


  -   "Global" modes of convergence imply the corresponding "local" and "compact" modes of convergence. E.g.:

      Uniform convergence both local uniform convergence and compact (uniform) convergence.

  -   "Local" modes of convergence tend to imply "compact" modes of convergence. E.g.,

      Local uniform convergence compact (uniform) convergence.

  -   If is locally compact, the converses to such tend to hold:

      Local uniform convergence compact (uniform) convergence.

...from a measure space (S,μ) to the complex numbers (C)


  -   Pointwise convergence almost everywhere convergence.

  -   Uniform convergence almost uniform convergence.

  -   Almost everywhere convergence convergence in measure. (In a finite measure space)

  -   Almost uniform convergence convergence in measure.

  -   Lp convergence convergence in measure.

  -   Convergence in measure convergence in distribution if μ is a probability measure and the functions are integrable.

A series of functions Σgk from a set (S) to a TAG (G)

Implications are all cases of earlier ones.

...from a set (S) to a normed space (N)

Generally, replacing "convergence" by "absolute-convergence" means one is referring to convergence of the series of nonnegative functions in place of .

Implications are cases of earlier ones, except:

  -   Normal convergence uniform absolute-convergence

...from a topological space (X) to a TAG (G)

Implications are all cases of earlier ones.

...from a topological space (X) to a normed space (N)

Implications (mostly cases of earlier ones):

  -   Uniform absolute-convergence both local uniform absolute-convergence and compact (uniform) absolute-convergence.

      Normal convergence both local normal convergence and compact normal convergence.

  -   Local normal convergence local uniform absolute-convergence.

      Compact normal convergence compact (uniform) absolute-convergence.

  -   Local uniform absolute-convergence compact (uniform) absolute-convergence.

      Local normal convergence compact normal convergence

  -   If X is locally compact:

      Local uniform absolute-convergence compact (uniform) absolute-convergence.

      Local normal convergence compact normal convergence

See also