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    Measure Theory problem

    I know that the cardinality of the power set of R is strictly greater than c, and that the cardinality of the Borel sigma algebra on R is equal to c.

    I'm supposed to use this to show that there is a Lebesgue measurable subset of R that is not a Borel set.

    I'm a bit confused, because it seems like to do this I would have to show that there are Lebesgue measurable sets that are not Borel sets anyway apart from the cardinality argument, since not every subset of R is Lebesgue measurable.

    Any advice on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondlance View Post
    I know that the cardinality of the power set of R is strictly greater than c, and that the cardinality of the Borel sigma algebra on R is equal to c.

    I'm supposed to use this to show that there is a Lebesgue measurable subset of R that is not a Borel set.

    I'm a bit confused, because it seems like to do this I would have to show that there are Lebesgue measurable sets that are not Borel sets anyway apart from the cardinality argument, since not every subset of R is Lebesgue measurable.

    Any advice on this?
    The idea is to show that the cardinality of the set of the Lebesgue measurable subsets of \mathbb{R} equals the cardinality of the power set of \mathbb{R}. Because of what you wrote, this would be enough.

    This results from the following fact: there exists a negligible uncountable Borel subset C of \mathbb{R}. More precisely, its cardinality is that of \mathbb{R}.

    Supposing this is true, then every subset of C is a Lebesgue subset (because they're included in a negligible Borel subset). However, because |C|=|\mathbb{R}|, the set of the subsets (i.e. the power set) of C is in bijection with the power set of \mathbb{R}. This proves what we want.

    Coming back to the announced fact, the usual example is a Cantor subset, and I'd bet you've already seen this. For instance, it can be the set of the numbers in [0,1] such that all of their decimals (in base 10) are even. Or (the usual one) the set of the numbers in [0,1] such that the only numbers appearing in their representation in base 3 are 0 and 2.
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    Thanks; that makes a lot of sense now!
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