# What are regularity conditions

• Dec 10th 2010, 08:54 PM
aukie
What are regularity conditions
Hi

I often read the term regularity conditions in different contexts. But what does this mean exactly.

For example I read "The Lebesgue theory requires a very weak regularity condition called measurability".

Now I know the Lebesgue integral is only defined for measurable functions. So i understand what the author is trying to say. But in general what are regularity conditions?
• Dec 11th 2010, 03:02 PM
snowtea
From Wikipedia:

Regularity, the degree of differentiability of a smooth function

Seems to make sense in the context you just described.
• Dec 12th 2010, 07:50 AM
Guy
Nah, typically regularity conditions don't refer to that. Many measurable functions wouldn't qualify as having any regularity at all under that definition. A regularity condition is essentially just a requirement that whatever structure you are studying isn't too poorly behaved. For instance, in the context of Lebesgue integration, the existence of a dominating function would be considered a regularity condition required to carry out various limit interchanging processes. In probability theory, on the other hand, the existence of a finite second moment would be considered a regularity condition for applying the Central Limit Theorem.
• Dec 12th 2010, 09:19 AM
aukie
Cheers, thats kind of what the first post was hinting at. Made me think about regular points from complex analysis and the fact that functions are well behaved at such points. But thanks for clarifying