# Thread: Prove a convex function is continuous

1. ## Prove a convex function is continuous

I need to prove that a real valued convex function on R is continuous. I'm thinking this is only a special case and may not be the right way to attack the problem:

Assume the contrary. That is, there is at least one point $x_0$ such that for any $\epsilon > 0$ there is no $\delta > 0$ such that $d(x,x_0)<\delta$ implies |f(x_0) - f(x)| < \epsilon.

Now, if we further assume that there exists $x,y$ such that $x_0\in (x,y)$ and d(f(x),f(y))<\epsilon, then it follows that since x_0 = \lambda x + (1-\lambda) y for some $\lambda \in (0,1)$ we have

|f(x_0) - f(x)| = |f(\lambda x + (1-\lambda) y) - f(x)| \le (1-\lambda)|f(y)-f(x)| \le \epsilon

This seems like an elegant application of convexity, but it only applies to simple discontinuities, and I'm not sure I can extend it to the more general case.

Thanks!! edit: not sure whats wrong with my latex :/

2. ## Re: Prove a convex function is continuous

See theorem 3.2 here W.rudin, Real and Complex Analysis . Ask your doubts.

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