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    Show whether E is a Measurable Set

    Let (E_k)_{k=1}^{\infty} be a sequence of measurable sets in \mathbb{R}^n. Let E be a subset of \mathbb{R}^n so that x \in E if and only if x belongs to exactly 2 of the sets E_k. Determine whether E is measurable. If it is, show it. If not, give a counterexample.

    I suppose it is measurable? No? Can't think of any counterexample.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Show whether E is a Measurable Set

    for any two positive integers 1\leq i <j consider the set A_{i,j}=E_i\bigcap E_j\bigcap (\bigcap_{k\ne i,j}\mathbb{R}^n\setminus E_k) . Such sets are measurable and E is a union of such sets
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    Re: Show whether E is a Measurable Set

    Quote Originally Posted by Markeur View Post
    Let (E_k)_{k=1}^{\infty} be a sequence of measurable sets in \mathbb{R}^n. Let E be a subset of \mathbb{R}^n so that x \in E if and only if x belongs to exactly 2 of the sets E_k. Determine whether E is measurable. If it is, show it. If not, give a counterexample.

    I suppose it is measurable? No? Can't think of any counterexample.

    Thanks in advance.
    In my opinion any question about "something" should start off with a definition of "something" and a demonstration that the definition is satis fied. So here is my little contribution as a matter of principle from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measure_(mathematics)

    σ-algebra, meaning that unions, intersections and complements of sequences of measurable subsets are measurable.


    Let Σ be a σ-algebra over a set X. A function μ from Σ to the extended real number line is called a measure if it satisfies the following properties:
    • Non-negativity:
    for all

    • Null empty set:

    I would find it interesting to see how this would be done in the case of the previous post.
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