Absolute Value of Simple Function is Simple Function

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Let $\struct {X, \Sigma}$ be a measurable space.

Let $f: X \to \R$ be a simple function.

Then $\size f: X \to \R$, the absolute value of $f$, is also a simple function.

Proof 1

By Sum of Positive and Negative Parts, we have:

$\size f = f^+ + f^-$

We also have that Positive Part of Simple Function is Simple Function and Negative Part of Simple Function is Simple Function.

Hence $\size f$ is a pointwise sum of simple functions.

The result follows from Pointwise Sum of Simple Functions is Simple Function.


Proof 2

By Simple Function has Standard Representation, $f$ has a standard representation, say:

$(1): \quad f = \ds \sum_{k \mathop = 0}^n a_k \chi_{E_k}$

Then, for all $x \in X$:

$\map {\size f} x = \ds \size {\sum_{k \mathop = 0}^n a_k \map {\chi_{E_k} } x}$

by definition of pointwise absolute value.

The fact that $(1)$ forms a standard representation ensures that for every $x \in X$, precisely one $k$ has $x \in E_k$.

Now suppose that $x \in E_l$.

Then $\map {\chi_{E_l} } x = 0$ if and only if $k \ne l$ by definition of characteristic function.

It follows that $\map {\size f} x = \size {a_l \cdot 1} = \size {a_l}$.

Now define $g: X \to \R$ by:

$\map g x := \ds \sum_{k \mathop = 0}^n \size {a_k} \map {\chi_{E_k} } x$

By construction, $g$ is a simple function, and for $x \in E_l$:

$\map g x = \size {a_l}$

Thus, since every $x$ is in $E_l$ for precisely one $l$, it has been shown that $g = \size f$.

As $g$ was a simple function, it follows that $\size f$ is also a simple function.