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Your favourite application of the Baire Category Theorem

I think I remember reading somewhere that the Baire Category Theorem is supposedly quite powerful. Whether that is true or not, it's my favourite theorem (so far) and I'd love to see some applications ...
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how to show boundary of either open or closed set is nowhere dense.

how to show boundary of either open or closed set is nowhere dense. i think we need to use baire category thm? countable intersection of dense, closed set is once again a dense, closed (and ...
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If $\mathbb{R}=\bigcup_{n=1}^{\infty}E_n$, then the closure of some $E_n$ contains an interval

I'm working on some problems in Carothers' Real Analysis. I just started the section on the Baire Category Theorem. Thus far Carothers has given the Baire Category Theorem for $\mathbb{R}$. Prove ...
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Using Baire Category Theorem to prove $\mathbb{R}^2\not\cong\mathbb{R}^3$.

How can we prove $\mathbb R ^ 2$ is not homeomorphic to $\mathbb R ^3$ using Baire Category Theorem? Here is a standard proof of this fact using algebraic topology. Note that $\mathbb{R}^{3}-\{x\}$ ...
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Baire related problem

Let $f:\Bbb R\to \Bbb R$, $f$ in $C^{\infty}$. Suppose that for all $x \in \Bbb R$, there exists an integer $n$ (which depends on $x$) such that $f^{n}(x) = 0$ ($f^{n}$ is composing $f$ $n$ times) ...
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Non-decidable $\Pi^0_1$ (effectively closed) classes

Are there non-decidable $\Pi^0_1$ (effectively closed) classes? According to a draft of Effectively closed sets by Cenzer and Remmel, the class $$ P = \{ 0^n1^\omega \mid n \in B\} $$ is a ...
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Is the union of all $l^p$ spaces meagre in $l^\infty$?

Is the union of all $l^p$ spaces meagre in $l^\infty$? i.e. is $ \bigcup_{p=1}^\infty l^p$ meagre? I am revisiting this variety of math after a long break so help is appreciated. Please correct ...
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Is $c_0$ meagre in $l^\infty$?

I have been reading up on the meagre sets sans an instructor after a 10 year break from this sort of mathematics and I would like to test my understanding. I want to know if the following is true (and ...
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Every space is “almost” Baire?

There is this theorem called the Banach category theorem which states that in every topological space any union of open sets of first category is of first category. Now doesn't this imply that every ...
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Showing a set is nowhere dense in $C([0,1])$

Let $E_n$ be the set of all $f \in C\big([0,1]\big)$ for which there exists $x_0 \in [0,1]$ (depending on $f$) such that \begin{align*} \lvert\, f(x)-f(x_0)\rvert \leq n\lvert x-x_0\rvert, ...
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In a complete metric space with no isolated points, any countable intersection of open dense sets is uncountable?

I was playing with Baire's Theorem, and seemed to deduce the following: In a complete metric space $X$ that has no isolated points, any countable intersection of open dense sets is uncountable. ...
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A homeomorphism of a topological space with itself maps a set into one of the same category

Prove: If $h$ is a homeomorphism of $S$ onto $S$ and if $E\subset S$, then $E$ and $h(E)$ have the same category in $S$. Rudin, Functional Analysis, 2/e, p.43. (My own answer follows below.)
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Baire Category for monotonic sequence

Let X be a non-empty complete metric space and let $\{f_n:X\to \Bbb R\}^\infty_{n=1}$ be a sequence of continuous functions with the following property: for each $c\in X$, there exists an integer ...
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Is the complement of a set 1st category set $X$ of 2nd category?

If I have some metric space $M$ and find that $X \subset M$ is of 1st category (resp. 2nd category), is the complement of $X$, $X^c$ of second cateogry (resp. 1st category)? Thanks!
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How can the Baire Category Theorem be used to show a point in a complete metric space has some particular property?

My book gives a very tantalizing yet brief note that the Baire Category Theorem can be used to show that a point $x$ in a complete metric space $M$ has a particular property $P$. It states: "A ...
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Can a meager linear subspace be written as a countable increasing union of nowhere dense subspaces?

Let $X$ be a separable Banach space. In this question, "subspace" means a linear subspace, not necessarily closed. Suppose $E \subset X$ is a subspace which is meager, so that we can write $E = ...
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A set that is a countable intersection of open and dense sets but not open.

We know that Baire Category Theorem implies that in a complete metric space, the countable intersection of open and dense sets is nonempty and actually dense itself. But it is clear that a countable ...
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Banach Mazur game - Oxtoby - Thm 6.1

I have asked about this theorem before but found lately that I still don't fully understand its proof. Here are the rules of the game described. A closed interval in $\mathbb{R}$ denoted $I_0$ is ...
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A classical problem about limit of continuous function at infinity and its connection with Baire Category Theorem

When I google "baire category theorem", I get a link to Ben Green's website. And at the end of the paper, he mentioned such a classic problem: Suppose that $f:\mathbb{R}^+\to\mathbb{R}^+$ is a ...
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$\lim_{n\to \infty}f(nx)=0$ implies $\lim_{x\to \infty}f(x)=0$

Can anyone help me with this problem? Let $f:[0,\infty)\longrightarrow \mathbb R$ be a continuous function such that for each $x>0$, we have $\lim_{n\to \infty}f(nx)=0$. Then prove that ...
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Why is the subspace of polynomials with degree $\leq$ n nowhere dense in $\mathbb{R}[X]$?

There's a popular application of Baire's Category Theorem that shows that $\mathbb{R}[X]$ (the space of all polynomials with real coefficients) is not complete by showing it is a countable union of ...
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Questions related to intersections of open sets and Baire spaces

EDIT: I have reposted this question on MathOverflow. (The version posted there is more concise, with some details omitted. I have also added a question about pseudobases with similar property.) MO ...
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Baire's Theorem Formulation

I am still having problems with some of the proofs of Baire's theorem. In Introductory Real Analysis by Kolmogorov and Fomin The statement of the theorem states that: "A complete metric space R ...
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Is complement of a 1st category set in a 2nd category space, dense?

Let $X$ be a second category space and $Y$ be a first category subspace of $X$. Is $X \setminus Y$ dense in $X$?
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Baire's Theorem proof regarding points revisited

My first question on this point was not answered. Here is the first part of Shilov's proof of Baire's theorem (not an exact lift from the book as I avoided mathematical symbols). I am trying to be ...
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B meager, not empty, not open implies complement is dense

Let X be topological space. The subset B is meager, not open and non-empty. How can you prove that the complement is dense?
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Baire category theorem to show a set is dense.

Consider $A_j$ a sequence of subsets of $[0,1]$ s.t. for each $N\geq 1$, $\bigcup_{j=N}^\infty A_j$ is open and dense in $[0,1]$. If $S$ is the set of points $x \in [0,1]$ s.t. $x \in A_j$ for ...
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how do i prove that the the set of irrationals cannot be a countable union of closed subsets? [duplicate]

Let $\mathbb{R}$ be equipped with the standard topology. Let $E$ be the set of irrational numbers. How do i prove that $E$ is not a countable union of closed subsets, using Baire Category Theorem?
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Showing an operator kernel is nowhere dense…

We are doing a problem that requires us to, for fixed NONZERO element $h \in L^2[0,1]$ (as in, the function $h$ is not zero on a set of positive measure in $[0,1]$) and fixed $f \in L^2[0,1]$ with ...
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Nowhere dense set…

Let $A_n$ be a subset of continuous functions on $[0,1]$ given by: $A_n$ = {$f∈C[0,1]$:there exists $x∈[0,1]$ such that $|f(x)−f(y)|≤n|x−y|$ for all $y∈[0,1]$}. Show $A_n$ is nowhere dense, and use ...
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A Baire category question

Let ${f_n}$ be a sequence of real valued continuous functions converging pointwise on $\Bbb R$. Show that there exists a number $M>0$ and an interval $I \subset \Bbb R$ such that $\sup\{ |f_n(x)|:x ...
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If every point $x \in X$ has a neighborhood that is Baire space, then $X$ is a Baire space

Show that if every point $x \in X$ has a neighborhood that is Baire space, then $X$ is a Baire space. (Munkres "Topology", 48.3) Here is what I tried : Let $\{U_n\}_{n \geq 1}$ be a collection of ...
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Linear functional in Banach space

Let $X$ be a Banach space, $(f_n)\in X^{*}$ a sequence with $f_n\neq 0 $ $ \forall n\in \Bbb N$. Show that there is a $x\in X$ such that $f_n(x)\neq 0 $ $\forall n$. Need some help. Thank you!
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corollary to baire category theorem

I'm studying topology with gamelin and greene's text and I came across a corollary to the baire category theorem which states that "Let (En) be a sequence of nowhere dense subsets of a complete ...
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Analogy for Baire categories?

I'm looking for an analogy to grasp the intuitive notion of size that Baire categories on $\mathbb{R}$ provides. For instance, the cardinality of a subset of $\mathbb{R}$ provides a notion of size in ...
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Equivalence of Baire Space definitions

I am hoping someone could help me show that the following statements, which define a Baire Space, are equivalent. Defn1: Any topological space X such that the intersection of any countable ...
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Why any uncountable $G_\delta$ set of $\mathbb{R}$, has a subset homeomorphic to $[0,1]$

as a continuation to my question here: Is cantor set homeomorphic to the unit interval? I can't see how can it is be true that any uncountable $G_\delta$ set of $\mathbb{R}$, has a subset ...
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Is this Baire theorem a special case of Baire category theorem?

I'm reading a chinese text book "Real Analysis" (by Zhou Minqiang), one of it's conclusion is "Baire theorem" For any $E\subset R^n$ is a $F_\sigma$ set: $$E=\bigcup_{k=1}^{\infty}F_k,$$ where ...
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Application of Baire's theorem

Let $f: (a,b) \rightarrow \Bbb R$ be a differentiable function in $(a,b)$. Calculate the pointwise limit of: $$f_n(x)=n(f(x+1/n)-f(x)), x\in(a, b-1/n). $$ Let $E_n$ be a countable ...
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Baire space but not locally compact

I need an example that is a Baire space but not locally compact. I think, $\mathbb{R}^ \mathbb{R}$ is such an example. $\mathbb{R}^ \mathbb{R}$ is not locally compact. But I could not proof that it ...
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Is a Baire Space necessarily complete?

A complete metric space a Baire space. But is a Baire space necessarily complete?
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Meagre Sets: Algebra

Let meagre subsets be defined as: $A\text{ meagre}\iff A=\bigcup_{\lvert K\rvert\leq\aleph_0} A_k\text{ with }\overline{A_k}°=\varnothing$ Then it satisfies: $B\subseteq A\text{ meagre}\Rightarrow ...
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Baire: Equivalent Statements II

Moreover, why does it follow for Baire Spaces and why is it strictly weaker that: $X=\bigcup_{k=1}^\infty A_k\quad\Rightarrow\quad\exists k_0\in\mathbb{N},x_0\in X: A_{k_0}\in\mathcal{N}_{x_0}$ ...
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Baire: Equivalent Statements

How to proof that these statements are equivalent: Every intersection of countably many dense open sets is dense. The interior of every union of countably many closed nowhere dense sets is empty. ...
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Prove that a set is dense and of the first category in $L^2(T)$

Define the Fourier coefficients $\hat{f}(n)$ of a function $f\in L^2(T)$, $T$ is a unit circle, by: $\hat{f}(n)=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int\limits_{-\pi}^{\pi}f(e^{i\theta})e^{-in\theta}d\theta$ Let ...
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Proof That $\mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$ Is Not an $F_{\sigma}$ Set

I am trying to prove that the set of irrational numbers $\mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$ is not an $F_{\sigma}$ set. Here's my attempt: Assume that indeed $\mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$ is an ...
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Banach Mazur Game: Oxtoby Measure and Category

I have a question regarding the proof of theorem 6.2 which states that, Thm 6.1: There is a strategy in which is sure to win iff is of first category The game played is this: there is a set ...
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Baire Category Theorem proof in Gamelin Greene - how do they shrink the closure of open ball

I am confused by a step in the Gamelin and Greene proof of the Baire Category Theorem. Here is the start of the proof. Theorem: Let $\{U_n\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$ be a sequence of dense open subsets of a ...
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A question concerning Ulam's Theorem from Oxtoby's “Measure and Category”

I am reading the following theorem from Oxtoby's Measure and Category Theorem 5.6 (Ulam). A finite measure $\mu$ defined for all subsets of a set $X$ of power $\aleph_1$ vanishes identically if ...
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Baire category related question

Let $A_n$ be a sequence of closed sets of $\mathbb{R}$ such that $[a,b]\subseteq \cup A_n$, for some $a<b $. Show that at least one of the set $A_n$'s contains an interval. Thanks in advance,