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  • The ``Bounded Convergence Theorem" states that "If a sequence $\{f_n\}$ of measurable functions is uniformly bounded and if $f_n \rightarrow f$ in measure then $lim_{n \rightarrow \infty } \int f_n dP = \int f dP$"

    Here does the phrase ``uniformly bounded" mean that there exists $M$ s.t $\forall n, \vert f_n \vert \leq M$ ?

  • I guess examples like $f_n = n^{1/2}1_{[0,1/n]}$ show that being uniformly bounded is not a necessary condition.

  • If a sequence of functions $f_n$ were to converge uniformly to $f$ then one would have had $lim_{n \rightarrow \infty } \int f_n dP = \int f dP$. Is the "Bounded Convergence Theorem" a generalization of this?

    As in are there examples of sequences of functions not converging uniformly and yet it is true that $lim_{n \rightarrow \infty } \int f_n dP = \int f dP$ because they were uniformly bounded meaurable functions converging in measure ?

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  • $\begingroup$ For example, the result holds if $f_n\ge 0$ and $f_n\nearrow f$ (equivalently, if conditions of the Monotone convergence Theorem hold). $\endgroup$ – d.k.o. Nov 8 '15 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ Can you kindly explain a bit more? $\endgroup$ – user6818 Nov 8 '15 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ I mean that you can construct an example where $f_n$ converges to $f$ (in pointwise sense and not uniformly) and still get the result. $\endgroup$ – d.k.o. Nov 8 '15 at 22:59
  • $\begingroup$ Any example you have in mind? (So you are saying that uniform convergence is not a necessary condition) But is your example then satisfying the "bounded convergence theorem" conditions? $\endgroup$ – user6818 Nov 8 '15 at 23:09
  • $\begingroup$ $f_n$ need not be uniformly bounded... For example, $f≥0$ is such that $\int f =\infty$. Take $f_n=f1\{f≤n\}$. $\endgroup$ – d.k.o. Nov 8 '15 at 23:34
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The assumption of the statement is that $f_n$ and $f$ are point-wise bounded by some function $g$ and that $g$ is integrable. You will find more hits if you look for "dominated convergence". See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominated_convergence_theorem

For instance, if $g\in L^1$, then $f_n(x)=\min(1,|x|/n)·g(x)$ is uniformly bounded by $g$, converges pointwise to the zero function, but does not necessarily converge uniformly (in the supremums norm).

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  • $\begingroup$ But "dominated convergence theorem" is a separate theorem - right? I amtalking of the "bounded convergece theorem". Is my understanding of the definition of "uniformly bounded" correct as stated in point 1? you have examples of the kind I am looking for in the third point? $\endgroup$ – user6818 Nov 9 '15 at 6:07

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