I want to calculate $\displaystyle\int_0^1 \dfrac{x}{1-x}(-\log x)\ dx$ in Lebesgue integral theory. I calculated this using the theorem below.


Let $\{f_n \}_{n=1}^{\infty}$ be a sequence of functions that are Lebesgue-measurable and non negative. And let $f:=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} f_n$.

Then, $\displaystyle\int f dx=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \displaystyle\int f_n (x) dx.$

My calculation

\begin{align} \displaystyle\int_0^1 \dfrac{x}{1-x}(-\log x) \ dx &=\displaystyle\int \dfrac{x}{1-x}(-\log x) \cdot \chi_{(0,1)} (x) \ dx\\ &=\displaystyle\int \bigg(\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} x^k\bigg)\cdot (-\log x) \cdot \chi_{(0,1)} (x) \ dx\\ &=\displaystyle\int \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \bigg(x^k (-\log x) \cdot \chi_{(0,1)} (x)\bigg) \ dx\\ &=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \displaystyle\int \bigg(x^k (-\log x) \cdot \chi_{(0,1)} (x)\bigg) \ dx \ (\text{ using the Theorem) }\\ &=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \displaystyle\int_0^1 x^k (-\log x) \ dx \\ &=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \Bigg(\bigg[\dfrac{x^{k+1}}{k+1} (-\log x)\bigg]_0^1+ \displaystyle\int_0^1 \dfrac{x^{k}}{k+1} \ dx\Bigg) \ (\text{Integration by parts})\\ &=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \Bigg(0+ \dfrac{1}{(k+1)^2}\Bigg) =\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{1}{(k+1)^2}. \end{align}

But I wonder if I can change $\sum$ and $\displaystyle\int.$

For each $k$, $x^k(-\log x)\chi_{(0,1)}(x)$ is non negative but is it Lebesgue-measurable? And why?


2 Answers 2


You used the theorem correctly. Continuous functions are measurable, open sets are measurable and so characteristic functions of open sets are measurable, and products of measurable functions are measurable.


Martin Argerami explained why the function you mentioned is measurable. I am guessing you're also asking a question about theorem that you used: "Why can we interchange summation and integration?" If that's your questions, the answer is it's due to MCT.

Define a $f_{n} = \sum_{1}^{n} f_{k}.$ Note that this sequence $f_{n}$ is non-negative and measurable. Then apply MCT on this sequence. This will give you the justifications why we can exchange sum and integration. Please ignore this answer if you did not ask the question that I am thinking.


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