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Question about the set of irrationals.by cragar
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Dec412, 03:10 AM

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Is it possible to have a set that contain all the irrationals that has measure zero.
I dont know that much about measure theory. Or I guess we could just ask what is the measure of the irrationals. I know it is possible to have uncountable sets that have measure zero. 


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Dec412, 03:51 AM

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So the measure of the rationals must be zero. I seem to recall that the measure of any countable set is zero. 


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Dec412, 04:03 AM

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You didn't specify which measure you are talking about, so if we use the zero measure, then the answer is yes.
If you are talking about using the Lebesgue measure, the answer is no. Let A be all rationals between 0 and 1, and B be all irrationals between 0, and 1. Then ##m(A) + m(B) = m([0,1]) = 1## But ##m(A) = 0##, so B has nonzero measure. Note that if C is any set that contains every irrational between 0 and 1 then ##m(C) \geq m(B)## by monotonicity. 


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Dec412, 06:26 AM

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Question about the set of irrationals.



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Dec412, 07:24 AM

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I suspect that Imalooser meant the set of all irrational numbers between 0 and 1.



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Dec512, 05:18 AM

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#8
Dec512, 06:13 AM

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do they have sets with different infinite measure?



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Dec512, 08:05 AM

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Do you mean whether probability spaces have sets of infinite measure? The answer is no: the largest possible measure is 1. 


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Dec512, 06:44 PM

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I guess I mean in ZFC are their sets that have infinite measure.
But I guess you said they dont 


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Dec512, 06:50 PM

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#12
Dec512, 06:57 PM

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ok thanks for your response. Are their sets that have larger Lebesgue measure
than the set of reals. 


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Dec512, 07:15 PM

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In measure theory, there is only one kind of infinity. There is not an entire class of infinities like the infinites of Cantor. 


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Dec612, 12:23 AM

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To further what micromass said, the Lebesgue measure is a specific measure defined on certain subsets of ℝ. Therefore there can't be a Lebesgue measurable set that has measure larger than ##m(\mathbb{R})##. 


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