Locally constant functions

Volume 150 / 1996

Joan Hart, Kenneth Kunen Fundamenta Mathematicae 150 (1996), 67-96 DOI: 10.4064/fm-150-1-67-96


Let X be a compact Hausdorff space and M a metric space. $E_0(X,M)$ is the set of f ∈ C(X,M) such that there is a dense set of points x ∈ X with f constant on some neighborhood of x. We describe some general classes of X for which $E_0(X,M)$ is all of C(X,M). These include βℕ\ℕ, any nowhere separable LOTS, and any X such that forcing with the open subsets of X does not add reals. In the case where M is a Banach space, we discuss the properties of $E_0(X,M)$ as a normed linear space. We also build three first countable Eberlein compact spaces, F,G,H, with various $E_0$ properties. For all metric M, $E_0(F,M)$ contains only the constant functions, and $E_0(G,M) = C(G,M)$. If M is the Hilbert cube or any infinite-dimensional Banach space, then $E_0(H,M) ≠ C(H,M)$, but $E_0(H,M) = C(H,M)$ whenever $M ⊆ ℝ^n$ for some finite n.


  • Joan Hart
  • Kenneth Kunen

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