Characteristic Function of Intersection/Variant 1

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Theorem

Let $A, B \subseteq S$.

Let $\chi_{A \cap B}$ be the characteristic function of their intersection $A \cap B$.


Then:

$\chi_{A \cap B} = \chi_A \chi_B$


Proof

By Characteristic Function Determined by 1-Fiber, it suffices to show that:

$\map {\chi_A} s \, \map {\chi_B} s = 1 \iff s \in A \cap B$


Now, both $\chi_A$ and $\chi_B$ are characteristic functions.

It follows that, for any $s \in S$:

$\map {\chi_A} s \, \map {\chi_B} s = 1 \iff \map {\chi_A} s = \map {\chi_B} s = 1$

By definition of $\chi_A$ and $\chi_B$, this is equivalent to the statement that both $s \in A$ and $s \in B$.

That is, $s \in A \cap B$, by definition of set intersection.

$\blacksquare$


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