Continuity Test using Sub-Basis

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Let $\struct {X_1, \tau_1}$ and $\struct {X_2, \tau_2}$ be topological spaces.

Let $f: X_1 \to X_2$ be a mapping.

Let $\SS$ be an analytic sub-basis for $\tau_2$.

Suppose that:

$\forall S \in \SS: f^{-1} \sqbrk S \in \tau_1$

where $f^{-1} \sqbrk S$ denotes the preimage of $S$ under $f$.

Then $f$ is continuous.

Proof 1


$\displaystyle \BB = \left\{{\bigcap \AA: \AA \subseteq \SS, \AA \text{ is finite}}\right\} \subseteq \powerset {X_2}$

Let $B \in \BB$.

Then there exists a finite subset $\AA \subseteq \SS$ such that:

$\displaystyle B = \bigcap \AA$


\(\ds f^{-1} \sqbrk B\) \(=\) \(\ds f^{-1} \sqbrk {\bigcap \AA}\)
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \bigcap_{S \mathop \in \AA} f^{-1} \sqbrk S\) Preimage of Intersection under Mapping: General Result
\(\ds \) \(\in\) \(\ds \tau_1\) General Intersection Property of Topological Space


$\displaystyle \tau = \set {\bigcup \AA: \AA \subseteq \BB} \subseteq \powerset {X_2}$

By the definition of an analytic sub-basis, we have $\tau_2 \subseteq \tau$.

Let $U \in \tau_2$.

Then $U \in \tau$; therefore:

$\displaystyle \exists \AA \subseteq \BB: U = \bigcup \AA$


\(\ds f^{-1} \sqbrk U\) \(=\) \(\ds f^{-1} \sqbrk {\bigcup \AA}\)
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \bigcup_{S \mathop \in \AA} f^{-1} \sqbrk S\) Preimage of Union under Mapping: General Result
\(\ds \) \(\in\) \(\ds \tau_1\) because $\forall B \in \BB: f^{-1} \sqbrk B \in \tau_1$, and by open set axiom $({1})$ applied to $\tau_1$

That is, $f$ is continuous.


Proof 2

Let $\tau$ be the final topology on $X_2$ with respect to $f$.

By hypothesis, $\SS \subseteq \tau$.

By Synthetic Sub-Basis and Analytic Sub-Basis are Compatible, we have that $\tau_2$ is the topology generated by the synthetic sub-basis $\SS$.

By the definition of the generated topology, we have $\tau_2 \subseteq \tau$.

By the definition of the final topology, it follows that $f$ is continuous.


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