Definition:Pointwise Supremum of Extended Real-Valued Functions

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Let $S$ be a set.

Let $\family {f_i}_{i \mathop \in I}, f_i: S \to \overline \R$ be an $I$-indexed collection of extended real-valued functions.

Then the pointwise supremum of $\family {f_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$, denoted $\displaystyle \sup_{i \mathop \in I} f_i: S \to \overline \R$, is defined by:

$\displaystyle \map {\paren {\sup_{i \mathop \in I} f_i} } s := \sup_{i \mathop \in I} \map {f_i} s$

where the latter supremum is taken in the extended real numbers $\overline \R$.

By Extended Real Numbers form Complete Poset, this supremum is guaranteed to exist.

Thence it can be seen that pointwise supremum is an instance of a pointwise operation on extended real-valued functions.

Also known as

Because of the way $\displaystyle \sup_{i \mathop \in I} f_i$ is defined, there is usually no need to distinguish between the left hand side and right hand side of the definition.

Thus $\displaystyle \sup_{i \mathop \in I} \map {f_i} z$ is commonly used instead of $\displaystyle \map {\paren {\sup_{i \mathop \in I} f_i} } s$.

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