Definition:Open Ball/Radius

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This page is about Radius in the context of Open Ball of Metric Space. For other uses, see Radius.


Let $M = \struct {A, d}$ be a metric space or pseudometric space.

Let $a \in A$.

Let $\map {B_\epsilon} a$ be the open $\epsilon$-ball of $a$.

In $\map {B_\epsilon} a$, the value $\epsilon$ is referred to as the radius of the open $\epsilon$-ball.

Linguistic Note

The plural of radius is radii, pronounced ray-dee-eye.

This irregular plural form stems from the Latin origin of the word radius, meaning ray.

The ugly incorrect form radiuses can apparently be found, but rarely in a mathematical context.