Null Measure is Measure

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Let $\struct {X, \Sigma}$ be a measurable space.

Then the null measure $\mu$ on $\struct {X, \Sigma}$ is a measure.


Let us verify the measure axioms $(1)$, $(2)$ and $(3')$ for $\mu$.

Proof of $(1)$

Let $S \in \Sigma$.

Then $\map \mu S = 0 \ge 0$.


Proof of $(2)$

It is to be shown that (for a sequence $\sequence {S_n}_{n \in \N}$ of pairwise disjoint sets):

$\displaystyle \sum_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty \map \mu {S_n} = \map \mu {\bigcup_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty S_n}$

Now by definition of $\mu$:

$\displaystyle \map \mu {S_n} = \map \mu {\bigcup_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty S_n} = 0$

Thus, the desired equation becomes:

$\displaystyle \sum_{n \mathop = 1}^\infty 0 = 0$

which trivially holds.


Proof of $(3')$

Note that $\O \in \Sigma$ as $\Sigma$ is a $\sigma$-algebra.

Hence $\map \mu \O = 0$.


The axioms are fulfilled, and it follows that $\mu$ is a measure.