In mathematics, a locally finite measure is a measure for which every point of the measure space has a neighbourhood of finite measure.[1][2]


Let be a Hausdorff topological space and let be a -algebra on that contains the topology (so that every open set is a measurable set, and is at least as fine as the Borel -algebra on ). A measure/signed measure/complex measure defined on is called locally finite if, for every point of the space there is an open neighbourhood of such that the -measure of is finite.

In more condensed notation, is locally finite if and only if


  1. Any probability measure on is locally finite, since it assigns unit measure to the whole space. Similarly, any measure that assigns finite measure to the whole space is locally finite.
  2. Lebesgue measure on Euclidean space is locally finite.
  3. By definition, any Radon measure is locally finite.
  4. The counting measure is sometimes locally finite and sometimes not: the counting measure on the integers with their usual discrete topology is locally finite, but the counting measure on the real line with its usual Borel topology is not.

See also


  1. ^ Berge, Claude (1963). Topological Spaces. p. 31. ISBN 0486696537.
  2. ^ Gemignani, Michael C. (1972). Elementary Topology. p. 228. ISBN 0486665224.