# Measurable space

In mathematics, a measurable space or Borel space is a basic object in measure theory. It consists of a set and a σ-algebra, which defines the subsets that will be measured.

## Definition

Consider a set $X$ and a σ-algebra ${\mathcal {A}}$ on $X.$ Then the tuple $(X,{\mathcal {A}})$ is called a measurable space.

Note that in contrast to a measure space, no measure is needed for a measurable space.

## Example

Look at the set:

$X=\{1,2,3\}.$ One possible $\sigma$ -algebra would be:
${\mathcal {A}}_{1}=\{X,\varnothing \}.$ Then $\left(X,{\mathcal {A}}_{1}\right)$ is a measurable space. Another possible $\sigma$ -algebra would be the power set on $X$ :
${\mathcal {A}}_{2}={\mathcal {P}}(X).$ With this, a second measurable space on the set $X$ is given by $\left(X,{\mathcal {A}}_{2}\right).$ ## Common measurable spaces

If $X$ is finite or countably infinite, the $\sigma$ -algebra is most often the power set on $X,$ so ${\mathcal {A}}={\mathcal {P}}(X).$ This leads to the measurable space $(X,{\mathcal {P}}(X)).$ If $X$ is a topological space, the $\sigma$ -algebra is most commonly the Borel $\sigma$ -algebra ${\mathcal {B}},$ so ${\mathcal {A}}={\mathcal {B}}(X).$ This leads to the measurable space $(X,{\mathcal {B}}(X))$ that is common for all topological spaces such as the real numbers $\mathbb {R} .$ ## Ambiguity with Borel spaces

The term Borel space is used for different types of measurable spaces. It can refer to

• any measurable space, so it is a synonym for a measurable space as defined above 
• a measurable space that is Borel isomorphic to a measurable subset of the real numbers (again with the Borel $\sigma$ -algebra)