In the theory of locally convex topological vector spaces, certain types of subset turn up more frequently than others. One such is radial subsets. In a radial subset, and line segment from the origin to a point in the subset is contained in the subset. Thus the condition is similar to that of being convex, except that one of the end-points in the convexity condition is constrained to be the origin. Thus a convex set containing the origin is automatically radial.

The precise definition is as follows.


Let EE be a locally convex topological vector space. A subset AA of EE is radial if rAAr A \subseteq A for each r[0,1]r \in [0,1].

Created on April 27, 2010 12:53:44 by Andrew Stacey (