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The term “support” means different things in different parts of mathematics:

In set theory

Given $f \colon X \to A$ a function to $A$ a pointed object with the point playing the role of a zero element, then the support of $f$ is the subobject of $X$ on which $f$ is non-zero.

In topology

In topology the support of a continuous function $f \colon X \to A$ as above is the topological closure of the set of points on which $f$ does not vanish:

$Supp(f) = Cl(\{x \in X \vert f(x) \neq 0 \in A\}) \,.$

If $Supp(f) \subset X$ is a compact subspace, then one says that $f$ has compact support.

In topos theory and type theory

support = (-1)-truncation

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Revised on July 28, 2017 05:44:00 by Urs Schreiber (46.183.103.8)