Weierstrass M-test

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In mathematics, the Weierstrass M-test is a test for showing that an infinite series of functions converges uniformly. It applies to series whose terms are functions with real or complex values, and is analogous to the comparison test for determining the convergence of series of real or complex numbers.

The Weierstrass M-test is a special case of Lebesgue's dominated convergence theorem, where the measure is taken to be the counting measure over an atomic measure space.

Statement

Weierstrass M-test. Suppose that {fn} is a sequence of real- or complex-valued functions defined on a set A, and that there is a sequence of positive numbers {Mn} satisfying

Then the series

converges uniformly on A.


Remark. The result is often used in combination with the uniform limit theorem. Together they say that if, in addition to the above conditions, the set A is a topological space and the functions fn are continuous on A, then the series converges to a continuous function.

Generalization

A more general version of the Weierstrass M-test holds if the codomain of the functions {fn} is any Banach space, in which case the statement

may be replaced by

,

where is the norm on the Banach space. For an example of the use of this test on a Banach space, see the article Fréchet derivative.

Proof

Let M be the limit of the sum . Since the sum is absolutely convergent, call its limit f(x).

By convergence of the M sum, for ε > 0 there exists an integer K such that

We will show that converges uniformly by showing that

The crucial point here is that K does not depend on x.

See also

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