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Volume 22, Issue 3, 2006, pp. 893–953
DOI: 10.4171/RMI/478

Published online: 2006-12-31

Recouvrements, derivation des mesures et dimensions

Patrice Assouad[1] and Thierry Quentin de Gromard[2]

(1) Université Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, France
(2) Université Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, France

Let $X$ be a set with a symmetric kernel $d$ (not necessarily a distance). The space $(X,d)$ is said to have the weak (resp. strong) covering property of degree $\leq m$ [briefly \textbf{prf}$(m)$ (resp. \textbf{prF}$(m)$)], if, for each family $\mathcal{B}$ of closed balls of $(X,d)$ with radii in a decreasing sequence (resp. with bounded radii), there is a subfamily, covering the center of each element of $\mathcal{B}$, and of order $\leq m$ (resp. spliting into $m$ disjoint families). Since Besicovitch, covering properties are known to be the main tool for proving derivation theorems for any pair of measures on $(X,d)$. Assuming that any ball for $d$ belongs to the Baire $\sigma$-algebra for $d$, we show that the \textbf{prf} implies an almost sure derivation theorem. This implication was stated by D. Preiss when $(X,d)$ is a complete separable metric space. With stronger measurability hypothesis (to be stated later in this paper), we show that the \textbf{prf} restricted to balls with constant radius implies a derivation theorem with convergence in measure. We show easily that an equivalent to the \textbf{prf}$(m+1)$ (resp. to the \textbf{prf}$(m+1)$ restricted to balls with constant radius) is that the Nagata-dimension (resp. the De Groot-dimension) of $(X,d)$ is $\leq m$. These two dimensions (see J.I. Nagata) are not lesser than the topological dimension; for $\mathbb{R}^n$ with any given norm ($n > 1$), they are $> n$. For spaces with nonnegative curvature $\geq 0$ (for example for $\mathbb{R}^n$ with any given norm), we express these dimensions as the cardinality of a net; in these spaces, we give a similar upper bound for the degree of the \textbf{prF} (generalizing a result of Furedi and Loeb for $\mathbb{R}^n$) and try to obtain the exact degree in $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{R}^2$.

Keywords: Covering properties, derivation theorems, dimensions of metric spaces

Assouad Patrice, Quentin de Gromard Thierry: Recouvrements, derivation des mesures et dimensions. Rev. Mat. Iberoamericana 22 (2006), 893-953. doi: 10.4171/RMI/478