# Tietze extension theorem

In topology, the **Tietze extension theorem** (also known as the Tietze–Urysohn–Brouwer extension theorem) states that continuous functions on a closed subset of a normal topological space can be extended to the entire space, preserving boundedness if necessary.

## Formal statement

If *X* is a normal topological space and

is a continuous map from a closed subset *A* of *X* into the real numbers carrying the standard topology, then there exists a continuous map

with *F*(*a*) = *f*(*a*) for all *a* in *A*. Moreover, *F* may be chosen such that , i.e., if *f* is bounded, *F* may be chosen to be bounded (with the same bound as *f*). *F* is called a *continuous extension* of *f*.

## History

L. E. J. Brouwer and Henri Lebesgue proved a special case of the theorem, when *X* is a finite-dimensional real vector space. Heinrich Tietze extended it to all metric spaces, and Paul Urysohn proved the theorem as stated here, for normal topological spaces.^{[1]}^{[2]}

## Equivalent statements

This theorem is equivalent to Urysohn's lemma (which is also equivalent to the normality of the space) and is widely applicable, since all metric spaces and all compact Hausdorff spaces are normal. It can be generalized by replacing **R** with **R**^{J} for some indexing set *J*, any retract of **R**^{J}, or any normal absolute retract whatsoever.

## Variations

If *X* is a metric space, *A* a non-empty subset of *X* and is a Lipschitz continuous function with Lipschitz constant *K*, then *f* can be extended to a Lipschitz continuous function with same constant *K*.
This theorem is also valid for Hölder continuous functions, that is, if is Hölder continuous function, *f* can be extended to a Hölder continuous function with the same constant.^{[3]}

Another variant (in fact, generalization) of Tietze's theorem is due to Z. Ercan:^{[4]}
Let *A* be a closed subset of a topological space *X*. If is an
upper semicontinuous function, a lower semicontinuous function
and a continuous function such that *f*(*x*)≤*g*(*x*) for
each *x*∈*X* and *f*(*a*)≤*h*(*a*)≤*g*(*a*) for each *a*∈*A*, then there is a continuous
extension of *h* such that *f*(*x*)≤*H*(*x*)≤*g*(*x*) for
each *x*∈*X*.
This theorem is also valid with some additional hypothesis if **R** is replaced by a general locally solid Riesz space.^{[4]}

## See also

## References

- ↑ Hazewinkel, Michiel, ed. (2001), "Urysohn-Brouwer lemma",
*Encyclopedia of Mathematics*, Springer, ISBN 978-1-55608-010-4 - ↑ Urysohn, Paul (1925), "Über die Mächtigkeit der zusammenhängenden Mengen",
*Mathematische Annalen*,**94**(1): 262–295, doi:10.1007/BF01208659. - ↑ McShane, E. J. (1 December 1934). "Extension of range of functions".
*Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society*.**40**(12): 837–843. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1934-05978-0. - 1 2 Zafer, Ercan (1997). "Extension and Separation of Vector Valued Functions" (PDF).
*Turkish Journal of Mathematics*.**21**(4): 423–430.

## External links

- Weisstein, Eric W. "Tietze's Extension Theorem." From MathWorld
- "Tietze extension theorem".
*PlanetMath*. - "Proof of Tietze extension theorem".
*PlanetMath*. - Mizar system proof: http://mizar.org/version/current/html/tietze.html#T23