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On a theorem of E. Helly

Authors: Sakaé Fuchino and Szymon Plewik
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 127 (1999), 491-497
MSC (1991): Primary 26A03, 06A05, 03E10, 03E35
MathSciNet review: 1468190
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Abstract: E. Helly's theorem asserts that any bounded sequence of monotone real functions contains a pointwise convergent subsequence. We reprove this theorem in a generalized version in terms of monotone functions on linearly ordered sets. We show that the cardinal number responsible for this generalization is exactly the splitting number. We also show that a positive answer to a problem of S. Saks is obtained under the assumption of the splitting number being strictly greater than the first uncountable cardinal.

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Sakaé Fuchino
Affiliation: Institut für Mathematik II, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimallee 3, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Address at time of publication: Department of Computer Sciences, Kitami Institute of Technology, Kitami, Hokkaido 090 Japan

Szymon Plewik
Affiliation: Instytut Matematyki Uniwersytetu Ślaskiego, ul. Bankowa 14, 40 007 Katowice, Poland

Keywords: Helly's theorem, splitting number, Saks' problem
Received by editor(s): August 8, 1996
Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 26, 1997
Communicated by: Andreas R. Blass
Article copyright: © Copyright 1999 American Mathematical Society

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