Accumulation Points of Graphs of Real Functions

Research paper by Balázs Maga

Indexed on: 20 May '16Published on: 20 May '16Published in: Mathematics - Classical Analysis and ODEs


During the last few decades E. S. Thomas, S. J. Agronsky, J. G. Ceder, and T. L. Pearson gave an equivalent definition of the real Baire class 1 functions by characterizing their graph. In this paper, using their results, we consider the following problem: let $T$ be a given subset of $[0,1]\times\mathbb{R}$. When can we find a function $f:[0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that the accumulation points of its graph are exactly the points of $T$? We show that if such a function exists, we can choose it to be a Baire-2 function. We characterize the accumulation sets of bounded and not necessarily bounded functions separately. We also examine the similar question in the case of Baire-1 functions.