Neighbourhood system

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In topology and related areas of mathematics, the neighbourhood system, complete system of neighbourhoods,[1] or neighbourhood filter for a point x is the collection of all neighbourhoods of the point x.


An open neighbourhood of a subset S of X is any open set V such that SV. A neighbourhood of S in X is any subset TX such that T contains some open neighborhood of S. Explicitly, this means that TX is a neighbourhood of S in X if and only if there is some open set V such that SVT. The neighbourhood system for any non-empty set S is a filter called the neighbourhood filter for S. The neighbourhood filter for a point xX is the same as the neighbourhood filter of the singleton set { x }.

A "neighborhood" does not have to be an open set; those neighbourhoods that also happen to be open sets are known as "open neighbourhoods." Similarly, those neighbourhoods that also happen to be closed sets are known as closed neighbourhoods. There are many other types of neighborhoods that are used in Topology and related fields like Functional Analysis. The family of all neighborhoods having a certain "useful" property often forms a neighbourhood basis, although many times, these neighbourhoods are not necessarily open.


A neighbourhood basis or local basis (or neighbourhood base or local base) for a point x is a filter base of the neighbourhood filter; this means that it is a subset


such that for all  , there exists some   such that   That is, for any neighbourhood   we can find a neighbourhood   in the neighbourhood basis that is contained in  .

Equivalently,   is a local basis at x if and only if the neighbourhood filter   can be recovered from   in the sense that the following equality holds:



A neighbourhood subbasis at x is a family 𝒮 of subsets of X, each of which contains x, such that the collection of all possible finite intersections of elements of 𝒮 forms a neighborhood basis at x.


  • In any topological space, the neighbourhood system for a point is also a neighbourhood basis for the point.
  • The set of all open neighborhoods at a point forms a neighbourhood basis at that point.
  • Given a space X with the indiscrete topology the neighbourhood system for any point x only contains the whole space,  
  • In a metric space, for any point x, the sequence of open balls around x with radius 1/n form a countable neighbourhood basis  . This means every metric space is first-countable.
  • In the weak topology on the space of measures on a space E, a neighbourhood base about   is given by
where   are continuous bounded functions from E to the real numbers.


In a seminormed space, that is a vector space with the topology induced by a seminorm, all neighbourhood systems can be constructed by translation of the neighbourhood system for the origin,


This is because, by assumption, vector addition is separately continuous in the induced topology. Therefore, the topology is determined by its neighbourhood system at the origin. More generally, this remains true whenever the space is a topological group or the topology is defined by a pseudometric.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mendelson, Bert (1990) [1975]. Introduction to Topology (Third ed.). Dover. p. 41. ISBN 0-486-66352-3.
  2. ^ Willard, Stephen (1970). General Topology. Addison-Wesley Publishing. (See Chapter 2, Section 4)