# What is ... a **multifunction**?

This page hosts information on Klebert Kentia's talk "What is ... a

**multifunction**?" at the

"What is ...?" seminar. The talk will take place on Friday, November 19, 4pm at FU Arnimallee 6, SR 031.

## Abstract

Multifunctions, or multivalued mappings or correspondences, are "functions" that assign to a fixed point one or several values. They can be viewed as set-valued mappings and turn out to be very interesting objects in many areas of mathematics (e.g. optimization, probability, functional analysis). This motivates the need for a nice and thorough analysis of these objects. During this analysis, some questions arise when one indeed considers correspondences as mappings taking values in the power set of a given set. Of particular importance is how one defines a useful (mainly in application) concept of measurability (i.e. conservation of information by inverse image) for such mappings. If this is at all possible, then can one associate to a measurable correspondence a suitable notion of integral? An even more interesting question is that of the existence of a measurable selection of a correspondence (i.e. a measurable function that takes values in the values of the correspondence). The purpose of this talk will be to attempt to address some of these questions.

## Video

The video for Klebert's talk can be found at

http://vimeo.com/24930704.

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