A new Federer-type characterization of sets of finite perimeter

7 November 2019

Federer’s characterization, which is a central result in the theory of functions of bounded variation, states that a set is of finite perimeter if and only if n−1-dimensional Hausdorff measure of the set's measure-theoretic boundary is finite. The measure-theoretic boundary consists of those points where both the set and its complement have positive upper density. I show that the characterization remains true if the measure-theoretic boundary is replaced by a smaller boundary consisting of those points where the lower densities of both the set and its complement are at least a given positive constant.

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