Krylov–Bogolyubov theorem

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In mathematics, the Krylov–Bogolyubov theorem (also known as the existence of invariant measures theorem) may refer to either of the two related fundamental theorems within the theory of dynamical systems. The theorems guarantee the existence of invariant measures for certain "nice" maps defined on "nice" spaces and were named after Russian-Ukrainian mathematicians and theoretical physicists Nikolay Krylov and Nikolay Bogolyubov who proved the theorems.[1]

Formulation of the theorems

Invariant measures for a single map

Theorem (Krylov–Bogolyubov). Let (XT) be a compact, metrizable topological space and F : X → X a continuous map. Then F admits an invariant Borel probability measure.

That is, if Borel(X) denotes the Borel σ-algebra generated by the collection T of open subsets of X, then there exists a probability measure μ : Borel(X) → [0, 1] such that for any subset A ∈ Borel(X),

In terms of the push forward, this states that

Invariant measures for a Markov process

Let X be a Polish space and let be the transition probabilities for a time-homogeneous Markov semigroup on X, i.e.

Theorem (Krylov–Bogolyubov). If there exists a point for which the family of probability measures { Pt(x, ·) | t > 0 } is uniformly tight and the semigroup (Pt) satisfies the Feller property, then there exists at least one invariant measure for (Pt), i.e. a probability measure μ on X such that

See also

  • For the 1st theorem: Ya. G. Sinai (Ed.) (1997): Dynamical Systems II. Ergodic Theory with Applications to Dynamical Systems and Statistical Mechanics. Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-17001-4. (Section 1).
  • For the 2nd theorem: G. Da Prato and J. Zabczyk (1996): Ergodicity for Infinite Dimensional Systems. Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 0-521-57900-7. (Section 3).


  1. {{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }} Zbl. 16.86.

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