chapter  9
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## Approximations of the Identity and Maximal Functions

The convolution of two functions f and g that are measurable in Rn is defined by

(f ∗ g)(x) = Rn

f (t)g(x − t) dt, x ∈ Rn,

provided the integral exists. In Theorem 6.14, we saw that if f , g ∈ L1(Rn), then f ∗ g exists a.e. and is

measurable in Rn, and ‖f ∗ g‖1 ≤ ‖f‖1‖g‖1. Moreover, according to Corollary 6.16, ‖ f ∗ g‖1 =‖ f‖1‖g‖1 if f and g are nonnegative and measurable. In this section, we will study some additional properties of convolutions, beginning with the following theorem.