# Approximation by locally Lipschitz functions

Could you tell me what is the name and/or reference for the following theorem:

Let $M$ be a metric space. Then any continuous function $f:M\to\mathbb R$ can be a be uniformly approximated by a locally Lipschitz functions.

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On any metric space? Why do you think this is true? – Will Jagy Oct 26 '10 at 3:46
I believe I have a proof :) – ε-δ Oct 26 '10 at 4:32

Actually the uniform density of locally Lipschitz functions is quite an immediate consequence of the paracompactness of metric spaces (Stone's theorem), and of the fact that, of course, metric spaces admit locally Lipschitz partitions of unity. Note that this way you also have the general result for Banach-valued functions, that is, with a given Banach space as a codomain.

A close result is that uniformly continuous ($\mathbb{R}$-valued) functions can be uniformly approximated by (uniformly) Lipschitz functions. In this case, an explicit approximation for a function $f$ is obtained just taking $f_k:=$ the infimum of all $k$-Lipschitz functions above $f.$ Then $f_k$ is k-Lipschitz and $f_k\to f$ uniformly as $k\to \infty$ (moreover, the uniform distance of $f$ and $f_k$ can be evaluated in terms of the modulus of continuity of $f$), without need of Stone's theorem. I think that variant of this construction should work for locally Lipschitz approximation of continuous functions (always in the scalar-valued case).

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oh what a good question it is ! i think this question is from the following paper :

and your question is the same with theorem 2 in this paper !

is it helpful ? thank you !

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In that case, take a look at:

Lipschitz-type functions on metric spaces

M. Isabel Garrido, Jesús A. Jaramillo

Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications

Volume 340, Issue 1, 1 April 2008, Pages 282-290

Abstract

In order to find metric spaces X for which the algebra Lip*(X) of bounded Lipschitz functions on X determines the Lipschitz structure of X, we introduce the class of small-determined spaces. We show that this class includes precompact and quasi-convex metric spaces. We obtain several metric characterizations of this property, as well as some other characterizations given in terms of the uniform approximation and the extension of uniformly continuous functions. In particular we show that X is small-determined if and only if every uniformly continuous real function on X can be uniformly approximated by Lipschitz functions.

Keywords: Lipschitz functions; Banach–Stone theorem; Uniform approximation

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I think you may have overlooked the distinction between Lipschitz and locally Lipschitz functions. – Mark Meckes Oct 26 '10 at 14:18
Mark, you make a good point. I see Pietro left a complete answer while I was asleep, good.  I did not rememeber anything substantial about this material, so all I did was Google phrases (including Locally Lipschitz) the OP used, the great majority of items gave very specific conditions on the metric space. After he said he felt he had a proof, I put the one that appeared to consider all metric spaces. So it is not so much that I overlooked something, it is that I found something that might have been useful that did not fit in a comment window. – Will Jagy Oct 26 '10 at 16:34