BV function and its property involves translation

Theorem 1 Suppose {u\in L^1(\mathbb{R})}, then {u\in \text{BV}} if and only if {\exists\, C} such that

\displaystyle ||\tau_hu-u||_{L^1(\mathbb{R})}\leq C|h|,\quad \forall\, h

Moreover, one can take {C=|u|_{BV}}. Here {\tau_hu(\cdot)=u(\cdot+h)} is the tanslation operator.

Proof: Firstly suppose {u\in \text{BV}}. Let us prove

\displaystyle \left|\int_{\mathbb{R}}(\tau_hu(x)-u(x))\phi(x)dx\right|\leq |u|_{BV}|\phi|_{L^\infty}|h|,\quad \forall \phi\in C^\infty_c(\mathbb{R}) \ \ \ \ \ (1)

To show that

\displaystyle LHS=\left|\int_{\mathbb{R}}u(x)(\phi(x-h)-\phi(x))dx\right|

\displaystyle =\left|\int_{\mathbb{R}}u(x)\psi(x)hdx\right|

\displaystyle \leq |u|_{BV}|\psi|_{L^\infty}|h|


\displaystyle \psi(x)=\int^x_{-\infty}\frac{\phi(s-h)-\phi(s)}{h}ds\in C_c^\infty(\mathbb{R})

it is easy to verify {|\psi|_\infty=|\phi|_\infty} therefore (1) is proved. Next one can choose such {\phi_n\rightarrow sign(\tau_hu-u)\in L^1} with {|\phi_n|\leq 1}(it is easy to show by mollification). By dominating theorem, one get

\displaystyle \int_{\mathbb{R}}|\tau_hu(x)-u(x)|dx\leq |u|_{BV}|h|.

The other direction need more analysis. \Box


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