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Hausdorff Dimension

Let $A$ be a Subset of a Metric Space $X$. Then the Hausdorff dimension $D(A)$ of $A$ is the Infimum of $d\geq 0$ such that the $d$-dimensional Hausdorff Measure of $A$ is 0. Note that this need not be an Integer.

In many cases, the Hausdorff dimension correctly describes the correction term for a resonator with Fractal Perimeter in Lorentz's conjecture. However, in general, the proper dimension to use turns out to be the Minkowski-Bouligand Dimension (Schroeder 1991).

See also Capacity Dimension, Fractal Dimension, Minkowski-Bouligand Dimension


Federer, H. Geometric Measure Theory. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1969.

Hausdorff, F. ``Dimension und äußeres Maß.'' Math. Ann. 79, 157-179, 1919.

Ott, E. ``Appendix: Hausdorff Dimension.'' Chaos in Dynamical Systems. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 100-103, 1993.

Schroeder, M. Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws: Minutes from an Infinite Paradise. New York: W. H. Freeman, pp. 41-45, 1991.

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