# Indicator Function

Here is an excerpt from "All of Statistics" by Larry Wasserman (page 23):

Given an event A, define the indicator function of A by

$$I_{A}(\omega)= \color{Red}{I(\omega \in A)} =\begin{cases} 1 & \text{ if } \omega \in A \\ 0 & \text{ if } \omega \notin A \end{cases}$$

I am not convinced, referring to term colored red, with the notation here. Since this is a widely referred text, I would like to know that whether this is a typo or I am missing something here.

• @Tim: I can't follow the significance of '>' and '<'. Please explain.
– zen
Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 16:06
• Sorry, something strange happen while saving edit. Those signs shouldn't be there - my edit was only to highlight the quote.
– Tim
Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 18:52

"Define the function $I_A(\omega)$ -- an indicator of $(\omega\in A)$ -- which takes the value $1$ when $\omega\in A$ and $0$ otherwise."
• (+1) This is a most standard notation that indicates whether or not the measurable event "$\omega\in A$" has occurred. Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 8:31