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Secondly, if X and Y are oriented manifolds of the same dimension, then one may require the local degree of / to be positive. A is > 0. Thirdly, one may express the same idea by requiring that the inequality Jacobian(/)a: > 0 holds for almost all points X €: X (which makes sense for Lipschitz maps). B). If codil(/) < A, then / is called A-CO Lipschitz. The quotient map X —^ Y = X/T for a proper isometry group r acting on X is 1-co-Lipschitz (as well as 1-Lipschitz), for example. -balls Bx{R) in X around some point x e X and let r be the radius of the maximal ball in Y centered at f{x) and contained in the image /(B^(ii)) C Y.

We will first prove that #{D) is finite. Suppose that f : X ^^ Y satisfies dil(/) < D and let / : Rx —^ V{RY) be the mapping defined by X 1-^ {2/ G Ry • d{y,f{x)) < S/4}. Suppose that g : X ^^ Y satisfies dil(^) < D and f{x) 0 g{x) j^ 0 for each x G X. Then for all x e Rx, there is some y G Ry such that d{y^f{x)) < (5/4 and d{y,g{x)) < S/4. If z G Bx{x,£), then d{f{z),f{x)) < 6/4, and d{g{z),g{x)) < 5/4, so that d{f{z),g{z)) < S. Since the balls Bx{x,s) for x G Rx cover X, we conclude that / is homotopic to g; in particular, we have just shown that if f = g^ then / is homotopic to g.

R e m a r k 1: If n — 1 and a G 7ri(X, XQ), then ||a|| is the length of a shortest curve representing a, so that || • || defines a norm on the group 7ri(X,xo). , replacing a representative f of a by f o h, where /i is a homeomorphism of B^ = [—1,1] isotopic to the identity), we may assume that the local dilatation of / is constant and equal to l/21ength(/). This reduces the dilatation without changing the homotopy class a and thus proves the assertion. 21. For7,^G7r^(X,xo), M|Vn<||^||l/n^P||l/n^ 42 Metric Structures for Riemannian and Non-Riemannian Spaces Indeed, let a, 6 be fixed real numbers with a > ||7|| and b > \\S\\.