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Relation theory, or the theory of relations, treats the subject matter of relations in its combinatorial aspect, as distinguished from, though related to, its more properly logical study on one side and its more generally mathematical study on another.
A relation, as conceived in the combinatorial theory of relations, is a mathematical object that in general can have a very complex type, the complexity of which is best approached in several stages, as indicated next.
In order to approach the combinatorial definition of a relation, it helps to introduce a few preliminary notions that can serve as stepping stones to the general idea.
A relation in mathematics is defined as an object that has its existence as such within a definite context or setting. It is literally the case that to change this setting is to change the relation that is being defined. The particular type of context that is needed here is formalized as a collection of elements from which are chosen the elements of the relation in question. This larger collection of elementary relations or tuples is constructed by means of the set-theoretic product commonly known as the cartesian product.
Preliminaries
A relation \(L\!\) is defined by specifying two mathematical objects as its constituent parts:
The first part is called the figure of \(L,\!\) notated as \(\operatorname{figure}(L).\) |
The second part is called the ground of \(L,\!\) notated as \(\operatorname{ground}(L).\) |
In the special case of a finitary relation, for concreteness a \(k\!\)-place relation, the concepts of figure and ground are defined as follows:
The ground of \(L\!\) is a sequence of \(k\!\) nonempty sets, \(X_1, \ldots, X_k,\) called the domains of the relation \(L.\!\) |
The figure of \(L\!\) is a subset of the cartesian product taken over the domains of \(L.\!\) |
In sum we have\[\operatorname{figure}(L) ~\subseteq~ \operatorname{ground}(L) ~=~ X_1 \times \ldots, \times X_k.\] |
Strictly speaking, then, the relation \(L\!\) is an ordered pair of mathematical objects, \(L = (\operatorname{figure}(L), \operatorname{ground}(L)),\) but it is customary in loose speech to use the single name \(L\!\) in a systematically equivocal fashion, taking it to denote either the pair \(L = (\operatorname{figure}(L), \operatorname{ground}(L))\) or the figure \(\operatorname{figure}(L).\) There is usually no confusion about this so long as the ground of the relation can be gathered from context.
Definition
The formal definition of a finite arity relation, specifically, a k-ary relation can now be stated.
- Definition. A k-ary relation L over the nonempty sets X_{1}, …, X_{k} is a (1+k)-tuple L = (F(L), X_{1}, …, X_{k}) where F(L) is a subset of the cartesian product X_{1} × … × X_{k}. If all of the X_{j} for j = 1 to k are the same set X, then L is more simply called a k-ary relation over X. The set F(L) is called the figure of L and, provided that the sequence of sets X_{1}, …, X_{k} is fixed throughout a given discussion or is otherwise determinate in context, one may regard the relation L as being determined by its figure F(L).
The formal definition simply repeats more concisely what was said above, merely unwrapping the conceptual packaging of the relation's ground to define the relation in 1 + k parts, as L = (F(X), X_{1}, …, X_{k}), rather than just the two, as L = (F(L), G(L)).
A k-ary predicate is a boolean-valued function on k variables.
Local incidence properties
A local incidence property (LIP) of a relation L is a property that depends in turn on the properties of special subsets of L that are known as its local flags. The local flags of a relation are defined in the following way:
Let L be a k-place relation L ⊆ X_{1} × … × X_{k}.
Select a relational domain X_{j} and one of its elements x. Then L_{x.j} is a subset of L that is referred to as the flag of L with x at j, or the x.j-flag of L, an object which has the following definition:
- L_{x.j} = { (x_{1}, …, x_{j}, …, x_{k}) ∈ L : x_{j} = x }.
Any property C of the local flag L_{x.j} ⊆ L is said to be a local incidence property of L with respect to the locus x at j.
A k-adic relation L ⊆ X_{1} × … × X_{k} is said to be C-regular at j if and only if every flag of L with x at j has the property C, where x is taken to vary over the theme of the fixed domain X_{j}.
Expressed in symbols, L is C-regular at j if and only if C(L_{x.j}) is true for all x in X_{j}.
Numerical incidence properties
A numerical incidence property (NIP) of a relation is a local incidence property that depends on the cardinalities of its local flags.
For example, L is said to be c-regular at j if and only if the cardinality of the local flag L_{x.j} is c for all x in X_{j}, or, to write it in symbols, if and only if |L_{x.j}| = c for all x in X_{j}.
In a similar fashion, one can define the NIPs (< c)-regular at j, (> c)-regular at j, and so on. For ease of reference, a few of these definitions are recorded here:
\(L\) | is | c-regular | at j | if and only if | \(|L_{x.j}|\) | = | c | for all x in X_{j}. | |
\(L\) | is | (< c)-regular | at j | if and only if | \(|L_{x.j}|\) | < | c | for all x in X_{j}. | |
\(L\) | is | (> c)-regular | at j | if and only if | \(|L_{x.j}|\) | > | c | for all x in X_{j}. |
The definition of a local flag can be broadened from a point x in X_{j} to a subset M of X_{j}, arriving at the definition of a regional flag in the following way:
Suppose that L ⊆ X_{1} × … × X_{k}, and choose a subset M ⊆ X_{j}. Then L_{M.j} is a subset of L that is said to be the flag of L with M at j, or the M.j-flag of L, an object which has the following definition:
L_{M.j} | = | { (x_{1}, …, x_{j}, …, x_{k}) ∈ L : x_{j} ∈ M }. |
Returning to 2-adic relations, it is useful to describe some familiar classes of objects in terms of their local and their numerical incidence properties. Let L ⊆ S × T be an arbitrary 2-adic relation. The following properties of L can be defined:
\(L\) | is | total | at S | if and only if | \(L\) | is | (≥1)-regular | at S. | |
\(L\) | is | total | at T | if and only if | \(L\) | is | (≥1)-regular | at T. | |
\(L\) | is | tubular | at S | if and only if | \(L\) | is | (≤1)-regular | at S. | |
\(L\) | is | tubular | at T | if and only if | \(L\) | is | (≤1)-regular | at T. |
If L ⊆ S × T is tubular at S, then L is called a partial function or a prefunction from S to T, sometimes indicated by giving L an alternate name, say, "p", and writing L = p : S \(\rightharpoonup\) T.
Just by way of formalizing the definition:
L | = | p : S \(\rightharpoonup\) T | if and only if | L | is | tubular | at S. |
If L is a prefunction p : S \(\rightharpoonup\) T that happens to be total at S, then L is called a function from S to T, indicated by writing L = f : S → T. To say that a relation L ⊆ S × T is totally tubular at S is to say that it is 1-regular at S. Thus, we may formalize the following definition:
L | = | f : S → T | if and only if | L | is | 1-regular | at S. |
In the case of a function f : S → T, one has the following additional definitions:
f | is | surjective | if and only if | f | is | total | at T. | |
f | is | injective | if and only if | f | is | tubular | at T. | |
f | is | bijective | if and only if | f | is | 1-regular | at T. |
Variations
Because the concept of a relation has been developed quite literally from the beginnings of logic and mathematics, and because it has incorporated contributions from a diversity of thinkers from many different times and intellectual climates, there is a wide variety of terminology that the reader may run across in connection with the subject.
One dimension of variation is reflected in the names that are given to k-place relations, with some writers using medadic, monadic, dyadic, triadic, k-adic where other writers use nullary, unary, binary, ternary, k-ary.
One finds a relation on a finite number of domains described as either a finitary relation or a polyadic relation. If the number of domains is finite, say equal to k, then the parameter k may be referred to as the arity, the adicity, or the dimension of the relation. In these cases, the relation may be described as a k-ary relation, a k-adic relation, or a k-dimensional relation, respectively.
A more conceptual than nominal variation depends on whether one uses terms like 'predicate', 'relation', and even 'term' to refer to the formal object proper or else to the allied syntactic items that are used to denote them. Compounded with this variation is still another, frequently associated with philosophical differences over the status in reality accorded formal objects. Among those who speak of numbers, functions, properties, relations, and sets as being real, that is to say, as having objective properties, there are divergences as to whether some things are more real than others, especially whether particulars or properties are equally real or else one derivative of the other. Historically speaking, just about every combination of modalities has been used by one school of thought or another, but it suffices here merely to indicate how the options are generated.
Examples
- See the articles on relations, relation composition, relation reduction, sign relations, and triadic relations for concrete examples of relations.
Many relations of the greatest interest in mathematics are triadic relations, but this fact is somewhat disguised by the circumstance that many of them are referred to as binary operations, and because the most familiar of these have very specific properties that are dictated by their axioms. This makes it practical to study these operations for quite some time by focusing on their dyadic aspects before being forced to consider their proper characters as triadic relations.
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This article treats \textbf{relations} from the perspective of combinatorics, in other words, as a subject matter in discrete mathematics, with special attention to finite structures and concrete set-theoretic constructions, many of which arise quite naturally in applications. This approach to \textbf{relation theory}, or the \textbf{theory of relations}, is distinguished from, though closely related to, its study from the perspectives of abstract algebra on the one hand and formal logic on the other. \tableofcontents \section{Preliminaries} Two definitions of the relation concept are common in the literature. Although it is usually clear in context which definition is being used at a given time, it tends to become less clear as contexts collide, or as discussion moves from one context to another. The same sort of ambiguity arose in the development of the function concept and it may save some effort to follow the pattern of resolution that worked itself out there. When we speak of a function $f : X \to Y$ we are thinking of a mathematical object whose articulation requires three pieces of data, specifying the set $X,$ the set $Y,$ and a particular subset of their cartesian product $X \times Y.$ So far so good. Let us write $f = (\operatorname{obj_1}f, \operatorname{obj_2}f, \operatorname{obj_{12}}f)$ to express what has been said so far. When it comes to parsing the notation $``f : X \to Y",$ everyone takes the part $``X \to Y"$ to specify the \textit{type} of the function, that is, the pair $(\operatorname{obj_1}f, \operatorname{obj_2}f),$ but $``f"$ is used equivocally to denote both the triple and the subset $\operatorname{obj_{12}}f$ that forms one part of it. One way to resolve the ambiguity is to formalize a distinction between a function and its \textit{graph}, letting $\operatorname{graph}(f) := \operatorname{obj_{12}}f.$ Another tactic treats the whole notation $``f : X \to Y"$ as sufficient denotation for the triple, letting $``f"$ denote $\operatorname{graph}(f).$ In categorical and computational contexts, at least initially, the type is regarded as an essential attribute or an integral part of the function itself. In other contexts it may be desirable to use a more abstract concept of function, treating a function as a mathematical object that appears in connection with many different types. Following the pattern of the functional case, let the notation $``L \subseteq X \times Y"$ bring to mind a mathematical object that is specified by three pieces of data, the set $X,$ the set $Y,$ and a particular subset of their cartesian product $X \times Y.$ As before we have two choices, either let $L = (X, Y, \operatorname{graph}(L))$ or let $``L"$ denote $\operatorname{graph}(L)$ and choose another name for the triple. \section{Definition} It is convenient to begin with the definition of a $k$\textbf{-place relation}, where $k$ is a positive integer. \textbf{Definition.} A $k$\textbf{-place relation} $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k$ over the nonempty sets $X_1, \ldots, X_k$ is a $(k+1)$-tuple $(X_1, \ldots, X_k, L)$ where $L$ is a subset of the cartesian product $X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k.$ \section{Remarks} Though usage varies as usage will, there are several bits of optional language that are frequently useful in discussing relations. The sets $X_1, \ldots, X_k$ are called the \textit{domains} of the relation $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k,$ with $X_j$ being the $j^{\text{\small{th}}}$ domain. If all of the $X_j$ are the same set $X,$ then $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k$ is more simply described as a $k$-place relation over $X.$ The set $L$ is called the \textit{graph} of the relation $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k,$ on analogy with the graph of a function. If the sequence of sets $X_1, \ldots, X_k$ is constant throughout a given discussion or is otherwise determinate in context, then the relation $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k$ is determined by its graph $L,$ making it acceptable to denote the relation by referring to its graph. Other synonyms for the adjective $k$-\textit{place} are $k$-\textit{adic} and $k$-\textit{ary}, all of which leads to the integer $k$ being called the \textit{dimension}, the \textit{adicity}, or the \textit{arity} of the relation $L.$ \section{Local incidence properties} A \textit{local incidence property} (LIP) of a relation $L$ is a property that depends in turn on the properties of special subsets of $L$ that are known as its \textit{local flags}. The local flags of a relation are defined in the following way: Let $L$ be a $k$-place relation $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k.$ Select a relational domain $X_j$ and one of its elements $x.$ Then $L_{x@j}$ is a subset of $L$ that is referred to as the \textit{flag} of $L$ with $x$ at $j,$ or the $x@j$-flag of $L,$ an object that has the following definition: \[ L_{x@j} = \{ (x_1, \ldots, x_j, \ldots, x_k) \in L : x_j = x \}. \] Any property $C$ of the local flag $L_{x@j} \subseteq L$ is said to be a \textit{local incidence property} of $L$ with respect to the \textit{locus} $x @ j.$ A $k$-adic relation $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k$ is said to be $C$-\textit{regular} at $j$ if and only if every flag of $L$ with $x$ at $j$ has the property $C,$ where $x$ is taken to vary over the \textit{theme} of the fixed domain $X_j.$ Expressed in symbols, $L$ is $C$-regular at $j$ if and only if $C(L_{x@j})$ is true for all $x$ in $X_j.$ \section{Regional incidence properties} The definition of a local flag can be broadened from a point $x$ in $X_j$ to a subset $M$ of $X_j,$ arriving at the definition of a \textit{regional flag} in the following way: Suppose that $L \subseteq X_1 \times \ldots \times X_k,$ and choose a subset $M \subseteq X_j.$ Then $L_{M@j}$ is a subset of $L$ that is said to be the \textit{flag} of $L$ with $M$ at $j,$ or the $M@j$-flag of $L,$ an object which has the following definition: \[ L_{M@j} = \{ (x_1, \ldots, x_j, \ldots, x_k) \in L : x_j \in M \}. \] \section{Numerical incidence properties} A \textit{numerical incidence property} (NIP) of a relation is a local incidence property that depends on the cardinalities of its local flags. For example, $L$ is said to be $c$-regular at $j$ if and only if the cardinality of the local flag $L_{x@j}$ is $c$ for all $x$ in $X_j,$ or, to write it in symbols, if and only if $|L_{x@j}| = c$ for all $x \in X_j.$ In a similar fashion, one can define the NIPs, $(< c)$-regular at $j,$ $(> c)$-regular at $j,$ and so on. For ease of reference, a few of these definitions are recorded here: \[ \begin{array}{ccccccccc} L & \text{is} & c\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ j & \text{if and only if} & |L_{x@j}| & = & c & \text{for all}\ x \in X_j. \\ L & \text{is} & (< c)\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ j & \text{if and only if} & |L_{x@j}| & < & c & \text{for all}\ x \in X_j. \\ L & \text{is} & (> c)\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ j & \text{if and only if} & |L_{x@j}| & > & c & \text{for all}\ x \in X_j. \\ \end{array} \] \section{Species of 2-adic relations} Returning to 2-adic relations, it is useful to describe some familiar classes of objects in terms of their local and numerical incidence properties. Let $L \subseteq S \times T$ be an arbitrary 2-adic relation. The following properties of $L$ can be defined: \[ \begin{array}{ccccccccc} L & \text{is} & \text{total} & \text{at}\ S & \text{if and only if} & L & \text{is} & (\ge 1)\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ S . \\ L & \text{is} & \text{total} & \text{at}\ T & \text{if and only if} & L & \text{is} & (\ge 1)\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ T . \\ L & \text{is} & \text{tubular} & \text{at}\ S & \text{if and only if} & L & \text{is} & (\le 1)\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ S . \\ L & \text{is} & \text{tubular} & \text{at}\ T & \text{if and only if} & L & \text{is} & (\le 1)\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ T . \\ \end{array} \] If $L \subseteq S \times T$ is tubular at $S,$ then $L$ is called a \textit{partial function} or a \textit{prefunction} from $S$ to $T.$ This is sometimes indicated by giving $L$ an alternate name, say, ``$p$", and writing $L = p : S \rightharpoonup T.$ Just by way of formalizing the definition: \[ \begin{array}{cccccccc} L & = & p : S \rightharpoonup T & \text{if and only if} & L & \text{is} & \text{tubular} & \text{at}\ S. \end{array} \] If $L$ is a prefunction $p : S \rightharpoonup T$ that happens to be total at $S,$ then $L$ is called a \textit{function} from $S$ to $T,$ indicated by writing $L = f : S \to T.$ To say that a relation $L \subseteq S \times T$ is \textit{totally tubular} at $S$ is to say that it is $1$-regular at $S.$ Thus, we may formalize the following definition: \[ \begin{array}{cccccccc} L & = & f : S \to T & \text{if and only if} & L & \text{is} & 1\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ S. \end{array} \] In the case of a function $f : S \to T,$ one has the following additional definitions: \[ \begin{array}{cccccccc} f & \text{is} & \text{surjective} & \text{if and only if} & f & \text{is} & \text{total} & \text{at}\ T. \\ f & \text{is} & \text{injective} & \text{if and only if} & f & \text{is} & \text{tubular} & \text{at}\ T. \\ f & \text{is} & \text{bijective} & \text{if and only if} & f & \text{is} & 1\text{-regular} & \text{at}\ T. \\ \end{array} \] \section{Variations} Because the concept of a relation has been developed quite literally from the beginnings of logic and mathematics, and because it has incorporated contributions from a diversity of thinkers from many different times and intellectual climes, there is a wide variety of terminology that the reader may run across in connection with the subject. One dimension of variation is reflected in the names that are given to $k$-place relations, for $k = 1, 2, 3, \ldots,$ with some writers using the Greek forms, \emph{medadic}, \emph{monadic}, \emph{dyadic}, \emph{triadic}, $k$-\emph{adic}, and other writers using the Latin forms, \emph{nullary}, \emph{unary}, \emph{binary}, \emph{ternary}, $k$-\emph{ary}. The cardinality of the relational ground, the set of relational domains, may be referred to as the \emph{adicity}, the \emph{arity}, or the \emph{dimension} of the relation. Accordingly, one finds a relation on a finite number of domains described as a \emph{polyadic} relation or a \emph{finitary} relation, but others count infinitary relations among the polyadic. If the number of domains is finite, say equal to $k,$ then the relation may be described as a $k$-\emph{adic} relation, a $k$-\emph{ary} relation, or a $k$-\emph{dimensional} relation, respectively. A more conceptual than nominal variation depends on whether one uses terms like \emph{predicate}, \emph{relation}, and even \emph{term} to refer to the formal object proper or else to the allied syntactic items that are used to denote them. Compounded with this variation is still another, frequently associated with philosophical differences over the status in reality accorded formal objects. Among those who speak of numbers, functions, properties, relations, and sets as being real, that is to say, as having objective properties, there are divergences as to whether some things are more real than others, especially whether particulars or properties are equally real or else which one is derivative in relationship to the other. 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