Order theory deals with properties of orders, usually partial orders or quasi orders but not only those. Questions about properties of orders, general or particular, may fit into this category, as well as questions about properties of subsets and elements of an ordered set.

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Equivalence between the linear order of cardinal numbers and the axiom of choice

It is said here (paragraph History) that the Cantor-Bernstein theorem can be obtained easily from the linear order of cardinal numbers, and that the latter is equivalent to the axiom of choice. How ...
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Self-duality in a lattice

Is there any self-dual lattice $(X,\le)$ such that there is not any self-duality $f:X\to X$ such that $f\circ f = 1_X$? Let $f,g:X\to X$ be a self-dualities. Then $f^{-1}\circ g$ is an ...
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Is it still possible for their to exist a well-ordering on the reals such that there is always a least next element?

Let $a \leq b$ be a well-ordering on $\Bbb{R}$. And suppose for any $a_n \in \Bbb{R}$ there exists another element $a_{n+1} \in \Bbb{R}$ such that under the given ordering $(a_n, a_{n+1})$ is empty. ...
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Every increasing function from a certain set to itself has at least one fixed point

I need a hint for the following question: Let $S$ be a nonempty ordered set such that every nonempty subset $E\subseteq S$ has both a least upper bound and a greatest lower bound. Suppose $f:S ...
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Prove that the set of positive real numbers is not bounded from above

I need to prove that $\mathbb{R}_{>0}$ (that is, the set positive real numbers) does not have an upper bound. I've come up with a proof that seems simple enough, but I wanted to check that I ...
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Partitioning a totally ordered set into three subsets according to the order

Consider a set $S$, and a total order $R$ over that set. Part (a) Given some element $e \in S$, explain why it is possible to partition $S$ into the following three sets: $$S_1 = \{ x \in S ...
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Proving that a poset can be expressed as a union of subchains.

Let $L$ be a finite partially ordered set where the maximum size of an antichain is $n$. I need to prove that $L$ can be expressed as a union of $n$ subchains. Here is my attempt: $L$ must have at ...
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Proving that a convex subset of a chain is the intersection of a lower segment and an upper segment of a chain.

The book I am using is very naive so AC is assumed. Call a subset $S$ of a chain $L$ a lower segment if: $x \in S$ and $a < x$ implies $a \in S$. An upper segment is defined equivalently. Call a ...
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Find the Fixed points

Let $L=\mathcal P(\mathbb N)$ be a complete lattice of subsets of $\mathbb N$. Find the smallest and the greatest Fixed Point: 1) $F(X)=\left\{ x \mid x+1\in X \right\}$ 2) $F(X)=X \setminus \left\{ ...
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A reflective subcategory of the category of inverse semigroups.

The Question. I'm reading Lawson's "Inverse Semigroups: The Theory of Partial Symmetries" and I've hit something I don't understand. It's claimed on page 34 of my copy that The category of ...
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Find the Fixed points (Knaster-Tarski Theorem)

Let $L=\mathcal P(\mathbb N)$ be a complete lattice of subsets of $\mathbb N$. a) Justify that the function $F(X)=\mathbb N \setminus X$ does not have a Fixed Point. I don't know how to solve this. ...
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Monotonicity of consumer preferences

I'm learning about monotonicity and I can't seem to figure out what larger $x$ is and what is smaller $x$. If I strictly prefer larger x when until $x<10$, what does that mean? Context The ...
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Equivalence between different definitions of transitive closure

Let $W$ be an arbitrary, non-empty set and let $R$ be an arbitrary binary relation on $W$. Define the transitive closure of $R$ as $R^+ = \bigcap \{ R' \; | \; R' \text{ is a binary transitive ...
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If a partial order has just one unique maximal element, must that element be a greatest element of x?

I believe that it does not have to be a greatest element, because to be a greatest element it must be comparable to all the x in X. I just don't know how to go about proving this.
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Maximal Element vs Greatest Element [closed]

Disclaimer: This thread is written in Q&A style. The answer is provided below. Let $A$ be a poset. If $a$ is a greatest element then $a$ is a unique maximal element. Is the converse true as ...
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Well-ordering principle and negative integers

The Wikipedia article on the Well Ordering Principle defines it [1] as: "The well-ordering principle states that every non-empty set of positive integers contains a least element." And it defines ...
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Well-ordered sets, properties of an element that is not largest in the set

Can anyone please help me in this question: $(X,\leq )$ is a well-ordered set. $\forall x\in X$, either $x$ is the largest element of $X$ or there exists $y\in X$ such that (i) $x<y$ and ...
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Why we use ANY in the definition of a maximal element?

I am confused about the following definition: "a maximal element of a subset S of some partially ordered set is an element of S that is not smaller than any other element in S." I do not understand ...
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In a lattice, does $x \vee y \leq x\vee z$ and $x \wedge y \leq x\wedge z$ imply $y\leq z$?

Let $L$ be a lattice and $x,y,z\in L$. If $y \leq z$, then clearly $x\vee y \leq x\vee z$ and $x\wedge y \leq x\wedge z$. Now I wonder about the reverse direction. In general, $x\vee y \leq x\vee z$ ...
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Profinite completion of a partial order

In Johnstone's Stone Spaces it is proved that the category of profinite partial orders is (equivalent to) the category of ordered Stone spaces (also called Priestley spaces) and that the obvious ...
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About definition of lexicographical order

Def. let be $\preceq_A$ a total order, $(a_1,a_2,...,a_n),(b_1,b_2,...,b_n) \in A^n$, $(a_1,a_2,...,a_n) \leq^d (b_1,b_2,...,b_n)$ if one and only one of the following holds is true: $$a_1 \prec_A ...
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Why do 42 and 30 have the same structure in the diagramm of Hasse?

I have an exam coming up tomorrow and there's just one more question more to prepare. I would be so gratefull if anyone could help. It´s about the relations of dividers. By the help of the diagram of ...
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Is an o-minimal structure equivalent to a totally ordered set?

Is the notion of o-minimality synonymous to a totally ordered set? Both notions seem to emanate from Tarski although he may not have discussed o-minimality explicitly...
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Is this connected relation?

My task is to check if this is preference relation (connected and transitivited) $$ f \succeq g \Leftrightarrow \forall x\in [0,1] f'(x) \leq g'(x) $$ My solution is: that this relation is not ...
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Definition in Kunen

In Kunen's second edition of set theory he gives the following definition Let $(\mathbb{Q},\leq_\mathbb{Q},\mathbb{1}_\mathbb{Q})$, and $(\mathbb{P},\leq_\mathbb{P},\mathbb{1}_\mathbb{P})$ be forcing ...
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A partial order with more properties than would be expected

Consider the relation: $$\langle x_1,x_2\rangle\prec\langle y_1,y_2\rangle\iff x_1,x_2,y_1,y_2\in\Bbb N\wedge x_1y_2<x_2y_1.$$ This is usually used for defining the (positive) fractions $\Bbb ...
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How to define an isomorphism between $^\omega\omega$ and $\omega^\omega$?

Let $^\omega\omega$ be the set of all functions $x: \omega \to \omega$. Define $A = \{x \in ^\omega\omega \; | \; x \text{ has finite support}\}$, where by "finite support" I mean that the set $\{x(n) ...
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Order Preserving Isomorphism

If abelian group G has an archimedean order then there is an order preserving isomorphism $\phi$ of G onto a subgroup of $\mathbb{R}$. Here we can say that G is archimedean totally ordered abelian ...
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Undistinguishable elements in posets

Given a finite partially ordered set $P = (V, <)$, I say that $x$ and $y$ in $V$ are indistinguishable in $P$ if for all $z \in V \backslash \{x, y\}$, I have $z < x$ iff $z < y$, and $x < ...
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When we talk of e.g. the natural numbers equipped with a non-standard order , what does “equipped” mean?

A question for "real" mathematicians who have become better acculturated to math-speak than this philosopher! If you read a phrase like ... the natural numbers equipped with the ...
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Does a discrete semilattice of finite width have finite number of points between any pair of elements.

Let $(S,<)$ be a countably infinite semilattice such that: 1) $S$ is no-where dense - i.e. there does not exist a subset $T$ such that for all $a,b\in T$ with $a<b$, there exists $c\in T$ with ...
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Bijection from $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{R}$ that preserves lexicographic order?

Is there a bijective mapping $f \colon \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ that preserves lexicographic order? That's to say, we'd need to have $f(x_1, \dots, x_n) \leq f(y_1, \dots, y_n)$ iff ...
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Existence of certain uncountable closed sets in the order topology

This is a proof-verification request. Let $\Omega$ be the set of countable ordinals, $\omega_1$ the first uncountable ordinal, and $\Omega^*=\Omega\cup\{\omega_1\}$. Remarkable properties of these ...
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Proof on Dyadic Trees [Smullyan: First-Order Logic, chapter 1, section 0]

I'm having difficult with a proof from Smullyan's First-Order Logic, Chapter 1 Section 0 (Reprint, Dover 1968, p. 4): Prove: In a dyadic tree, define x to be to the left of y if there is a ...
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Non-monotonic functions on ordered sets

I'm trying to prove that if $~~(A,<_A)~~$ and $~~(B,<_B)~~$ are linearly ordered sets and $~~f: A \rightarrow B~~$ is non-monotonic function than there exist points $~~a,b,c\in A~~$ such that ...
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Is the class of countable posets well-quasi-ordered by embeddability?

The question is in the title. Here "$P$ embeds into $Q$" means there is a function $f : P\to Q$ such that for all $p,p'\in P$, $p \le_P p'$ if and only if $f(p) \le_Q f(p')$. A well quasi order $W$ ...
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comparing two sets in set theory

I have two sets A and B and this condition holds: $\forall x \in A , y \in B: x \leq y$ Is there any standard term to describe the relation of A and B? something like $A \leq B$? Thanks for your ...
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Is a complete flag well-ordered?

Given a vector space $V$, a collection $\mathcal{F}$ of subspaces of $V$ is called a flag of $V$ if $\{0\}\in\mathcal{F}$ $V\in\mathcal{F}$ $\mathcal{F}$ is a chain Furthermore, a flag ...
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How to make an order isomorphism

Two linear orders $A$ and $B$ have starting points $a_0$ and $b_0$, and have cofinalities $\omega_1$. Let $(a_\alpha )_{\alpha<\omega_1}$ and $(b_\alpha )_{\alpha<\omega_1}$ be cofinal ...
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Name the property $f(x) \ge x$

It's a really one of the simplest properties you could imagine for a function. But I haven't been able to find a name for it. What do you call a function $f$ with the following property: $$f(x) \ge ...
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Lower bounded lattice to complete lattice

My problem is to show that any lower-bounded lattice satisfying the maximal condition is a complete lattice. Let's call the lattice $L$. I'm having some trouble with this. I have tried to look at it ...
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How to determine distribution

I hope you will be patient with the inarticulate question of a non-mathematician. It's hard to get an answer when you don't even know how to ask the question. But here goes... ...Actually, I have two ...
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Proof that order-isomorphisms are bijective

I'm reading the Davey and Priestley's Introduction to Lattices and Order. On page 3, it is said that order-isomorphism is necessarily bijective. I thought we could easily prove the claim given the ...
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Suprema always exist $\iff$ Infima always exist

Let $X$ be a poset (or only preordered or even just equipped with a plain relation). Is it true that suprema always exist iff infima always exist: $$\left(\forall A\subseteq X: \sup A\text{ ...
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increasing subset of a partial order and characteristic function

Can someone help me understand this? Suppose that $\preceq$ is a partial order on a set $S$ and that $A\subseteq S$. If $\mathbf{1}_A$ is the indicator function then $A$ is increasing if ...
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Terminology in forcing

In the context of forcing one reads the relation $p \leq q$ in a poset $P$ as "$p$ extends $q$". A typical example is the poset $P$ of finite partial functions, where one defines $p \leq q$ when $q ...
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Terminology for metric space with “anti-symmetric” distance

I'm interested in spaces that have a two-place function $d$ with non-negative real values, satisfying the following three conditions (for all $x$, $y$, $z$): $d(x, x) = 0$ $d(x, y) + d(y, z) \geq ...
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Dedekind Cuts - Additive and Multiplicative Identities

I wanted to receive some help regarding some homework questions; I appreciate any sort of feedback possible. I am certain that any Dedekind Cut $A$ has the following properties: 1) $A$ is not the ...
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Defining principal elements of every poset. Is this a new idea?

Fix an arbitrary complete lattice $\mathfrak{A}$ with order $\sqsubseteq$. I call elements $a,b\in\mathfrak{A}$ intersecting and denote $a\not\asymp b$ iff there is a non-least element ...
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Set theory, seems like a difficult question (Choice Function)

So, I don't know if this certain type of set has a name in English. If it has, I'll be glad if someone will edit my post. Definition: Let $A$ be a set and $f: P(A)\setminus \emptyset \rightarrow A$ ...