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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How to find a total order with constrained comparisons

There are 25 horses with different speeds. My goal is to rank all of them, by using only runs with 5 horses, and taking partial rankings. How many runs do I need, at minumum, to complete my task? As ...
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What do linearly ordered abelian groups look like?

Recently a post on MathOverflow connected a theorem about ordered abelian groups to the axiom of choice, and it made me want to try and play with these objects a bit. But it appears to me that I don'...
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Proving equivalence of a tree-based version of Countable Choice for families of finite sets.

In this paper by Good and Tree, the following result is mentioned without proof as part of Proposition 6.5: Each of the following statements imply those beneath it. The countable union of ...
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Question about a linear order

Let $L$ be the set of countable limit ordinals. For each $\alpha \in L$, let $\langle \alpha_n : n < \omega \rangle$ be a strictly increasing cofinal sequence in $\alpha$. Define a linear order on $...
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Order-preserving map of regressive functions on $\omega_1$

I posted the following question a year ago on MO. It did receive some attention, but the answer there remains incomplete (as discussed in some detail in its comments). Meanwhile I got the impression ...
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Infinite palindromes in number of nonisomorphic posets is independent of $\mathsf{ZF}$

The following is an "exercise" in P. Stanley's book "Enumerative Combinatorics": Let $f(n)$ be the number of nonisomorphic $n$-element posets (...) let $\mathcal{P}$ denote the statement that ...
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Showing that poset of set of supports of a vector space is semimodular

Let $W$ be a subspace of the vector space $\mathbb{K}^n$, where $\mathbb{K}$ is a field of characteristic $0$. The support of a vector $v = (v_1,\ldots, v_n) \in \mathbb{K}^n$ is given by $\text{supp}(...
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Reference request - the topology generated by upward and downward closures of antichains.

By definition, the order topology on a totally ordered set $T$ is the coarsest topology such that every subset of $T$ that can be expressed as the upward or downward closure of a singleton is closed. ...
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Monoids with positive and negative elements

By a pointed monoid I mean a monoid $M$ together with an absorbing element $0 \in M$ (i.e. $0x=x0=0$). Equivalently, this is a monoid in the monoidal category $(\mathsf{Set}_*,\wedge)$. By a $\pm$-...
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Why is the symbol for the exterior product a meet rather than a join?

I've moved this over to HSM. It seems odd that something that looks so much like a join [see below] would get given "the wrong symbol". It's even worse when you dualise it and get something called (...
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Does order isomorphism of linear extensions of two partially ordered sets imply order isomorphism of themselves?

This question was firstly posted on Mathoverflow. Two answers are pretty interesting. The potential counter-example given in the second answer is really interesting, but it is not surely a counter-...
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Group orderable iff all its finitely-generated subgroups are orderable

I want to proof this specifically using the Compactness Theorem from propositional logic (this is an exercise from Model Theory, Hodges). $G$ orderable means there is a total ordering s. t. $g\leq h$ ...
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About elements of a poset

Consider a poset $\mathfrak{A}$. I denote $a\not\asymp b$ iff there is a non-least element $x\in\mathfrak{A}$ such that $x\le a$ and $x\le b$. I denote $\star a = \{ x\in\mathfrak{A} \mid x\not\asymp ...
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Self-duality in a lattice

Is there any finite 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 order-...
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Generalized ordering on simplicial complex

The vertices of simplicial complexes are usually totally ordered so that face maps of each simplex can be defined easily for the purposes of homology. That gives an "oriented" simplicial complex. But ...
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A construction on boolean lattices is itself a boolean lattice?

Let $\mathfrak{A}$ and $\mathfrak{B}$ be (fixed) boolean lattices (with lattice operations denoted $\sqcup$ and $\sqcap$, bottom element $\bot$ and top element $\top$). I call a boolean funcoid a ...
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Properties of a specific antichain of a lattice formed by the cartesian product of finite ordered sets

Introduction Let $X$ be a poset of all $n$-tuples, $x = (x_1, x_2, ..., x_n)$, where $0 \leq x_i \leq m_i - 1$ for $i = 1, ..., n$ together with the relation $x \prec y$ defined so that for $y=(y_1,...
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Squares of adjunctions / Galois correspondences

$ \newcommand{\Spec}{\operatorname{Spec}} \newcommand{\PS}{\mathcal P} \newcommand{\Idl}{\operatorname{Idl}} $ There are many situations where one encounters a square of things which are related by ...
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If a linearly ordered set $L$ has the property that every order-preserving injection $L \rightarrow L$ is expansive, is $L$ necessarily well-ordered?

Given a poset $P$, call a function $f : P \rightarrow P$ expansive iff $f(x) \geq x,$ for all $x \in P$. Now suppose a linearly ordered set $L$ has the property that every order-preserving injection $...
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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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Divisibilty as relation set on $(\mathbb N \setminus \{0,1\})$

So i have to see if $\prec$ is order relation where two elements $(a,b)$ and $(c,d)$ are in relation $\prec$ if $a|c$ and $2b^{2}+6b\leq2d^{2} + 6 d$. This relation is defined on set $(\mathbb N \...
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(Almost) co-free objects?

another naming question from me, which comes up because I try to use category theory as a compass in developing some (new or not?) order-theoretic notions. According to my book (The Joy of Cats, [...
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Prove that for every 2 elements in the set F of all functions from N to N, there's an element in F that's bigger than both

let there be $\ F$ the set of all functions from $\ N \rightarrow N$. K is a relation on F, for every f,g$\in$F , (f,g)$\in$K $\leftrightarrow$ for all $\ n\in N$, $\ f(n)\leq g(n)$ Prove that for ...
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Power-set in Hypercube: historical background of indexing each term like Hasse Diagram?

My instructor wants references about the indexation over the hypercube, related question here, he does not believe that I was the first who used it -- [update] thanks to a comment, the name is Hasse ...
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Expect size of $k^{th}$ layer of a POSET

Is this known? What is the expected width of the $k^{th}$ layer (anti-chain layer) of a $d$-dimensional partially ordered set of $n$ elements formed by product of $d$ random liner orders chosen from ...
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Every subset of a poset has an inf implies every subset has a sup

P is a partial order with $\leq$, and L and U are the sets of all lower and upper bounds of A I already know that if every nonempty subset with a lower bound has an infimum, then every nonempty ...
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How can we define “trivially orthogonal” groups?

In any lattice-ordered group, we say that two elements are orthogonal if their meet is 1. I've been thinking of groups who have only "trivial" orthogonal relations, i.e. $x\perp y\implies x=1$ or $y=1$...
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Are there any texts on order theory that treat it as decategorified category theory?

I read this post on nLab and now I want to learn some order theory. What are good texts that contain the above referenced topics, and are there any that are explicitly about order theory as ...
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Non-isomorphic posets

Is there any formula or counting algorithm for the number of non-isomorphic posets (defined on finite n-element set)? I'm interested how to solve task *5, p.4 in Birkhoff's "Lattice Theory" the book ...
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Reference request: Indecomposable representations of posets

Let $I$ be a finite poset. Definition: A representation of $I$ is a functor $I\to\mathrm{Vect}_{\mathbb C}\ $. Equivalently, a representation of $I$ is a module over its incidence algebra $\mathbb C ...
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Flip/flop of finite joins and finite meets of lattices

Let $\mathfrak{A}$, $\mathfrak{B}$, $\mathfrak{C}$ be lattices (in fact in the example I have in mind, they are distributive and even co-Heyting lattices). Let maps $f:\mathfrak{A}\rightarrow\mathfrak{...
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Are there results for relations between upward and downward closed partitions of some powerset?

I stumbled upon this, given some set $X$ and its powerset $\mathcal{P}(X)$ and some incomparable set $\mathbb{S}\subseteq\mathcal{P}(X)$, i.e. for any $S,S'\in\mathbb{S}$ we have $S\setminus S'\neq\...
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Name of the class of maps between posets such that $f(x)\le f(y)\implies x\le y$

Is there a name for such functions $f:\mathfrak{A}\rightarrow\mathfrak{B}$ from a poset $\mathfrak{A}$ to a poset $\mathfrak{B}$ that $$f(x)\le f(y)\implies x\le y$$ (for every $x,y\in\mathfrak{A}$)?
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Motivation for looking at the coalgebra structure of incidence algebra resp. group algebra

In basic combinatorics course we learn about the incidence algebra of a poset. Now i've read that one could start by defining the co-incidence algebra and then it is a fact that the dual vector space ...
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Are the following conditions necessary and sufficient for the desired partial order isomorphism?

Before I get to my questions, let me clarify some terminology and notation that I will be using. $\DeclareMathOperator{\pr}{pr}$ $\DeclareMathOperator{\ext}{ext}$ $\DeclareMathOperator{\rank}{rank}$ $\...
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Proof of unboundedness of a set

Prove that $\{2^n : n \in \mathbb{N} \}$ is not bounded. Proof: By Induction; $2^n \geq n,\forall n \geq 1$. By Archimedean property $\mathbb{N}$ is not bounded above. Assume that $\{2^n : n \in \...
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Is possible write $\gamma \in [2, 0)$ under certain condition?

I am writing an academic paper. I have a variable that vary its value from $2$, when speed is zero, until $0$ at high speed. So, I would like write that $\gamma \in [2, 0)$ and not $\gamma \in (0, 2]$...
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Order and Metric

Consider the Reals as a totally ordered set via its natural order ( linear continuum ). Such order induces an order topology ( basis is the collection of open-intervals of that order), which ...
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Partial order of a finite set is an intersection of a finite number of linear orders of this set

I am trying to prove that every partial order of a finite set is an intersection of a finite number of linear orders of this set. Can this be proved using these observations: a partial order has a ...
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When do finite linear orders have the same theory in MSO?

Let $\mathfrak A$ and $\mathfrak B$ be finite linears orders and $m<\omega$. Then we have $$\mathfrak A \equiv^m_{FO}\mathfrak B \quad\text{iff}\quad |A|=|B| \,\, \text{or}\,\, |A|,|B|\ge 2^m-1.$$ ...
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Subsets of $ \mathbb Q $ of order type $ \omega^{\alpha}$ for each countable ordinal $\alpha $.

My introductory text in Set Theory (Stillwell) includes an exercise (6.3.1) asking for an explicit example of a subset of $ \mathbb Q $ or order type $ \omega^2 $. This seems straight forward enough. ...
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The width of a power set graph and its orientations

Let $G(\mathcal{P}(n),E)$ be the undirected graph for the power set of $[n]$ elements under the inclusion relation (i.e. a poset). The width of this poset - which is defined as the size of the maximum ...
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Let $P, Q, R$ be finite posets. Prove that $P^{Q+R} \cong P^Q \times P^R$.

Can someone please verify my proof and offer suggestions for improvement? I feel that my proof might have been a little hand-waving in showing that $\varphi$ is a bijection, and I feel that it is not ...
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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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Small posets with prescribed number of linear extensions

Given a natural number $n$, I want to construct a (finite) poset $P_n$ such that $P_n$ has exactly $n$ linear extensions. This can always be done, for instance taking $P_n$ to be a chain of length $n-...
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Can the actual scope of “lattice theory” be summarized as “algebraic order theory”?

Lattice and order theory are often mentioned together. So I wonder how lattice theory is "intended" to differ from order theory. Lattice theory became important in the context of universal algebra. ...
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Back-and-Forth Argument vs. “One-Way” Argument

The wikipedia article on the Back and Forth Argument claims at the end: If we iterated only step $(1)$, rather than going back and forth, then in some cases the resulting function from A to B ...
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Cones and partial ordering

A positive cone always induces a partial ordering on a vector space. I wonder if the converse holds, so is every partial ordering in a vector space induced by a positive cone, or in other words, is ...
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Does the Riemann zeta function tell us about the order theoretic properties of the natural numbers?

The classical Möbius function $\mu(n)$ fulfills the multiplicative inversion formula, e.g. see this thread. Now I see in the theory of posets, they generalize the concept of that function, see ...
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Do subhomomorphisms / subfunctors have a standard name, and where can I learn more?

Sorry for all the mistakes in the original! I think they're mostly fixed now. Thank you for your patience. Part 1. If $A$ and $B$ are models in $\mathrm{Pos}$ of an algebraic signature $\sigma$, ...