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Why isn't reflexivity redundant in the definition of equivalence relation?

An equivalence relation is defined by three properties: reflexivity, symmetry and transitivity. Doesn't symmetry and transitivity implies reflexivity? Consider the following argument. For any $a$ ...
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Number of relations that are both symmetric and reflexive

Consider a non-empty set A containing n objects. How many relations on A are both symmetric and reflexive? The answer to this is $2^p$ where $p=$ $n \choose 2$. However, I dont understand why this is ...
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Understanding equivalence class, equivalence relation, partition

Im having difficulty grasping a couple of set theory concepts, specifically concepts dealing with relations. Here are the ones I'm having trouble with and their definitions. 1) The collection of ...
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If a relation is symmetric and transitive, will it be reflexive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't reflexivity redundant in the definition of equivalence relation? We had a heated discussion in class today and i still cant be sure if the professor was ...
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Are there real-life relations which are symmetric and reflexive but not transitive?

Inspired by Halmos (Naive Set Theory) . . . For each of these three possible properties [reflexivity, symmetry, and transitivity], find a relation that does not have that property but does have ...
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Number of reflexive relations defined on a set A with n elements

Problem: If a set $A$ has $n$ elements in it, how many reflexive relations can be defined on it? My solution Is the answer ...
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Two questions about equivalence relations

Question 1: Let $x,y \in S$ such that $x\sim y$ if $x^2 =y^2\pmod6 $. Show that $\sim$ is an equivalence relation. This is what I tried: Reflexive: $x^2\pmod6 = x^2$ implying $x\sim x$ ...
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The “Empty Tuple” or “0-Tuple”: Its Definition and Properties

(I would like to link to a previous discussion on the subject: What is A Set Raised to the 0 Power? (In Relation to the Definition of a Nullary Operation)) In axiomatic (ZFC) set theory, we define ...
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Direct products in the category Rel

Please describe direct products in the category Rel.
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Proving this relation is transitive

Let $r$ be a relation on $A \times A$ such that $(a,b) r (c,d) \iff ad = bc.$ How can I show that this relation is transitive, ie. $(a, b)r(c,d)$ and $(c,d)r(e, f) \implies (a,b)r(e,f)$? I tried to ...
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Equivalence relation question with cardinality and countability $A=\mathbb R,\ aSb \iff a-b\in \mathbb Q $

Let $A=\mathbb R,\ aSb \iff a-b\in \mathbb Q $ What is the cardinality of $[\pi]_S$ ? Prove that the quotient group $\mathbb R/S$ is uncountable. Well I think that cardinality is ...
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Is statistical dependence transitive?

Take any three random variables $X_1$, $X_2$, and $X_3$. Is it possible for $X_1$ and $X_2$ to be dependent, $X_2$ and $X_3$ to be dependent, but $X_1$ and $X_3$ to be independent? Is it possible ...
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Define a relation and find its equivalence classes.

Define a relation $\sim$ on $\Bbb{N}$ as follows. For any $a,b∈\Bbb N$, $a\sim b$ if and only if $ab$ is a perfect square. Show that $\sim$ is an equivalence relation. What are the equivalence ...
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Example relations: pairwise versus mutual

There are by now several questions on math.se asking about pairwise versus mutual relations, eg: • When does “pairwise” strengthen and when does it weaken? • Relation: pairwise and mutually • ...
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Sole minimal element: Why not also the minimum?

A minimal element (any number thereof) of a partially ordered set $S$ is an element that is not greater than any other element in $S$. The minimum (at most one) of a partially ordered set $S$ is an ...
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Distinguishing equality and isomorphism as relations

Is this relational characterization of equality in Wikipedia accepted? The identity relation is the archetype of the more general concept of an equivalence relation on a set: those binary ...
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How to check whether a relation is transitive from the matrix representation?

$$\begin{bmatrix}1&0&1\\0&1&0\\1&0&1\end{bmatrix}$$ This is a matrix representation of a relation on the set $\{1, 2, 3\}$. I have to determine if this relation matrix is ...
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Why is $y = \sqrt{x-4}$ a function? and $y = \sqrt{4 - x^2}$ should be a circle

So why is it a function, even though for example $x = 8$; you'll have $y = +2$ and $y = -2$. It'll fail the vertical line test. But every textbook considers it as a function. Did I misunderstand ...
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When does “pairwise” strengthen and when does it weaken?

"Pairwise disjoint" is stronger than "disjoint"; it sometimes happens that $\displaystyle\bigcap\limits_{i\in I} A_i=\varnothing$ but for every $i,j$, or at least for some, one has $A_i \cap ...
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Can we extend the definition of a homomorphism to binary relations?

This is going to be quite a long post. The actual questions will be at the end of it in section "Questions." INTRODUCTION After receiving an answer to this question about extending the definition of ...
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Can we extend the definition of a continuous function to binary relations?

Let $X,Y$ be topological spaces. A function $\phi:X\to Y$ is continuous iff for any open subset $A\subseteq Y,$ the preimage $\phi^{-1}(A)$ is open in $X.$ We could similarly define a relation ...
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Antisymmetric Relations

Given a set $\{1,2,3,4\}$, how is the following relation $R$ antisymmetric? $$R = \{(1, 2), (2, 3), (3, 4)\}$$ Note: Antisymmetric is the idea that if $(a,b)$ is in $R$ and $(b,a)$ is in $R$, then ...
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Does $\neg(x > y)$ imply that $y \geq x$?

Given any arbitrary binary relation $\geq$ defined on some set $S$, we define a new binary relation $>$ on $S$ by: $$ x > y \quad\text{iff}\quad (x \geq y) \wedge \neg(y \geq x) $$ In accordance ...
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Counting non-isomorphic relations

On a set $X$ of $n$ elements, how many non-isomorphic relations are there? The number of relations on a set of $n$ elements is $|\mathcal{P}(X \times X)|=2^{n^2}$, but is there any way to give a ...
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Let R be a relation on set A. Prove that $R^2 \subseteq R <=>$ R is transitive $<=> R^i \subseteq R ,\forall i \geq 1$

this is my first question here. I'm still relatively new to more advanced mathematics and don't have much experience with proofs yet. I'm self-studying at the moment and therefore have no one to check ...
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Is this alternative definition of 'equivalence relation' well-known? useful? used?

I discovered that $$R \textrm{ is an equivalence relation on } A \;\equiv\; \langle \forall a,b \in A :: aRb \:\equiv\: \langle \forall x \in A :: aRx \equiv bRx\rangle \rangle$$ The nice thing about ...
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Equivalence relations on classes instead of sets

Can someone please explain to me how to deal with equivalence relations on classes instead of sets? Is there some sort of generalisation of relations? Thank you
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$<$ in a preorder

The author of the book I am studying defines $<$ for a poset as If $x, y \in X$, where $X$ is a poset, then we shall write $x < y$ to mean that $x \le y$ and $x \ne y$. From this, I can ...
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What's the name for the equivalence induced by a function on its domain?

Any function $f$ with domain $X$ induces an equivalence relation on $X$, with classes $$\{f^{-1}(\{y\})\,:\, y \in \operatorname{im}f\;\} .$$ Is there a name for this equivalence? Thanks!
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Relation: pairwise and mutually

Suppose we can define a relation $R$ over the sets $X_1, …, X_k$ for any natural number $k$, note not specified for a particular $k$. I was wondering if there is some definition or conditions ...
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Prove that the empty relation is Transitive, Symmetric but not Reflexive

Question: Let $R$ be a relation on a set $A$. Prove that if $A$ is non-empty, the empty relation is not reflexive on $A$. the empty relation is symmetric and transitive for every set $A$. My ...
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Proof of a Proposition on Partitions and Equivalence Classes

I stumbled upon a seemingly rudimentary proposition that I am having trouble writing out a proof for. The proposition goes something like, Proposition: If $\{A_i|i\in I\}$ is a partition of ...
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Is it true that the relation |A| < |B| is a sufficient condition for claiming that $f$ is a bijection?

This is an exercise of an assignment I have: Suppose $A$ and $B$ are finite sets and $f\colon A\to B$ is surjective. Is it true that the relation “$|A| < |B|$” is a sufficient condition for ...
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Is this alternative definition of 'equivalence relation' correct?

I was puzzling over another question: Let $R$ be an equivalence relation on a set $A$, $a,b \in A$. Prove $[a] = [b]$ iff $aRb$. And this made me discover that $$(0) \; \langle \forall a,b :: aRb ...
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Equivalence Relations and Inverse Relations

Prove that if $R$ is an equivalence relation on a set $A$, then $R^{-1}$ is also an equivalence relation on $A$. Solution: We know that $\forall R\in A$, $$ R = \{(a, b) | (b, a)\in A\} $$ ...
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Prove that the intersection of two equivalence relations is an equivalence relation.

I am reading this chapter of the Book of Proof, and I'm stuck at the Exercise 10 of section 11.2. It is as follows. Suppose $R$ and $S$ are two equivalence relations on a set $A$. Prove that $R ...
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Cardinality of relations set

I was thinking about cardinality of all symmetric relations, for example in $\mathbb{Z}$. I know, that if I have finite set (which contains $n$ elements), there are $2^{\frac{n(n+1)}{2}}$ symmetric ...
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The class of equivalence.

Let $Q$ be the following set of $\mathbb{Z}\times \mathbb{Z}$ \begin{align*} Q=\{(a,b)\in \mathbb{Z}\times \mathbb{Z} | b\neq 0\} \end{align*} Define the relation $\sim$ on $Q$ as ...
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Prove that $\sim$ defines an equivalence relation on $\mathbb{Z}$.

For $a,b \in \mathbb{R}$ define $a \sim b$ if $a - b \in \mathbb{Z}$ I don't understand how I'm suppose to prove this: Prove that $\sim$ defines an equivalence relation on $\mathbb{Z}$ Also can you ...
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The fibres of a map form a partition of the domain.

This is a question from the free Harvard online abstract algebra lectures. I'm posting my solutions here to get some feedback on them. For a fuller explanation, see this post. This problem is from ...
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Equivalence relation $(a,b) R (c,d) \Leftrightarrow a + d = b + c$

Suppose $A$ is the set composed of all ordered pairs of positive integers. Let $R$ be the relation defined on $A$ where $(a,b) R (c,d)$ means that $a + d = b + c$. (a) Prove that $R$ is an ...
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If $X,Y$ are equivalence relations, so is $X \times Y$

If $X,Y$ are reflexive, symmetric, and transitive, then $X \times Y$ is an equivalence relation where ${(a,b):a\in X, b\in Y}$. I am trying to self learn these topics. I do know what an ...
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A relation on 2 countable sets [duplicate]

Let $R$ be a relation on two countable sets $A$ and $B$, where $R\subset A\times B$, with the following properties: $\forall a\in A$ the set $\{b\in B: (a,b)\in R\}$ is finite. For any finite set ...
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Showing that $R$ is an equivalence relation on $X \times X$

Let $X = \{1,2,3,..,10\}$ define a relation $R$ on $X \times X$ by $(a,b)R(c,d)$ if $ad=bc$. Show that R is an equivalence relation on $X \times X$. I know that the $R$ have to be reflexive (because ...
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Defining a partial order on $A\times B$, given partial orders on $A$ and on $B$

Let $(A,\preceq_A)$ and $(B,\preceq_B)$ be partially ordered sets. Define $C = A \times B$ and define the relation $\preccurlyeq$ on $C$ to be $(a,b) \preccurlyeq$ $(a',b')$ if and only if ...
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How many reflexive binary relations there are on a finite countable set?

We know that binary relation is subset of Cartesian product made by set on to itself. let's say we have a set with two elements $A=\{0,1\}$ So Cartesian product is $C=A\times A = ...
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Two “adjunct” (quasi-inverse) functions

Let $A$, $B$ be fixed sets. What "means" the formula $Y \cap \alpha X \neq \emptyset \Leftrightarrow X \cap \beta Y \neq \emptyset$ for functions $\alpha:\mathscr{P}A\rightarrow\mathscr{P}B$ and ...
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Consider the relation R given by divisibility on positive integers that is xRy <-> x|y

Consider the relation R given by divisibility on positive integers that is xRy <-> x|y Is this relation reflexive? symmetric? anti-symmetric? transitive?? I understand it is reflexive and ...
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Give an example of a relation R on $A^2$ which is reflexive, symmetric, and not transitive

I am just looking for some clarification on this exercise: Let $A = \{a,b,c,d\}$. Give an example of a relation $R$ on $A^2$ which is reflexive, symmetric, and not transitive. I understand that if I ...
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Transitive, symmetric $R$ such that for all $x$, there is $y$ such that $xRy$, is an equivalence relation

I'm stuck at one particular task I'm working on. Here is the task: Let R be a transitive and symmetrical relation on $S$. Assume that for all $x \in S$ there is a $y \in S$ so that $xRy$. ...