The study of algebraic structures and properties applying to large classes of such structures. For example, ideas from group theory and ring theory are extended and considered for structures with other signatures (systems of basic or fundamental operations).

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In (relatively) simple words: What is an inverse limit?

I am a set theorist in my orientation, and while I did take a few courses that brushed upon categorical and algebraic constructions, one has always eluded me. The inverse limit. I tried to ask one of ...
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why is a nullary operation a special element, usually 0 or 1?

Does a nullary operation mean an operation not taking any argument? Then why is a nullary operation a special element, usually 0 or 1, in an algebraic structure? Thanks!
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Is this a general structure for constructs?

Here a construct is a category where the objects are sets and the morphisms are structure preserving functions. Common examples are groups, graphs and topological spaces. As far as I can see there is ...
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Different ways of constructing the free group over a set.

This could be too broad if we're not careful. I'm sorry if it ends up that way. Let's put together a list of different constructions of the free group $F_X$ over a given set $X$. It seems to be ...
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Algebraic Structures: Does Order Matter?

(I want to link to similar question with a very good answer: Question about Algebraic structure?) An algebraic structure is an ordered tuple of sets. One of these is called the underlying set, and ...
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amalgam of structures

Trying to refine my question here. This is a response to the questions here: Homomorphisms between structures My objective is to take a set of $S-$structures and form an amalgam object out of that ...
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Describing all subdirectly irreducible mono-unary algebras.

(Wenzel). Describe all subdirectly irreducible mono-unary algebras. [In particular show that they are countable.] Thanks!
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presentation of the direct sum of commutative rings / algebras

If $I,J$ are index sets, $R$ a commutative unital ring, $\mathfrak{a},\mathfrak{b}$ ideals of polynomial rings $R[x_i; i\!\in\!I]$, $R[y_j; j\!\in\!J]$, and $\langle\langle\ldots\rangle\rangle$ is the ...
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A structural proof that $ax=xa$ forms a monoid

During the discussion on this problem I found the following simple observation: If $M$ is a monoid and $a \in M$ then $\{x: ax = xa\}$ is a submonoid. This is trivial to prove by checking ...
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Suggestions for a learning roadmap for universal algebra?

I think a useful combination of resources for universal algebra would ideally, when taken together: Provide ample motivation behind the various developments in the field. Either provide powerful ...
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Any commutative associative operation can be extended to a function on nonempty finite sets

This is a fact we use very frequently in general mathematics when we write such notations as $1+2+3+4$: since we know that $+$ is commutative and associative, we can just "drop the parentheses" and ...
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Variety generated by finite fields

Let $K_1,\dotsc,K_n$ be finite fields and let $V$ be the variety of rings, generated by the $K_i$ (rings aren't necessarily unital). I want to figure out what $V$ looks like. By a theorem of Tarski, ...
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Should axioms be viewed as part of the signature?

I included category theory in the tags in order to get feedback from the categorial logic community. It goes without saying that this isn't really category theory. A semigroup can be defined as a ...
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In a slice category C/A of a category C over a given object A, What is the role of the identity morphism of A in C with respect to C/A

In a slice category $C/A$ of a category $C$ over a given object $A$, what is the role of the $C$ identity morphism, $A\to A$ ($1_A$), in $C/A$, particularly with respect to composition? I ...
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Which texts do you recommend to study universal algebra and lattice theory?

As I'm planning to study some algebraic logic (a lot of!), I found that some knowledge of universal algebra, lattice theory and boolean algebras is a must. I wonder if you have any recommendation to ...
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Class of algebras defined by quasi-identities is not closed under taking the quotients

Let $\mathbf{A}$ be an algebra (in the sense of universal algebra) of some signature $\Sigma$. By quasi-identity I mean the formula of the form $$(\forall x_1) (\forall x_2) \dots (\forall x_n) ...
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Smallest Congruence Relation generated by a set

$\newcommand{\cl}{\operatorname{cl}}$ Let $R \subset S \times S$ be a binary relation, the smallest i) reflexive relation containing it is $$ \cl_\mathrm{ref} = R \cup \{ (x,x) : x \in S \} $$ ii) ...
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An exercise in infinite combinatorics from Burris and Sankappanavar

Exercise 6.7 in chapter IV of Burris and Sankappanavar's A Course in Universal Algebra starts as follows: Show that for $I$ countably infinite there is a subset $S$ of the set of functions from ...
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Lattices are congruence-distributive

$\newcommand{\r}[1]{\mathrel{#1}}$ First, a few definitions. Given a lattice $L$, a congruence on $L$ is an equivalence relation $\theta$, compatible with the lattice operations, i.e. if ...
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Introductory universal algebra question

I've just started reading about universal algebra, and have already hit a problem (see the two bullet points at the bottom). My book gives the following definitions (paraphrased): An operational ...
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$M_3$ is a simple lattice

I'd like to prove (exercise 9.5 in Roman's Lattices and Ordered Sets, p.203) that the lattice $M_3$ is simple, meaning that the only congruences on $M_3$ are the trivial ones (the 'equality' ...
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Subdirect embedding of a quotient algebra

If $A$ is an algebra and $\theta_i$ $\in$ $Con(A)$, i $\in$ $I$, let $\theta$ = $\cap \theta_i$. Show that $A/\theta$ can be subdirectly embedded in $\prod$$A/\theta_i$. What intuitively I think of ...
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correspondence for universal subalgebras of $U/\vartheta$

Let $U$ be a universal algebra of type $T$, and denote $\mathrm{Con}(U)\!=\!\{\text{congruence relations on }U\}$ and $\mathrm{Sub}(U)\!=\!\{\text{subalgebras of }U\}$. Let "$\leq$" mean "subalgebra". ...
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Existence of universal enveloping inverse semigroup (similar to “Grothendieck group”)

Context In its simplest form, the Grothendieck group construction associates an abelian group to a commutative semigroup in a "universal way". Now I'm interested in the following nilpotent ...
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Show Sg$(X) = X\cup E(X) \cup E^{2}(X)\cup …$

Given an algebra $A$ define, for every $X\subset A$, $$\text{Sg}(X)=\bigcap\{B\mid X\subset B \text{ and } B \text{ is a subuniverse of } A\},$$ $$E(X)=X\cup \{f(a_1,\ldots,a_n)\mid f \text{ is ...
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K-free algebra over $\overline{X}$

This is Definition 10.9 of the book "A Course in Universal Algebra" by Burris and Sankappanavar (page 73, Millennium Edition). http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~snburris/htdocs/UALG/univ-algebra.pdf ...
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A Course in Universal Algebra (Millennium edition), page 74

The line before Theorem 10.12 says that "In general $F_K(\overline{X})$ is not isomorphic to a member of K (for example, let K={L} where L is a two-element lattice, then $F_K(\bar{x}, \bar{y}) \notin ...
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The lattice of closed subsets of an algebraic closure operator is an algebraic lattice

Let $A$ be a set. Let $C:Su(A)\longrightarrow Su(A)$ be a function, where $Su(A)$ denotes the set of all subsets of $A$. Suppose that 1) $X\subseteq C(X)$ 2) $X\subseteq Y\rightarrow C(X)\subseteq ...
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Why $Z(A)$ is an equivalence relation on $A$?

For every algebra $A$, the center $Z(A)$ is a congruence on $A$. Why is $Z(A)$ an equivalence relation on $A$?