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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How strong is the condition that an operad splits, i.e. O(n)=O(s)xO(n-s)?

I recently proved something for the operad $Comm$ valued in a model category $M$ and am trying to generalize it to other symmetric operads. I'm very new to operads, so please forgive me if there are ...
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What to call substructures in universal algebra in which we restrict the signature?

Suppose $\Sigma$ is a signature in the sense of universal algebra and $\Sigma' \subseteq \Sigma$ a sub-signature. Every $\Sigma$-algebra is also a $\Sigma'$-algebra in a forgetful way. Suppose $A$ is ...
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Lawvere theories versus classical universal algebra

A Lawvere theory is a small category with finite products such that every object is isomorphic to a finite product of copies of a distinguished object x. A model of the theory in a category with ...
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Is there a general result that theorems about finite structures proved in ZFC can be proved in ZF?

The title question is too vague so let me be specific. Much of modern finite semigroup theory uses profinite semigroups and properties of profinite semigroups that depend on the existence of prime ...
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Essential arities in quasi-varieties.

For my question, let us consider the following scenario. We have a quasi-variety $\mathcal{A}$ generated by a finite algebra $\mathbf{M}$ (i.e. $\mathcal{A} = \mathbb{ISP}(\mathbf{M})$). Now, let ...
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What is the smallest variety of algebras containing all fields?

A field is a ring whose nonzero elements form a commutative group under multiplication. A field is also a commutative inverse semigroup with respect to multiplication. The unique multiplicative ...
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Given a lattice L with n elements, are there finite groups H < G such that L $\cong$ the lattice of subgroups between H and G?

If there is no restriction on $n$, this is a famous open problem. I'm wondering if any recent work has been done for small $n>6$. I believe the question is answered (positively) for $n=6$ by ...
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When finitely generated free algebras are finite

The variety (in the sense of universal algebra) of Boolean algebras, for example, has the property that finitely generated free algebras have finite cardinality; in that case specifically ...
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$U\left(\mathfrak a\right) \otimes_{U\left(\mathfrak a\cap\mathfrak b\right)} U\left(\mathfrak b\right) \cong U\left(\mathfrak a + \mathfrak b\right)$ over a ring containing $\mathbb{Q}$

While the Poincaré-Birkhoff-Witt theorem is usually proven (and sometimes even formulated) for free modules only, it is known (see also here) that it holds for arbitrary modules if the ground ring is ...
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Why are so few operations with arity bigger than 2?

In usual algebraic structures, like groups, rings, monoids, etc, or in algebras coming from logics like Boolean algebras, Heyting algebras and the like the operations are usually of arity 0 ...
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Algebras with supremum-founded subalgebra lattice

I am interested in algebras whose subalgebra lattice is supremum-founded. Let us call those algebras small. A complete lattice $(L, \leq)$ is called supremum-founded, if for any two elements $x < ...
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Invertible elements in generalized fields

Durov's theory of generalized rings also includes generalized fields (5.7.6), which are defined as generalized rings, which are not subtrivial and whose proper strict quotients are subtrivial. For ...
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Equational definition of Residuated Lattices

The usual axiomatization of residuated lattices involve using ≤. I know I can expand away the use of ≤ using a definition such as (x ≤ y) := (x ∧ y = x), but I fear I will get a set of messy axioms. ...
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The graph of algebraic theories

Fix a logic $L$ and consider the category $\mathbf{AlgTh}_L$ with theories of $L$ as objects and theory interpretations as morphisms. For nice enough logics, this category has pushouts (which we will ...
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Counting and understanging commuting functions.

Fix a positive integer $n$, and consider the functions from a set of size $n$ to itself. Let $cp(n)$ denote the number of ordered pairs $\langle f,g \rangle$ of these functions which commute, i.e., ...
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Prove that algebraic structure is not semiring?

I have a [finite] lattice enriched with additional operations. I would like either: find a pair of binary operations (and constants) satisfying semiring laws, or prove that no such operations exist ...
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Embedding of relatively free groups of bigger rank into ones of smaller rank

This question is prompted by this one by Arturo Magidin: whether there exist varieties of groups in which the relatively free group of rank 2 is finite, and the relatively free group of rank 3 is ...
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Algebraic axiomatization for AB+BA^T operation on matrices

Let us consider a matrix algebra $Mat_{n\times n}(K)$, where $K$ is a field, $char K \neq 2.$ It is well-known that the axiomatization of commutator operation $[A,B]=AB-BA$ on matrix algebra leads us ...
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Varieties of groups with infinite relatively free group of rank 2 finite, infinite in rank 3

Does there exist a variety of groups $\mathfrak{V}$ such that the relatively $\mathfrak{V}$-free group of rank 2 is finite, but the relatively $\mathfrak{V}$-group of rank 3 is infinite? (In other ...
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When can we tell if PROPs, Algebraic Theories, etc. are faithfully detected in a given category?

I am interested in understanding a certain phenomenon. I am hoping this sort of problem has been studied before, but I don't know the proper terminology and am having trouble finding answers. I am ...
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So, did Poincaré prove PBW or not?

This seems to be a question whose answer depends on whom you ask. Maybe we can come up with a final answer? It is known that Poincaré, at least, invented something that can be called ...
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What is the theory of polynomials?

We all know what polynomials are, along with their elementary properties and many effective algorithms for different representations of polynomials. The question here is more of a universal algebra ...
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The name for a partial order

In a recent paper of mine, my co-authors found that a partial order that we were using was contained in a paper by Kundgen. In it, he called it "right-shifted partial order". I was curious, and found ...
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Can ordinary schemes be described as sheves of algebras/models for a certain Lawvere theory?

Consider the definition of a $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}$-scheme given in Dominique Joyce's "Algebraic geometry over C-infty rings". As far as I uderstand (not being an expert either in C-infty rings nor in ...
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Relation between monads, operads and algebraic theories

I've begun to interest in algebraic theories and their categorical models: in particular monads, generalized multicategories and operads, lawvere theories and their generalization. Is there any ...
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Why Lawvere theories have finite products? and more

According to Wikipedia, a Lawvere theory consists of a small category $L$ with (strictly associative) finite products and a strict identity-on-objects functor $I:\aleph_0^\text{op}\rightarrow L$ ...
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Defining 'free monoid' without Nat?

Is there a definition of what is a 'free monoid' which does not pre-suppose that the natural numbers has already been defined? The definitions that I have been able to track down all use the natural ...
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Higher-order preservation theorems?

The Łos-Tarski preservation theorem states that a set of formulas $F$ of first-order language $L$ is preserved under substructures for models of theory $T$ in $L$ precisely when $F$ is equivalent ...
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Monad arising from operad

It's known that from every operad arises a cartesian monad whose algebras are the algebras for the operad. Leinster proved that there are different operads from which arise the same monad, in this way ...
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Do plain functors out of monoidal categories factor into a nontrivial monoidal part and a plain part?

Given symmetric monoidal closed categories $C, D$, a symmetric monoidal (not closed!) functor $F:C\to D$ factors into two parts: the first is a symmetric monoidal closed functor from $C$ to a ...
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Of what kind of complemented bounded poset are the structures in my quasi-variety?

I feel that my question is very basic, but, somewhat suprisingly, nobody was able to give me an answer so far: Let $\mathbf{M} := \langle \{ 0,1 \}, 0, 1, \leq, \neg \rangle$ be the structure with ...
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Undecidability degree of some elementary theories (two equivalence relations, …)

I have a question about some results in the paper I. A. Lavrov. Effective inseparability of the sets of identically true formulae and finitely refutable formulae for certain theories (in Russian). ...
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Does “finitely presented” mean “always finitely presented”, considered in general

I'm wondering about the question, "If we have a finitely presented __, is it necessarily finitely presented with respect to any finite generating set for it?" I know this is true for groups and for ...
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Does ⋄ generate all De Morgan algebras?

(Asked by Nathaniel Hellerstein on the Q&A board at JMM) This question is about De Morgan algebras (see also Wikipedia), which are something like Boolean algebras, but with a different weaker ...
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Binary operations compatible with the usual order on the reals

An officemate passes along the following natural-seeming question: Say that a binary operation $\oplus$ is compatible with the usual order $\leq$ on $\mathbb{R}$ if for any $w, x, y, z$ in ...
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Is the decomposition of an algebra into irreducible components essentially unique?

We consider finite algebras for a given signature, in the sense of universal algebra (for example, they might be groups, rings, or lattices). An algebra $A$ is irreducible when $A \cong B \times C$ ...
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What is a semigroup or, what do I do with that associativity proof?

Mathematically, I know what a semigroup is: It is a set S along with an associative binary operation $* : S \times S \rightarrow S$. So far, so good. From a computational perspective, one can ...
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Lattice-ordered commutative monoids

By a lattice-ordered monoid, I mean a structure $(A,0,{+},{\vee},{\wedge})$ such that $(A,0,{+})$ is a (not necessarily commutative) monoid, $(A,{\vee},{\wedge})$ is a lattice, and the two ...
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What do you call a lattice whose meet operation preserves disjointness of subsets?

To make my question more precise and compact (and probably more intuitive), let me define the following: A subset $S$ of a lattice is mutually disjoint if for each $x \in S$, $\bigvee(S - \lbrace x ...
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Free division rings?

Does it make sense to talk about, say, the free division ring on 2 generators? If so, does the free division ring on countably many generators embed into the free division ring on two generators?
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How to define the action of $U(G)$ in this situation?

The usual action of $fg$ on $u⊗v$ , where $f,g$ are elements in the Universal Enveloping Algebra $U(G)$ of a Lie algebra $G$ and $u,v$ are elements of a representation $V$ of $G$, is given by ...
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Is there a notion of congruence relation for essentially algebraic structures?

In universal algebra there is the notion of congruence relation: Consider a (1-sorted) algebraic structure, i.e. a set $A$ with a bunch of finitary operations $f_i$ satisfying equations. A congruence ...
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Is monomorphism going in both directions sufficient for isomorphism?

In category theory, it seems that a monomorphism from $A$ to $B$ and one from $B$ to $A$ should be enough to guarantee isomorphy, but it doesn't seem to be so. (If I'm right then there's something ...
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Right actions of operads and monads

Given an operad $A$, there is an associated monad $M_A$ given by $M_A(X) = \coprod_n A(n) \otimes X^{\otimes n}$ such that being an $A$-algebra and being an algebra over the monad $M_A$ is the same ...
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Higher-order, multi-sorted, non purely equational version of universal algebra ?

I have been looking around, unsuccessfully, for generalizations of universal algebra based on higher-order logic (rather than first order) and where the relations are not purely equational. ...
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Terminology: Name for a homomorphism from the free object?

Is there a standard name for taking a homomorphism from the free object over an algebraic structure? Roughly speaking, this should amount to evaluation of any element of the free object under the ...
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Coequalizer in the category of primitive recursive functions

What does a coequalizer in the category of primitive recursive functions look like? I know that in Set, a coequalizer is a minimum congruence but...what is it in particular in the category of ...
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Is every lattice the fixed-point set of an order endomorphism of ⋄^n?

(Asked by Nathaniel Hellerstein on the Q&A board at JMM) Let ⋄ be the 4 element lattice τ / \ i j \ / f Is every lattice isomorphic to the fixed point lattice of some ...