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### Contexts and notations for composing asymmetric simplices

Imagine the elements of a group-like structure as puzzle pieces with essential two sides, an IN-side and an OUT-side.
You can compose two such pieces in two obvious ways:
Now consider triangular ...

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### Why is every variety of bands determined by a single identity?

A band is a semigroup where every element is idempotent: $a a = a$. A collection of bands is a variety if it is closed under taking subobjects (subsemigroups), quotient objects (images of ...

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### Universal anti-Horn classes?

Is there published work about universal anti-Horn classes?
Anti-Horn formulas are also sometimes known as dual Horn.
See also related question Is there any research of universal algebras ...

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### A decision problem for clones

E. Post proved that there are only countably many clones on a two-element set (classes of operations closed under superposition and containing all projections). All these clones are finitely ...

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### Primitive Recursive Arithmetic via Universal Algebra

From the wikipedia article on Primitive Recursive Arithmetic (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primitive_recursive_arithmetic):
"Primitive recursive arithmetic, or PRA, is a quantifier-free ...

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### Mal'cev “rational equivalence” and model theory

In Universal Algebra, it is possible to say that two presentations denote the "same" kind of algebraic structures, if the two corresponding varieties are "rationally equivalent" (Mal'cev 1958).
In ...

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### What algebraic identities does the iteration of forcing operation satisfy?

Let $G$ be the set of all formulas $\phi(x)$ in the language of such that $ZFC\vdash\exists x\phi(x)$ exists, $ZFC\vdash\phi(x)\rightarrow``x\,\textrm{is a complete Boolean algebra}"$, ...

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### The groupoid of algebraic expressions and proofs

Fix a set of variables $V$, and suppose we're given a presentation of a monosorted algebraic theory, with variable symbols taken from $V$. For the sake of example, suppose the presentation consists of ...

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### Counterexamples in universal algebra

Universal algebra - roughly - is the study, construed broadly, of classes of algebraic structures (in a given language) defined by equations. Of course, it is really much more than that, but that's ...

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### Is the Amitsur-Levitzki identity essentially unique?

Let us consider the matrix algebra. $Mat_n(\mathbb{C})$. The Amitsur-Levitzki identity states that for any matrices $X_1, X_2, ..., X_{2n} \in Mat_n(\mathbb{C})$ the sum $\Sigma_{\sigma \in S_{2n}} ...

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### Is the equational theory of commutative vN regular rings decidable?

I wanted to check whether $A(x,y):=\frac{xy}{x+y}$ is an associative operation in every commutative vN regular ring. Now $A(-1,A(1,1))=A(-1,\frac{1}{2})=1\neq 0 =A(0,1)=A(A(-1,1),1)$. On the other ...

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### Example of a non-finitely based variety with explicit set of defining identities

There are many examples of non-finitely based varieties. In a finite signature, is there an example of such variety with a known explicit set of identities?

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### About a construction of Borel $\sigma$-algebra associated to a lattice

Let $(\mathcal{A}, \cup, \cap)$ a lattice (with minimum and maximum elements $\bot$ and $\top$).
Let $X\subset \mathcal{A}$ a generator set (a set of minimal cardinality that generate $\mathcal{A}$ ...

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### Examples of algebras satisfying (a+b)(c+d)=ac+bd

Is there a known example of an algebra $(A, +, \cdot)$ with two binary commutative (see P.S below) and idempotent operations $+$ and $\cdot$ satisfying the identity $(a+b)(c+d)=ac+bd$?
Actually I ...

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### Natural associative law for a ternary “group”?

Suppose one were to define a group-like structure based on a set $G$
with a ternary (rather than binary) operator $g( a, b, c ) = \left< a, b, c \right>$.
One possible definition for the ...

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### The word problem of the free left distributive algebra on one generator

A left distributive algebra is a set $A$ together with a binary operation, $\cdot$, satisfying $a\cdot(b\cdot c)=(a\cdot b)\cdot(a\cdot c)$.
One important example of left distributive algebras arises ...

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### Two questions about axiomatic rank of groups

Let $G$ be a group and $V=Var(G)$ be the variety generated by $G$. Suppose the axiomatic rank of $V$ is $n$. Let $Id(V)$ be the set of all identities of $V$.
1- Can we say that every element of ...

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### Pseudovarieties of monoids

All (pseudo)varieties considered here are (pseudo)varieties of monoids.
It is known that any (finite or infinite) monoid that satisfies the identities
\begin{equation}
xhxyty = xhyxty, \quad ...

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### Locally finite varieties which are not finitely generated

Let $\Sigma$ be a signature consisting of operations with finite arity. Let $\mathcal{V}$ be a variety of algebras for this signature. Further suppose that $\mathcal{V}$ is locally finite i.e. every ...

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### Bodnarchuk, Kaluzhnin, Kotov, Romov’s Theorem on inclusion of Polymorphism ($Pol \rho \subseteq Pol \sigma$)

Bodnarchuk, Kaluzhnin, Kotov, Romov’s paper [1] is well-known. Anne Fearnley [2] infered from it the following theroem and used it to prove the inclusion of polymorphisms.
Theorem (Bodnarchuk, ...

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### When are the congruence lattices nicer?

This is a purely idle question, but one I'm increasingly interested the more thought I put into it:
For $\mathcal{A}$ a universal algebra (that is, nonempty set together with some named functions), a ...

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### Non-finitely based varieties and pseudovarieties

The variety of semigroups defined by $B=\Big\{(x^py^p)^2=(y^px^p)^2:p \text{ is prime}\Big\}$ is non-finitely based (Isbell, 1970). Is the pseudovariety defined by $B$ also non-finitely based?
More ...

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### Algebraic objects and lifts of their represented functors

I've seen the following theorem around in various forms:
To give an object $A \in \mathcal{C}$ the structure of a $\Omega$-algebra object in $\mathcal{C}$ is equivalent to giving a lift of the ...

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### Is quasivariety generated by all perfect graphs finitely axiomatizable?

Fix logic $L$ with equality and a binary relation symbol $E$.
The class of graphs can be identified with the class of models of the universal first-order Horn $L$-sentences $\forall x,y\; E(x,y) ...

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### Which algebraic theories have the property that $\mid$ is antisymmetric for all free algebras?

Let $T$ denote an algebraic theory.
Terminological Question. Let $X$ denote a $T$-algebra. Is there a name for the preorder $\mid$ defined on $X$ by asserting that $a \mid b$ iff there is a term ...

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### Finite lattices whose number of join-irreducibles does not exceed its height

In a finite distributive lattice $L$ one has $height(L) = |J(L)|$ i.e. the size of the largest chain equals the number of join-irreducible elements.
Briefly, this follows by arranging the subposet ...

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### Presenting Lawvere theories?

(Re)Reading Lawvere theories versus classical universal algebra, I was reminded of a question I have had for quite some time:
What is the best way to present Lawvere theories?
By present, I mean ...

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### Universal constructions that factor through endomorphisms

If $\cal A$ is a variety of algebras (e.g., all groups) and $\cal B$ is a subvariety defined by some set of identities $X$ (e.g., abelian groups with $X = \{xy \simeq yx\}$), then there is a functor ...

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### Are norms intrinsically $\mathbb{R}$-valued?

Another way of phrasing this: are there any viable definitions of something which is norm-like but whose range is in a linearly ordered rig (for example) rather than $\mathbb{R}$?
I have searched a ...

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### Is the following a sufficient condition for being a primal algebra?

I have a question regarding universal algebra and, in particular, primal algebras:
Suppose that A is a finite simple algebra with no proper subalgebra, no automorphism except the identity map, with a ...

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### Dualities between varieties and quasivarieties at the finite level

Suppose one has two locally finite quasivarieties $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{W}$.
Further suppose that:
$\mathcal{V}$ is a variety.
The finite algebras $\mathcal{V}_f$ are dually equivalent to ...

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### Does every commutative variety of algebras have a cogenerator?

By a commutative variety $\mathcal{V}$ I mean a classical variety of algebras for some $(\Sigma,E)$, such that each pair of operations in $\Sigma$ commutes.
Equivalently (i) every interpretation of ...

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### Is HSP(A) = ISP(A) decidable?

Let $A$ be a finite algebra for some finitary signature.
Is it decidable whether $\mathbb{H}\mathbb{S}\mathbb{P}(A) = \mathbb{I}\mathbb{S}\mathbb{P}(A)$?
That is, whether the variety ...

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### SHPS and SPHS inequality using monounary algebra

Let $A_n = \{(1,\ldots,n) , f \}$ where $f(i) = (i+1)$ if $i \neq n $ otherwise $f(n) = 1$.
This describes a mono unary algebra.
The proof for $HPS \neq SPHS$ I know uses metabelian groups and was ...

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### Variety of commutative semi group [closed]

V is a variety of commutative semi group satisfying the identity $x^2 = x^3$.
I need to prove that:
$|F_V(\{x_1\dots,x_n\})|$ = $3^n -1$.
Any hints on this ?
$F_V$ is V-free algebra.

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### H S class operator and its equality

$A \in S(K)$ iff $A$ is a subalgebra of some member of $K$
$A \in H(K)$ iff $A$ is a homomorphic image of some member of $K$
It is trivial to see the containment $SH \leq HS$. Taking a simple ...

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### When does a cogenerator determine a variety?

Two varieties of universal algebras are categorically equivalent iff their respective full subcategories of finitely generated free algebras are equivalent. Roughly speaking, this follows because they ...

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### Minimal generating sets of free algebras of varieties

Let $V$ be a variety and $F$ be a relatively free algebra in $V$. Suppose $X$ is a minimal generating set for $F$. Under what conditions we can deduce that $X$ is a free basis of $F$?

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### Axiomatizing orientation in the complex plane

Lately I've begun to suspect that a certain ternary relation might play a role in $\bf{C}$ analogous to the role played by the binary relation $>$ in $\bf{R}$, namely, the relation that the ...

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### IBN for algebraic theories

Let us say that a finitary algebraic theory $\tau$ has IBN (invariant basis number) if the free functor $F : \mathsf{Set} \to \mathsf{Mod}(\tau)$ reflects the isomorphism relation: If $S,T$ are sets ...

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### Varieties where every algebra is free

I'd like to know more about varieties (in the sense of universal algebra) where every algebra is free. Another way to state the condition is that the comparison functor from the Kleisli category to ...

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### Equational theories determined by “identities without variables”

How to characterize equational theories $T$ which have the following property: for any two terms $t(x_1,...,x_n)$ and $t'(x_1,...,x_n)$ in the signature of $T$, if for any closed terms (i. e. terms ...

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### What do algebraic theories with strictly terminal trivial models look like?

By algebraic theory I mean one in the sense of Lawvere, i.e. a collection of finitary operations, including projections, together with a multi-composition satisfying the obvious axioms. (I believe ...

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### Existence of a construction in Universal Algebra: infinite trees

Is anything known about the following construction? Fix a signature (function symbols with arities incl 0) Sigma and a Sigma-algebra A. Construct a new Sigma-algebra T(A) as follows: The carrier set ...

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### Finite generation of vector identities

This question is partially motivated by Looking for a comprehensive referece for vector identities, although that question may not be appropriate for MO.
Consider the set $\mathcal{E}$ of all valid ...

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### Complete Boolean algebra not isomorphic to a $\sigma$-algebra

Does there exist a complete Boolean algebra that is not isomorphic to any $\sigma$-algebra? If so, what is an easy or canonical example or construction?

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### The Universal Algebra of a sigma-Algebra

I am searching for the 'dual' algebraic structure of a Sigma Algebra. The notion of duallity is like on the case of the Boolean Algebra and Set Algera.
If X is a set, the complement and intersection ...

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### Product of two algebras with maximum condition

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are two algebras of the same signature, both having maximum condition on sub-algebras. Is it true that $A\times B$ has the same property?

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### Do non-associative objects have a natural notion of representation?

A magma is a set $M$ equipped with a binary operation $* : M \times M \to M$. In abstract algebra we typically begin by studying a special type of magma: groups. Groups satisfy certain additional ...

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### A preprint of Sela concerning the work of Kharlampovich-Miyasnikov

Yesterday, Z. Sela published a preprint in arXiv which claims that the solution of Olga Kharlampovich and Alexi Miyasnikov for the Tarski problem on decidablity of the first order theories of free ...