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33 Relations
 33.1 General Binary Relations
 33.2 Properties and Attributes of Binary Relations
 33.3 Binary Relations on Points
 33.4 Closure Operations and Other Constructors
 33.5 Equivalence Relations
 33.6 Attributes of and Operations on Equivalence Relations
 33.7 Equivalence Classes

33 Relations

A binary relation \(R\) on a set \(X\) is a subset of \(X \times X\). A binary relation can also be thought of as a (general) mapping from \(X\) to itself or as a directed graph where each edge represents an element of \(R\).

In GAP, a relation is conceptually represented as a general mapping from \(X\) to itself. The category IsBinaryRelation (33.1-1) is a synonym for IsEndoGeneralMapping (32.13-3). Attributes and properties of relations in GAP are supported for relations, via considering relations as a subset of \(X \times X\), or as a directed graph; examples include finding the strongly connected components of a relation, via StronglyConnectedComponents (33.4-5), or enumerating the tuples of the relation.

33.1 General Binary Relations

This section lists general constructors of relations.

33.1-1 IsBinaryRelation
‣ IsBinaryRelation( R )( property )

is exactly the same category as (i.e. a synonym for) IsEndoGeneralMapping (32.13-3).

33.1-2 BinaryRelationByElements
‣ BinaryRelationByElements( domain, elms )( function )

is the binary relation on domain and with underlying relation consisting of the tuples collection elms. This construction is similar to GeneralMappingByElements (32.2-1) where the source and range are the same set.

33.1-3 IdentityBinaryRelation
‣ IdentityBinaryRelation( degree )( function )
‣ IdentityBinaryRelation( domain )( function )

is the binary relation which consists of diagonal pairs, i.e., pairs of the form \((x,x)\). In the first form if a positive integer degree is given then the domain is the set of the integers \(\{ 1, \ldots, \textit{degree} \}\). In the second form, the objects \(x\) are from the domain domain.

33.1-4 EmptyBinaryRelation
‣ EmptyBinaryRelation( degree )( function )
‣ EmptyBinaryRelation( domain )( function )

is the relation with R empty. In the first form of the command with degree an integer, the domain is the set of points \(\{ 1, \ldots, \textit{degree} \}\). In the second form, the domain is that given by the argument domain.

33.2 Properties and Attributes of Binary Relations

33.2-1 IsReflexiveBinaryRelation
‣ IsReflexiveBinaryRelation( R )( property )

returns true if the binary relation R is reflexive, and false otherwise.

A binary relation \(R\) (as a set of pairs) on a set \(X\) is reflexive if for all \(x \in X\), \((x,x) \in R\). Alternatively, \(R\) as a mapping is reflexive if for all \(x \in X\), \(x\) is an element of the image set \(R(x)\).

A reflexive binary relation is necessarily a total endomorphic mapping (tested via IsTotal (32.3-1)).

33.2-2 IsSymmetricBinaryRelation
‣ IsSymmetricBinaryRelation( R )( property )

returns true if the binary relation R is symmetric, and false otherwise.

A binary relation \(R\) (as a set of pairs) on a set \(X\) is symmetric if \((x,y) \in R\) then \((y,x) \in R\). Alternatively, \(R\) as a mapping is symmetric if for all \(x \in X\), the preimage set of \(x\) under \(R\) equals the image set \(R(x)\).

33.2-3 IsTransitiveBinaryRelation
‣ IsTransitiveBinaryRelation( R )( property )

returns true if the binary relation R is transitive, and false otherwise.

A binary relation R (as a set of pairs) on a set \(X\) is transitive if \((x,y), (y,z) \in R\) implies \((x,z) \in R\). Alternatively, \(R\) as a mapping is transitive if for all \(x \in X\), the image set \(R(R(x))\) of the image set \(R(x)\) of \(x\) is a subset of \(R(x)\).

33.2-4 IsAntisymmetricBinaryRelation
‣ IsAntisymmetricBinaryRelation( rel )( property )

returns true if the binary relation rel is antisymmetric, and false otherwise.

A binary relation R (as a set of pairs) on a set \(X\) is antisymmetric if \((x,y), (y,x) \in R\) implies \(x = y\). Alternatively, \(R\) as a mapping is antisymmetric if for all \(x \in X\), the intersection of the preimage set of \(x\) under \(R\) and the image set \(R(x)\) is \(\{ x \}\).

33.2-5 IsPreOrderBinaryRelation
‣ IsPreOrderBinaryRelation( rel )( property )

returns true if the binary relation rel is a preorder, and false otherwise.

A preorder is a binary relation that is both reflexive and transitive.

33.2-6 IsPartialOrderBinaryRelation
‣ IsPartialOrderBinaryRelation( rel )( property )

returns true if the binary relation rel is a partial order, and false otherwise.

A partial order is a preorder which is also antisymmetric.

33.2-7 IsHasseDiagram
‣ IsHasseDiagram( rel )( property )

returns true if the binary relation rel is a Hasse Diagram of a partial order, i.e., was computed via HasseDiagramBinaryRelation (33.4-4).

33.2-8 IsEquivalenceRelation
‣ IsEquivalenceRelation( R )( property )

returns true if the binary relation R is an equivalence relation, and false otherwise.

Recall, that a relation R is an equivalence relation if it is symmetric, transitive, and reflexive.

33.2-9 Successors
‣ Successors( R )( attribute )

returns the list of images of a binary relation R. If the underlying domain of the relation is not \(\{ 1, \ldots, n \}\), for some positive integer \(n\), then an error is signalled.

The returned value of Successors is a list of lists where the lists are ordered as the elements according to the sorted order of the underlying set of R. Each list consists of the images of the element whose index is the same as the list with the underlying set in sorted order.

The Successors of a relation is the adjacency list representation of the relation.

33.2-10 DegreeOfBinaryRelation
‣ DegreeOfBinaryRelation( R )( attribute )

returns the size of the underlying domain of the binary relation R. This is most natural when working with a binary relation on points.

33.2-11 PartialOrderOfHasseDiagram
‣ PartialOrderOfHasseDiagram( HD )( attribute )

is the partial order associated with the Hasse Diagram HD i.e. the partial order generated by the reflexive and transitive closure of HD.

33.3 Binary Relations on Points

We have special construction methods when the underlying X of our relation is the set of integers \(\{ 1, \ldots, n \}\).

33.3-1 BinaryRelationOnPoints
‣ BinaryRelationOnPoints( list )( function )
‣ BinaryRelationOnPointsNC( list )( function )

Given a list of \(n\) lists, each containing elements from the set \(\{ 1, \ldots, n \}\), this function constructs a binary relation such that \(1\) is related to list[1], \(2\) to list[2] and so on. The first version checks whether the list supplied is valid. The the NC version skips this check.

33.3-2 RandomBinaryRelationOnPoints
‣ RandomBinaryRelationOnPoints( degree )( function )

creates a relation on points with degree degree.

33.3-3 AsBinaryRelationOnPoints
‣ AsBinaryRelationOnPoints( trans )( function )
‣ AsBinaryRelationOnPoints( perm )( function )
‣ AsBinaryRelationOnPoints( rel )( function )

return the relation on points represented by general relation rel, transformation trans or permutation perm. If rel is already a binary relation on points then rel is returned.

Transformations and permutations are special general endomorphic mappings and have a natural representation as a binary relation on points.

In the last form, an isomorphic relation on points is constructed where the points are indices of the elements of the underlying domain in sorted order.

33.4 Closure Operations and Other Constructors

33.4-1 ReflexiveClosureBinaryRelation
‣ ReflexiveClosureBinaryRelation( R )( operation )

is the smallest binary relation containing the binary relation R which is reflexive. This closure inherits the properties symmetric and transitive from R. E.g., if R is symmetric then its reflexive closure is also.

33.4-2 SymmetricClosureBinaryRelation
‣ SymmetricClosureBinaryRelation( R )( operation )

is the smallest binary relation containing the binary relation R which is symmetric. This closure inherits the properties reflexive and transitive from R. E.g., if R is reflexive then its symmetric closure is also.

33.4-3 TransitiveClosureBinaryRelation
‣ TransitiveClosureBinaryRelation( rel )( operation )

is the smallest binary relation containing the binary relation R which is transitive. This closure inherits the properties reflexive and symmetric from R. E.g., if R is symmetric then its transitive closure is also.

TransitiveClosureBinaryRelation is a modified version of the Floyd-Warshall method of solving the all-pairs shortest-paths problem on a directed graph. Its asymptotic runtime is \(O(n^3)\) where \(n\) is the size of the vertex set. It only assumes there is an arbitrary (but fixed) ordering of the vertex set.

33.4-4 HasseDiagramBinaryRelation
‣ HasseDiagramBinaryRelation( partial-order )( operation )

is the smallest relation contained in the partial order partial-order whose reflexive and transitive closure is equal to partial-order.

33.4-5 StronglyConnectedComponents
‣ StronglyConnectedComponents( R )( operation )

returns an equivalence relation on the vertices of the binary relation R.

33.4-6 PartialOrderByOrderingFunction
‣ PartialOrderByOrderingFunction( dom, orderfunc )( function )

constructs a partial order whose elements are from the domain dom and are ordered using the ordering function orderfunc. The ordering function must be a binary function returning a boolean value. If the ordering function does not describe a partial order then fail is returned.

33.5 Equivalence Relations

An equivalence relation E over the set X is a relation on X which is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive. A partition P is a set of subsets of X such that for all \(R, S \in P\), \(R \cap S\) is the empty set and \(\cup P = X\). An equivalence relation induces a partition such that if \((x,y) \in E\) then \(x, y\) are in the same element of P.

Like all binary relations in GAP equivalence relations are regarded as general endomorphic mappings (and the operations, properties and attributes of general mappings are available). However, partitions provide an efficient way of representing equivalence relations. Moreover, only the non-singleton classes or blocks are listed allowing for small equivalence relations to be represented on infinite sets. Hence the main attribute of equivalence relations is EquivalenceRelationPartition (33.6-1) which provides the partition induced by the given equivalence.

33.5-1 EquivalenceRelationByPartition
‣ EquivalenceRelationByPartition( domain, list )( function )
‣ EquivalenceRelationByPartitionNC( domain, list )( function )

constructs the equivalence relation over the set domain which induces the partition represented by list. This representation includes only the non-trivial blocks (or equivalent classes). list is a list of lists, each of these lists contain elements of domain and are pairwise mutually exclusive.

The list of lists do not need to be in any order nor do the elements in the blocks (see EquivalenceRelationPartition (33.6-1)). a list of elements of domain The partition list is a list of lists, each of these is a list of elements of domain that makes up a block (or equivalent class). The domain is the domain over which the relation is defined, and list is a list of lists, each of these is a list of elements of domain which are related to each other. list need only contain the nontrivial blocks and singletons will be ignored. The NC version will not check to see if the lists are pairwise mutually exclusive or that they contain only elements of the domain.

33.5-2 EquivalenceRelationByRelation
‣ EquivalenceRelationByRelation( rel )( function )

returns the smallest equivalence relation containing the binary relation rel.

33.5-3 EquivalenceRelationByPairs
‣ EquivalenceRelationByPairs( D, elms )( function )
‣ EquivalenceRelationByPairsNC( D, elms )( function )

return the smallest equivalence relation on the domain D such that every pair in elms is in the relation.

In the NC form, it is not checked that elms are in the domain D.

33.5-4 EquivalenceRelationByProperty
‣ EquivalenceRelationByProperty( domain, property )( function )

creates an equivalence relation on domain whose only defining datum is that of having the property property.

33.6 Attributes of and Operations on Equivalence Relations

33.6-1 EquivalenceRelationPartition
‣ EquivalenceRelationPartition( equiv )( attribute )

returns a list of lists of elements of the underlying set of the equivalence relation equiv. The lists are precisely the nonsingleton equivalence classes of the equivalence. This allows us to describe "small" equivalences on infinite sets.

33.6-2 GeneratorsOfEquivalenceRelationPartition
‣ GeneratorsOfEquivalenceRelationPartition( equiv )( attribute )

is a set of generating pairs for the equivalence relation equiv. This set is not unique. The equivalence equiv is the smallest equivalence relation over the underlying set which contains the generating pairs.

33.6-3 JoinEquivalenceRelations
‣ JoinEquivalenceRelations( equiv1, equiv2 )( operation )
‣ MeetEquivalenceRelations( equiv1, equiv2 )( operation )

JoinEquivalenceRelations returns the smallest equivalence relation containing both the equivalence relations equiv1 and equiv2.

MeetEquivalenceRelations returns the intersection of the two equivalence relations equiv1 and equiv2.

33.7 Equivalence Classes

33.7-1 IsEquivalenceClass
‣ IsEquivalenceClass( obj )( category )

returns true if the object obj is an equivalence class, and false otherwise.

An equivalence class is a collection of elements which are mutually related to each other in the associated equivalence relation. Note, this is a special category of objects and not just a list of elements.

33.7-2 EquivalenceClassRelation
‣ EquivalenceClassRelation( C )( attribute )

returns the equivalence relation of which C is a class.

33.7-3 EquivalenceClasses
‣ EquivalenceClasses( rel )( attribute )

returns a list of all equivalence classes of the equivalence relation rel. Note that it is possible for different methods to yield the list in different orders, so that for two equivalence relations \(c1\) and \(c2\) we may have \(c1 = c2\) without having EquivalenceClasses\(( c1 ) = \)EquivalenceClasses\(( c2 )\).

33.7-4 EquivalenceClassOfElement
‣ EquivalenceClassOfElement( rel, elt )( operation )
‣ EquivalenceClassOfElementNC( rel, elt )( operation )

return the equivalence class of elt in the binary relation rel, where elt is an element (i.e. a pair) of the domain of rel. In the NC form, it is not checked that elt is in the domain over which rel is defined.

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