Algebra universalis

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On the number of essential arguments of homomorphisms between products of median algebras

  • Miguel Couceiro
  • Gerasimos C. MeletiouEmail author


In this paper we characterize classes of median-homomorphisms between products of median algebras, that depend on a given number of arguments, by means of necessary and sufficent conditions that rely on the underlying algebraic and on the underlying order structure of median algebras. In particular, we show that a median-homomorphism that take values in a median algebra that does not contain a subalgebra isomorphic to the m-dimensional Boolean algebra as a subalgebra cannot depend on more than \(m-1\) arguments. In view of this result, we also characterize the latter class of median algebras. We also discuss extensions of our framework on homomorphisms over median algebras to wider classes of algebras.


Median algebra Median-homomorphism Essential argument Hypercube-freeness Congruence distributivity 

Mathematics Subject Classification

06A12 06D99 06F99 



The authors would like to thank the anonymous referee for his/her thorough review and insightful remarks that improved the current paper and that led to the extension of our results to wider classes of algebras.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Lorraine, CNRS, Inria, LORIANancyFrance
  2. 2.TEI of EpirusArtaGreece

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