algebra universalis

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 385–396 | Cite as

Approximate distributive laws and finite equational bases for finite algebras in congruence-distributive varieties

Original Paper


For a congruence-distributive variety, Maltsev’s construction of principal congruence relations is shown to lead to approximate distributive laws in the lattice of equivalence relations on each member. As an application, in the case of a variety generated by a finite algebra, these approximate laws yield two known results: the boundedness of the complexity of unary polynomials needed in Maltsev’s construction and the finite equational basis theorem for such a variety of finite type. An algorithmic version of the construction is included.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification.

08B10 08A30 08B26 

Keywords and phrases.

congruence distributive principal congruence finite basis 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.College of Mathematics and Computer ScienceGuangXi Normal UniversityGuilinChina

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