Partitions of a Finite Partially Ordered Set

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  • Pietro Codara


In this paper, we investigate the notion of partition of a finite partially ordered set (poset, for short). We will define three different notions of partition of a poset, namely, monotone, regular, and open partition. For each of these notions we will find three equivalent definitions, that will be shown to be equivalent. We start by defining partitions of a poset in terms of fibres of some surjection having the poset as domain. We then obtain combinatorial characterisations of such notions in terms of blocks, without reference to surjection. Finally, we give a further, equivalent definition of each kind of partition by means of analogues of equivalence relations.


Equivalence Class Binary Relation Distributive Lattice Satisfying Condition Factorisation System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pietro Codara
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  1. 1.Università degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly

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