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The lattice and semigroup structure of multipermutations

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Algebra and Computation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Sep 2021


We study the algebraic properties of binary relations whose underlying digraph is smooth, that is has no source or sink. Such objects have been studied as surjective hyper-operations (shops) on the corresponding vertex set, and as binary relations that are defined everywhere and whose inverse is also defined everywhere. In the latter formulation, they have been called multipermutations. We study the lattice structure of sets (monoids) of multipermutations over an n-element domain. Through a Galois connection, these monoids form the algebraic counterparts to sets of relations closed under definability in positive first-order logic without equality. The first side of this Galois connection has been elaborated previously, we show the other side here. We study the property of inverse on multipermutations and how it connects our monoids to groups. We use our results to give a simple dichotomy theorem for the evaluation problem of positive first-order logic without equality on the class of structures whose preserving multipermutations form a monoid closed under inverse. These problems turn out either to be in Logspace or to be Pspace-complete. We go on to study the monoid of all multipermutations on an n-element domain, under usual composition of relations. We characterise its Green relations, regular elements and show that it does not admit a generating set that is polynomial on n.

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