Definition:Relation/General Definition

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Let $\ds \Bbb S = \prod_{i \mathop = 1}^n S_i = S_1 \times S_2 \times \ldots \times S_n$ be the cartesian product of $n$ sets $S_1, S_2, \ldots, S_n$.

An $n$-ary relation on $\Bbb S$ is an ordered $n + 1$-tuple $\RR$ defined as:

$\RR := \struct {S_1, S_2, \ldots, S_n, R}$

where $R$ is an arbitrary subset $R \subseteq \Bbb S$.

To indicate that $\tuple {s_1, s_2, \ldots, s_n} \in R$, we write:

$\map \RR {s_1, s_2, \ldots, s_n}$

Also see

  • Results about relations can be found here.