Definition:Initial Topology/Definition 1

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Let $X$ be a set.

Let $I$ be an indexing set.

Let $\family {\struct {Y_i, \tau_i} }_{i \mathop \in I}$ be an indexed family of topological spaces indexed by $I$.

Let $\family {f_i: X \to Y_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$ be an indexed family of mappings indexed by $I$.


$\SS = \set {f_i^{-1} \sqbrk U: i \in I, U \in \tau_i}$

where $f_i^{-1} \sqbrk U$ denotes the preimage of $U$ under $f_i$.

The topology $\tau$ on $X$ generated by $\SS$ is called the initial topology on $X$ with respect to $\family {f_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$.

Also see

  • Results about the initial topology can be found here.