# Equivalence of Definitions of Initial Topology

## Theorem

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 $I$.

The following definitions of the concept of **Initial Topology** are equivalent:

### Definition 1

Let:

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

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 $\family {f_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$**.

### Definition 2

Let $\tau$ be the coarsest topology on $X$ such that each $f_i: X \to Y_i$ is $\tuple {\tau, \tau_i}$-continuous.

Then $\tau$ is known as the **initial topology on $X$ with respect to $\family {f_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$**.

## Proof

### Definition 1 Implies Definition 2

Let:

- $\SS = \set{\map {f_i^{-1}} U: i \in I, U \in \tau_i} \subseteq \map \PP X$

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

Let $\tau$ be the topology on $X$ generated by the subbase $\SS$.

#### Mappings are Continuous

Let $i \in I$.

Let $U \in \tau_i$.

Then $\map {f_i^{-1} } U$ is an element of the subbase $\SS$ of $X$, and is therefore trivially in $\tau$.

$\Box$

#### $\tau$ is the Coarsest such Topology

Let $\struct {X, \vartheta}$ be a topological space.

Let the mappings $\family {f_i: X \to Y_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$ be $\tuple {\vartheta, \tau_i}$-continuous.

Let $U \in \SS$.

Then for some $i \in I$ and some $V \in \tau_i$:

- $U = \map {f_i^{-1} } V$

By definition of the continuity of $f_i$:

- $U \in \vartheta$

From Equivalence of Definitions of Topology Generated by Synthetic Sub-Basis:

- $\tau \in \vartheta$

That is, $\tau$ is coarser than $\vartheta$.

$\Box$

### Definition 2 Implies Definition 1

Let $\tau$ be the coarsest topology on $X$ such that each $f_i: X \to Y_i$ is $\tuple{\tau, \tau_i}$-continuous.

Let:

- $\SS = \set {\map {f_i^{-1} } U: i \in I, U \in \tau_i} \subseteq \map \PP X$

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

Let $\map \tau \SS$ be the topology on $X$ generated by the subbase $\SS$.

#### $\tau$ contains Topology Generated by $\SS$

Let $i \in I$ and $U \in \tau_i$.

By definition of $\tuple{\tau, \tau_i}$-continuity:

- $\map {f_i^{-1} } U \in \tau$

Since $i \in I$ and $U \in \tau_i$ were arbitrary, then $\SS \subseteq \tau$.

From Equivalence of Definitions of Topology Generated by Synthetic Sub-Basis:

- $\map \tau \SS \subseteq \tau$

$\Box$

#### Topology Generated by $\SS$ Contains $\tau$

Let $i \in I$.

Let $U \in \tau_i$.

Then $\map {f_i^{-1} } U$ is an element of the subbase $\SS$ of $X$, and is therefore trivially in $\map \tau \SS$.

By definition of $\tuple{\map \tau \SS, \tau_i}$-continuity:

- each $f_i: X \to Y_i$ is $\tuple{\map \tau \SS, \tau_i}$-continuous

Because $\tau$ is the coarsest topology on $X$ such that each $f_i: X \to Y_i$ is $\tuple{\tau, \tau_i}$-continuous:

- $\tau \subseteq \map \tau \SS$

By definition of set equality:

- $\tau = \map \tau \SS$

$\blacksquare$