# Thread: Give a set and a relation that satisfies the properties

1. Hey!! I am looking at the following:

There are the terms reflexive, symmetric, antisymmetric and transitive.
Give for each combination of the properties (if possible) a set $M$ and a relation $R$ on $M$, such that $R$ satisfies these properties.

What is meant exactly? Every possible combination? So do we have to give a set and a relation that satisfies the below properties?
• reflexive, symmetric
• reflexive, antisymmetric
• reflexive, transitive
• symmetric, antisymmetric
• symmetric, transitive
• antisymmetric, transitive
• reflexive, symmetric, antisymmetric
• reflexive, symmetric, transitive
• reflexive, antisymmetric, transitive
• symmetric, antisymmetric, transitive
• reflexive, symmetric, antisymmetric transitive   Reply With Quote

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3. Well, you have four properties so 4!= 24 possible "combinations" (25 if you include the "empty combination"- that none of those properties are true).

I think you should give special consideration to two of those properties. What must be true of a set so that it will be both "symmetric" and "anti-symmetric"?  Reply With Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy Well, you have four properties so 4!= 24 possible "combinations" (25 if you include the "empty combination"- that none of those properties are true).
Since the order of the properties doesn't matter do we not have $\binom{4}{2}+\binom{4}{3}+\binom{4}{4}=11$ combinations? Originally Posted by HallsofIvy I think you should give special consideration to two of those properties. What must be true of a set so that it will be both "symmetric" and "anti-symmetric"?
A relation R is symmetric if it holds $aRb \iff bRa$ for $a,b\in M$.
A relation R is ant-symmetric if it holds $aRb$ then it doesn't hold that $bRa$ for $a\neq b\in M$.

So this combination is not possible, right?   Reply With Quote

5. Originally Posted by HallsofIvy Well, you have four properties so 4!= 24 possible "combinations" (25 if you include the "empty combination"- that none of those properties are true).
I believe there are $2^4=16$ possible combinations of 4 properties. Originally Posted by mathmari A relation R is symmetric if it holds $aRb \iff bRa$ for $a,b\in M$.
A relation R is ant-symmetric if it holds $aRb$ then it doesn't hold that $bRa$ for $a\neq b\in M$.

So this combination is not possible, right?
It is possible.  Reply With Quote Originally Posted by Evgeny.Makarov It is possible.
Ah yes! For the empty set, right?

So do we have the following?

We consider the set $M=\{0,1,2\}$.

• reflexive, symmetric : $R=\{(0,0), (1,1), (2,2), (0,1), (1,0)\}$.
• reflexive, anti-symmetric : $R=\{(0,0), (1,1), (2,2), (0,1)\}$.
• reflexive, transitive : $R=\{(0,0), (1,1), (2,2), (0,1), (1,2), (0,2)\}$.
• symmetric, anti-symmetric : $R=\emptyset$.
• symmetric, transitive : $R=\{(0,0), (0,1), (1,0)\}$.
• anti-symmetric, transitive : $R=\{(0,0), (1,1), (0,1)\}$.
• reflexive, symmetric, anti-symmetric : $R=\emptyset$.
• reflexive, symmetric, transitive : $R=\{(0,0), (1,1), (2,2), (0,1), (1,0), (1,2),(2,1),(0,2), (2,0)\}$.
• reflexive, anti-symmetric, transitive : $R=\{(0,0), (1,1), (2,2), (0,1), (1,2),(0,2), (2,1)\}$.
• symmetric, anti-symmetric, transitive : $R=\emptyset$.
• reflexive, symmetric, anti-symmetric, transitive : $R=\emptyset$.   Reply With Quote

7. Originally Posted by mathmari For the empty set, right?
No, for any subset of the diagonal relation $\Delta=\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$.

I don't have time now to check all your answers, but as I said, there are 16 combinations, and they should be enumerated in a systematic way that makes it easy to see that nothing is missing. In your enumeration the first item "reflexive, symmetric" does not mean "reflexive, symmetric, not antisymmetric and not transitive" because this relation is transitive.  Reply With Quote Originally Posted by Evgeny.Makarov No, for any subset of the diagonal relation $\Delta=\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$.

I don't have time now to check all your answers, but as I said, there are 16 combinations, and they should be enumerated in a systematic way that makes it easy to see that nothing is missing. In your enumeration the first item "reflexive, symmetric" does not mean "reflexive, symmetric, not antisymmetric and not transitive" because this relation is transitive.
So a relation that is symmetric, anti-symmetric and transitiveis is every relation in the form $\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$, right? But the empty set satisfies also these properties, or not?   Reply With Quote

9. Originally Posted by mathmari So a relation that is symmetric, anti-symmetric and transitiveis is every relation in the form $\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$, right?
$\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$ is a fixed set. You would not say, "Any number of the form 5", right? But yes, a relation is both symmetric and antisymmetric iff it is a subset of the diagonal relation $\Delta=\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$. The empty relation is also a subset of $\Delta$ and is symmetric and antisymmetric.  Reply With Quote Originally Posted by Evgeny.Makarov $\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$ is a fixed set. You would not say, "Any number of the form 5", right? But yes, a relation is both symmetric and antisymmetric iff it is a subset of the diagonal relation $\Delta=\{(x,x)\mid x\in M\}$. The empty relation is also a subset of $\Delta$ and is symmetric and antisymmetric.
Ah ok!

So $\Delta$ is symmetric and antisymmetric and so also transitive, right?   Reply With Quote

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