Convex Set Characterization (Order Theory)

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Let $\struct {S, \preceq, \tau}$ be an ordered set.

Let $C \subseteq S$.

The following statements are equivalent:

\((1)\)   $:$   $C$ is convex.      
\((2)\)   $:$   $C$ is the intersection of an upper section with a lower section.      
\((3)\)   $:$   $C$ is the intersection of its upper closure with its lower closure.      


$(2)$ implies $(1)$

Follows from Upper Section is Convex, Lower Section is Convex, and Intersection of Convex Sets is Convex Set (Order Theory).


$(1)$ implies $(3)$

Let $C$ be a convex set in $S$.

Let $U$ and $L$ be the upper and lower closures of $C$, respectively.

Since $C \subseteq U$ and $C \subseteq L$:

$C \subseteq U \cap L$.

Let $p \in U \cap L$.

Then $a \preceq p \preceq b$ for some $a, b \in C$.

Since $C$ is convex, $p \in C$.

Since this holds for all $p \in U \cap L$:

$U \cap L \subseteq C$.

Since we know that $C \subseteq U \cap L$, $C = U \cap L$.


$(3)$ implies $(2)$

Follows from Upper Closure is Upper Section and Lower Closure is Lower Section.