# Definition:Endorelation

## Contents

## Definition

Let $S \times S$ be the cartesian product of a set or class $S$ with itself.

Let $\mathcal R$ be a relation on $S \times S$.

Then $\mathcal R$ is referred to as an **endorelation on $S$**.

An **endorelation** can be defined as the ordered triple:

- $\mathcal R = \tuple {S, S, R}$

where $R \subseteq S \times S$.

### General Definition

An $n$-ary relation $\mathcal R$ on a cartesian space $S^n$ is an **$n$-ary endorelation on $S$**:

- $\mathcal R = \left({S, S, \ldots, S, R}\right)$

where $R \subseteq S^n$.

## Also known as

The term **endorelation** is rarely seen. Once it is established that the domain and codomain of a given relation are the same set, further comment is rarely needed.

An **endorelation** is also called a **relation in $S$**, or a **relation on $S$**. The latter term is discouraged, though, because it can also mean a left-total relation, and confusion can arise.

Some sources use the term **binary relation** exclusively to refer to a **binary endorelation**.

Some sources, for example 1974: P.M. Cohn: *Algebra: Volume 1*, use the term **relation** for what is defined here as an **endorelation**, and a relation defined as a general ordered triple of sets: $\tuple {S, T, R \subseteq S \times T}$ is called a **correspondence**.

As this can cause confusion with the usage of correspondence to mean a relation which is both left-total and right-total, it is recommended that this is not used.

## Examples

### Arbitrary Relation

Let $V_0 = \set {a, b, c}$.

A possible endorelation on $V_0$ is:

- $R = \set {\tuple {a, a}, \tuple {b, b}, \tuple {b, c}, \tuple {c, b} }$

### Properties of Arbitrary Relation: 1

Let $V = \set {u, v, w, x}$.

Let $E$ be the relation on $V$ defined as:

- $E = \set {\tuple {u, v}, \tuple {v, u}, \tuple {v, w}, \tuple {w, v} }$

Then $E$ is:

### Properties of Arbitrary Relation: 2

Let $V = \set {a, b, c, d}$.

Let $R$ be the relation on $V$ defined as:

- $E = \set {\tuple {a, a}, \tuple {a, b}, \tuple {a, c}, \tuple {a, d}, \tuple {b, b}, \tuple {b, c}, \tuple {b, d}, \tuple {c, c}, \tuple {c, d}, \tuple {d, d} }$

Then $E$ is:

### Properties of Arbitrary Relation: 3

Let $V = \set {a, b, c, d}$.

Let $R$ be the relation on $V$ defined as:

- $r = \set {\tuple {a, a}, \tuple {a, b}, \tuple {b, b}, \tuple {b, c}, \tuple {c, b}, \tuple {c, c} }$

Then $E$ is:

## Also see

- Results about
**endorelations**can be found here.

## Sources

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