# Definition:Infimum of Mapping

*This page is about infima of mappings. For other uses, see Definition:Infimum.*

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## Definition

Let $S$ be a set.

Let $ \left({T, \preceq}\right)$ be an ordered set.

Let $f: S \to T$ be a mapping from $S$ to $T$.

Let $f \left[{S}\right]$, the image of $f$, admit an infimum.

Then the **infimum** of $f$ (on $S$) is defined by:

- $\displaystyle \inf_{x \mathop \in S} f \left({x}\right) = \inf f \left[{S}\right]$

### Real-Valued Function

The **infimum of $f$ on $S$** is defined by:

- $\displaystyle \inf_{x \mathop \in S} \map f x = \inf f \sqbrk S$

where

## Also known as

Particularly in the field of analysis, the infimum of a set $T$ is often referred to as the **greatest lower bound of $T$** and denoted $\map {\operatorname {glb} } T$ or $\map {\operatorname {g.l.b.} } T$.

Some sources refer to the **infimum of a set** as the **infimum on a set**.

## Also defined as

Some sources refer to the infimum as being ** the lower bound**.

Using this convention, any element less than this is not considered to be a lower bound.

## Linguistic Note

The plural of **infimum** is **infima**, although the (incorrect) form **infimums** can occasionally be found if you look hard enough.