Definition:Interval/Ordered Set/Left Half-Open

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

Let $a, b \in S$.

The left half-open interval between $a$ and $b$ is the set:

$\hointl a b := a^\succ \cap b^\preccurlyeq = \set {s \in S: \paren {a \prec s} \land \paren {s \preccurlyeq b} }$


$a^\succ$ denotes the strict upper closure of $a$
$b^\preccurlyeq$ denotes the lower closure of $b$.

Also defined as

Some sources, when defining a half-open interval, require that $a \preccurlyeq b$.

This is to eliminate the degenerate case where the interval is the empty set.

Also known as

A left half-open interval is also called:

a half-open on the left
a right half-closed interval
a half-closed interval on the right.

Also see

  • Results about intervals can be found here.

Technical Note

The $\LaTeX$ code for \(\hointl {a} {b}\) is \hointl {a} {b} .

This is a custom $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ command designed to implement Wirth interval notation.

The name is derived from half-open interval on the left.