Definition:Sub-Basis/Analytic Sub-Basis

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Let $\struct {S, \tau}$ be a topological space.

Let $\SS \subseteq \tau$.


$\displaystyle \BB = \set {\bigcap \FF: \FF \subseteq \SS, \FF \text{ is finite} }$

That is, $\BB$ is the set of all finite intersections of sets in $\SS$.

Note that $\FF$ is allowed to be empty in the above definition.


$\displaystyle \tau' = \set {\bigcup \AA: \AA \subseteq \BB}$

Suppose that $\tau \subseteq \tau'$.

That is, suppose that every $U \in \tau$ is a union of finite intersections of sets in $\SS$, together with $\O$ and $S$ itself.

Then $\SS$ is called an analytic sub-basis for $\tau$.

Also known as

Some sources do not distinguish between an analytic sub-basis and a synthetic sub-basis, and instead use this definition and call it a sub-basis.

Some sources do not hyphenate sub-basis but instead render it as subbasis.

Some sources use the term sub-base (or subbase).

Also see

  • Results about Sub-Bases can be found here.

Linguistic Note

The plural of sub-basis is sub-bases.

This is properly pronounced sub-bay-seez, rather than sub-bay-siz, deriving as it does from the Greek plural form of nouns ending -is.