By Sik Kim Hee, Joseph Neggers

An creation to the speculation of partially-ordered units, or "posets". The textual content is gifted in relatively a casual demeanour, with examples and computations, which depend upon the Hasse diagram to construct graphical instinct for the constitution of countless posets. The proofs of a small variety of theorems is integrated within the appendix. vital examples, specifically the Letter N poset, which performs a task corresponding to that of the Petersen graph in offering a candidate counterexample to many propositions, are used time and again through the textual content.

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Any chain (antichain) can be represented on the straight line whose slope is positive (negative) in the plane. y y •• •• • •• • •• • 0 •• •• •• 0 X chain X antichain ',,< c -. :: ' ( ,•' / b / ~~~ ' . _ ______ _ _____________ ',, •, X 41 We may put the point a anywhere in the plane, while the point b should be located in the future of a, since a :S b. Next, since b :S c and b :S d, the points c and d should be located in the future of b. Also, since they are incomparable we put these two points on the dotted line which is perpendicular to the dotted line connecting the points a and b.

The basic idea of an interval order is as follows: Let (X,:::;) be a poset with x, y EX. Then two points are either comparable or incomparable. To each point x of (X,:::;) we assign a closed interval I(x) := [i(x), t(x)] on the straight line in the plane. , I(x) n I(y) = 0 and I(x) is to the left of I(y). Using this notion we can represent chains and antichains as follows: 26 l [ l [ [ l [ l l H chain antichain For another example, we start with a letter N poset and represent it as an interval order.

Ft := {(1,1),(2,2),(3,3)} and the othe< hand, ! 1, h := I><1 {(1,1),(2,3),(3,2)}. On ! ~ 4. To find the number of automorphisms of a poset (X,::;) we provide another equivalent statement for "Poset isomorphism". It is more convenient to use in checking whether a particular function is an isomorphism or not. Let f be a one-to-one order preserving mapping from a poset (X, :S) onto a poset (Y, s'). Then f is an isomorphism if and only if, for every two elements x andy of (X,::;), x:S;y if and only if f(x) s' f(y) or equivalently, if for every two elements x and y of (X, S), x