THE LATTICE OF ALTER EGOS Academic Article uri icon


  • We introduce a new Galois connection for partial operations on a finite set, which induces a natural quasi-order on the collection of all partial algebras on this set. The quasi-order is compatible with the basic concepts of natural duality theory, and we use it to turn the set of all alter egos of a given finite algebra into a doubly algebraic lattice. The Galois connection provides a framework for us to develop further the theory of natural dualities for partial algebras. The development unifies several fundamental concepts from duality theory and reveals a new understanding of full dualities, particularly at the finite level.

publication date

  • February 2012