A relation algebra is bifunctional-elementary if it is atomic and for any atom a, the element a;1;a is the join of at most two atoms, and one of these atoms is bifunctional (an element x is bifunctional if x;x̌ + x̌ ;x ≤ 1'). We show that bifunctional-elementary relation algebras are representable. Our proof combines the representation theorems for: pair-dense relation algebras given by R. Maddux; relation algebras generated by equivalence elements provided corresponding relativizations are representable by S. Givant; and strong-elementary relation algebras dealt with in our earlier work. It turns out that atomic pair-dense relation algebras are bifunctional elementary, showing that our theorem generalizes the representation theorem of atomic pair-dense relation algebras. The problem is still open whether the related classes of rather elementary, functional-elementary, and strong functional-elementary relation algebras are representable.
- Relation algebras
- Representable relation algebras
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Algebra and Number Theory