We investigate the structure of lattice-preserving homomorphisms of free lattice-ordered Abelian groups to the ordered group of integers. For any lattice-ordered group, a choice of generators induces on such homomorphisms a partial commutative monoid canonically embedded into a direct product of the group of integers. Free lattice-ordered Abelian groups can be characterised in terms of this dual object and its embedding. For finite sets of generators, we obtain the stronger result: a lattice-ordered Abelian group is free on a finite generating set if and only if the generators make Z-valued homomorphisms a free Abelian group of finite rank. One of the main points of the paper is that all results are proved in an entirely elementary and self-contained manner. To achieve this end, we give a short new proof of the standard result of Weinberg that free lattice-ordered Abelian groups have enough Z-valued homomorphisms. The argument uses the ultrasimplicial property of ordered Abelian groups, first established by Elliott in a different connection. The paper is made self-contained by a new proof of Elliott's result.
|Titolo:||Weinberg's theorem, Elliott's ultrasimplicial property, and a characterisation of free lattice-ordered Abelian groups|
MARRA, VINCENZO (Primo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore INF/01 - Informatica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||mag-2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1515/FORUM.2008.025|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|