On meet and join matrices on A-sets and related sets

Ismo Korkee
Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics, ISSN 1310-5132
Volume 10, 2004, Number 3, Pages 57—67
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Ismo Korkee
Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Philosophy, University of Tampere
FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland


Let (P, ∧) be a meet-semilattice and let S = {x1, x2, …, xn} be a subset of P. We say that S is an A-set if A = {xixj | xixj} is a chain. For example, chains and a-sets (with A = {a}) are known trivial A-sets. The meet matrix (S)f on S with respect to a function f : PC is defined as ((S)f)ij = f(xixj).We present a recursive structure theorem for meet matrices on A-sets and thus obtain a recursive formula for det(S)f and for (S)f−1 on A-sets. The recursive formulae also yield explicit formulae, e.g. the known determinant and inverse formulae on chains and a-sets. We also present the dual forms of our results, i.e. the determinant formulae and the inverse formulae for join matrices on join-semilattices. Finally, we suggest how our results can be generalized to more complicated cases.

As special cases these results hold also for GCD and LCM matrices and for their unitary analogies GCUD and LCUM matrices.


  • Meet matrix
  • Join matrix
  • Determinant
  • Inverse matrix
  • Asets
  • GCD matrix
  • LCM matrix

AMS Classification

  • 11C20
  • 15A09
  • 15A15


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Korkee, I. (2004). On meet and join matrices on A-sets and related sets. Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics, 10(3), 57-67.

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