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It is shown that, if two bounded distributive lattices satisfy the join-infinite distributive law (JID), then their coproduct also satisfies this law. In 1986, Yaqub proved that generalized Post algebras with a finite lattice of constants satisfy JID, and stated that, in general, it is not known whether a generalized Post algebra satisfies JID when its lattice of constants satisfies JID. In this note, the statement is proved.

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Let k ≥ 1. A Sperner k-family is a maximum-sized subset of a finite poset that contains no chain with k + 1 elements. In 1976 Greene and Kleitman defined a lattice-ordering on the set Sk (P) of Sperner k-families of a fifinite poset P and posed the problem: “Characterize and interpret the join- and meet-irreducible elements of Sk (P),” adding, “This has apparently not been done even for the case k = 1.”

In this article, the case k = 1 is done.

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Proctor and Scoppetta conjectured that

  • (1) there exists an infinite locally finite poset that satisfies their conditions VT and NTC but not SIS;

  • (2) there exists an infinite locally finite poset satisfying their conditions D3-C and D3MF but not both VT and FT; and

  • (3) there exists an infinite locally finite poset satisfying their conditions D3-C and D3MD but not NCC.

In this note, the conjecture of Proctor and Scoppetta, which is related to d-complete posets, is proven.

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Problem 2 of Welsh’s 1976 text Matroid Theory, asking for criteria telling when two families of sets have a common transversal, is solved.

Another unsolved problem in the text Matroid Theory, on whether the “join” of two non-decreasing submodular functions is submodular, is answered in the negative. This resolves an issue first raised by Pym and Perfect in 1970.

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Grätzer and Lakser asked in the 1971 Transactions of the American Mathematical Society if the pseudocomplemented distributive lattices in the amalgamation class of the subvariety generated by 2 n ⊕ 1 can be characterized by the property of not having a * homomorphism onto 2 i ⊕ 1 for 1 < i < n.

In this article, this question is answered.

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