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For a monoid, if uv = 1, do we know vu = 1?

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May28-09, 10:58 PM
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If [itex]M[/itex] is a monoid and [itex]u,v\in M[/itex], and [itex]uv = 1[/itex], do we know [itex]vu = 1[/itex]? Can someone prove this or provide a counterexample? I tried to come up with one (a counterexample, that is) using 2 x 2 matrices but was unsuccessful.
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May29-09, 10:55 AM
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[tex] uv=1[/tex]
If there exists a w such that:
Then by associativity:
Thus if such a w exists it must be u.

This isn't quite enough but I can't find a short proof either. I'll think on it.
matt grime
May29-09, 12:49 PM
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The canonical example is left and right shift of a sequence or countable dimensional vector space.

L(a,b,c,d,...) = (b,c,d,....)


LR=id, and RL=/=id.

You won't find one in 2x2 matrices - the invertible ones form a group, so there's no point looking.

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