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Unsure of how this is read

  1. Jan 10, 2015 #1
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    Hi, the problem is, I'm unsure of how this is read. The context is that I'm currently reading on group homomorphisms and they use this notation. I think it is also used in composition of functions, but I'm unsure of how it is read there as well.


    So how would I say h:X-->Y?

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    Searched for a significant time span.
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  3. Jan 10, 2015 #2

    Stephen Tashi

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    "h:X-->Y" means "h is a function with domain X and codomain Y"

    People read this informally in various ways:

    or "h is a function mapping X into Y"

    or "h is a function from X into Y"

    or "h maps X into Y"
  4. Jan 10, 2015 #3
    Thank you so much.
  5. Jan 11, 2015 #4


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    Since you are "reading on group homomorphisms" you might interpret that as meaning "h is a homomorphism from group X to group Y".
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