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Invariant basis number property #

We say that a ring R satisfies the invariant basis number property if there is a well-defined notion of the rank of a finitely generated free (left) R-module. Since a finitely generated free module with a basis consisting of n elements is linearly equivalent to fin n → R, it is sufficient that (fin n → R) ≃ₗ[R] (fin m → R) implies n = m.

It is also useful to consider two stronger conditions, namely the rank condition, that a surjective linear map (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] (fin m → R) implies m ≤ n and the strong rank condition, that an injective linear map (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] (fin m → R) implies n ≤ m.

The strong rank condition implies the rank condition, and the rank condition implies the invariant basis number property.

Main definitions #

strong_rank_condition R is a type class stating that R satisfies the strong rank condition. rank_condition R is a type class stating that R satisfies the rank condition. invariant_basis_number R is a type class stating that R has the invariant basis number property.

Main results #

We show that every nontrivial left-noetherian ring satisfies the strong rank condition, (and so in particular every division ring or field), and then use this to show every nontrivial commutative ring has the invariant basis number property.

Future work #

We can improve these results: in fact every commutative ring satisfies the strong rank condition.

So far, there is no API at all for the invariant_basis_number class. There are several natural ways to formulate that a module M is finitely generated and free, for example M ≃ₗ[R] (fin n → R), M ≃ₗ[R] (ι → R), where ι is a fintype, or providing a basis indexed by a finite type. There should be lemmas applying the invariant basis number property to each situation.

The finite version of the invariant basis number property implies the infinite analogue, i.e., that (ι →₀ R) ≃ₗ[R] (ι' →₀ R) implies that cardinal.mk ι = cardinal.mk ι'. This fact (and its variants) should be formalized.

References #

Tags #

free module, rank, invariant basis number, IBN

@[class]
structure strong_rank_condition (R : Type u) [ring R] :
Prop

We say that R satisfies the strong rank condition if (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] (fin m → R) injective implies n ≤ m.

Instances
theorem le_of_fin_injective (R : Type u) [ring R] [strong_rank_condition R] {n m : } (f : (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] fin m → R) :
@[class]
structure rank_condition (R : Type u) [ring R] :
Prop

We say that R satisfies the rank condition if (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] (fin m → R) surjective implies m ≤ n.

Instances
theorem le_of_fin_surjective (R : Type u) [ring R] [rank_condition R] {n m : } (f : (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] fin m → R) :
@[instance]

By the universal property for free modules, any surjective map (fin n → R) →ₗ[R] (fin m → R) has an injective splitting (fin m → R) →ₗ[R] (fin n → R) from which the strong rank condition gives the necessary inequality for the rank condition.

@[class]
structure invariant_basis_number (R : Type u) [ring R] :
Prop

We say that R has the invariant basis number property if (fin n → R) ≃ₗ[R] (fin m → R) implies n = m. This gives rise to a well-defined notion of rank of a finitely generated free module.

Instances
theorem eq_of_fin_equiv (R : Type u) [ring R] [invariant_basis_number R] {n m : } :
((fin n → R) ≃ₗ[R] fin m → R)n = m
@[instance]

Any nontrivial noetherian ring satisfies the strong rank condition.

An injective map ((fin n ⊕ fin (1 + m)) → R) →ₗ[R] (fin n → R) for some left-noetherian R would force fin (1 + m) → R ≃ₗ punit (via is_noetherian.equiv_punit_of_prod_injective), which is not the case!

We want to show that nontrivial commutative rings have invariant basis number. The idea is to take a maximal ideal I of R and use an isomorphism R^n ≃ R^m of R modules to produce an isomorphism (R/I)^n ≃ (R/I)^m of R/I-modules, which will imply n = m since R/I is a field and we know that fields have invariant basis number.

We construct the isomorphism in two steps:

  1. We construct the ring R^n/I^n, show that it is an R/I-module and show that there is an isomorphism of R/I-modules R^n/I^n ≃ (R/I)^n. This isomorphism is called ideal.pi_quot_equiv and is located in the file ring_theory/ideals.lean.
  2. We construct an isomorphism of R/I-modules R^n/I^n ≃ R^m/I^m using the isomorphism R^n ≃ R^m.
@[instance]

Nontrivial commutative rings have the invariant basis number property.