Largest 2-generated subsemigroups of the symmetric inverse semigroup

J. M. Andre, V. H. Fernandes, J. D. Mitchell

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The symmetric inverse monoid I-n,, is the set of all partial permutations of an n-element set. The largest possible size of a 2-generated subsemigroup of I-n is determined. Examples of semigroups with these sizes are given. Consequently, if M(n) denotes this maximum, it is shown that M(n)vertical bar I-n vertical bar -> 1 as n -> infinity. Furthermore, we deduce the known fact that I-n embeds as a local submonoid of an inverse 2-generated subsemigroup of In+1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-561
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • inverse semigroups
  • generators
  • subsemigroups


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