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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 31, Issue 5, Pages 301-305

On incidence algebras and directed graphs

Department of Mathematics, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirapally 686512, Kerala, India

Received 20 June 2001

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The incidence algebra I(X,) of a locally finite poset (X,) has been defined and studied by Spiegel and O'Donnell (1997). A poset (V,) has a directed graph (Gv,) representing it. Conversely, any directed graph G without any cycle, multiple edges, and loops is represented by a partially ordered set VG. So in this paper, we define an incidence algebra I(G,) for (G,) over , the ring of integers, by I(G,)={fi,fi*:V×V} where fi(u,v) denotes the number of directed paths of length i from u to v and fi*(u,v)=fi(u,v). When G is finite of order n, I(G,) is isomorphic to a subring of Mn(). Principal ideals Iv of (V,) induce the subdigraphs Iv which are the principal ideals v of (Gv,). They generate the ideals I(v,) of I(G,). These results are extended to the incidence algebra of the digraph representing a locally finite weak poset both bounded and unbounded.