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A \emph{partial semigroup} is a structure $\mathbf{A}=\langle A,\cdot\rangle$, where | A \emph{partial semigroup} is a structure $\mathbf{A}=\langle A,\cdot\rangle$, where | ||

- | $\cdot$ is a \emph{partial binary operation}, i.e., $\cdot: A\times A\to A+\{*\})$ and | + | $\cdot$ is a \emph{partial binary operation}, i.e., $\cdot: A\times A\to A+\{*\}$ and |

$\cdot$ is \emph{associative}: $(x\cdot y)\cdot z\ne *$ or $x\cdot (y\cdot z)\ne *$ imply $(x\cdot y)\cdot z=x\cdot (y\cdot z)$. | $\cdot$ is \emph{associative}: $(x\cdot y)\cdot z\ne *$ or $x\cdot (y\cdot z)\ne *$ imply $(x\cdot y)\cdot z=x\cdot (y\cdot z)$. | ||

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====Basic results==== | ====Basic results==== | ||

+ | Partial semigroups can be identified with [[semigroups with zero]] since for any partial semigroup $A$ we can define a semigroup $A_0=A\cup\{0\}$ (assuming $0\notin A$) | ||

+ | and extend the operation on $A$ to $A_0$ by $0x=0=x0$ for all $x\in A$. Conversely, given a semigroup with zero, say $B$, define a partial semigroup | ||

+ | $A=B\setminus\{0\}$ and for $x,y\in A$ let $xy=*$ if $xy=0$ in $B$. These two maps are inverses of each other. | ||

+ | However, the category of partial semigroups is not the same as the category of semigroups with zero since the morphisms differ. | ||

====Properties==== | ====Properties==== |

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