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 Exercise [16.10] 
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Post Exercise [16.10]
Let "a" be a mapping from B to A and "b" be another map from A to B.
Our aim is to find a 1-1 onto map from A to B. Assume 'a' and 'b' are into functions for if 'a' was onto then 'a~' ('a' inverse) would do the job and if 'b' was onto then it would itself be the required function.
Now apply a~ to A (if possible),then b~ to a~A(if possible),then again a~ to b~a~A and so on...Such a sequence of steps will either continue forever or will terminate.If it terminates,it would do so in either an even or an odd number of steps.Hence, A can be partitioned into 3 disjoint classes whose union is A.Call them as follows;
A(inf) : infinte number of steps to terminate,
A(even): even number of steps, and
A(odd): odd number of steps.
Similarly divide B into B(inf),B(even) and B(odd).
We see that b maps A(inf) onto B(inf),A(even) onto B(odd) and a~ maps A(odd) onto B(even).Now define a function 'f' such that

f(x)= b(x) if x belongs to A(inf) or A(even)
f(x)= a~(x) if x belongs to A(odd)

which is the reqd. one to one onto function.


02 Apr 2008, 08:01

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Post Re: Exercise [16.10]
Here's an illustration for the solution of Sameed Zahoor:
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20 Aug 2010, 14:57

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Post Re: Exercise [16.10]
Actually, with all due respect to J. Beckmann for his effort, I think there's a clearer way to diagrammatically represent the solution to this exercise. (Attached).


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