Revision as of 12:37, 8 March 2009 by imported>David E. Volk
In abstract algebra, pointwise operation is a way of extending an operation defined on an algebraic struture to a set of functions taking values in that structure.
If O is an n-ary operator on a set S, written in functional notation, and F is a set of functions from A to S, then the pointwise extension of O to F is the operator, also written O, defined on n-tuples of functions in F with value a function from A to S, as follows
In the common case of a binary operation , written now in operator notation, we can write
For specific operations such as addition and multiplication the phrases "pointwise addition", "pointwise multiplication" are often used to denote their pointwise extension.