Talk:Relation (mathematics)

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Convert to overview of relations[edit]

02-May-09: The page should be converted into a short overview of the topic, as already named appropriately, to describe "Relation (mathematics)". -Wikid77 (talk) 03:48, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Merge directed relation[edit]

02-May-09: I suggest merging small sub-articles, such as "directed relation", into the article "relation (mathematics)" but rewritten as a short general introduction to relations, with small sections to explain various types of mathematical relations, and links to the larger sub-articles. If the page "relation (mathematics)" were treated as merely a disambiguation page, then each small sub-article (remaining stubs for 2 years) would have no place to be merged. Instead, the page "relation (mathematics)" should be rewritten as a short introduction to relations, with small sections to explain various types of mathematical relations (allowing text to be merged onto that page). -Wikid77 (talk) 03:48, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

I found two such articles and disposed of them differently. The problem I see with your approach is that it would deal almost exclusively with binary relations. The current article is a tiny content fork of finitary relation and binary relation, and we should solve this problem, rather than making it even worse. --Hans Adler (talk) 23:41, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
I just looked at the history of the current article. I wasn't aware that you had only recently taken the redirect and turned it into this list. Since this is a fresh content fork, I am reverting this bold move now, per WP:BRD. --Hans Adler (talk) 13:53, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
Just to clarify in case you are not aware: All but two of the links in your list are to articles on properties that a binary relation may or may not have. The remaining links were for binary relations in general, and for the more general finitary relations. In mathematics, "relation" almost always refers to finitary relations, but most of the incoming links (except for those from Template:Logic, which I just updated) will always be for binary relations.
I think I agree with your idea to write an article about properties of binary relations. But it should be a sub-article of Binary relation, probably the "main article" for Binary relation#Relations over a set. --Hans Adler (talk) 14:07, 15 May 2009 (UTC)