# Isotopy (in algebra)

*For other meanings of the term see the disambiguation page Isotopy*.

A relation on the class of all magmas defined by binary operations on a given set $M$. Namely, two operations $(M,{\cdot})$ and $(M,{\circ})$ are called isotopic if there exist permutations $\rho$, $\sigma$ and $\tau$ of $M$ such that for any $a,b\in M$,
$$
a\circ b=(a\rho\cdot b\sigma)\tau \ .
$$

The isotopy relation is an equivalence relation for the binary operations on $M$. An isomorphism of two binary operations defined on the same set is a special case of an isotopy (with $\rho=\sigma=\tau^{-1}$). An isotopy is called *principal* if $\tau$ is the identity permutation. Every isotope (i.e. isotopic magma) of a magma is isomorphic to a principal isotope of the magma. Every magma that is isotopic to a quasi-group is itself a quasi-group. Every quasi-group is isotopic to some loop (Albert's theorem). If a loop (in particular, a group) is isotopic to some group, then they are isomorphic. If a magma with identity is isotopic to a semi-group, then they are isomorphic, that is, they are both semi-groups with identity.

#### References

[1] | A.G. Kurosh, "Lectures on general algebra" , Chelsea (1963) (Translated from Russian) |

[a1] | R.H. Bruck, "A survey of binary systems" , Springer (1971) |

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