Injective maps

Content created by Fredrik Bakke, Egbert Rijke and Jonathan Prieto-Cubides.

Created on 2023-02-01.
Last modified on 2024-04-11.

module foundation-core.injective-maps where
open import foundation.action-on-identifications-functions
open import foundation.dependent-pair-types
open import foundation.universe-levels

open import foundation-core.contractible-types
open import foundation-core.embeddings
open import foundation-core.equivalences
open import foundation-core.function-types
open import foundation-core.homotopies
open import foundation-core.identity-types
open import foundation-core.retractions
open import foundation-core.sections


A map f : A → B is injective if f x = f y implies x = y.


The notion of injective map is, however, not homotopically coherent. It is fine to use injectivity for maps between sets, but for maps between general types it is recommended to use the notion of embedding.


is-injective : {l1 l2 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2}  (A  B)  UU (l1  l2)
is-injective {l1} {l2} {A} {B} f = {x y : A}  f x  f y  x  y

injection : {l1 l2 : Level} (A : UU l1) (B : UU l2)  UU (l1  l2)
injection A B = Σ (A  B) is-injective


The identity function is injective

is-injective-id : {l1 : Level} {A : UU l1}  is-injective (id {A = A})
is-injective-id p = p

id-injection : {l1 : Level} {A : UU l1}  injection A A
pr1 id-injection = id
pr2 id-injection = is-injective-id


If a composite is injective, then so is its right factor

module _
  {l1 l2 l3 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} {C : UU l3}

  is-injective-right-factor :
    (g : B  C) (h : A  B) 
    is-injective (g  h)  is-injective h
  is-injective-right-factor g h is-inj-gh p = is-inj-gh (ap g p)

  is-injective-top-map-triangle :
    (f : A  C) (g : B  C) (h : A  B) (H : f ~ (g  h)) 
    is-injective f  is-injective h
  is-injective-top-map-triangle f g h H is-inj-f {x} {x'} p =
    is-inj-f {x} {x'} ((H x)  ((ap g p)  (inv (H x'))))

Injective maps are closed under composition

module _
  {l1 l2 l3 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} {C : UU l3}

  is-injective-comp :
    {g : B  C} {h : A  B} 
    is-injective h  is-injective g  is-injective (g  h)
  is-injective-comp is-inj-h is-inj-g = is-inj-h  is-inj-g

  is-injective-left-map-triangle :
    (f : A  C) (g : B  C) (h : A  B)  f ~ (g  h) 
    is-injective h  is-injective g  is-injective f
  is-injective-left-map-triangle f g h H is-inj-h is-inj-g {x} {x'} p =
    is-inj-h (is-inj-g ((inv (H x))  (p  (H x'))))

Equivalences are injective

module _
  {l1 l2 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2}

  is-injective-is-equiv : {f : A  B}  is-equiv f  is-injective f
  is-injective-is-equiv {f} H =
    is-injective-retraction f (retraction-is-equiv H)

  is-injective-equiv : (e : A  B)  is-injective (map-equiv e)
  is-injective-equiv e = is-injective-is-equiv (is-equiv-map-equiv e)

  is-injective-map-inv-equiv :
    {l1 l2 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} (e : A  B) 
    is-injective (map-inv-equiv e)
  is-injective-map-inv-equiv e =
    is-injective-is-equiv (is-equiv-map-inv-equiv e)

Injective maps that have a section are equivalences

module _
  {l1 l2 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2}

  is-equiv-is-injective : {f : A  B}  section f  is-injective f  is-equiv f
  is-equiv-is-injective {f} (pair g G) H =
    is-equiv-is-invertible g G  x  H (G (f x)))

Any embedding is injective

module _
  {l1 l2 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2}

  is-injective-is-emb : {f : A  B}  is-emb f  is-injective f
  is-injective-is-emb is-emb-f {x} {y} = map-inv-is-equiv (is-emb-f x y)

  is-injective-emb : (e : A  B)  is-injective (map-emb e)
  is-injective-emb e {x} {y} = map-inv-is-equiv (is-emb-map-emb e x y)

Any map out of a contractible type is injective

is-injective-is-contr :
  {l1 l2 : Level} {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} (f : A  B) 
  is-contr A  is-injective f
is-injective-is-contr f H p = eq-is-contr H

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