Derivations and relation modules for inverse semigroups

Nicholas David Gilbert

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We define the derivation module for a homomorphism of inverse semigroups, generalizing a construction for groups due to
Crowell. For a presentation map from a free inverse semigroup, we can then define its relation module as the kernel of
a canonical map from the derivation module to the augmentation module. The constructions are analogues of the first steps
in the Gruenberg resolution obtained from a group presentation. We give a new proof of the characterization
of inverse monoids of cohomological dimension zero, and find a class of examples of inverse semigroups of cohomological
dimension one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalAlgebra and Discrete Mathematics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Inverse semigroup
  • cohomology
  • derivation
  • relation module


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