, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 253-271

The finite embeddability property for residuated lattices, pocrims and BCK-algebras

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A class of algebras has the finite embeddability property (FEP) if every finite partial subalgebra of an algebra in the class can be embedded into a finite algebra in the class. We investigate the relationship of the FEP with the finite model property (FMP) and strong finite model property (SFMP).¶ For quasivarieties the FEP and the SFMP are equivalent, and for quasivarieties with equationally definable principal relative congruences the three notions FEP, FMP and SFMP are equivalent. The variety of intuitionistic linear algebras –which is known to have the FMP–fails to have the FEP, and hence the SFMP as well. The variety of integral intuitionistic linear algebras (also known as the variety of residuated lattices) does possess the FEP, and hence also the SFMP. Similarly contrasting statements hold for various subreduct classes. In particular, the quasivarieties of pocrims and of BCK-algebras possess the FEP. As a consequence, the universal theories of the classes of residuated lattices, pocrims and BCK-algebras are decidable.

Received February 16, 2001; accepted in final form November 2, 2001.
ID="h1"The second author was supported by a postdoctoral research fellowship of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.