# generalization of a pseudometric

Let $X$ be a set. Let $d:X\times X\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function with the property that $d(x,y)\geq 0$ for all $x,y\in X$. Then $d$ is a

1. 1.

semi-pseudometric if $d(x,y)=d(y,x)$ for all $x,y\in X$,

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quasi-pseudometric if $d(x,z)\leq d(x,y)+d(y,z)$ for all $x,y,z\in X$.

$X$ equipped with a function $d$ described above is called a semi-pseudometric space or a quasi-pseudometric space, depending on whether $d$ is a semi-pseudometric or a quasi-pseudometric. A pseudometric is the same as a semi-pseudometric that is a quasi-pseudometric at the same time.

If $d$ satisfies the property that $d(x,y)=0$ implies $x=y$, then $d$ is called a semi-metric if $d$ is a semi-pseudometric, or a quasi-metric if $d$ is a quasi-pseudometric.

 Title generalization  of a pseudometric Canonical name GeneralizationOfAPseudometric Date of creation 2013-03-22 16:43:06 Last modified on 2013-03-22 16:43:06 Owner CWoo (3771) Last modified by CWoo (3771) Numerical id 6 Author CWoo (3771) Entry type Definition Classification msc 54E35 Synonym semipseudometric Synonym quasipseudometric Synonym semipseudometric space Synonym quasipseudometric space Related topic semimetric Related topic quasimetric Related topic GeneralizationOfAUniformity Defines semi-pseudometric space Defines quasi-pseudometric space Defines semi-pseudometric Defines quasi-pseudometric