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mathematics
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, an embedding (or imbedding) is one instance of some mathematical structure
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contained within another instance, such as a group that is a subgroup
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When some object $X$ is said to be embedded in another object $Y$, the embedding is given by some injective and structure-preserving map $f:X\backslash rightarrow\; Y$. The precise meaning of "structure-preserving" depends on the kind of mathematical structure of which $X$ and $Y$ are instances. In the terminology of category theory
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, a structure-preserving map is called a morphism
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.
The fact that a map $f:X\backslash rightarrow\; Y$ is an embedding is often indicated by the use of a "hooked arrow" (); thus: $f\; :\; X\; \backslash hookrightarrow\; Y.$ (On the other hand, this notation is sometimes reserved for inclusion maps.)
Given $X$ and $Y$, several different embeddings of $X$ in $Y$ may be possible. In many cases of interest there is a standard (or "canonical") embedding, like those of the natural number
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s in the integer
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s, the integers in the rational number
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s, the rational numbers in the real number
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s, and the real numbers in the complex number
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s. In such cases it is common to identify the domain $X$ with its image
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$f(X)$ contained in $Y$, so that $f(X)\backslash subseteq\; Y$.
Topology and geometry

General topology

Ingeneral topology
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, an embedding is a homeomorphism
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onto its image. More explicitly, an injective continuous map $f\; :\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ between topological space
In mathematics, a topological space is, roughly speaking, a geometrical space in which closeness is defined but cannot necessarily be measured by a numeric distance. More specifically, a topological space is a set whose elements are called poi ...

s $X$ and $Y$ is a topological embedding if $f$ yields a homeomorphism between $X$ and $f(X)$ (where $f(X)$ carries the subspace topology
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inherited from $Y$). Intuitively then, the embedding $f\; :\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ lets us treat $X$ as a subspace of $Y$. Every embedding is injective and continuous. Every map that is injective, continuous and either open or closed is an embedding; however there are also embeddings which are neither open nor closed. The latter happens if the image $f(X)$ is neither an open set
In mathematics, open sets are a generalization of open intervals in the real line.
In a metric space (a set along with a distance defined between any two points), open sets are the sets that, with every point , contain all points that are s ...

nor a closed set
In geometry, topology, and related branches of mathematics, a closed set is a set whose complement is an open set. In a topological space, a closed set can be defined as a set which contains all its limit points. In a complete metric space, a ...

in $Y$.
For a given space $Y$, the existence of an embedding $X\; \backslash to\; Y$ is a topological invariant
In topology and related areas of mathematics, a topological property or topological invariant is a property of a topological space that is invariant under homeomorphisms. Alternatively, a topological property is a proper class of topological spa ...

of $X$. This allows two spaces to be distinguished if one is able to be embedded in a space while the other is not.
Related definitions

If the domain of a function $f\; :\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ is atopological space
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then the function is said to be ' if there exists some neighborhood
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$U$ of this point such that the restriction $f\backslash big\backslash vert\_U\; :\; U\; \backslash to\; Y$ is injective. It is called ' if it is locally injective around every point of its domain. Similarly, a ' is a function for which every point in its domain has some neighborhood to which its restriction is a (topological, resp. smooth) embedding.
Every injective function is locally injective but not conversely. Local diffeomorphisms, local homeomorphisms, and smooth immersions are all locally injective functions that are not necessarily injective. The inverse function theorem
In mathematics, specifically differential calculus, the inverse function theorem gives a sufficient condition for a function to be invertible in a neighborhood of a point in its domain: namely, that its ''derivative is continuous and non-zero at t ...

gives a sufficient condition for a continuously differentiable function to be (among other things) locally injective. Every fiber of a locally injective function $f\; :\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ is necessarily a discrete subspace of its domain $X.$
Differential topology

Indifferential topology
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Let $M$ and $N$ be smooth manifold
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s and $f:M\backslash to\; N$ be a smooth map. Then $f$ is called an immersion if its derivative
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is everywhere injective. An embedding, or a smooth embedding, is defined to be an immersion which is an embedding in the topological sense mentioned above (i.e. homeomorphism
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onto its image).
In other words, the domain of an embedding is diffeomorphic to its image, and in particular the image of an embedding must be a submanifold
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. An immersion is precisely a local embedding, i.e. for any point $x\backslash in\; M$ there is a neighborhood $x\backslash in\; U\backslash subset\; M$ such that $f:U\backslash to\; N$ is an embedding.
When the domain manifold is compact, the notion of a smooth embedding is equivalent to that of an injective immersion.
An important case is $N\; =\; \backslash mathbb^n$. The interest here is in how large $n$ must be for an embedding, in terms of the dimension $m$ of $M$. The Whitney embedding theorem
In mathematics, particularly in differential topology, there are two Whitney embedding theorems, named after Hassler Whitney:
*The strong Whitney embedding theorem states that any smooth real - dimensional manifold (required also to be Hausd ...

states that $n\; =\; 2m$ is enough, and is the best possible linear bound. For example, the real projective space
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$RP^m$ of dimension $m$, where $m$ is a power of two, requires $n\; =\; 2m$ for an embedding. However, this does not apply to immersions; for instance, $RP^2$ can be immersed in $\backslash mathbb^3$ as is explicitly shown by Boy's surface—which has self-intersections. The Roman surface fails to be an immersion as it contains cross-caps.
An embedding is proper if it behaves well with respect to boundaries: one requires the map $f:\; X\; \backslash rightarrow\; Y$ to be such that
*$f(\backslash partial\; X)\; =\; f(X)\; \backslash cap\; \backslash partial\; Y$, and
*$f(X)$ is transverse to $\backslash partial\; Y$ in any point of $f(\backslash partial\; X)$.
The first condition is equivalent to having $f(\backslash partial\; X)\; \backslash subseteq\; \backslash partial\; Y$ and $f(X\; \backslash setminus\; \backslash partial\; X)\; \backslash subseteq\; Y\; \backslash setminus\; \backslash partial\; Y$. The second condition, roughly speaking, says that $f(X)$ is not tangent to the boundary of $Y$.
Riemannian and pseudo-Riemannian geometry

In Riemannian geometry and pseudo-Riemannian geometry: Let $(M,g)$ and $(N,h)$ beRiemannian manifold
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s or more generally pseudo-Riemannian manifold
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s.
An isometric embedding is a smooth embedding $f:M\backslash rightarrow\; N$ which preserves the (pseudo-) metric in the sense that $g$ is equal to the pullback of $h$ by $f$, i.e. $g=f*h$. Explicitly, for any two tangent vectors $v,w\backslash in\; T\_x(M)$ we have
:$g(v,w)=h(df(v),df(w)).$
Analogously, isometric immersion is an immersion between (pseudo)-Riemannian manifolds which preserves the (pseudo)-Riemannian metrics.
Equivalently, in Riemannian geometry, an isometric embedding (immersion) is a smooth embedding (immersion) which preserves length of curve
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s (cf. Nash embedding theorem).Nash J., ''The embedding problem for Riemannian manifolds,'' Ann. of Math. (2), 63 (1956), 20–63.
Algebra

In general, for an algebraic category $C$, an embedding between two $C$-algebraic structures $X$ and $Y$ is a $C$-morphism that is injective.Field theory

In field theory, an embedding of a field $E$ in a field $F$ is a ring homomorphism . Thekernel
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of $\backslash sigma$ is an ideal
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of $E$ which cannot be the whole field $E$, because of the condition . Furthermore, it is a well-known property of fields that their only ideals are the zero ideal and the whole field itself. Therefore, the kernel is $0$, so any embedding of fields is a monomorphism
In the context of abstract algebra or universal algebra, a monomorphism is an injective homomorphism. A monomorphism from to is often denoted with the notation X\hookrightarrow Y.
In the more general setting of category theory, a monomorphi ...

. Hence, $E$ is isomorphic to the subfield $\backslash sigma(E)$ of $F$. This justifies the name ''embedding'' for an arbitrary homomorphism of fields.
Universal algebra and model theory

If $\backslash sigma$ is a signature and $A,B$ are $\backslash sigma$- structures (also called $\backslash sigma$-algebras in universal algebra or models in model theory), then a map $h:A\; \backslash to\; B$ is a $\backslash sigma$-embedding iff all of the following hold: * $h$ is injective, * for every $n$-ary function symbol $f\; \backslash in\backslash sigma$ and $a\_1,\backslash ldots,a\_n\; \backslash in\; A^n,$ we have $h(f^A(a\_1,\backslash ldots,a\_n))=f^B(h(a\_1),\backslash ldots,h(a\_n))$, * for every $n$-ary relation symbol $R\; \backslash in\backslash sigma$ and $a\_1,\backslash ldots,a\_n\; \backslash in\; A^n,$ we have $A\; \backslash models\; R(a\_1,\backslash ldots,a\_n)$ iff $B\; \backslash models\; R(h(a\_1),\backslash ldots,h(a\_n)).$ Here $A\backslash models\; R\; (a\_1,\backslash ldots,a\_n)$ is a model theoretical notation equivalent to $(a\_1,\backslash ldots,a\_n)\backslash in\; R^A$. In model theory there is also a stronger notion of elementary embedding.Order theory and domain theory

In order theory, an embedding ofpartially ordered set
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s is a function $F$ between partially ordered sets $X$ and $Y$ such that
:$\backslash forall\; x\_1,x\_2\backslash in\; X:\; x\_1\backslash leq\; x\_2\; \backslash iff\; F(x\_1)\backslash leq\; F(x\_2).$
Injectivity of $F$
follows quickly from this definition. In domain theory, an additional requirement is that
:$\backslash forall\; y\backslash in\; Y:\backslash $ is directed
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Metric spaces

A mapping $\backslash phi:\; X\; \backslash to\; Y$ ofmetric spaces
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is called an ''embedding''
(with distortion
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$C>0$) if
:$L\; d\_X(x,\; y)\; \backslash leq\; d\_Y(\backslash phi(x),\; \backslash phi(y))\; \backslash leq\; CLd\_X(x,y)$
for every $x,y\backslash in\; X$ and some constant $L>0$.
Normed spaces

An important special case is that of normed spaces; in this case it is natural to consider linear embeddings. One of the basic questions that can be asked about a finite-dimensionalnormed space
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$(X,\; \backslash ,\; \backslash cdot\; \backslash ,\; )$ is, ''what is the maximal dimension $k$ such that the Hilbert space
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$\backslash ell\_2^k$ can be linearly embedded into $X$ with constant distortion?''
The answer is given by Dvoretzky's theorem.
Category theory

Incategory theory
Category theory is a general theory of mathematical structures and their relations that was introduced by Samuel Eilenberg and Saunders Mac Lane in the middle of the 20th century in their foundational work on algebraic topology. Nowadays, cat ...

, there is no satisfactory and generally accepted definition of embeddings that is applicable in all categories. One would expect that all isomorphisms and all compositions of embeddings are embeddings, and that all embeddings are monomorphisms. Other typical requirements are: any extremal monomorphism is an embedding and embeddings are stable under pullbacks.
Ideally the class of all embedded subobject In category theory, a branch of mathematics, a subobject is, roughly speaking, an object that sits inside another object in the same category. The notion is a generalization of concepts such as subsets from set theory, subgroups from group theor ...

s of a given object, up to isomorphism, should also be small, and thus an ordered set. In this case, the category is said to be well powered with respect to the class of embeddings. This allows defining new local structures in the category (such as a closure operator).
In a concrete category
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, an embedding is a morphism $f:A\backslash rightarrow\; B$ which is an injective function from the underlying set of $A$ to the underlying set of $B$ and is also an initial morphism in the following sense:
If $g$ is a function from the underlying set of an object $C$ to the underlying set of $A$, and if its composition with $f$ is a morphism $fg:C\backslash rightarrow\; B$, then $g$ itself is a morphism.
A factorization system for a category also gives rise to a notion of embedding. If $(E,M)$ is a factorization system, then the morphisms in $M$ may be regarded as the embeddings, especially when the category is well powered with respect to $M$. Concrete theories often have a factorization system in which $M$ consists of the embeddings in the previous sense. This is the case of the majority of the examples given in this article.
As usual in category theory, there is a dual concept, known as quotient. All the preceding properties can be dualized.
An embedding can also refer to an embedding functor.
See also

* Closed immersion * Cover *Dimension reduction
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* Immersion
* Johnson–Lindenstrauss lemma
*Submanifold
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* Subspace
* Universal space
Notes

References

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