```
open import Agda.Primitive using (Level; _⊔_; lsuc; lzero)
open import Types.equality using (IsEquivalence; Reflexive; Symmetric; Transitive; Rel; _⇒_)
open import Types.product using (Σ; _,_; _∪_)
module Algebra.order {a ℓ} {A : Set a} (_==_ : Rel A ℓ) where
```

The equivalence relation remains the most basic relation to be built on objects of all kinds. Higher relations which tend to impose further structural constraints on objects thus creating richer objects and their APIs capable of modeling more complex phenomenon (not much unlike how a programming language’s expressiveness enables one to build more complex programs).

Order is one such higher relation and is fundamental in building a class of structures. There are different kinds of ordered relations each with progressively stricter laws.

Relation | Reflexivity | Transitivity | Antisymmetry | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|

Pre-order | ★ | ★ | ||

Partial-order | ★ | ★ | ★ | |

Total order | ★ | ★ | ★ | ★ |

Preorders are binary relations (`~ : A → A`

) on a set where:

`~`

is reflexive, i.e.`x ∼ x`

`~`

is transitive, i.e.`x ∼ y and y ∼ z ⇒ x ∼ z`

Preorders are relations which are reflexive and transitive.

We first define an object that encapsulates all the rules into one record:

```
record IsPreorder (_∼_ : Rel A ℓ) : Set (a ⊔ ℓ) where
field
reflexive : Reflexive _∼_
trans : Transitive _∼_
```

Partial orders are a subtype of pre-orders where `≤ : A → A`

:

`≤`

is reflexive, i.e.`x ≤ x`

`≤`

is transitive, i.e.`x ≤ y and y ≤ z ⇒ x ≤ z`

`≤`

is antisymmetric, i.e.`x ≤ y and y ≤ x ⇒ x = y`

A partial order, or partially ordered set or Poset, is an antisymmetric preorder. In plain words, we require the relation `_≤_`

to be antisymmetric with respect to the underlying equality .

A relation `_≤_`

is anti-symmetric over the underlying equality `_==_`

, if for every `x, y`

,

\[ x ≤ y , y ≤ x ⟹ x == y \]

We can now define partially ordered sets:

```
record IsPartialOrder (_≤_ : Rel A ℓ) : Set (a ⊔ ℓ) where
field
isPreorder : IsPreorder _≤_
antisym : Antisymmetric _==_ _≤_
```

Total orders are binary relations `≤ : A → A`

where:

`≤`

is reflexive, i.e.`x ≤ x`

`≤`

is transitive, i.e.`x ≤ y and y ≤ z ⇒ x ≤ z`

`≤`

is antisymmetric, i.e.`x ≤ y and y ≤ x ⇒ x = y`

`≤`

is a total relation, i.e.`∀ x and y : x ≤ y or y ≤ x`

Total orders are a further constrained subtype of posets. All pairs of elements contained in a poset need not be comparable. This is exactly what total orders represent. A total order is a total preorder, or the preorder’s relation `_≤_`

to be a total function.

A relation `_≤_`

is total if `x ≤ y`

or `y ≤ x`

. This relation has to exist between any pair of elements of `A`

:

We can now define total orders:

```
record IsTotalOrder (_≤_ : Rel A ℓ) : Set (a ⊔ ℓ) where
field
isPartialOrder : IsPartialOrder _≤_
total : Total _≤_
open IsPartialOrder isPartialOrder public
```