Kernel of a loop
The set of elements of the loop that are simultaneously left-, right- and middle-associative (or, equivalently, the intersection of the left, right and middle kernels of the loop). An element $a$ of a loop is called left-associative if $a(bc) = (ab)c$ for any $b,c$ in the loop. The set of left-associative elements is called the left kernel of the loop. Right- and middle-associative elements and the corresponding kernels are defined similarly. Left and right kernels can also be defined for quasi-groups, but only loops have a non-empty middle kernel. All the kernels of a loop are subgroups of it. All three kernels of a loop with the invertibility property ($IP$-loop) coincide, and for Moufang loops they form, in addition, a normal subloop (see Loop).
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