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In mathematics, the **restriction of a function** *f* is a new function *f*|_{A} obtained by choosing a smaller domain *A* for the original function *f*. The notation is also used.

Let *f* : *E* → *F* be a function from a set E to a set F, so that the domain of f is in E (). If a set A is a subset of E, then the **restriction of f to A** is the function^{[1]}

- .

Informally, the restriction of f to A is the same function as f, but is only defined on .

If the function f is thought of as a relation on the Cartesian product , then the restriction of f to A can be represented by the graph , where the pairs represent edges in the graph G.

- The restriction of the non-injective function to is the injection .
- The factorial function is the restriction of the gamma function to the integers.

- Restricting a function to its entire domain gives back the original function; i.e., .
- Restricting a function twice is the same as restricting it once; i.e. if , then .
- The restriction of the identity function on a space
**X**to a subset**A**of**X**is just the inclusion map of**A**into**X**.^{[2]} - The restriction of a continuous function is continuous.
^{[3]}^{[4]}

Main article: Inverse function

For a function to have an inverse, it must be one-to-one. If a function f is not one-to-one, it may be possible to define a **partial inverse** of f by restricting the domain. For example, the function

is not one-to-one, since *x*^{2} = (−*x*)^{2}. However, the function becomes one-to-one if we restrict to the domain *x* ≥ 0, in which case

(If we instead restrict to the domain *x* ≤ 0, then the inverse is the negative of the square root of y.) Alternatively, there is no need to restrict the domain if we are content with the inverse being a multivalued function:

Main article: Selection (relational algebra)

In relational algebra, a selection (sometimes called a restriction to avoid confusion with SQL's use of SELECT) is a unary operation written as or where:

- and are attribute names
- is a binary operation in the set
- is a value constant
- is a relation

The selection selects all those tuples in for which holds between the and the attribute.

The selection selects all those tuples in for which holds between the attribute and the value .

Thus, the selection operator restricts to a subset of the entire database.

Main article: Pasting lemma

The pasting lemma is a result in topology that relates the continuity of a function with the continuity of its restrictions to subsets.

Let be both closed (or both open) subsets of a topological space *A* such that , and let *B* also be a topological space. If is continuous when restricted to both *X* and *Y*, then *f* is continuous.

This result allows one to take two continuous functions defined on closed (or open) subsets of a topological space and create a new one.

Main article: Sheaf theory

Sheaves provide a way of generalizing restrictions to objects besides functions.

In sheaf theory, one assigns an object in a category to each open set of a topological space, and requires that the objects satisfy certain conditions. The most important condition is that there are *restriction morphisms* between every pair of objects associated to nested open sets; i.e., if , then there is a morphism res_{V,U} : *F*(*U*) → *F*(*V*) satisfying the following properties, which are designed to mimic the restriction of a function:

- For every open set
*U*of*X*, the restriction morphism res_{U,U}:*F*(*U*) →*F*(*U*) is the identity morphism on*F*(*U*). - If we have three open sets
*W*⊆*V*⊆*U*, then the composite res_{W,V}o res_{V,U}= res_{W,U}. - (Locality) If (
*U*_{i}) is an open covering of an open set*U*, and if*s*,*t*∈*F*(*U*) are such that*s*|_{Ui}=*t*|_{Ui}for each set*U*_{i}of the covering, then*s*=*t*; and - (Gluing) If (
*U*_{i}) is an open covering of an open set*U*, and if for each*i*a section*s*_{i}∈*F*(*U*_{i}) is given such that for each pair*U*_{i},*U*_{j}of the covering sets the restrictions of*s*_{i}and*s*_{j}agree on the overlaps:*s*_{i}|_{Ui∩Uj}=*s*_{j}|_{Ui∩Uj}, then there is a section*s*∈*F*(*U*) such that*s*|_{Ui}=*s*_{i}for each*i*.

The collection of all such objects is called a **sheaf**. If only the first two properties are satisfied, it is a **pre-sheaf**.

More generally, the restriction (or **domain restriction** or **left-restriction**) *A* ◁ *R* of a binary relation R between E and F may be defined as a relation having domain A, codomain F and graph G(*A* ◁ *R*) = {(*x*, *y*) ∈ G(*R*) | *x* ∈ *A*} . Similarly, one can define a **right-restriction** or **range restriction** *R* ▷ *B*. Indeed, one could define a restriction to n-ary relations, as well as to subsets understood as relations, such as ones of *E* × *F* for binary relations. These cases do not fit into the scheme of sheaves.^{[clarification needed]}

The **domain anti-restriction** (or **domain subtraction**) of a function or binary relation R (with domain E and codomain F) by a set A may be defined as (*E* \ *A*) ◁ *R*; it removes all elements of A from the domain E. It is sometimes denoted A ⩤ R.^{[5]} Similarly, the **range anti-restriction** (or **range subtraction**) of a function or binary relation R by a set B is defined as *R* ▷ (*F* \ *B*); it removes all elements of B from the codomain F. It is sometimes denoted R ⩥ B.

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- Function (mathematics) #Restrictions and extensions
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- Relational algebra#Selection (σ)

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