# nLab coderivation

## Definition

Given a (counital coassociative) $k$-coalgebra $(C,\Delta,\epsilon)$, a $k$-linear coderivation is a $k$-module map $D : C\to C$ satisfying the co-Leibniz rule

$\Delta \circ D = (D\otimes id + id \otimes D)\circ\Delta : C\to C\otimes C$

If the commutative ring $k$ is a field and $C$ is finite-dimensional, then the transposes of the coderivations on $C$ are the derivations of the $k$-algebra $Hom_k(C,k)$. With proper care of continuity conditions, this correspondence generalizes to other (for example infinite-dimensional) contexts.

## Examples

The left translations of the elements of the universal enveloping algebra $H=U(L)$ of a Lie algebra $L$ on itself $L_h (g) = h g$ restricts to an action of $L$ on $U(L)$ by coderivations:

$\Delta (h) = 1\otimes h + h \otimes 1,$

hence

$(L_h \otimes 1 + 1 \otimes L_h)(\Delta (g)) = \Delta(h)\cdot\Delta(g) = \Delta(h g) = (\Delta \circ L_h)(g).$

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