By Viktor A. Gorbunov

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Let Q be a quiver and KQ be its path algebra. Then (a) KQ is an associative algebra, (b) KQ has an identity element if and only if Q0 is finite, and (c) KQ is finite dimensional if and only if Q is finite and acyclic. Proof. (a) This follows directly from the deﬁnition of multiplication because the product of basis vectors is the composition of paths, which is associative. (b) Clearly, each stationary path εa = (a a) is an idempotent of KQ. εa is an identity for KQ. Conversely, suppose that Thus, if Q0 is ﬁnite, a∈Q0 Q0 is inﬁnite, and suppose to the contrary that 1 = m i=1 λi wi is an identity element of KQ (where the λi are nonzero scalars and the wi are paths in Q).

And the multiplication of basis vectors is given by ε1 α = α ε1 = α α αk = α +k for all ≥ 0, and for all , k ≥ 0, where α0 = ε1 . Thus KQ is isomorphic to the polynomial algebra K[t] in one indeterminate t, the isomorphism being induced by the K-linear map such that ε1 → 1 and α → t. (b) Let Q be the quiver ◦ α β 1 consisting of a single point and two loops α and β. The deﬁning basis of KQ is the set of all words on {α, β}, with the empty word equal to ε1 : this is the identity of the path algebra KQ.

B) of length ≥ 0 in Q and such that the product of two basis vectors (a | α1 , . . , α | b) and (c | β1 , . . , βk | d) of KQ is deﬁned by (a | α1 , . . , α | b)(c | β1 , . . , βk | d) = δbc (a | α1 , . . , α , β1 , . . , βk | d), where δbc denotes the Kronecker delta. In other words, the product of two paths α1 . . α and β1 . . βk is equal to zero if t(α ) = s(β1 ) and is equal to the composed path α1 . . α β1 . . βk if t(α ) = s(β1 ). The product of basis elements is then extended to arbitrary elements of KQ by distributivity.