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We prove that all the Lie bialgebra structures on the one sided Witt algebra W1, on the Witt algebra W and on the Virasoro algebra V are triangular coboundary Lie bialgebra structures associated to skew-symmetric solutions r of the classical Yang-Baxter equation of the form r = a ∧ b. In particular, for the one-sided Witt algebra W1 = Der k[t] over an algebraically closed field k of characteristic zero, the Lie bialgebra structures discovered in Michaelis (Adv. Math. 107 (1994) 365-392) and Taft (J. Pure Appl. Algebra 87 (1993) 301-312) are all the Lie bialgebra structures on W1 up to isomorphism. We prove the analogous result for a class of Lie subalgebras of W which includes W1. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra

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