## References for homotopy colimit

(1) What are some good references for homotopy colimits?

(2) Where can I find a reference for the following concrete construction of a homotopy colimit? Start with a partial ordering, which I will think of as a category and also as a directed graph (objects = vertices, morphsisms = edges). Assume we have a functor F from the graph into (say) chain complexes. We will construct a big chain complex (the homotopy colimit) in stages.

Stage 0: direct sum over all vertices v of F(v)

Stage 1: direct sum over all edges e of the mapping cylinder of F(e), with the ends of the mapping cylinder identified with the appropriate parts of stage 0.

Stage 2: direct sum over all pairs of composable edges (e_1, e_2) of a higher order mapping cylinder, with appropriate identifications to parts of stage 1. This implements a relation between the three stage 1 mapping cylinders corresponding to e_1, e_2 and e1*e_2.

Stage 3: direct sum over all triples of composable edges (e_1, e_2, e_3) ...

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I'm way late on this one, but for the record I'll point out that a nice answer to question 2 can be found in Hatcher's Algebraic Topology book, Section 4.G.

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I found the following exposition by emily riehl very useful:

http://www.math.uchicago.edu/~eriehl/hocolimits.pdf

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Dan Dugger wrote the following intended for grad students (just a draft - not on the arxiv yet): http://www.uoregon.edu/~ddugger/hocolim.pdf

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My answer may be a bit late, but E. E. Floyd and W. J. Floyd: Actions of Classical Small Categories has helped me understand some of these concepts.

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Some useful information is in

Chacholski, Scherer, Homotopy theory of diagrams, math/0110316

This and further references with useful material are listed in the reference section at nLab: homotopy limit.

(By immediate dualization this applies to homotopy colimits, of course).

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A good (if kind of old) reference is Vogt's "Homotopy Limits and Colimits". I can't find a free reference for it, but if you can't access it, I could email a pdf (if that's allowed here).

Also, in the IMA's video library there's a video of Gunnar Carlsson giving a talk on homotopy limits & colimits. http://www.ima.umn.edu/videos/?id=870

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 "I could email a pdf (if that's allowed here)." Yes, that is fine. – David Zureick-Brown♦ Oct 14 2009 at 21:50

Chris Douglas has a nice short discussion of homotopy limits, derived limits, and corrected homotopy limits and their relation to each other in his text “Sheaves in homotopy theory”: http://math.berkeley.edu/~cdouglas/douglas-sheaves.pdf

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(1) I happen to like this paper, but of course I'm biased. (I hope self-citation isn't forbidden here...) However, I started writing that paper mainly because I couldn't find an existing reference/introduction that I liked. So if someone has another reference to suggest I would love to hear about it.

(2) This sounds like the simplicial bar construction, which is the one I used in my paper above. I think I included some other references in the bibliography.

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 That's helpful -- thanks! – Kevin Walker Oct 13 2009 at 21:40