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What is the Q-construction, metaphysically?

An exact (small) category $P$ is an environment in which we make sense of the "put-together"-edness of objects via (short) exact sequences. It seems like the K-theory of an exact category encodes the ...
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Categorical description of the second K-group

Let $\mathcal{P}$ be a (small) exact category. Without delving into any homotopy theory, we can provide characterisations of $K_0(\mathcal{P})$ and $K_1(\mathcal{P})$ as plain categorical ...
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Path components of a monoidal category form a monoid?

In Grayson's 'Higher Algebraic K-theory II', leading up to the categorical generalisation of the plus construction, he considers $\pi_0(S) = \pi_0(BS)$, where $S$ is a (small, symmetric) monoidal ...
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Any abelian category as filtered colimit of categories of projective modules

Recently I have heard somewhere that any (edit: small) abelian category can be expressed as the colimit of categories of projective modules over some rings. The remark was that this is "basically just ...
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Are connected categories with pullbacks weakly contractible?

Quillen's Theorem A says that a functor between (small) categories $f:I\rightarrow J$ induces a weak equivalence of the nerves if for each $j\in J$ the comma category $f/j$ is weakly contractible. In ...
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When is a cube of cofibrations are “lattice”?

Let $C$ be a category with cofibrations in the sense of (Waldhausen, Algebraic K-Theory of Spaces) and denote by $F_n(C)$ the category with cofibrations consisting of sequences of $n$ cofibrations ...
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A Reference on Multicategories with “Internal Hom”

The multicategory of Waldhausen categories is "enriched over itself": the Hom-set of $k$-exact functors can be given a Waldhausen category structure by letting the morphisms be natural ...
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Nerves of simplicial objects in categories/Waldhausen's S-construction

Is there a good nerve-like functor from simplicial objects in categories to simplicial sets which takes level-wise equivalences of categories to weak equivalences? To give this some context, I'd ...