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### Is every ''group-completion'' map an acyclic map?

I start with a longer discussion which will result in a precise version of the question. A am puzzled about an issue with the
Quillen plus construction. I have seen outstanding experts being confused ...

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### When do the $\gamma$-filtration and codimension filtration of K-theory agree?

Let $X$ be a smooth quasiprojective algebraic variety over a field $k$. Then the $K$-groups $K_m(X)$ are defined, and there are two standard filtrations on them: the "codimension filtration" given by
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### Who first noticed that the Hilbert symbol is a Steinberg symbol ?

Hilbert reformulated the quadratic reciprocity law of Gauß as a product formula
$$
\prod_v(a,b)_v=1
$$
for the various local Hilbert symbols. For each place $v$ of $\bf Q$, the Hilbert symbol $(\ ,\ ...

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### f.g. modules vs. f.g. projective modules

In algebraic K-theory one defines $K_0(R)$ as the result of application of the Grothendieck construction to the semigroup of isomorphism classes of left f.g. projective $R$-modules.
But we can also ...

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### K-theory, monoidal vs. exact

My question is somewhat related to this one. However I think it adds something new to the table so I decided to post it sperately.
There is a construction of K-theory for symmetric monoidal ...

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### Triviality of SK_0(Lambda) for Lambda an order in a group algebra over a $p$-adic field

CR refers to Methods of Representation Theory by Charles Curtis and Irving Reiner.
Let $F$ be a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ with valuation ring $\mathcal{O}_F$.
Let $G$ be a finite group and ...

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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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### Milnor patching for schemes

Let $R_1,R_2$, and $S$ be commutative rings with maps $R_1,R_2 \to S$ and form the fiber product $R = R_1 \times_S R_2$. A well-known theorem of Milnor says that under certain assumptions the category ...

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### Classify matrices up to similarity over arbitrary (commutative) ring.

One can define the K-theory space of a monoidal category $S$ in which every morphism is an isomorphism as the classifying space $B(S^{-1}S)$. Then we show that this definition coincides with the ...

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### pull backs (and tensor product) in algebraic K-theory

In the context of algebraic (equivariant) K-theory (more specifically, in the context of Chriss and Ginzburg's book representation theory and complex geometry) I would like to know if I have the ...

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### Rosenberg's proof of Bass-Heller-Swan

I'm reading the proof the Bass-Heller-Swan Theorem in Rosenberg's book Algebraic K-Theory and Applications (Theorem 3.2.22), which asserts
$$K_1(R[t,t^{-1}]) \cong K_0(R) \oplus K_1(R) \oplus NK^+_1(R)...

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### K-Theory space of finite abelian groups

Consider the abelian category $\mathsf{finAb}$ of finite abelian groups. It is easy to prove that there is an isomorphism $\mathrm{ord} : K_0(\mathsf{finAb}) \to \mathbb{Q}^+$. Can you give a ...

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### Cube of cofibrations II

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category with cofibrations in the sense of (Waldhausen, Algebraic K-Theory of Spaces) and denote by $F_n(\mathcal{C})$ the category with cofibrations consisting of sequences of $...

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### About Tate's computation of $K_2^{\rm M}(\mathbb Q)$

For any field $F$, there is a natural group homomorphism $K_n^{\rm M}(F) \to K_n(F)$ from Milnor's $K$-theory to Quillen's $K$-theory. If $n=2$, it is an isomorphism, by Matsumoto's theorem. It is a ...

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### whitehead group of product of groups

I am wondering is there a formula for the whitehead group of product of groups. In other words, if we know the whitehead group of two groups, are we able to calculate the whitehead group of their ...

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### where to learn K-group of coherent sheaves modulo numerical equivalence?

I am trying to emerge from my complete ignorance about intersection theory.
I have a bias toward sheaves, so I like the idea of doing intersection theory with the K-group of coherent sheaves. From ...

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### Can anyone explain to me what is an assembly map?

Or can you give me a good place to read about things related to assembly map, besides wikipedia? I am specially interested in the case of algebraic K-theory. Would appreciated if you could provide ...

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### Online Number Theory Video?

Are there any graduate level number theory course available on line ? The only video series I am aware of are some MSRI videos, and Ted Chinburg's courses http://www.math.upenn.edu/~ted/noframes.html, ...

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### The K-theoretic Farrell-Jones conjecture for cat(0) groups

Is the fibered K-theoretic farrell-jones conjecture true for cat(0)-groups?

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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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### Eilenberg-Mazur swindle for higher K groups

The Eilenberg-Mazur swindle shows that the Grothendieck group of an additive category with countable coproducts is trivial. The strategy is to observe that any "Euler characteristic" $\chi$ on such a ...

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### Vanishing of Nisnevich cohomology of K-theory over a one-dimensional local ring.

Let $A$ be a one-dimensional, Noetherian, local ring, and let $\mathcal{K}_n$ denote the sheafification of $K_n$ (degree $n$ $K$-theory) on the Nisnevich site of $X:=\mbox{Spec }A$. Then is it true ...

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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 transformations,...

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### A modified version of K-theory for manifolds ?

If $X$ is a compact smooth manifold, $K^{0}(X)$ can be defined as the algebraic $K_{0}$-group of $C^{\infty}(X)$. In order to do that we use the following equivalence relation: we say that two ...

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### Nonnegative additive functions on coherent sheaves

Let $(X,\mathcal{O}_X)$ be a Noetherian integral scheme and let $g$ be a (numerical) additive nonnegative function from coherent $\mathcal{O}_X$-modules to $[0,\infty)$. This question may be well ...

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### K-theory of differential graded modules over differential graded algebras

Suppose you have a smooth vector bundle $E$ over a smooth manifold $X$. If you consider the algebra $ \Omega^\ast (E)$ of differential forms on $E$, it will be homotopy equivalent to the algebra of ...

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### K-theory and regular rings

Let $R$ be a noetherian (commutative) ring. It is a well-known fact that for $R$ regular, $K$-theory of (finitely generated) projective modules and $K$-theory of arbitrary (f.g.) modules agree. Does ...

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### When is $SL(n,R) \rightarrow SL(n,R/q)$ surjective?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unit and let $q$ be an ideal of $R$. There is thus a natural map $SL(n,R) \rightarrow SL(n,R/q)$ for all $n$. This map is surjective if $SL(n,R/q)$ is generated by ...

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### Genus of smooth varieties with small Chow group

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over $\mathbb C$ with $d = \dim X \geq 1$. Let $CH(X)$ denotes the total Chow group of (cycles modulo rational equivalences of) $X$ and $CH(X)_{\mathbb Q} = CH(...

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### Current status of a conjecture of Bloch

In the seminal paper $K_2$ and algebraic cycles, Bloch make the following conjecture :
Suppose $A$ is a local Noetherian integral domain with quotient field $F$
$K_2(A)$ → $K_2(F)$ is ...

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### Gersten for homotopy invariant K-theory of non-singular varieties.

Here is the question:
if $X$ is a separated, finite type scheme over a perfect field (but not necassarily smooth) is the map $KH_n(X) \to \prod_{x \in X^{(0)}} KH_n(k(x))$ injective?
If $X$ is ...

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### Algorithm to calculate $Wh(G)$ for finitely presented group $G$?

Let $G$ be a finitely presented group.
Are there any algorithm to calculate whitehead group $G$, $Wh(G)$ in terms of presentation of $G$?

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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 ...

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### How much linear algebra can be done with graphs?

Let G be a finite directed acyclic graph, with sources $A=\{a_1,\ldots,a_n\}$ and sinks $B=\{b_1,\ldots,b_n\}$, with edge weights $w_{ij}$. The weight of a directed path P is the product of weights of ...

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### When are representation rings special lambda-rings? (variations of an old question)

Status: Questions 2 and 4 answered in the negative. Questions 1 and 3 ARE STILL UNANSWERED, despite previous claims.
On the third page of Wolfang K. Seiler's paper "lambda-rings and Adams ...

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### Why was it reasonable to ask what the higher K-groups are?

To say I am a novice in $K$-theory is to overstate my experience with the field. I've been reading the various wiki articles so as to have some preparation before jumping in, and I couldn't answer the ...

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### Rationalised K-theory of number fields

Let $A$ be the ring of integers in a number field, and consider the rationalised algebraic $K$-theory groups $\mathbb{Q}\otimes K_*(A)$. A theorem of Borel calculates the ranks of these groups; the ...

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### Which of Quillen's Papers Should I read?

I just heard that Dan Quillen passed on. I am not familiar with his work
and want to celebrate his life by reading some of his papers. Which one(s?)
should I read?
I am an algebraic geometry who is ...

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### Galois descent for K-groups (or for étale cohomology groups)

Let $F/K$ be a Galois extension of number fields with Galois group $G$. Let $\mathcal{O}_F$ and $\mathcal{O}_K$ be the associated rings of integers, and let $n\geq 1$.
When is
$$
K_{2n-1}(\...

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### universal cover of SL2(R): does it admit central extensions?

Is it true that the universal cover of SL2(ℝ) has no non-trivial central extensions... as an abstract group?
(that's certainly true as a Lie group)
Motivation:
I have a projective action of SL2(...

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### Uses of the Chern--Connes Pairing?

The backbone of Connes' approach to noncommutative geometry is the Chern--Connes pairing. By discovering the cyclic homology of an algebra and then pairing it the $K$-theory of that algebra, Connes ...

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### A detail in the construction of the coarse index of a Dirac operator in “Roe: An Index Theorem on Open Manifold, I”

Hi,
I'm currently wreading "Roe: An Index Theorem on Open Manifolds, I, J. Differential Geometry 27 (1988), p. 87-113" and there is a detail in the construction of the coarse index of a Dirac ...

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### Explicit description of boundary map in algebraic K-theory

Recall that for a DVR A with fraction field F and residue field k, there is a "localization" fiber sequence in algebraic K-theory,
$$K(k) \rightarrow K(A) \rightarrow K(F).$$
In Remark 5.17 of his "...

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### A question on equivariant K-theory

Let $G$ be a connected linear algebraic group over $\mathbb{C}$ and $X$ a $G$-variety. Let $K_G^0(X)$ be the Grothedieck group of coherent $G$-equivariant sheaves on $X$, and $K_G^i(X)$ for $i>0$ ...

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### Atiyah class for non-locally free sheaf

Let $E$ be a holomorphic vector bundle over a compact complex manifold (or projective algebraic variety) $X$.
The Atiyah class of $E$, $a(E)\in Ext^1(T_X,End(E))$, is defined to be the class of the ...

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### “Must read” papers in algebraic K-theory?

I'm mainly interested (graduate student) in surgery theory and geometric topology.
If I have a chance to suggest "must read" papers in geometric topology for beginner,
I'm very glad to suggest "...

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### Why does the map $BG\to A(*)$ fail to split?

There is a map $BG \to A(\ast)$ where $BG$ classifies stable spherical fibrations and $A(\ast)$ is
Waldhausen's algebraic $K$-theory of a point. The map is induced by applying Quillen's plus ...

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### Adams graded parts of rational K-theory of a number field.

Let $F$ be a number field and $r_{1}$ and $r_{2}$ the numbers of real and pairs of complex embeddings respectively of $F$. Then Borel computed that for $n\geq 2$
$$
K_{n}(F)_{\mathbb{Q}}\simeq
\...

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### Is there a clean definition of the residue map in Milnor K-theory?

If K is a field, v a discrete valuation, and k the residue field, there is a residue map $\partial: K^M_n(K) \to K^M_{n - 1}(k)$. All the definitions I have seen for this map involve two pages of ...

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### Algebraic description of double vector bundles.

It is well known, by Serre-Swan theorem, that given a compact manifold M there is an equivalence of categories between the category of vector bundles over M and the category of finitely generated ...