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Do homotopy limits compute limits in the associated quasicategory in the non-combinatorial model category case?

Suppose that $\mathcal{M}$ is a model category which is not combinatorial, does a homotopy limit in $\mathcal{M}$ correspond to a limit in the associated $\left(\infty,1\right)$-category? How about ...
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What is the delooping of a looping?

What is $\mathbf{B}\Omega A$, where $A$ is a pointed object of an $(\infty,1)$ category with point $*\to A$, $\Omega A$ is the loop space of $A$, and $\mathbf{B}X$ is the delooping of $X$? The ...
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I think I have a category enriched in $(\infty,n-1)$-categories. Is it an $(\infty,n)$-category?

I have recently been thinking about some mathematical gadgetry that should together combine into an $(\infty,n)$-category (actually, an $(n,n)$-category) for $n = 4$. I don't know what axioms I need ...
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What interesting homotopy invariants can I write down using the universal property of homotopy types?

I've recently been led to believe some version of the following statement: Weak homotopy types, or equivalently $\infty$-groupoids (let me not commit myself to a particular model of these), are ...
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Is there a Wall finiteness obstruction in other settings?

Let $\mathcal{S}$ be the $(\infty, 1)$-category of spaces. Then the compact objects of $\mathcal{S}$ are precisely the retracts of finite CW complexes. These are not the same as the finite CW ...
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Is Lemma A.1.5.7 in Higher Topos Theory correct?

Hello to everyone, I am studying the properties of combinatorial model categories, following the exposition given by Jacob Lurie in Higher Topos Theory ([HTT] from now on), in section A.2.6. At some ...
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Is the site of (smooth) manifolds hypercomplete?

By site of manifolds Man, I mean the category of manifolds (maybe submanifolds to obtain a small category) with continuous maps between them. A Grothendieck topology is given by open covers. Actually, ...
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Diagram spectra and Algebraic Geometry

I was recently reading a paper titled "Model Categories of Diagram Spectra" and it was mentioned in the paper that the contents of the paper were also useful in algebraic geometry. I'm really ...
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Infinity-categories vs Kan complexes

Hi all, It is known (cf. Lurie's book "Higher Topos Theory", for instance) that higher ($\infty$-) category, in particular topological higher ($\infty$-) groupoids are "better" defined as weak Kan ...
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looping and delooping spaces and categories

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the notions of looping and delooping in category theory and topology. The morphisms in a category with one object have the structure of a monoid. ...
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291 views

What is a higher derived constructible sheaf

Suppose $X$ is a topological space and $k$ some discrete coefficient field. Let's define the category of "$\infty$-local systems on $X$" to be DG representations of the ring $C_*(\Omega X,k)$ of ...
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Generalized Categories for “Higher Homotopy Groupoids”

I was thinking about the definition of higher homotopy groups $\pi_n$ of a topological space in comparison to the common extremely formal fundamental groupoid construction of $\pi_1$. I'd like to be ...
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Which E_∞-spaces are homotopy colimits of k-truncated E_∞-spaces?

This question is closely related to my previous question about modules over truncated sphere spectra, in particular, it has the same motivation. Recall that every space (or ∞-groupoid) can be ...
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Are Thom spectra MU, MSO and K-theory spectra KU, KO modules over some truncations of the sphere spectrum?

The Thom spectrum MO is a module over the ring spectrum π≤0S=HZ, where S is the sphere spectrum. In particular, MO is equivalent to the Eilenberg-MacLane spectrum Hπ*(MO). On the other hand, MU and ...
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When is this braiding not a symmetry?

Given a topological space $X$ instead of forming the fundamental groupoid $\pi(X)$ which is the category whose objects are the points and morphisms the homotopy classes of paths one can also form the ...
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242 views

Analogue of cyclic homology for e_n-algebras?

Cyclic homology may be defined as the primitive part (with respect to a natural product) of the homology of the Lie algebra associated with the "stabilization" of an associative algebra $A$. Here the ...
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1answer
246 views

Is a conservative finite limit preserving functor of (infinity,1)-categories homotopically faithful?

In classical category theory we have a following criterion. If $\mathcal{C}$ and $\mathcal{D}$ are finitely complete categories and $F : \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{D}$ is a functor which preserves ...
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n-categorical description of Chern classes

The Chern classes of a rank $n$ vector bundle on $X$ are obtained from composing the associated classifying map in $[X, BU(n)]$ with the maps $BU(n) \to B^{2i} \mathbb{Z}$ corresponding to the ...
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1answer
168 views

Need M combinatorial for existence of injective model structure on $M^G$?

I'm doing some work with model categories and operads, and to check a certain hypothesis I've had to learn a bit of equivariant homotopy theory. Let $M$ be a model category and $G$ be a finite group. ...
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What is the history of the notion of subdivision of categories?

A recent answer by Peter May prompts me to ask a question which I have been considering to ask for several months. (The reason why I have not asked it before is that it is not directly related to my ...
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generalisations of the Seifert-van Kampen Theorem?

I have been reading Jacob Lurie's book "Higher Algebra", version May 8, 2011. One is grateful to him for covering such a lot of ground and for making it all so readily available. My attention was ...
2
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1answer
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local model structure on simplicial presheaves

Hello, Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a (small) category equipped with a Grothendieck pretopology. Let $sPSh(\mathcal{C})$ be the category of simplicial presheaves on $\mathcal{C}$, together with its ...
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3answers
951 views

Exact sequences in homotopy categories

I am not really familiar with homotopical category theory, so please forgive me if I make rude mistakes. I know quite a bit of common category theory, as well as familiar with algebraic topology. How ...
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Segal's Original Definition of a Topological Category

Nowadays we can associate to a topological space $X$ a category called the fundamental (or Poincare) $\infty$-groupoid given by taking $Sing(X)$. There are many different categories that one can ...
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Is the first differential Pontryagin class a morphism of stacks?

In Cech Cocycles for Characteristic Classes, Jean-Luc Brylinski and Dennis McLaughlin provide explicit formulas for Cech cocycles for characteristic classes of real and complex vector bundles, and ...
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Completion of n-fold Segal spaces

During a reading course about Jacob Lurie's paper about Local TQFTs, I came across the notion of Segal spaces as models for $(\infty,1)$-categories. Looking at things like the "double nerve" for ...
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Homotopy groups of spheres in a $(\infty, 1)$-topos

Let $H$ be an $(\infty,1)$-topos (seen as a generalization of the homotopy category of spaces). You can define the suspension of an object $X$ as the (homotopy) pushout of $*\leftarrow X \to *$, ...
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Homology theory constructed in a homotopy-invariant way

Singular homology sends homotopic morphisms on equal morphisms and weakly equivalent spaces on isomorphic objects. So singular homology is in fact defined on the homotopy category of topological ...
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Semi-simplicial versus simplicial sets (and simplicial categories)

Hi, Let's denote by "semi-simplicial set" a simplicial set without degeneracies, i.e. a contravariant functor from the category $\Delta_{inj}$ of finite linearly ordered sets and order preserving ...
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Homotopy Fixed Points of SO(2) on Fully Dualizable Algebras

Note: by fixed points, I always mean homotopy fixed points. As explained in Jacob Lurie's paper on the cobordism hypothesis, we have an action of O(2) on the $\infty $-groupoid $X$ given by ...
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6answers
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Concrete example of $\infty$-categories.

I've seen many different notion of $\infty$-categories, actual I've seen the operadic-globular ones of Batanin and Leinster and the opetopic too and eventually I'll see the simplicial ones too. ...
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Is Mac Lane still the best place to learn category theory?

For a student embarking on a study of algebraic topology, requiring a knowledge of basic category theory, with a long-term view toward higher/stable/derived category theory, ... Is Mac Lane still ...
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998 views

What do whitehead towers have to do with physics?

First let me say something that I don't completely understand, since I do not know enough physics. If I say anything wrong, someone please tell me: For the spinning particle, there is a sigma-model, ...
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co-$A_\infty$ spaces

A co-$A_n$ space is a based space $Y$ equipped with a co-action by the Stasheff associahedron operad $K_\bullet$. This means that $Y$ is comes with certain maps $c_n: Y \times K_n \to Y^{\vee n}$, $n ...
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E(n) Deformations of the infinity category Qcoh(X) with it's E(n)-tensor product

Let $X$ be a smooth scheme, then an infinity enchancement of $QCoh(X)$ has an $E_\infty$ structure and in particular an $E_n$ structure for any $n$. In this paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/0805.0157 ...
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Homotopic quotients of simplicial sets as infinity-groupoids

Suppose $f:X \to Y$ is a function of sets. Then we can take the quotient $X/\text{~}$ by identifying $x \text{~} y$ if and only if $f(x)=f(y)$. Now suppose instead that $f:X \to Y$ is a map of ...
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The space of framed functions

Framed functions arose in the work of K. Igusa defining cohomology invariants for smooth manifold bundles (Igusa-Klein torsion). In the late 80's, he proved a strong connectivity result about the ...
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1answer
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nerves of crossed complexes, group T-complexes and classifying spaces

A (reduced) crossed complex is, intuitively, a non-abelian complex of groups $\ldots \to G_2 \to G_1 \to G_0$ with a $G_0$ action in such that $G_1 \to G_0$ is a crossed module. There are a couple of ...
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What's the current state of the classification of not-fully-extended TQFTs?

Recall that a $(k,k+1,\dots,k+n)$-TQFT is (supposed to be) a functor from the $n$-category whose $j$-morphisms are (isomorphism classes of) compact $(k+j)$-dimensional manifolds with boundary to some ...
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A Model Category of Segal Spaces?

So in Julie Bergner's work on (infty, 1)-categories arXiv:0610239, she considers several model categories which model (infty, 1)-categories, which are known to be equivalent. I'm guessing that there ...
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Non-examples of model structures, that fail for subtle/surprising reasons?

An often-cited principle of good mathematical exposition is that a definition should always come with a few examples and a few non-examples to help the learner get an intuition for where the concept's ...
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(∞,1) vs Category weakly enriched over spaces

What is the difference between: ($\infty,1$) categories - in which have for two objects you have an ($\infty,0$) category of morphisms (i.e. a space of morphisms) and categories weakly enriched ...
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The Join of Simplicial Sets ~Finale~

Background Let $X$ and $S$ be simplicial sets, i.e. presheaves on $\Delta$, the so-called topologist's simplex category, which is the category of finite nonempty ordinals with morphisms given by ...
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$(\infty,1)$-categories and model categories

I read several times that $(\infty,1)$-categories (weak Kan complexes, special simplicial sets) are a generalization of the concept of model categories. What does this mean? Can one associate an ...
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1answer
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When are two natural transformations of infinity-categories equivalent?

Suppose C and D are two ∞-categories (quasi-categories), $F : C \to D$ and $G : C \to D$ are two functors (i.e. 0-simplices in the ∞-category of functors Fun(C,D), which is just the ...
4
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1answer
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references for models of stable infinity categories

There's a fair amount of literature comparing different models for the homotopy theory of homotopy theories, or the homotopy theory of $(\infty,1)$-categories. Julie Bergner has a survey of this ...
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Homotopy Pushouts via Model Structure in Top

As far as I know, one way to take a homotopy colimit in a model category is to replace (up to acyclic fibration) all arrows in the diagram with cofibrations, and take the strict colimit of the ...
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(infinity,1)-categories directly from model categories

Edit & Note: I'm declaring a convention here because I don't feel like trying to fix this in a bunch of spots: If I said model category and it doesn't make sense, I meant a model-category "model" ...
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Simplicial homotopy book suggestion for HTT computations

I'm struggling through Lurie's Higher Topos Theory, since it appears that someone reading through the book is expected to be somewhat comfortable with simplicial homotopy theory. The main trouble ...
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Computation of Joins of Simplicial Sets

It turns out that joins of simplicial sets are fairly easy to define, but hard to manage. In lots of cases, we'd like to compute what a join is, does it look like a horn?, a boundary?, etc? and ...