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Unexpected interaction between limits and colimits

Let $D$ be a limit-complete category. My vague question is: given two diagrams in $D$, what comparisons between them induce a morphism of their limits? I'm especially interested in the case that the ...
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1answer
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What are the uses of Limits and Colimits of Category Theory in every day problems? [closed]

I am interested in knowing how we can use the concepts of Limits and Colimits in modeling problems in every day life? Could anyone provide (Software) engineering examples, perhaps? Or describe ...
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Reference request: colimits of locally presentable categories

Consider the 2-category of locally presentable categories, cocontinuous functors, and natural transformations. I believe that this 2-category is 2-cocomplete in the sense of containing all small ...
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1answer
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Explicit description of the oplax limit of a functor to Cat?

The nCatLab Grothendieck construction page gives an explicit description of the oplax colimit of any functor to Cat. Can someone give me a similarly explicit description (the objects and morphisms) ...
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grothendieck construction for profunctors

Given categories $X$ and $Y$ and a strong functor $$D:X^{op}\times Y\to Cat$$ we can of course build the oplax colimit $$\mathrm{colim}^{oplax}_{X^{op}\times Y}D$$ via the usual (covariant) ...
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Composition of Cat-valued distributors - compatible with grothendieck construction?

Let $C$ be a category and $F\in[C^{op}, Cat]$ be a strong functor. (1) There are functors $$hom_C(c',c)\times F(c)\to F(c').$$ (2) The grothendieck construction gives a 2-equvalence $$\int_C: ...
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Constructing pointwise Kan extensions as adjoints to some functor

Background I'm working on formalizing some category theory in Coq at https://bitbucket.org/JasonGross/catdb. Currently, I'm in the process of formalizing pointwise Kan extensions. Partly because ...
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1answer
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When do reflexive coequalizers preserve weak equivalences?

In my work I've run into the following situation. In a model category, I have two reflexive coequalizers $A_i \stackrel{\to}{\to} B_i \to C_i$ and a map of diagrams which is levelwise a weak ...
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1answer
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Colimit notation

In Wikipedia's article on Kan extensions 1, in the view of Kan extensions as colimits, I am confused about the notation: $(Lan_F X)(b) = \varinjlim_{f:Fa \to b} X(a)$. Wikipedia says that the colimit ...
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1answer
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The crude monadicity theorem

In order to test the monadicity of a functor, there is a precise monadicity theorem (PM) as well as a crude monadicity theorem (CM), see the nlab. In CM, the forgetful functor should create reflexive ...
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Local finality condition (for re-indexing parameterized colimits)

I'm in need of a condition that is analogous to the "finality" condition in the following lemma: Lemma: A functor $F\colon A\to B$ is final if and only if for any functor $x\colon B\to Set$, the ...
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1answer
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Adjoint Functors as Initial Objects of Some Category

Just as universal arrows can be characterized as initial objects of some appropriate comma category, and (co)limits can be characterized as (initial) terminal objects of the appropriate (co)cone ...
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how many ways can an algebra be a weighted colimit of free algebras?

For a given weight $W : \mathcal{S}^{op} \to \mathcal{V}$ and diagram $D : \mathcal{S} \to \mathcal{A}$, the weighted colimit is an object $W \cdot D$ together with an isomorphism $$\mathcal{A}(W\cdot ...
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What is a (partial) left adjoint of the Yoneda embedding called?

It is a fairly special property for the Yoneda embedding $A \hookrightarrow \mathcal{P}A$ of a category to have a left adjoint defined everywhere (this happens just when $A$ is total). However, a ...
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Categorical description of the restricted product (Adeles)

Background on the Adèles The Adèles $\mathbb{A}_K$ of a number field or function field $K$ are defined as a restricted product of the complete local fields $K_\nu$, where $\nu$ ranges over all places ...
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Is Sheafification Functor Exact?

I know that sheafification functor from the category of abelian presheaves on $C$ to the category of abelian sheaves on $C$. Here, $C$ is a category with Grothendieck pretopology. My question is: ...
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1answer
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permutation of projective limits with inductive limits

Hi everybody, I have a lack of references concerning projective limits and injective limits. Up to my faults in Bourbaki there are only proj and inj limits indexed by a partially ordered set (not a ...
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Is the category of small categories locally presentable?

I was wondering whether the various model structures on the category of small categories are combinatorial. I think that the ones I know are at least cofibrantly generated. In order to be ...
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1answer
259 views

Given a small category with some colimits, can the rest of the colimits be added?

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a small category with some ( maybe no) colimits. What I would like to be able to do is add the rest of the colimits in a universal way. The Yoneda lemma will not work, since this ...
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265 views

Where can I find an explicit description of the pseudocolimit of a small pseudofunctor to Cat?

Given a functor from a small category to $Set$, we can describe the colimit set as a quotient of the disjoint union of image sets by an equivalence relation arising from morphisms in the source ...
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Direct Limits and Limits of Nets

A net is a function from a directed set into a topological space, and it is said to converge to a point if certain conditions are satisfied. Similarly, a direct system is a function from a directed ...
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1answer
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Why do filtered colimits commute with finite limits?

It's not hard to show that this is true in the category Set, and proofs have been written down in many places. But all the ones I know are a bit fiddly. Question 1: is there a soft proof of this ...
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motivation of filtered colimits

I am trying to move in categorical algebra beyond the basics. A Lawvere theory L is a small category with finite products. (I know that there also is a functor $(skeleton(FinSet))^{op}\to L$, which ...
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1answer
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Strong colimits of categories.

Let $\mathcal C$ be a category and let $\mathcal F:\mathcal C\to\mathcal C\textrm{at}$ be a strong bifunctor. Given another category $\mathcal D$, let $\triangle_{\mathcal D}$ denote the constant ...
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3answers
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Unions of sets exist? [closed]

Hello, Probably this questions is very stupid, but anyway: It usually said that the category of sets is cocomplete, in particular meaning that we have disjoint unions of arbitrary families of sets, ...
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2answers
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Colimits of manifolds

This question tells us that in general colimits do not exist in the category of manifolds. However, this negative answer is not very satisfying. A manifold can be considered as a colimit of its ...
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3answers
511 views

Is there a tricategory of bicategories and biprofunctors?

Background There is a bicategory where the objects are categories, the 1-morphisms are profunctors, and the 2-morphisms are morphisms of profunctors. The non-obvious part of this assertion is that ...
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Decomposing a large colimit as a pushout of smaller colimits

I would like to find a reference in the literature for the following result. I have it on high authority that it isn't in 'Categories for the Working Mathematician' and I can't find it in Borceux's ...
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Coend computation continued

This is a follow-up question to this coend computation. Here's an attempt at a slightly simpler computation: $\int^{a \in A} \mbox{hom_A(a,a)}$ This should be similar to the trace operator. In ...
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1answer
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Coend computation

Let $F:A^{\mbox{op}} \to \mbox{Set}$ and define $G_a:A\times A^{\mbox{op}} \to \mbox{Set}$ $G_a(b,c) = \mbox{hom}(a,b) \times F(c)$. I think the coend of $G_a$, $\int^AG_a$, ...
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2answers
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On limits and Colimits

I want to ask a stupid question. I wonder whether following morphism exists in general Let I be an infinite set. i belongs to I Hom(A,colimBi)--->limHom(A,Bi) and ...
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2answers
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Exactness of filtered colimits

Are filtered colimits exact in all abelian categories? In Set, filtered colimits commute with finite limits. The proof carries over to categories sufficiently like Set (i.e. where you can chase ...
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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 ...