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Non-unique splittings of homotopy idempotents

By a homotopy idempotent I mean a map $f:X\to X$, where $X$ is a space, equipped with a homotopy $f\circ f \sim f$. In contrast to the situation in stable homotopy theory (where $X$ would be a ...
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“Universal maps” as a universal property

In the question Fixed points and universal maps for posets, we find the following definition: if $P, Q$ are partially ordered sets, an order-preserving map $u:P\to Q$ is said to be universal if for ...
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Cartesian product of small objects

Let's say we have a locally $\lambda$-presentable category and a pair of $\lambda$-presentable objects $A$ and $B$. Is it true that $A \times B$ is $\lambda$-presentable?
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Topological retraction vs categorical retraction

Let $(X,\tau)$ be a topological space. We say that $A\subseteq X$ is a topological retract if there is a continuous map $r:X\to A$ onto a subspace $A \subseteq X$ such that for all $a\in A$ we have ...
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Morphism on schemes induced by continuous morphism of sites

I am beginner in the theory of Grothendieck topologies and I have the following question. Let $X, Y$ be schemes over an algebraically closed field $k$. Denote by $X_{et}$ and $Y_{et}$ the Etale sites ...
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Relations between ordinary functor categories and higher categories [closed]

Definitions of ordinary functor categories and higher categories are considered with very similar algebraic and geometric methods such as graph structures and simplicial sets. I know the differences ...
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Is the defining bijection for a pullback of topological spaces a homeomorphism?

I work in the category of CGWH spaces enriched over themselves. If a space $P$ is the pullback of $A \rightarrow B \leftarrow C$, then for every space $T$ the canonical map $$Top(T,P) \rightarrow Top ...
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Is the classifying space of a symmetric monoidal category an infinite loop space?

Wikipedia states: The classifying space (geometric realization of the nerve) of a symmetric monoidal category is an infinite loop space. If my mind is correct, Segals delooping machine gives a ...
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Small objects vs Compact objects

Given a cocomplete category $C$, is there an example of an object which is small but not compact? I am working with the following definitions of small and compact: Given a cardinal $\kappa$ one ...
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Map of adjunctions

The following question must have been asked dozens of times, but I do not recall any non-trivial results. Consider an adjoint square where the arrows indicate directions of $F, G, H, K$. ...
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Does the category of posets have pushouts and pullbacks? [duplicate]

Let $\mathbf{Poset}$ be the category of partially ordered sets with order-preserving maps. Does $\mathbf{Poset}$ have both pushouts and pullbacks?
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History of integral notation for coends

I'm searching the wheres and whys about the integral notation for co/ends. Who was the first to adopt it? Can you give me a precise pointer or tell me the whole story about it? Was s/he motivated by ...
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$\omega$-nerve versus $\Theta$-nerve

To which extent the adjunction $F\dashv N_\omega$ generated by the $\omega$-nerve described at $n$Lab - oriental (obtained as a particular instance of the nerve-realization paradigm) is linked to the ...
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Site dependance of the Cech weak equivalences on simplicial sheaves

Let $\mathcal{T}= sh(C,J)$ a Grothendieck topos of sheaves over a (ordinary) site. One endows the category of simplicial presheaves over $C$ with the "Rezk-Lurie" model structure: that is we start ...
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Localizations or quotients of categories?

Motivation: In the classical construction of the derived category of an abelian category, one (roughly) starts with an abelian category $\mathcal{A}$, then considers the quotient category ...
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Functoriality of the adjoint functor construction?

Say we have a category $\mathcal C$, and for every category $\mathcal A$, we have a category $\mathcal D_{\mathcal A}$ and a functor $F_{\mathcal A} : \mathcal D_{\mathcal A} \to \mathcal C$, and, ...
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Non-abelian freeness of SU_2

The distribution of the trace of a random element of $SU_2$ is the Sato-Tate distribution. The analogue of the Gaussian distribution in free probability theory is the Wigner semicircle distribution. ...
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Exactness of an additive left Kan extension

Let $\phi:R\to S$ be a flat ring homomorphism and consider the induced adjoint pair $$\phi_!:R-Mod\rightleftarrows S-Mod:\phi^*,$$ where $\phi_!=(S\otimes_R -)$. The right adjoint $\phi^*$ is easily ...
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When does $\mathbf{Top}/X$ embedd fully faithfully into $\mathbf{Top}$?

Under what conditions on the topological space $X$ is the overcategory $\mathbf{Top}/X$ of topological spaces over $X$ equivalent to a full subcategory of $\mathbf{Top}$? Surely if $X$ terminal i.e. a ...
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Limits in Span(Vec)

Let Vec be the category of real vector spaces and linear maps. Let Span(Vec) be the bicategory of correspondences between real vector spaces. I am trying to understand lax limits in Span(Vec). What ...
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About stable maps passing through fixed points

In "Notes On Stable Maps and Quantum Cohomology", Fulton and Pandharipande present some results, and their proofs, about the representability of the functor $\mathcal{M}_{g, n}(X, \beta)$, which maps ...
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Cofree Lie Coalgebra

I have problems finding anything about the cofree Lie coalgebra functor $\mathcal{L}ie^c$ out there. Basically all I found was that it appears in Harrison cohomology and that, given a ...
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Framed version of braided monoidal category

The operad $\mathcal{D}_2$ of little $2$-disks is an operad whose $n$-th space is a $K(PB_n,1)$ where $PB_n$ denotes the pure braid group on $n$-strands. Algebras over $\mathcal{D}_2$ have a ...
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What is the right categorical framework for diagonal approximations, cup and cap products and identities between them?

I wanted to know what is the right categorical analog for the diagonal approximation for the singular chain complex $\Delta: C\rightarrow C\otimes C$ as a morphism in the homotopy category of chain ...
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Synthetic vs. classical differential geometry

To provide context, I'm a differential geometry grad student from a physics background. I know some category theory (at the level of Simmons) and differential and Riemannian geometry (at the level of ...
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Complex of “homotopy coherent dg-natural transformations” between dg-functors

Let $\mathcal B$ be a dg-category. I define the dg-category of morphisms $\underline{\mathrm{Mor}}(\mathcal B)$ as follows: objects are triples $(A,B,f)$, where $A,B \in \mathcal B$ and $f \in ...
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Kan extensions and special cases

Kan extensions specify the adjoint structures between $\mathbf{Sets^{C^{op}}}$ and $\mathbf{Sets^{D^{op}}}$, where there exists a functor $f:\mathbf{C} \to \mathbf{D}$ and $\mathbf{C}$ and ...
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Does “simplicial” commute with “Bousfield localization”?

Let $M$ be a model category and $S \subseteq \operatorname{Mor}(M)$ a set of arrows in (the underlying strict category of) $M$. Recall that the left Bousfield localization $L_SM$ of $M$ with respect ...
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Infinite Fubini rule for co/limits

It is a well known fact that given a functor $F\colon I\times J\to C$ then (when everybody exists) $$ \varinjlim_I \varinjlim_J F\cong \varinjlim_J \varinjlim_I F\cong \varinjlim_{I\times J}F $$ Now, ...
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Image, kernel, quotient and first isomorphism theorem, in a category of monoid objects

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal category and Mon$_{\mathcal{C}}$ the category of monoids (also called algebra objects) on $\mathcal{C}$. Questions: are there definitions of image and kernel for a ...
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Why higher category theory?

This is a soft question. I am an undergrad and is currently seriously considering the field of math I am going into in grad school. (perhaps a little bit late, but it's better late then never.) I ...
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A “small” definition of sub-(∞,1)-topoi

Suppose I have an $(\infty,1)$-topos $\mathcal{X}$ and a (small) set of maps $S$ in $\mathcal{X}$, which therefore generates an accessible localization $S^{-1}\mathcal{X}$. Is there any "small" ...
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The real numbers object in Sh(Top)

If $X$ is a sober topological space, the real numbers object in the topos $\mathrm{Sh}(X)$ is the sheaf of continuous real-valued functions on $X$. This is proven very explicitly in Theorem VI.8.2 of ...
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$ \text{Lan}_KN(-/\mathcal C)\cong N(-/K) $

Let $N(-/\mathcal C)\colon \mathcal C\to \mathbf{sSet}$ be the functor sending $c\in\mathcal C$ to the nerve of the coslice category $c/\mathcal C$. Given a functor $K\colon\mathcal{C}\to ...
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Graphs of tensoring modules

Let $A$ be a ring, and $L,M,N$ an $A^\mathrm{op} \otimes A$-modules. $L \otimes_A M$ is then an $A \otimes A^\mathrm{op}$ module so we can tensor it again with $N$ to get an abelian group $(L ...
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Topological characterization of injective metric spaces

Let $\ (X\ d)\ \,(Y\ \delta)\ $ be arbitrary metric spaces. A function $\ f:X\rightarrow Y\ $ is called a metric map (with respect to the given metrics $\ d\ \delta$) $\ \Leftarrow:\Rightarrow\ ...
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Characterize the category of rings

(Sub)categories of many well-studied mathematical objects have been characterized purely in terms of their morphisms. Some (famous) examples: Sets and functions, due to Lawvere. Modules over some ...
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A linear category with objects of infinite length but which is otherwise finite?

Fix a ground field $k$. By a linear category I will mean an Abelian category which is compatibly enriched over $k$-vector spaces. A linear category is called finite if it satisfies the following four ...
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Finitely co/continuous monad induced by an operad

It is well known that any operad on a nice monoidal category induces a monad. I was wondering which conditions can be imposed on the operad $T$ (say, in a monoidal closed $\cal V$) so that the ...
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Do the algebras for a $\infty$-monad form a stable $\infty$-category?

I'm wondering if a monad $T$ on a stable $\infty$-category $\cal C$ has a stable $\infty$-category of algebras, provided $T$ preserves finite limits/colimits. Is this true? Edit: Is something ...
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Fibrations of the injective model structure on G-simplicial sets

Let $G$ be a discrete group. Consider the category of $G$-simplicial sets endowed with the injective model structure, i.e. cofibrations are the injective maps and weak equivalences are the maps which ...
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Higher vector spaces

As far as I know there are different ways to categorify the notion of vector space/module. These appear (for example) when trying to find extended TQFTs. There are at least two ways (presented at ...
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$(LLP(Epi), Epi)$ is a WFS on any variety of algebras

This entry in the Joyal catlab claims without proof that in a category $\bf V$ which is a "variety of algebras" the two classes $(LLP(Epi), Epi)$ form a weak factorization system. I interpret this ...
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Relations In Category Theory

Probably a silly question. Suppose that $C$ is a category that does not have finite Cartesian products. So we cannot define a relation on some objects to be a sub object of their Cartesian product (a ...
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relations between derived categories of ind-A and A

Let $A$ be an abelian category and $indA$ be its ind category. I want to know the relations between $D^b(A)$ and $D^b(indA)$. For example, I find in another question that if $A$ is thick in $indA$, ...
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Concise definition of subobjects

Higher category theory tells us that it is a bad idea to identify isomorphic things. Rather, the isomorphism should belong to some additional data. Also, categorification tells us that one should, ...
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Is the extension of a quasi-functor again a quasi-functor?

Let $\mathcal A, \mathcal A', \mathcal B$ be dg-categories over a field $k$ (this assumption allows me not to derive the tensor product, I don't think it is really essential). Let $F : \mathcal A \to ...
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Orthogonal FS become weak FS if you switch classes

I've always been surprised by the fact that $(Epi, Mono)$ is, when possible, a strong factorization system (unique solution to lifting problems, existence of unique factorization), whereas $(Mono, ...
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What suffices to check completeness in an n-fold Segal space?

Recall that a Segal space is a simplicial space $X : \Delta \to \mathrm{Spaces}$, $\bullet \mapsto X_\bullet$, which satisfies the Segal condition: For each $j$, the map $$ X_j \to ...
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The Karoubi model structure on Cat

I am looking for any kind of informations about the Karoubi model structure on $\bf Cat$. I discovered the presence of this structure a few months ago on the Joyal Lab and now I would like to use it ...