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### Does homotopy invariance of homology follow from the structure of the simplex category $\Delta$?

Explicitly: Let $\Delta$ denote the simplex category, and $\mathscr{C}$ any small category, and fix a functor $F:\Delta \rightarrow \mathscr{C}$ such that $F\Delta^0$ is terminal. Also, assume ...

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### Hilb as a Colimit in the Category of Scott Complete Categories (foundations)

Here is a paper I found by Adamek that generalizes Domain theory into categories of categories called Scott Complete Categories. The category of Scott Complete categories is denoted SCC. For years, ...

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### Computable Categories in the most direct sense?

While there is a lot of work in category related to notions of realizability and computability, etc... I've failed to find work on categories that are computable in the sense of having object and ...

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### Kan extensions in concrete 2-categories

Kan extensions make sense in any 2-category. I am interested in Kan extensions in "concrete" 2-categories consisting of actual categories with some sort of structure (e.g., finite products, finite ...

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### Lifting DG-categories to characteristic zero

The question of lifting (smooth projective) varieties from an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p$ to characteristic zero (i.e., to the Witt vectors $W(k)$) is a classical one. It's ...

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### Etale spaces using Kan extensions

Mac Lane - Moerdijk's "Sheaves" gives this cryptic hint in page 91 that the equivalence between etale spaces and sheaves on a space $X$ can be cooked up using formal methods.
More precisely, we are ...

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### Equivariant Derived Category

If $G$ is an connected unipotent group over $k$,and $X$ a scheme of finite type over $k$, (an algebraic closed field of positive characteristic) then we can define the bounded derived categorie of ...

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### For a quasicategory $C$, why is $\mathrm{Fun}(\Lambda^2_0,C) \to \mathrm{Fun}(\Delta^{\{2\}},C) \cong C$ a cocartesian fibration?

More generally, I expect that the following is true:
Let $D$ be a diagram quasicategory, let $d \in D$ be a vertex, and use this to define $D' = D \amalg_{\Delta^{\{0\}}} \Delta^1$. Then ...

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### The topos for forcing in computability theory

My understanding is that forcing (such as Cohen forcing) can be described via a topos. For example this nlab article on forcing describes forcing as a "the topos of sheaves on a suitable site."
My ...

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### Intuition for hereditary torsion theories

I'm looking for intuition and references for the definition of a hereditary torsion theory and two facts found here. First, the definition and facts:
Definition. A torsion theory $(\mathcal ...

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### Are all smooth functions composites of 0-, 1-, and 2-ary functions?

I will formalize my question in terms of algebraic theories.
Background:
Recall that an algebraic theory (in the sense of Lawvere) is a category $\mathcal{C}$ which is closed under taking finite ...

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### An example of two cofibrant dg categories whose tensor product is not cofibrant

I have been reading the paper by Toën "The homotopy theory of dg categories and derived Morita theory" where in chapter 4 it is stated that the tensor product of two cofibrant dg categories $C$ and ...

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### Categorical proof subgroups of free groups are free?

This is a crossport of this question from MSE.
Is there a categorical proof that subgroups of free groups are free?
How about the result that subgroups of free abelian groups are free abelian?
...

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### Can any object in a presentable category be written as a colimit of generators?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a presentable category, and let $S$ be a set of objects such that $S$ generates $\mathcal{C}$ under colimits, i.e., such that the smallest cocomplete subcategory of $\mathcal{C}$ ...

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### Isomorphic subcategories of directed graphs and presets

For the purposes of this post, a digraph (directed graph) has neither loops nor multiple parallel edges, and a preset is an ordered pair consisting of a set $S$ and a preorder (viz., a reflexive and ...

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### Given functors $F$ and $G$, does $\mathrm{Res}_F \cong \mathrm{Res}_G$ imply $F \cong G$?

Assume $F, G : \mathbf C \to \mathbf D$ be functors. Denote by $\widehat{\mathbf C} = \mathrm{Fun}(\mathbf{C}^{\mathrm{op}}, \mathbf{Set})$ the category of presheaves of sets on $\mathbf C$. Then, $F$ ...

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### Is a concretely reflective full concrete subcategory necessarily finally dense?

On p.371 of "The Joy of Cats", by J.Adamek H.Herrlich and G.E.Strecker:
Proposition 21.32
If a topological category $(\mathbf{A},U)$ is a finally dense full concrete subcategory of $(\mathbf{B},V)$, ...

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### How are the Walker-Wang TQFT and the Crane-Yetter TQFT related?

Mathematical physicists in solid state physics and topological insulators talk a lot about Walker-Wang models, which are a family of Hamiltonians defined on a 3d lattice. Unfortunately, the original ...

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### Do hom-sets really live in the category Set?

This isn't really a research-level question (sorry!), but I asked on
math.se (link), and though the question was upvoted a few times, I didn't
get any answers. So since there may well be more ...

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### Examples of categorical adjunctions in analysis, Lie theory, and differential geometry?

In introductory texts on category theory, it seems like the majority of examples come from algebraic topology, algebra, and logic. Are there any good examples of adjunctions in analysis, Lie theory, ...

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### Is the functor of points of a scheme cofinally small?

Background: In functorial algebraic geometry one would like to consider the category of all functors $\mathsf{CRing} \to \mathsf{Set}$ and define/characterize the category of schemes as a full ...

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### A categorical method to, say, determine the cardinality of a group

I am trying to figure out how much one can figure out about an object using category theory. Ideally, any property that is well defined up to isomorphism should be computable using only category ...

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### Has this construction, which builds a symmetric multicategory from a commutative monoid, been described or studied anywhere, and if so, where?

Whenever $R$ is a commutative ring, write $R[x^{(n)}]$ for the set of all $p \in R[x]$ such that $p$ is a monic polynomial of degree $n$. Then $R[x^{(n)}]$ is not closed under sums, nor does it ...

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### A naive question about SGA4

Can someone explain to me the meaning of remark 1.1.2 at the begining of SGA4.1?
It says that if $C$ is a category that belongs to some universe $U$ (which I understand as "$\mathrm{Ob}(C)$ and ...

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### Construction of Yoneda extension (repost)

This is a reposted question to pull a bit more attention. I unfortunately could not find a detailed construction of the Yoneda extension in literaure, namely, its action on morphisms.
In "Category ...

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### Terminology question for maps between posets

Let $P$ and $Q$ be two poset (partially ordered sets) and $\phi : P \to Q$ an order-preserving function.
I would like to know whether there is a name and perhaps a different characterizations of such ...

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### Colimit density and monads

Let $C$ be a cocomplete category, and suppose that it has an object that is colimit dense. Is $C$ automatically monadic over $Set$? And if not, is there an explicit counterexample?

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### Getting a measure from a premeasure through an adjoint

Let's take the category of measure spaces with objects $(X,\mathcal{F},\mu)$ and avoid the morphisms for now (I'm not sure what they should be), where $X$ is a set, $\mathcal{F}$ is a ...

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### Reference for “multi-monoidal categories”

I have attempted to find a definition of a monoidal category which incorporates $n$-fold tensor products instead of just binary tensor products.
Definition. A "multi-monoidal category" consists of
...

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### Non-abelian Grothendieck group

By general nonsense the forgetful functor from groups to monoids has a left adjoint. It maps a monoid $(X,\cdot,1)$ to the free group on $\{\underline{x} : x \in X\}$ modulo the relations ...

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### The family of morphisms f such that Qf=identity for some functor Q

Localization of a category deals with the family of morphisms rendered invertible by a functor, i.e. the (saturated) family of weak equivalences, which I think resembles the kernel of a group or a ...

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### 2-category theory

I know that we can do a lot of 2-category theory, seeing 2-categories as Cat-enriched categories. Yet, I know that there are some limitations of this approach.
I also know that there are many articles ...

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### Correspondences as generalized morphism between $C^*$-algebras

While reading about Morita equivalence in the category of $C^*$-algebras I met also the following notion: a correspondence between two $C^*$-algebras $A,B$ is a pair $(X,\varphi)$ where $X$ is a ...

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### Reference Request for TQFTs

I had originally asked this question on Math StackExchange but have not obtained any answers, so I decided to post this here. (I have flagged the MSE post to be moved to MathOverflow, for the ...

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### The category of discontinuous Banach spaces

A banach space is discontinuous if it is isometric to $DC(X)$ for some Hausdorff topological space $X$. ($DC(X)$ is defined here. We denote by $DBan$, the category of all discontinuous ...

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### A model category for descent?

Recall that an $(\infty,1)$-category $C$ is said to have descent if for any small diagram $X:I\to M$ with (homotopy) colimit $\overline{X}$, the adjunction between $C/\overline{X}$ and "equifibered" ...

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### Example of a saturated class of morphisms which is not _obviously_ saturated?

By "saturated class of morphisms" in a category $\mathcal{C}$, I mean a subcategory $\mathcal{W} \subset \mathcal{C}$ such that the image of $\mathcal{W}$ in $\mathcal{C}[\mathcal{W}^{-1}]$ consists ...

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### Opposite Symmetric Monoidal Structure on an Infinity Category

Given an $\infty$-category (in the sense of Lurie) $C$, and a symmetric monoidal structure on $C$ associated to a coCartesian fibration $p:C^\otimes\to N(Fin_\ast)$, Lurie says in Remark 2.4.2.7 of ...

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### Retractions of Yoneda are retractors, i.e., left adjoints?

Background
It is fairly well known that if a full subcategory $i: C \hookrightarrow D$ has a left adjoint $F: D \to C$, then the canonical counit $F i(c) \to c$ is an isomorphism. (A classical ...

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### Preservation of universes in presheaves

In Lifting Grothendieck universes Hofmann and Streicher construct a universe in the category of presheaves over a small category given a Grothendieck universe in $\mathbf{Set}$.
Suppose now I have ...

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### Gluings and collages along profunctors

I'm dealing with this construction, available whenever you have two categories $\cal C,D$ and a profunctor $\varphi\colon {\cal C}\leadsto{\cal D}$ between them.
Define a category ${\cal ...

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### Distributive law between Kleisli triples

A distributive law of a monad $S$ over a monad $T$ is a natural transformation $l : T S \to S T$ such that:
$l \circ T \eta^S = \eta^S T$
$l \circ \eta^T S = S \eta^T$
$\mu^S T \circ S l \circ l S = ...

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### Kan extension pseudonatural transformations

Consider the 2-category $[S, H] $ of 2-functors $S\to H $ (in which, obviously, $S$ and $H$ are 2-categories). And consider a (possibly fully faithful) functor $T: S\to Z $
For simplicity, let's ...

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### Tensor product over a monoid in a monoidal category

nLab article on tensor product says:
"Given two objects in a monoidal category $(C,\otimes)$ with a right and left action, respectively, of some monoid $A$, their tensor product over $A$ is the ...

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### Cantor's theorem for presheaves?

Some years back (before MathOverflow was born), Tom Leinster asked an interesting question at the $n$-Category Café which I don't recall ever seeing an answer for:
Does there exist a ...

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### What's so special about $1$-categories?

I have been pretty thoroughly convinced for some time now that, when thinking about mathematics, one really should be thinking 'categorically', that is, one should always be thinking of the morphisms ...

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### A More Advanced Version of Aluffi's Chapter 0

This is a crosspost of this question from MSE.
Paulo Aluffi's Book, Algebra, Chapter 0 aims to teach basic algebra from a categorical viewpoint. The first chapters of the book, however, introduce ...

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### Retractions and left-factoring morphisms

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be any category and let $A, B$ be objects.
A retraction is a morphism $r: A\to B$ such that there is $s:B\to A$ such that $r\circ s:B\to B$ is the identity.
A morphism $l: A\to B$ ...

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### (Affine) Schemes and the point of view of morphisms with values in a field

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with unity. If $\varphi_1 : A \rightarrow K_1$ and $\varphi_2 : A \rightarrow K_2$ are ring morphisms from $A$ to fields, $\varphi_1$ and $\varphi_2$ are said to ...

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### What is the universal property of quotienting a normaliser of the subgroup?

Let $G$ be a group, $H$ a subgroup and $X$ a $G$-set. By taking orbits $X/H = X \times_H 1$ or fixed points $X^H = \mathrm{Hom}_H(1,X)$ we obtain a set on which $H$ acts trivially, and we've destroyed ...