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Isomorphisms and higher homotopy

It is well known that a simply connected groupoid is already contractible. Thus, isomorphisms cannot model higher homotopy. But I wonder, is this a global phenomenon (because we consider categories ...
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When are automorphisms in categories homotopically trivial?

First, let $\mathcal{G}$ be a groupoid. Then an automorphism $\gamma\colon X\rightarrow X$ in $\mathcal{G}$ considered as a loop in the nerve of $\mathcal{G}$ is homotopic to the point $X$ if and only ...
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Factorization systems in a triangulated/stable category

Google is of little help when questioned about "factorization systems in a triangulated category". Are there informations about them? Are there "natural" (meaning: "obviously defined") OFS/WFS in a ...
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What is the universal property of being the maximal common subobject of two objects in a semisimple category?

Imagine a semisimple abelian category $\mathcal{C}$, for example representations of a finite group. Take two (nonsimple) objects $X, Y$ that are subobjects of a common object $Z$, and decompose them ...
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Generalizing indexed coproduct from $\mathrm{Set}$ to other monoidal categories

Consider the diagonal functor $\Delta_\mathcal{J} : \mathrm{Set} \to \mathrm{Set}^\mathcal{J}$, given by $\Delta_{\mathcal{J}}(X) = J \mapsto X$. This has left and right adjoints, which in the case ...
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Banach space interpolation theory in terms of categories

I have recently learned a bit about higher category theory. And there is a question I would like to ask. Can we enrich banach space interpolation theory by using higher category theory? Is it ...
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Reference request: maps between moduli spaces

I want to understand the relationship between moduli spaces as we vary the different parameters. I'll focus on the moduli space ${\mathcal M}_{g,n}(X,\beta)$ of stable maps from genus $g$ curves with ...
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What is the co-form of Grothendieck construction?

For simplicity, let us consider only a functor out of a small category $\mathcal{C}$ to $Set$, $$ f:\mathcal{C}\to Set, $$ The Grothendieck construction produces a category (category of elements) ...
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Continuity of Kan extension along the Yoneda embedding

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category and $h_-: \mathcal{C} \to \mathrm{Set}^{\mathcal{C}^{op}}$ be the Yoneda embedding. Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a cocomplete category and $F: \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{A}$ a ...
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Weakening simplicial identities

The generators $d_i, s_i$ for morphisms of the simplicial category satisfy simplicial identities: $d_jd_i = d_id_{j−1}$ for $i < j$ $s_jd_i = d_is_{j−1}$ for $i < j$ $s_jd_i = id$ for $i = ...
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symmetric monoidal double categories?

Let me preface this by saying that I don't know much category theory. I am running into a situation where I have a double category and additionally there is a multiplication. Moreover, choosing ...
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What's the Hochschild homology of the category of constructible sheaves?

Let $X$ be a manifold. Does the Hochschild homology/cohomology of the category of constructible sheaves on $X$ have a more familiar name?
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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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Is there a quantum group or loop group description of a braided monoidal 2-category giving Khovanov homology?

Recall that there are (at least) two ways to describe the modular tensor category that $3$-dimensional Chern-Simons (with gauge group $G$ and level $k$) assigns to a circle: one involving ...
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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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$\Omega$ and $B$ as adjoints between symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$- and $(\infty,n-1)$-categories

Given a symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$-category $\mathcal{D}$, one obtains a symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n-1)$-category $\Omega \mathcal{D}$ by taking $\Omega \mathcal{D}= ...
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Morita equivalence via Kan extension

Are there necessary/sufficient conditions for a functor $f\colon \mathcal C\to \widehat{\mathcal A}$ to induce an equivalence $\text{Lan}_yf=F\colon \widehat{\mathcal C}\leftrightarrows ...
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Universal property of module categories over monads

Let $T$ be a monad on a cocomplete category $\mathcal{C}$. Let's assume that $T$ preserves reflexive coequalizers (or something weaker?). Then the category of $T$-modules $\mathsf{Mod}(T)$ is ...
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Follow up: Is continuity preserved when taking comma object?

Here, I asked wether taking lax pullback preserves continuity, but got no precise answer. However, I have found this recent article by Riehl and Verity which proves something very similar, but I ...
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The topologies for which a presheaf is a sheaf?

Given a set $S$, let $Top(S)$ denote the partially ordered set (poset) of topologies on $S$, ordered by fineness, so the discrete topology, $Disc(S)$, is maximal. Suppose that $Q$ is a presheaf on ...
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When are completely positive maps monic/epic?

In the category of C*-algebras and $*$-homomorphisms, a morphism is monic precisely when it is injective, and epic precisely when it is surjective (see Mono- and epi-morphisms for C*-algebras). Is ...
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Quantum Bayesian update and Bayesian update of a model category

We know that we can have internal categories in a model category. We also know that there is a notion of Quantum Bayesian update in a monoidal category. Does the Quantum Bayesian update (equation ...
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Bicategorical limits with parameters

(This question was asked in http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/741334/bicategorical-limits-with-parameters with no answer.) Let $F(-,-)\colon \mathcal{A}\times \mathcal{B}\to \mathcal{C}$ be a ...
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Projectives and Injectives in Functor Categories

Would it be possible to enlighten me (or even better give a reference) about enough projectives (injectives) in functor categories? Here is a precise question. Let $C$ be a small category, whose ...
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Why is a braided left autonomous category also right autonomous?

In Selinger, P. A survey of graphical languages for monoidal categories (New Structures for Physics, Springer, 2011, 813, 289-233), it is stated that: Lemma 4.17 ([23, Prop. 7.2]). A braided ...
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Is continuity of a functor stable under pullback?

Let $p:C\rightarrow D$, $i:F\rightarrow D$ be functors of 2-categories, and we form the lax pullback of $p$ along $i$ $$ \bar{p}:C\times_D^{lax} F\rightarrow F$$ Q1: Is it true that if $p$ ...
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Finite limits in the category of smooth manifolds?

The category of smooth manifolds does not have all finite limits. However, it does have some limits: it has finite products, it has splittings of idempotents, and it has certain other limits if we ...
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Idempotents split in category of smooth manifolds?

In his paper "Qualitative Distinctions Between Some Toposes of Generalized Graphs" (reproduced here), page 267, Lawvere says that the idempotent-splitting completion of the category of open sets of ...
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Categorification of the integers

I would like to know a natural categorification of the rig of integers $\mathbb{Z}$. This should be a $2$-rig. Among the various notions of 2-rigs, we obviously have to exclude those where $+$ is a ...
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Making additive envelopes of monoidal categories monoidal

I have a monoidal category $(\mathcal{C},\otimes)$ enriched over abelian groups, for which I want to take the additive envelope $\mathcal{M}at\,\mathcal{C}$. (This is defined as the category with ...
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A question on the Grothendieck construction

The usual Grothendieck construction is for pseudofunctors $I^{op}\to Cat$, where $I$ is a 1-category and $Cat$ is the 2-category of 1-categories. The Grothendieck construction produces a category with ...
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a naive question about the second dual of a vector space

Let $K$ be a field. Are there non-scalar endomorphisms of the endofunctor $$ V\mapsto V^{**}/V $$ of the category of $K$-vector spaces? I asked a related question on Mathematics Stackexchange, but ...
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Simple technical adjunction question

Suppose $F,G$ are adjoint, and $\epsilon:F\circ G\rightarrow Id$ is the counit. Is it always true that$$ Id_{FG}\epsilon=\epsilon Id_{FG} $$ as maps from $FGFG$ to $FG$? It's true if you precompose ...
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When does a cogenerator determine a variety?

Two varieties of universal algebras are categorically equivalent iff their respective full subcategories of finitely generated free algebras are equivalent. Roughly speaking, this follows because they ...
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An isomorphism of categories

(This question was originally asked http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/725421/an-isomorphism-of-categories, with no affirmative answer there.) Let $C$ be an (finite) extensive category with ...
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defining a bicategory of real-valued matrices

Let $\mathbf{Rel}$ be the bicategory of sets, relations, and inclusions between relations. The following fact is well-known: Any ordinary function $f : X \to Y$ between sets induces a pair of ...
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Multi-categorical left Kan extensions?

Let ${\bf Set}$ be the category of sets with cartesian product denoted $\times$, and let Sets be the corresponding multi-category of sets, where $$Hom_{\bf Sets}(A_1,\ldots,A_n;B)=Hom_{\bf ...
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Given a 2-category, is the hammock localization wrt the equivalences equivalent to taking the hom-wise nerve of the maximal subgroupoids?

Consider a category $C$ enriched in categories. Here we have a natural class $W$ of equivalences, namely those morphisms having inverses up to 2-isomorphisms. One can take the hammock localization ...
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A question about braiding represented as pseudofunctors

I just asked a very similar question here (About symmetry, braids, and pseudo-functors.), still now I dont get a answere. I hope to express myself more clearly and correctly this time. Let ...
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Transporting algebraic structure along adjoint equivalences

I have two questions, one general and the other particular to the case I am interested in. The 'homotopically correct' notion of equivalence of categories is an adjoint equivalence (from one point of ...
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Rank vanishing in tensor categories

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a cocomplete $\mathbb{Q}$-linear symmetric monoidal category (if convenient, assume that it is locally finitely presentable and/or abelian). Recall that the rank (or dimension) of ...
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Does the “free category on a reflexive graph” monad preserve weak pullbacks, and “why”?

Consider the category of reflexive graphs, and the monad $M$ on it taking the free category: $M(G)$ has all vertices of $G$ as objects, and as edges $x \to x'$ all identity-free paths $x \to x'$ in ...
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The link between the subfactors and the motives as enriched Galois theories?

On 29th March 2007, at the "École normale supérieure" of Paris, the mathematician Vaughan Jones, gave a conference (in French) entitled "Les sous-facteurs : une théorie de Galois enrichie" (see here), ...
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About reflective full subcategories and small-orthogonality classes

Let $\mathcal{A}\subset \mathcal{B}$ be two categories with $\mathcal{A}$ full and reflective in $\mathcal{B}$. Let $R:\mathcal{B}\to\mathcal{A}$ be the reflection. That $R$ is the left adjoint to the ...
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Pushout of categories along embeddings gives homotopy pushout?

Consider the pushout of a diagram $A\leftarrow B\rightarrow C$ of categories and assume that at least one of the arrows is an embedding, i.e. injective on objects and arrows. When applying the nerve ...
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Preimages of accessible full subcategories

My question is ultimately about the model theory of $L_{\infty, \omega}$, but it is more convenient to phrase it in terms of category theory. Suppose I have finitely accessible categories ...
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Locally finite varieties which are not finitely generated

Let $\Sigma$ be a signature consisting of operations with finite arity. Let $\mathcal{V}$ be a variety of algebras for this signature. Further suppose that $\mathcal{V}$ is locally finite i.e. every ...
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From the representation category of a Lie group and the representation on a homogeneous space, can we reconstruct the stabiliser subgroup reps?

Given a Lie group $G$ and a transitive action $- \triangleright - : G \times X \to X$ on a homogeneous space, we can recover the stabiliser subgroup $H_x$ of a point $x \in X$. It is the subgroup of ...
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What's an initial object in a poset-enriched category?

I have a functor $F:C \to D$ between poset-enriched categories, and I'd like to show that the induced map on classifying spaces is a homotopy-equivalence. To this end, I am trying to establish the ...
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Reducing the simplices in the nerve of a category with an object with trivial endomorphism monoid

Let $C$ be a category with an object $X$ such that there are no non-trivial endomorphisms $X\rightarrow X$. Consider a simplex $\sigma$ of the nerve $NC$ of $C$. It is just a string of composable ...