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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 ...
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Recognition principle for 2-categories (2-groupoids)

Given a 2-category (i.e. bicategory) $C$ there is a unitary geometrical nerve whose 0-simplices are objects of $C$, 1-simplices are 1-arrows of $C$, 2-simplices are 2-commutative triangles (in certain ...
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Is the category of schemes wellpowered? regularly wellpowered?

Wellpowered means that for every scheme $X$, the subobject lattice of monormophisms $Y \to X$ is essentially small; regularly wellpowered means that for every scheme $X$, the regular subobject lattice ...
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Is the category of spherical fusion categories regular? (i.e. is image factorisation possible?)

Consider the category where objects are strict spherical fusion categories and morphisms are strict spherical functors (preserving cups and caps). I am wondering whether there is some kind of image ...
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Induced adjunctions

Suppose $F: C \rightarrow D$ is the left adjoint to a functor $G$. Then is it true that the functor $F^{\star}:[C : Sets]$ defined by prescomposing a functor $P: C \rightarrow Sets$ is still left ...
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The most unexpected and/or the least natural category theory theorem?

Theory of categories is all natural and abstract nonsense. Or is it? What would be the most unexpected and/or the least natural theorem of the theory of category? (It does not really have to be THE). ...
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Showing a functorial isomorphism

I'm having trouble with this exercise from Elements of the Representation Theory of Associative Algebras I: Techniques of Representation Theory. The exercise in question is from chapter IV. So, let ...
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Do any Stone-like dualities have some self-dualities hidden inside them?

This question originated from the observation that in most cases when one has duality of structured sets induced by a dualizing set-with-two-structures $D$, both sides of the duality are substructures ...
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Exercises around Diffeological Spaces or a Diffeologic Atlas Theory

Is there a Book or a bunch of exercises to get used to diffeological spaces from a practical point of view? It seems to me that papers on this topic are mostly concerned with their very good ...
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A question about the proof of Quillen's Theorem A

(I posted this question on Mathstack but I haven't received any answers or comments so I thought I might as well try my luck here. I apologize if it is not an appropriate question.) Theorem (Quillen) ...
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Origin of exact sequences

I have seen exact sequences appearing a lot in algebraic texts with different purposes. But I've never seen names of the people associated with it. Also I don't understand what's so good about showing ...
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Sheaffication using a $\lambda$-transfinite colimit

I asked this question on mathstack (long time ago), however I received no answers, so I'm trying it here. I don't know whether it's suitable for this site, anyway. I was reading this article ...
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Adjoining adjoints in a 2-category

For a given 2-category $C$, does there exist a faithful and locally faithful 2-functor $C \to C^*$, such that the image of every 1-morphism of $C$ has a right adjoint in $C^*$? Below are some of my ...
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Internal logic of the topos of simplicial sets

I am looking for a closed statement (i.e. not depending on any parameter objects) which is true in the internal logic of the topos of simplicial sets, but is not an intuitionistic tautology. Ideally, ...