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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 ...
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Is there a general notion of a subobject generated by a subset in any concrete category?

Let $A$ be an object of a concrete category $C$ with a forgetful functor $F\rightarrow Set$ and let $S \subseteq F(A)$. Is there a general construction that gives us a subobject $\left<S\right>$ ...
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Do all full exceptional sequences of a triangulated category have the same length?

Let $\mathcal{D}$ be a $k$-linear triangulated category and $\langle E_n,E_{n-1},\ldots, E_0\rangle$ be a sequence of objects of $\mathcal{D}$. We call $\langle E_n,E_{n-1},\ldots, E_0\rangle$ an ...
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Deligne's exterior power

In "Catégories Tannakiennes", Deligne defines the $n$th exterior power of an object $A$ of an abelian tensor category $\mathcal{C}$ as the image of the morphism $$p : A^{\otimes n} \to A^{\otimes n}, ...
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What are $( \infty , n)$-categories useful for?

I know that mathematicians are trying to construct adequate models for $( \infty, n)$-categories. Although, it seems to be an interesting task, I would like to know some explicity examples where this ...
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Tannakian formalism for topological Hopf algebras

Tannaka-Krein duality allows, under the appropriate assumptions, to reconstruct a Hopf algebra from its category of modules. This method was found to be powerful for instance in the work of ...
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Reference for maps whose pushouts are also homotopy pushouts

Consider a category C with weak equivalences, e.g., a model category. For the purposes of this question, let's say that a morphism f in C is an i-cofibration if any pushout (alias cobase change) ...
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Existence of ind-right adjoint functor for semi-simple category?

I'm just reading a lemma in Yves ANDRE's seminar on finite dimensional motives. Soit $Σ:Rep_F G→T$ un ⊗-foncteur vers une categorie F-tensorielle T …… where $G$ is a pro-reductive group scheme, ...
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Can a smooth function on a cross be extended to the whole plane?

Consider a real function on the union of two lines R×0 and 0×R in R² whose restrictions to R×0 and 0×R are smooth functions R→R. Is it possible to extend this function to a smooth function on R²? ...
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Commutation of simplicial homotopy colimits and homotopy products in spaces

Edit: The claim below is wrong, as explained in the comments, because infinite homotopy products of simplicial sets require their components to be fibrantly replaced first, unlike finite homotopy ...
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Are these two “FUNCTORS” adjoint?

I am considering the following correspondence: Let $X$ be quasi compact quasi separated schemes.Consider a pseudo functor \begin{equation}Sch\rightarrow CAT :U\mapsto Qcoh(U),f:U\rightarrow V\mapsto ...
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If the direct image of f preserves coherent sheaves on noetherian schemes, how to show f is proper?

The other direction is well known. I think it is true and I was told by several other guys doing algebraic geometry that it is indeed true but they did not know how to prove. I am also wondering ...
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Categorical characterization of closed imbeddings

Let $f\colon X\to Y$ be a morphism of schemes. Let $F_X$ and $F_Y$ be the contravariant functors from the category $Sch$ of schemes to the category of sets defined via the Yoneda construction, i.e. ...
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Category of modules over commutative monoid in symmetric monoidal category

Let $\left(\cal{C},\otimes ,I\right)$ be a symmetric monoidal category (not necessarily closed) and $A$ a commutative monoid in $\cal{C}$. In his DAG III (page 95), Lurie writes: In many cases, ...
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Are regular epi of locale stably epic?

It is well know that the category of locales is not a regular category, that is the pullback of a regular epimorphism is not always a regular epimorphism: for example, the classical counterexample ...
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Infinite dimensional 2-Hilbert spaces

Is there a definition of an infinite dimensional 2-Hilbert space? Finite dimensional 2-Hilbert spaces have been discussed by Baez in http://arxiv.org/abs/q-alg/9609018 In the more recent paper by ...
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Pivotal functors of that are substantially different from finite group homomorphisms

Fusion categories can be seen as generalisations of the representation category of finite groups. I'm interested in spherical fusion categories. I'm trying to find "interesting" functors from a ...
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Why does $\pi_t$ preserve pullbacks in this special case?

Let $X$ be a fibrant pointed cosimplicial space. Following Bousfield-Kan, let $\text{lim}^{\partial \Delta_{n+1}} X = M^{n}X$ be the nth matching object of $X$. Onecan then show that there is a ...
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Aspheric functors and Grothendieck fibrations

Following Grothendieck, let us say that a category is aspheric if its nerve is weakly contractible and a functor $u : \mathcal{A} \to \mathcal{B}$ is aspheric if for every object $b$ in $\mathcal{B}$, ...
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Internal categories in an endofunctor category

Here we see the definition of an internal category in a monoidal category. We also know that endofunctor categories support a monoidal product which is actually functor composition. It is the case ...
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Reference request: Book of topology from “Topos” point of view

Question: Is there any book of topology in the modern language of topos theory? Motivation: In "Sheaves in Geometry and Logic" Mac Lane and Moerdijk say: "For Grothendieck, topology became the ...
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Is there a general notion of semigroup action?

The analogous result to Cayley’s theorem or Yoneda lemma in semigroup theory represents semigroups as semigroups of functions from a set to itself. This suggests that a semigroup action consists of a ...
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Categories with binary relations as objects

For the category of functions, pairs of functions making commutative diagrams are the canonical morphisms $\alpha:f\rightarrow g$. For binary relations there is an alternative, to consider the ...
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Compact objects and ind-objects in triangulated categories

question : let $A$ be triangulated category compactly generated by subcategory $A^c$ of compact objects. Consider category of ind-objects $Ind(A^c)$. Is there relation between $A$ and $Ind(A^c)$? ...
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What are TQFTs that are multiplicative under connected sums? Do bordisms with connected sum as monoidal product exist?

In general, one extracts a manifold invariant from a TQFT by interpreting the closed manifold as a bordism from the empty set to the empty set. The TQFT sends this bordism to a homomorphism of the ...
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what is the stabilization of pointed sets?

Given a(n $\infty$-)category, there is a process called "stabilitazion" which spits out a stable $\infty$-category (as one can read about in either Higher Algebra or the nlab). The famous example is ...
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Higher Degree Data in a Cosimplicial Quasicategory and Delooping

If there is a short answer to this question and someone can write it here that'd be wonderful, but if it's longer, I'm also perfectly happy with a reference. My question is regarding accessing data ...
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Continuous relations?

What might it mean for a relation $R\subset X\times Y$ to be continuous? In topology, category theory or in analysis? Is it possible, canonical, useful? I have a vague idea of the possibility of ...
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In the category of sets epimorphisms are surjective - Constructive Proof?

The statement that surjective maps are epimorphisms in the category of sets can be shown in a constructive way. What about the inverse? Is it possible to show that every epimorphism in the category ...
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Notion of infinity in categories

Please excuse me if the question is too vague or uninteresting. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category and $A$ an object in $\mathcal{C}$. Motivated by the equivalence of Dedekind-finiteness and finiteness ...
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Pseudomodules, “general coherence theorem”

A pseudomonoid is defined within a monoidal bicategory. It is like a monoid in a monoidal category except that the usual axioms hold up to coherent invertible 2-cells. Pseudomonoid is like a monoidal ...