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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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### 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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### 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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### Conjectures in Grothendieck's “Pursuing stacks”

I read on the nLab that in "Pursuing stacks" Grothendieck made several interesting conjectures, some of which have been proved since then. For example, as David Roberts wrote in answer to this ...

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### Two functors from Grp to Grp?

It has been many years since I first read Categories for the Working Mathematician, but I still have a question about one of the first exercises. Question 5 in section 1.3 asks you to find two ...

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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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### Question about Lusternik-Schnirelmann Category? [on hold]

I have this sets: $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^N, N\geq 3$ a smooth bounded domain
$\Omega_{r}^+=\{x\in \mathbb{R}^N, d(x,\Omega)\leq r\}$ and ${\Omega}^-_{r}=\{x\in \Omega, d(x,\partial\Omega)\geq ...

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### What is the full subcategory of $\it{Cat}$ consisting of categories $\mathbb{C}$ where $\mathsf{ob}(\mathbb{C}) = \mathsf{arr}(\mathbb{C})$ hold? [on hold]

Let $\it{Cat}'$ be the full subcategory of $\it{Cat}$ such that
$ \mathsf{ob}(\it{Cat}') = \{ \mathbb{C} \in \it{Cat} \mid \mathsf{ob}(\mathbb{C}) = \mathsf{arr}(\mathbb{C}) \}$.
The questions are as ...

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### Bi-embeddability vs. isomorphism

Can anybody give me an example of a "naturally-occurring" algebraic category $C$ in which:
$C$ has two non-isomorphic objects $A$ and $B$ which are bi-embeddable via monic maps; but
$C$ does NOT ...

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### Is there a good version of Artin-Wedderburn for semisimple algebra objects?

Artin-Wederburn says that if you have a semisimple algebra then it is a product of matrix algebras over division rings.
Suppose that $C$ is a fusion category over the complex numbers (if you want to ...

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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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### 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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### 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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**1**answer

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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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### Is the category of commutative group schemes abelian?

I think, because in the category of schemes, all finite limits exist, the commutative group
objects with homomorphisms should form an abelian category.
Is this true? And do you know anywhere to cite ...

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668 views

### Set-theoretic forcing over sites?

All texts I have read on set-theoretic independence proofs consider several different sorts of constructions separately, such as Boolean-valued models (equivalently, forcing over posets), permutation ...

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### Surreal Numbers as Inductive Type?

Prompted by James Propp's recent question about surreal numbers, I was wondering whether anyone had investigated the idea of describing surreal numbers (as ordered class) in terms of a universal ...

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### Lower Algebra: Modules over the monoidal category of abelian groups

Proposition 6.3.2.18 of Higher Algebra identifies $Mod_{Sp}(Pr^L)$, the symmetric monoidal category of right modules over the monoidal category $Sp$ of spectra in $Pr^L$ the category of presentable ...

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### Example of a commutative algebra object in a braded monoidal category C

Hi,
I am looking for an example of a commutative algebra object in a braided monoidal category C which it can also be turned into a commutative Frobenius algebra. If you have any examples could you ...

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### The (un)reasonable (non-)ubiquity of the Grothendieck construction

Is there a way to export the Grothendieck construction to different contexts than $Cat$? in theory, if you build $\int F$ out of $F\colon \mathcal C\to Cat$, or $F\colon \mathcal C\to Sets$, as a ...

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323 views

### 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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857 views

### 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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### When is it possible to interpret composition as a natural transformation? [migrated]

First note that for any objects $X$, $Y$, and $Z$ in a category $C$, we can get a morphism $\bigcirc: Z^Y \times Y^X \rightarrow Z^X$ as following. We define $\bigcirc$ as $\lambda (eval_{Z^Y} \circ ...

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### What does the classifying space of a category classify?

A finite group $G$ can be considered as a category with one object. Taking its nerve $NG$, and then geometrically realizing we get $BG$ the classifying space of $G$, which classifies principle $G$ ...

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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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### Internal equivalence implies weak equivalence for Frechet Lie groupoids?

It is a known theorem that an internal equivalence of Lie groupoids (finite dimensional manifolds!) - that is an equivalence in the 2-category of Lie groupoids, smooth functors and transformations - ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Giving $Top(X,Y)$ an appropriate topology

I am not sure if its OK to ask this question here.
Let $Top$ be the category of topological spaces. Let $X,Y$ be objects in $Top$.
Let $F:\mathbb{I}\rightarrow Top(X,Y)$ be a function (I will ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Is there a sense in which the homotopy theory of simplicial sets is the “paradigmatic” one?

I could not come up with a better title for my question.
What I am asking is this (preemptive excuses to all experts in homotopy theory for naivetes of all kinds you may find herein):
the ...

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**1**answer

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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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### The classifying space of the groupoid $\pmb\Delta^n$

Consider the groupoid generated by the category $\{0\to 1\to\cdots\to n\}$; let's call this category $\pmb\Delta^n$ opposed to the category $\triangle^n$, which is "thinner".
I'm trying to figure out ...

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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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### 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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### (Homotopy) limits and colimits in a dg-category

It is known that differential graded categories (or, also, $A_\infty$-categories) are 'incarnations', in some sense, of (stable) $(\infty,1)$-categories. I'm not used to the theory of ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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" ...