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Is there a reasoned derivation of the coherence conditions for symmetric rig categories?

I know what the coherence conditions are, I can look them up in M. Laplaza, Coherence for distributivity, Lecture Notes in Mathematics 281, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1972, pp. 29-72. In theory, ...
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Are monoids with zero and partial homomorphisms related?

Context: Let $\Sigma=\{U,C,A,G\}$ and $L\subset\Sigma^*$, i.e. $L$ is a language over the alphabet $\Sigma$. Let $\Sigma'=\{0,1\}$ and define a homomorphism $f:\Sigma^*\to\Sigma'^*$ by extending $U ...
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Reflective Localizations vs. categories of local objects

Given a category $\mathcal{C}$ and a set (let's not bother with size issues here) $\mathcal{W} \subseteq \text{Mor}(\mathcal{C})$ we may form the category $\mathcal{C}[\mathcal{W}^{-1}]$ obtained by ...
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a (pseudo)adjunction for the functor sending a category C to PSh(C) the category of presheaves

I've read about free cocompletion of categories discussing on the adjunction between Cat and cocompleteCat (Cat: category of small categories, cocompleteCat: category of small cocomplete categories ...
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Morphisms $P \to M$ in the derived category of a dg-category, if $P$ is h-projective

Let $\mathbf A$ be a dg-category. Denote by $\mathsf{C}_{\mathrm{dg}}(\mathbf A)$ the dg-category of right $\mathbf A$-modules, and by $\mathsf{C}(\mathbf A) = Z^0(\mathsf{C}_{\mathrm{dg}}(\mathbf ...
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partial pullback-completion of a category

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a (possibly enriched) category with all finite product, and $\mathbf{M}$ a class of morphisms. Can one construct completion of $\mathcal{C}$ w.r.t. all pullbacks along morphisms ...
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Is there a natural measurable structure on the $\sigma$-algebra of a measurable space?

Let $(X, \Sigma)$ denote a measurable space. Is there a non-trivial $\sigma$-algebra $\Sigma^1$ of subsets of $\Sigma$ so that $(\Sigma, \Sigma^1)$ is also a measurable space? Here is one natural ...
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A generalization of the Spanier-Whitehead construction

What I call "Spanier-Whitehead stabilization" is a construction which extends a category $\bf C$ to a bigger one $\mathcal{SW}_\Omega({\bf C})$ where a given endofunctor $\Omega$ is invertible. The ...
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Representing topoi by topological groupoids

i was reading an article written by Butz and Moerdijk (https://www.math.uu.nl/publications/preprints/984.ps.gz) and i have a problem in understanding their proof of theorem $5.1$ (The one in which ...
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Recollement of multiple $t$-structures

Given a recollement $$ \mathbf{D}^0 \underset{\underset{i_R}\leftarrow}{\overset{\overset{i_L}\leftarrow}\to} \mathbf{D} \underset{\underset{q_R}\leftarrow}{\overset{\overset{q_L}\leftarrow}\to} ...
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Problem with a proof in Wellfounded trees in categories

I'm reading the paper Wellfounded trees in categories by Moerdijk and Palmgren. I'm having trouble understanding the proof of Theorem 7.2 (page 216), i.e. that in $\mathbf{ML}_{< \omega} ...
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Vectorisation of a category

I have no experience with category theory at all, but I recently stumbled upon the following construction. Since it is extremely elementary and seems rather natural, it should be known, but I have not ...
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The classifying space of an infinite totally ordered set is contractible

I asked this question on math.stackexchange, but no one answered. Let $(X,\le)$ be a totally ordered set. Regarding it as a category, it has a classifying space $B(X,\le)=|N_\bullet(X,\le)|$. This ...
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Generalize $\pi_0(B\mathcal{C})\cong\{\text{objects}\}/\{\text{morphisms}\}$ to categories internal to topological spaces

Warmup: Let $\mathcal{C}$ be an ordinary category. Denote by $$B\mathcal{C}=(\coprod_{i\in\mathbb{N_0}}N_{i}(\mathcal{C})\times\Delta^i)/\tilde{}$$ its classifying space, i.e. the geometric ...
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Can you “combine” Ord and Mon to get Cat?

Mon is the category of moniods, which can be seen as categories with one object. Ord is the category of preorders, which can be seen as categories with up to one morphism in each homset. Is there ...
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Category = Groupoid x Poset?

Is it possible to split a given category $C$ up into its groupoid of isomorphisms and a category that resembles a poset? "Splitting up" should be that $C$ can be expressed as some kind of extension ...
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Applications of Lawvere's fixed point theorem

Lawvere's fixed point theorem states that in a cartesian closed category, if there is a morphism $A \to X^A$ which is point-surjective (meaning that $\hom(1,A) \to \hom(1,X^A)$ is surjective), then ...
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Correspondence between operads and monads requires tensor distribute over coproduct?

In checking the details of the correspondence between operads over a symmetric monoidal category and monads on some associated endofunctor of the category, I cannot make the obvious proof work without ...
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If two structures are elementarily equivalent, is there a zigzag of elementary embeddings between them?

Fix a first-order signature $\Sigma$. There is an equivalence relation $\sim$ on the class $\Sigma\mathrm{-Str}$ of all $\Sigma$-structures given by $M \sim N$ iff $M$ and $N$ are elementarily ...
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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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Regarding the definition of S-flows over a category (given a monoid S)

(This question was originally directed to Simone Virili, referring to the answer http://mathoverflow.net/a/103840/2926, but could also be addressed to the greater community.) I was wondering if you ...
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A delicate question about derived functors

Let $A\subseteq B \subseteq C$ be three triangulated categories, such that $A$ is a full triangulated sub-category of $B$, and $B$ is a full triangulated sub-category of $C = K(R)$. Let $F: C \to D$ ...
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A model category of abelian categories?

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be the following category: The objects are small abelian categories with chosen zero object, biproducts, kernels, and cokernels. The morphisms are functors that preserve the ...
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How to show the following two definitions of homotopy monomorphism are equivalent?

Let $M$ be a model category. In Toen's The homotopy theory of dg-categories and derived Morita theory Page 11 it is written: a morphism $x \to y$ in a model category $M$ is called a homotopy ...
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A question about the morphisms in the homotopy category of dg-Cat

Let $dg-Cat$ denote the category of (small) dg-categories and $Ho(dg-Cat)$ denote the localization of $dg-Cat$ at quasi-equivalence. Using the model structure on $dg-Cat$ we can describe the morphisms ...
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Regular epimorphisms in the category of simple undirected graphs

Let $\textbf{Grph}$ be the category whose objects are graphs $G = (V,E)$ such that $V$ is a set and $E \subseteq \mathcal{P}_2(V) := \{\{a,b\} \subseteq V: a\neq b\}$. We sometimes write $E(G)$ for ...
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Formulating Kunen's inconsistency and Reinhardt cardinals in term of category theory

It is known that one can formulate certain large cardinal axioms (e.g. Vopenka's principle--see Mike Shulman's answer to Harry Gindi's mathoverflow question "Reasons to believe Vopenka'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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An isomorphism between different Ext's coming from group cohomology

Let $G$ be an abelian group and $M$ a $G$-module with trivial action. It is well-known that $H^2(G,M)$ classifies extensions of $G$ by $M$, which is $\mathrm{Ext}^1_{Ab}(G,M)$. On the other hand ...
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Do I know what “coherent sheaf” means if I know what it means on locally Noetherian schemes?

I've been trying to convince myself that "coherent sheaf" is a natural definition. One way I might be satisfied is the following: for modules over a Noetherian ring $A$, coherent and finitely ...
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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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Is every abelian group a colimit of copies of Z?

More precisely, is every abelian group a colimit $\text{colim}_{j \in J} F(j)$ over a diagram $F : J \to \text{Ab}$ where each $F(j)$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}$? Note that this does not follow ...
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Kan extensions in the $2$-category of monoidal categories

Kan extensions make sense in any $2$-category. But so far I have only really seen them in the case of the $2$-category of categories, functors, natural transformations and the $2$-category of ...
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What is the monoidal equivalent of a locally cartesian closed category?

If a closed monoidal category is the monoidal equivalent of a Cartesian closed category, is there an analogous equivalent for locally cartesian closed categories? Is there a standard terminology or ...
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Around Vopěnka: Accessible category with small full discrete subcategories of arbitrary size?

I believe the model-theoretic version of the question is: is there a theory in finitary first-order logic which has, for each cardinal $\lambda$, a set $C_\lambda$ of $\lambda$-many models, such that ...
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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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(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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Strategies for proving a category is Noetherian?

Let $C$ be a small linear category over a commutative ring $R$. A representation of $C$ is an $R$-linear functor $C \to \mathrm{Mod}(R)$. For example, for each $c\in C$, there is a representation ...
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Do coherent toposes descend along open surjection?

Let $f:\mathcal{T} \rightarrow \mathcal{S}$ be a geometric morphism between two toposes. Let $g:\mathcal{L}\rightarrow \mathcal{S}$ be an open surjection (of toposes) and assume that the map ...
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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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Regular and extremal monomorphisms in the category of graphs

Let $\textbf{Grph}$ be the category whose objects are graphs $G = (V,E)$ such that $V$ is a set and $E \subseteq \mathcal{P}_2(V) := \{\{a,b\} \subseteq V: a\neq b\}$. We sometimes write $E(G)$ for ...
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Homotopy (co)limit (co)cones

Let $\mathscr{M}$ be a model category and let $\mathscr{I}$ be a small category. Consider any homotopy colimit functor ...
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180˚ vs 360˚ Twists in String Diagrams for Ribbon Categories

Ribbon categories are braided monoidal categories with a twist or balance, $\theta_B:B\to B$, which is a natural transformation from the identity functor to itself. In the string diagram calculus for ...
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Why should have Peter May worked with CGWH instead of CGH in “The Geometry of Iterated Loop Space”?

This is a follow-up to Dan Ramras' answer of this question. The following correction can be found in the errata to The Geometry of Iterated Loop space (Page 484 here). The weak Hausdorff rather ...
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Morphism in derived category [closed]

We know that the morphisms between objects of derived category are roofs. But how to understand them,and how to compute them. For example, we consider the derived category $D(X)$ of a projective ...
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What is the functor tensor product?

I'm familiar with the tensor product of modules, but I've also come across functor tensor product (in emily riehls paper on homotopy limits), what are they, and how are they (if they are) related to ...
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Exact sequences of pointed sets - two definitions

It seems to me that there are (at least) two notions of exact sequences in a category: 1) Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a pointed category with kernels and images. Then we call a complex (i.e. the composite ...
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Induced topology on site + Reconstructing global sections of a scheme (Orlov)

Let $(C,T,O)$ be a ringed site. Let $X$ be a presheaf on C. We get an induced ringed site $(C/X,T_X,O_X)$. C/X is the over category wrt the presheaf X. The topology $T_X$ is the biggest topology ...
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Continuous maps to fat geometric realizations of simplicial spaces

The nLab page on partitions of unity mentions the application of partitions of unity as a way to construct continuous maps to geometric realizations of simplicial spaces. However I often feel ...
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Direct proof that the model category of cdgas is left proper

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $0$. The projective model structure on the category $cdga$ of commutative differential graded $k$-algebras is proper. Since this model structure is transferred ...