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### What is a symmetric monoidal $(\infty,n)$-category?

This question arose from reading Jacob Lurie's "Classification of topological field theories" paper. In that paper, he uses complete $n$-fold Segal spaces as a model for $(\infty,n)$-categories, but ...

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### []-infinity algebra and Projective representation

This is a very vague question.
We know that some algebra structures can be viewed as modules of some fantastic stuff, call T. Such examples include: Abelian groups are $\mathbb{Z}$-modules, chain ...

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### Completion of n-fold Segal spaces

During a reading course about Jacob Lurie's paper about Local TQFTs, I came across the notion of Segal spaces as models for $(\infty,1)$-categories. Looking at things like the "double nerve" for ...

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### What is exact sequence in higher categories?

What is the higher categorical generalization of exact sequence (3 terms or $\mathbb{Z}$ terms)? In particularly, consider the simplest cases: chain complexes, $L_\infty$-algebras.

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### Limits in an $(\infty,1)$-category

In ordinary category theory, the notion of limit in a category $C$ is usually formulated with a category (of indices) $J$ and a functor $F:J\to C$ (a diagram in $C$), and a limit of this diagram is ...

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### Homotopy groups of spheres in a $(\infty, 1)$-topos

Let $H$ be an $(\infty,1)$-topos (seen as a generalization of the homotopy category of spaces).
You can define the suspension of an object $X$ as the (homotopy) pushout of $*\leftarrow X \to *$, ...

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### Automorphisms and Bicategories

Sorry if this isn't the right place for this, it hasn't gotten any answers on ME. I'm reading Lang's section on field theory and he stresses that, unlike typical "universal" constructions which are ...

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### Homology theory constructed in a homotopy-invariant way

Singular homology sends homotopic morphisms on equal morphisms and weakly equivalent spaces on isomorphic objects. So singular homology is in fact defined on the homotopy category of topological ...

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### Do we still need model categories?

One modern POV on model categories is that they are presentations of $(\infty, 1)$-categories (namely, given a model category, you obtain an $\infty$-category by localizing at the category of weak ...

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### What are $n$-poset?

Yesterday I was wandering for the $n$-lab and I've found the definition of $n$-poset.
Following this post it seems that a $n$-poset should be a $(n,n+1)$-category.
Now an $(n,r)$-category should be a ...

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### 2-completeness analog of completeness theorem

It's not hard to see that a category is finitely complete if it has finite products and equalizers. In short, this is because one can write all limits as iterations of these two "operations".
I ...

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### Mathematics needed for higher dimensional category theory? [closed]

I'm a undergrad(third year, Manchester uni and want to do a PhD) that is thinking of doing a PhD in this area or category theory in general.(Sorry for asking it here, Maths exchange stack didn't help ...

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### Ordinal category theory?

Just out of curiosity: Is there a notion of $\alpha$-category for an ordinal number $\alpha$, extending the given notions for $\alpha \leq \omega$? If there is none, which one would you propose? Feel ...

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### Semi-simplicial versus simplicial sets (and simplicial categories)

Hi,
Let's denote by "semi-simplicial set" a simplicial set without degeneracies, i.e. a contravariant functor from the category $\Delta_{inj}$ of finite linearly ordered sets and order preserving ...

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### How should I think of the $\infty$-category of spectra?

I've seen a bunch of definitions of spectra in the literature, and the fanciest seems to be the $(\infty, 1)$-category of spectra obtaining by "stablizing" the higher category of spaces, as in DAG I. ...

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### Homotopy Fixed Points of SO(2) on Fully Dualizable Algebras

Note: by fixed points, I always mean homotopy fixed points.
As explained in Jacob Lurie's paper on the cobordism hypothesis, we have an action of O(2) on the $\infty $-groupoid $X$ given by ...

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### The weak equivalences in the covariant model structure

Let $S$ be a simplicial set. Recall that there is a model structure, called the covariant model structure (see HTT ch. 2 and this question), on $\mathbf{SSet}/S$ such that:
The cofibrations are the ...

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### Concrete example of $\infty$-categories.

I've seen many different notion of $\infty$-categories, actual I've seen the operadic-globular ones of Batanin and Leinster and the opetopic too and eventually I'll see the simplicial ones too. ...

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### What does the “category” of $(\infty,1)$ category look like.

One knows that in higher category theory, the category of $(\infty,n-1)$ categories is naturally an $(\infty,n)$ category ,(I use the word category to mean category in the correct weakened sense). ...

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### A “join” of ω-categorical simplices

Recall that the category of level trees $\mathcal{T}$ is defined to be the category $[\mathbb{N}^{op},\Delta_a]$, where $\Delta_a$ is the skeleton of the category of finite possibly empty linearly ...

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### Is there a “derived” Free $P$-algebra functor for an operad $P$?

Recall that an operad (in vector spaces, say) $P$ consists of a collection of vector spaces $P(n)$ for $n\geq 0$, such that $P(n)$ is equipped with an action by the symmetric group $S_n$, with maps ...

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### Fibrations in strict infinity categories?

Let $X$ be a strict $\infty$-category (not $(\infty,1)$, I am talking about true $\infty$-categories (Grothendieck modules (exact presheaves (finite-limit preserving functors $\Theta^{op}\to ...

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### Good Internal Hom for Weak Complicial Sets?

So I am trying to learn a bit more about Dominic Verity's model of higher categories, namely weak complicial sets. The underlying object is a stratified simplicial set which satisfies a sort of inner ...

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### The reflexive free-category comonad-resolution is a cofibrant replacement of the discrete simplicial category associated with an ordinary category in the Bergner model structure on the category of small simplicial categories?

Let $X$ be the category of reflexive quivers, and let $Cat$ be the category of small categories. There exists an evident forgetful functor $U:Cat\to X$ sending a category $A$ to its underlying ...

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### Is Mac Lane still the best place to learn category theory?

For a student embarking on a study of algebraic topology, requiring a knowledge of basic category theory, with a long-term view toward higher/stable/derived category theory, ...
Is Mac Lane still ...

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### Principal $G$-bundles as fully extended TQFTs, and $n$-representations

This is a follow up to this MO question: Fully dualizable objects in classical field theories
Assuming the notation there (which in turn come from Topological Quantum Field Theories from Compact Lie ...

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### Rigorous recursive definition of $m$-algebras

Naively, $m$-algebras over a field $\mathbb{k}$ are easily defined recursively: the category of 0-algebras is the symmetric monoidal category of $\mathbb{k}$-vector spaces, and for $m>0$ an ...

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### What is higher dimensional algebra?

Could anyone explain what higher dimensional algebra is?
I tried to look on the web but I couldn't find a satisfactory definition, the ones that I found are too vague. What I'm looking for is a good ...

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### First Quantization is a mystery… but de-quantizing perhaps not

There is an well-known infamous DICTUM:
-Second Quantization is a functor, First Quantization is a mystery-.
Indeed, second quantization is the "Fock functor", which builds the Fock space in a ...

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### Equivalence in $\infty$-categories

In every $n$-category (weak or strict) can be defined the concept of equivalence via a recursive definition:
* an equivalence in a set ($0$-category) is just an identity;
* for each $n \in \mathbb N$ ...

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### Sections of 2-vector bundles

If we work over a field $k$, and take the recursive definition of $n$-vector spaces (as, e.g. in Topological Quantum Field Theories from Compact Lie Groups, arXiv:0905.0731) then a $2$-vector space is ...

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### Reference Request: Lax Ends

I've read in a few different places that the standard fact
\[
\text{Nat}\,(F,G) \cong \int_x \text{Hom}\,(Fx,Gx)
\]
can be upgraded to
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### pseudofunctors and pseudonatural transformations

Based on the discussion here
I feel like there should be a bijection between pseudonatural transformations of pseudofunctors $J\to\mathcal{C}$ and pseudofunctors $J\times [1]\to\mathcal{C}$, at least ...

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### Comparing discrete fibrations and their duals

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I'll ask it anyway, in the hope that some kindly Australian (true or honorary) is passing by and takes pity on me...
In Fibrations in ...

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### Invertible matrices of natural numbers are permutations… why?

I have heard the following statement several times and I suspect that there is an easy and elegant proof of this fact which I am just not seeing.
Question: Why is it true that an invertible nxn ...

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### Simplicial presheaves that are colimits of themselves?

Suppose $C$ is a small category and $X_{\bullet}$ is a simplicial object in $C$. In particular, by composing with Yoneda $$y:C \to Set^{C^{op}}$$ $y(X)_{\bullet}$ is a simplicial presheaf. I believe ...

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### What do whitehead towers have to do with physics?

First let me say something that I don't completely understand, since I do not know enough physics. If I say anything wrong, someone please tell me:
For the spinning particle, there is a sigma-model, ...

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### Properties of nerve of strict n-groupoid

The nerve of a groupoid is (by construction) a simplicial set and this works for any category. However there is extra structure in the case of a groupoid. Namely the set of $n$-simplices has an action ...

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### Is the $\infty$-category of stable $\infty$-categories stable?

More generally, are there any remarkable properties enjoyed by the $\infty$-category of stable $\infty$-categories?

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### Slices of infinity sheaves

I know from classical category theory that if $C$ is a small category and $X$ is a presheaf, that there is a canonical equivalence $$Set^{C^{op}}/X \simeq Set^{\left(C/X\right)^{op}},$$ where $C/X$ is ...

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### Can we exhibit the 2-category of Grothendieck fibrations as a 2 (or 3)-limit?

It's well known that we can exhibit the comma category as a particular type of 2-limit in Cat. When working with 2-categories, there is a naïve comma object given by by boosting up the ordinary ...

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### Historical Question about Simplicial Sets

I have a pretty easy historical question about simplicial sets. Unless I am mistaken, simplicial sets first came out of topology, explicitly from combinatorial topology and the study of simplicial ...

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### Nerve: Groupoids-> Kan Complexes. Nerve: Bicategories w. adjoints -> ?

If you take the nerve of a groupoid, you get a Kan complex.
Question:
Take a bicategory that has adjoints for 1-morphisms, which is one notion of 'weak' groupoid (if all 2-morphisms are ...

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### Complicating an Example by Toen (motivations for DAG)

I'm trying to read (the introduction of) a survey by Toen on Derived Algebraic Geometry, specifically the "Simplicial Presheaves and Derived Algebraic Geometry" one.
He motivates the introduction of ...

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### A combinatorial approximation functor sSet->qCat

Let $sSet_J$ denote the category of simplicial sets equipped with the Joyal model structure. Simply by the fact that $sSet_J$ is locally presentable and its class of anodynes ($\neq \mathbf{Cof} \cap ...

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### Are the axioms for higher category-theory effectively computable?

I ask this, although I don't conduct any research in the area, or even plan to. -- There seems to be general agreement that the axioms for higher categories grow very rapidly in complexity as the ...

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### An Ex functor for the contravariant homotopy structure

I'm going to slack on the background and get to the point:
Is there a good notion of an $Sd/Ex$ adjunction for $sSet/S$ equipped with
the contravariant model structure (cofibrations are monomorphisms ...

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### co-$A_\infty$ spaces

A co-$A_n$ space is a based space $Y$ equipped with a co-action by the Stasheff associahedron operad $K_\bullet$. This means that $Y$ is comes with certain maps $c_n: Y \times K_n \to Y^{\vee n}$, $n ...

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### What properties should a good definition of (weak) $n$-category satisfy?

My (perhaps inaccurate) impression is there are many competing definitions of the notion of a (weak) $n$-category, none of which are generally accepted. I've run across several properties such ...

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### Is there a good notion of “induction” for representations of 2-categories?

One of the most important observations in the representation theory of algebras is that if one has a subalgebra $A\subset B$, then these is a functor $B\otimes_A -\colon A\operatorname{-pmod}\to ...