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What's so special about $1$-categories?

I have been pretty thoroughly convinced for some time now that, when thinking about mathematics, one really should be thinking 'categorically', that is, one should always be thinking of the morphisms ...
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Lurie's approach to the bar-cobar adjunction

I've been trying to read Jacob Lurie's approach to the bar-cobar constructions (Higher algebra §5.2 in the 2014-09 version) but I don't recognize what I know about these constructions. I wonder if ...
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A bit of history of Verdier duality

I was wondering who originated the presentation of Verdier duality as an equivalence between categories of sheaves and cosheaves ? I learnt it reading Jacob Lurie's Higher Algebra and Justin Curry's ...
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Adjoint of simplicial left Kan extension

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small simplicial category and let $F\: : \:\mathcal{C}^{op}\to sSet$ be a simplicial functor, we denote with $$ \int_{\mathcal{C}}F $$ the category where objects are triples ...
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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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Obstructions for $E_n$-algebras

In Alan Robinson's paper, Classical Obstructions and S-algebras, he provides conditions for a ring spectrum to have an $A_n$ and $\mathbb{E}_\infty$-structure. Have the obstructions for an object ...
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What is a definition of functional morphism? [closed]

When reading Towards Higher Categories by John C Baez,J Peter May. I sometimes encounter such terms as functional and ...
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$E_n$ structures on Symmetric Monoidal Stable infinity-categories

Let $C$ be a stable $∞$-category with a monoidal structure on it, hence a monoidal stable $∞$-category; if this monoidal structure is "maximally symmetric" (in Wikipedia's sense) $C$ is a symmetric ...
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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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Relations between ordinary functor categories and higher categories [closed]

Definitions of ordinary functor categories and higher categories are considered with very similar algebraic and geometric methods such as graph structures and simplicial sets. I know the differences ...
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Kan extensions and special cases

Kan extensions specify the adjoint structures between $\mathbf{Sets^{C^{op}}}$ and $\mathbf{Sets^{D^{op}}}$, where there exists a functor $f:\mathbf{C} \to \mathbf{D}$ and $\mathbf{C}$ and ...
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$\omega$-nerve versus $\Theta$-nerve

To which extent the adjunction $F\dashv N_\omega$ generated by the $\omega$-nerve described at $n$Lab - oriental (obtained as a particular instance of the nerve-realization paradigm) is linked to the ...
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What is a stable $(n,1)$-category?

My question in its simplest form is whether we have any understanding of stable $(n,1)$-categories, by analogy with stable $(\infty,1)$-categories and abelian categories (the latter being like "stable ...
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When do zero-simplices of a simplicial diagram determine its homotopy colimit?

Suppose that I have a diagram of simplicial sets $X_\bullet:\mathscr{C} \to Set^{\Delta^{op}},$ with $\mathscr{C}$ a small category such that for each $C \in \mathscr{C},$ $X_\bullet(C)$ is a Kan ...
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Trying to understand straightening functor associated to a right fibration of simplicial sets

Let $p:X \to S$ be a right fibration of simplicial sets; one can roughly think of it as some sort of "functor" $S^{op} \to Set_\Delta$ (where $Set_\Delta$ denotes simplicial sets) sending $s \in S$ ...
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Limits in Span(Vec)

Let Vec be the category of real vector spaces and linear maps. Let Span(Vec) be the bicategory of correspondences between real vector spaces. I am trying to understand lax limits in Span(Vec). What ...
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$n$-Fold Framed Functions

Suppose that $M$ is a manifold. One can consider a suitably constructed space of generalized framed Morse functions on $M$, let's call it $\mathrm{Fun}^\mathrm{fr}(M)$. This space is known to be ...
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What is a Homotopy between $L_\infty$-algebra morphisms II

I would like to continue on question I asking, what is a homotopy between Lie infinity algebras, since I'm not satisfied in two directions: 1.) The naive approach to define a homotopy would be ...
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$k$-Disk algebras versus $E_k$ algebras

Background: The little $k$-cubes operad is the $(\infty,1)$-operad defined by embedding disjoint unions of $k$-dimensional open cubes rectilinearly into one another, that is using maps ...
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Complex of “homotopy coherent dg-natural transformations” between dg-functors

Let $\mathcal B$ be a dg-category. I define the dg-category of morphisms $\underline{\mathrm{Mor}}(\mathcal B)$ as follows: objects are triples $(A,B,f)$, where $A,B \in \mathcal B$ and $f \in ...
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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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Chiral categories versus braided monoidal categories

Let $X$ be a curve over $\mathbf{C}$. As I understand from the 2008 Talbot notes, a chiral category on $X$ consists of a crystal of categories on the Ran space $\mathrm{Ran}(X)$ (see these notes of ...
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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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Extended TFT with coefficients in spans in any $\infty$-topos

In the TFT classification article by Jacob Lurie (arXiv:0905.0465) the (∞,n)-category of correspondences (there: $Fam_n$) plays a key role, whose $k$-morphisms are $k$-fold spans of ...
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“extended TQFT” versus “TQFT with defects”

There are two ways in which higher categories appear in topological field theory: in extended TFTs and in TFTs with defects. How are these appearances related? According to the Atiyah-Segal axioms, a ...
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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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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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Goodwillie tower of $\Omega^n$?

What are layers of the Goodwillie tower of the functor "n-th iterated loop space" from based spaces to based spaces? I know the answer for n=0.
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Why $( \infty , n)$-categories are 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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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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Categories of spans from categories of fibrant objects

Let $\mathscr{C}$ be a category of fibrant objects. For objects $X$, $Y$ of $\mathscr{C}$ we consider the category $\underline{\text{Hom}}(X,Y)$ of spans $X\leftarrow X'\rightarrow Y$, where $X'\to ...
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Is there an accepted definition of $(\infty,\infty)$ category?

For probably twenty years, category theorists have known of some objects in the Platonic universe called "(weak) $\infty$-categories", in which there are $k$-morphisms for all $k\in \mathbb N$, with ...
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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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t-structures and higher categories?

I'm curious to find out where the viewpoint of higher categories may be useful so here is a somewhat vague question (which may or may not have a reasonable answer). Given a triangulated category, one ...
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target category of extended field theory

An A-S TFT is a functor from $\text{Bord}_{<n−1,n>}(\mathcal{F})$ to $\text{Vect}$ where $\mathcal{F}$ denotes a set of background fields, eg a spin structure. An extended theory is a functor ...
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Limits and colimits in a 2-category vs. in an infinity category: the non- (2,1)-case

Suppose that $\mathscr{C}$ is a $2$-category (or more generally a bicategory) which is not a $\left(2,1\right)$-category. Is there any relation between limits and colimits in $\mathscr{C}$ (in the ...
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adjoint representation of 2-Lie groups

Baez and Crans in their paper on Lie 2-algebras refer to adjoint representations of Lie 2-groups but don't say much, as far as I can tell, except to say that such a representation acts on a 2-Lie ...
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Derived Functors, Projection Formula and Base Change in the Derived $\infty$-Category

Let $X$ be a smooth stack and $\mathcal O_X$ the ring of smooth functions on $X$, i.e. for any smooth $M \to X$, $\mathcal O_X(M \to X) = C^\infty(M)$. In HigherAlgebra, the derived category ...
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Lifting commutative diagrams of functors from the homotopy level to the “higher” level

Let $\mathcal A$ and $\mathcal B$ be differential graded categories over a field. Let $F, G, K : \mathcal A \to \mathcal B$ be quasi-functors (see here for definitions). Assume you have morphisms of ...
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When do limits and colimits of infinity-categories commute?

This is a question for someone who read (or wrote) enough of Lurie's HTT to know a reference. Suppose $D,E$ are small "diagram" $(\infty,1)$-categories, and $\mathcal{C}$ is a stable infinity-category ...
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Reconstructing an isomorphism of exact triangles in the homotopy cat. of a dg-cat. using a functorially induced isomorphism between cones

This question is strictly related to this other one. Let $\mathcal A$ be a (strongly) pretriangulated dg-category over a field $k$. Let be a diagram in $Z^0(\mathcal A)$, where the rows are ...
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Generalized Categories for “Higher Homotopy Groupoids”

I was thinking about the definition of higher homotopy groups $\pi_n$ of a topological space in comparison to the common extremely formal fundamental groupoid construction of $\pi_1$. I'd like to be ...
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[Reference Request] The Definition of Adjoint Functors between dg-categories

Let $A$ and $B$ be two dg-categories, $F: A \rightarrow B$ and $G: B \rightarrow A$ are two functors. Then what is the definition that $F$ and $G$ form an adjoint pair? In my mind $F\dashv G$ ...
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Reconstructing a morphism of exact triangles in the homotopy cat. of a dg-cat. using a “functorial cone map”

I set this problem in the framework of (pretriangulated) dg-categories; everything can probably be translated in the world of stable $(\infty,1)$-categories. Let $\mathcal A$ be a pretriangulated ...
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A model structure on marked simplicial sets

Do you have a reference for the following fact? And before that, is it true? The Joyal model structure on simplicial sets "lifts" to a model structure on the category of marked simplicial sets, ...
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Hypercovers of sheaves in classical and quasi-categories

I am interested in relating the definition of hypercovers in the $\infty$-topos of sheaves on an $\infty$-Grothendieck site to the classical definition of hypercovers of presheaves on a Grothendieck ...
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Do non-subcanonical Grothendieck topologies always induce a category of fractions?

Suppose that $\mathscr{C}$ is a (possibly higher) category and $J$ is a Grothendieck topology which is not subcanonical. Denote the composite $$\mathscr{C} \hookrightarrow ...
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Constructing a “geometric” model structure on Cat by localizing the “categorical” model structure

Let $\text{Cat}$ be the category of (small) categories and functors. There is a "categorical" (also called "canonical" or "folk") model structure on $\text{Cat}$ in which the weak equivalences are the ...
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Good properties of the $H^0$ functor (from quasi-functors to ordinary functors)

Let $\mathcal A, \mathcal B$ be dg-categories over a field $k$. I denote by $\mathcal{RHom}(\mathcal A,\mathcal B)$ the dg-category (defined up to quasi-equivalence) which gives the internal hom in ...