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The “$\infty$”-column in the periodic table of n-categories

A monoid is the same as a category with a single object. A monoidal category is the same as a bi-category with a single object. A commutative monoid is the same as a bi-category with a single object ...
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Generating a series representation for the inverse of the operator $f(f)$

I was considering the following problem: Suppose you are given a function $u: C \rightarrow C$, find a function $g$ such that $g(g) = u$ (Let's assume that such a function exists). And by "find", I ...
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(infinity,1)-categories directly from model categories

Edit & Note: I'm declaring a convention here because I don't feel like trying to fix this in a bunch of spots: If I said model category and it doesn't make sense, I meant a model-category "model" ...
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A construction on lax.functor

Consider for simplicity only locally small 2-categories. Given a 2-category $\mathscr{A}$ let $|\mathscr{A}|$ its 2-graph (forget the horizontal composition). Given a 2-graph $\mathcal{G}$ let ...
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Standard model structures on $Top$

Call a model structure on $Top$ (the category of topological spaces) standard, if the weak equivalences are the weak homotopy equivalences. In this nLab page, two standard model structures on $Top$ ...
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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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Reference for higher categorical analogue of algebraic cycle? [closed]

Are there higher categorical analogues of algebraic cycles? What are some references? This question arise in an attempt to generalize algebraic cycles towards higher dimensional algebra. Has there ...
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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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Is the dg-nerve functor a Quillen equivalence?

Lurie defines the dg-nerve $N_{dg}(\mathcal{C})$ of a dg-category $\mathcal{C}$ in Higher Algebra Construction 1.3.1.6: for each $n \geq 0$, we define $N_{dg}(\mathcal{C})_n\simeq ...
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About a closed strucure on profunctors

Let $Prof$ the bicategory with profunctors (on small categories), arrows are like $D: \mathscr{A} \dashrightarrow \mathscr{B}$ and this means that $D: \mathscr{A}^{op} \times \mathscr{B}\to Set$. ...
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What about “bilax” functors?

in [G] p.29, J.W Gray define the 2-comma category $[F, G]$ of two 2-functors $F: \mathcal{A}\to \mathcal{D},\ G: \mathcal{B}\to \mathcal{D}$. This definition work well also if we suppose $F$ a ...
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Completion under weighted limits/colimits

Is there any further reference besides "Basic Concepts of Enriched Categories" (Kelly) for completion under T-(weighted) limits/colimits? (in which T is a set of weights) Thank you in advance
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Properties of loop space functor from homotopy types to group objects in homotopy types

I am trying to understand some properties of categories enriched in homotopy types, and the following question has become important: When we take the loop-space of a (connected) homotopy type, we get ...
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$(\infty,1)$-categories and model categories

I read several times that $(\infty,1)$-categories (weak Kan complexes, special simplicial sets) are a generalization of the concept of model categories. What does this mean? Can one associate an ...
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What is descent data (of higher categories), conceptually?

First consider a scheme $X$ with an open cover $\mathcal{U}=\{U_i\}$. An object with descent data on $\mathcal{U}$ is a collection $(\mathcal{E}_i,\phi_{ij})$ where $\mathcal{E}_i$ is a ...
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Higher algebra and terminology about 2-objects

It is well known that one way to build higher category theory is to use some induction process, where an $n$-category has as $0$-cells some $n-1$ categories, such that for two $0$-cells $\mathcal{A}$ ...
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Set as a (strict) infinite-category?

First, let me say that I have no idea if such a post has its place here. However, I believe that the ideas I'm going to present are important. The goal of this thread is three fold: 1) trying to ...
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Model for the (infinity,1)-category of (homotopy-)limit preserving functors

I've got a simplicial model category $M.$ I'd like to get my hands on the (infinity,1) category of homotopy limit preserving functors from M to Spaces in order to compare it to another simplicial ...
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Model for the (infinity,1)-category of functors preserving certain homotopy limits

This question is a follow up to: Model for the (infinity,1)-category of (homotopy-)limit preserving functors. Warm-up Question: Given a simplicial model category $M$, what model category models ...
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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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Higher refinement of Seifert-van Kampen theorem on the language of hocolim

I like the following version of SvKT. If $\Pi_1$ is the functor of fundamental groupoid and $(X_i)_{i\in I}$ is a diagram of spaces then $$\Pi_1({\sf hocolim}\: X_i)\simeq {\sf hocolim}\: ...
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Building $(\infty,2)$-categories from $\infty$-categories

Let $Y$ be a marked simplicial set, whose underlying simplicial set is also denoted by $Y$. Let $X$ be a scaled simplicial set such that the decalage of its underlying simplicial set is $Y$. $X$ is ...
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Lurie's Endomorphism Space vs. Endomorphisms

In Jacob Lurie's book Higher Algebra, for an object $M$ of a monoidal $\infty$-category $\mathcal{C}$, he constructs a category $\mathcal{C}[M]$ which can be thought of as "maps in $\mathcal{C}$ of ...
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Need M combinatorial for existence of injective model structure on $M^G$?

I'm doing some work with model categories and operads, and to check a certain hypothesis I've had to learn a bit of equivariant homotopy theory. Let $M$ be a model category and $G$ be a finite group. ...
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Higher-dimensional category theory on objects

I would like to know if there exists a satisfying generalization of higher-dimensional category theory on objects, that doesn't forget the inner structure of objects. Usually, what people do is to ...
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What are algebras for the little n-balls/n-cubes/n-something operads exactly?

As a non expert in the theory of topological operads, I find it pretty hard, to understand what algebras for little balls/cubes/something operads are. For all the other famous operads I know (like ...
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Construction of Highly Structured Quotient Groups in Quasicategories

Suppose we have a map of $E_n$-spaces $X\to Y$. Then there is a highly structured action of $X$ on $Y$, $X\wedge Y\to Y\wedge Y\to Y$, using the multiplication of $Y$. As such, I believe that there ...
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Segal maps for Segal precategories

A Segal precategory is just a simplicial space $X:\Delta^{op} \to sSet$ such that its $0$-th space is discrete (i.e. constant). A Segal category is defined everywhere in the literature as a Segal ...
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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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Compact objects in undercategories and filtered colimits

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a compactly generated presentable $(\infty, 1)$-category. Consider the functor $$ \Phi: \mathcal{C} \to \mathrm{Cat}_\infty, \quad x \mapsto (\mathcal{C}_{x/})^\omega,$$ that ...
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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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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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Why is an extended T(Q)FT called fully local?

Hopefully this question does not double another. If so, don't bother to close this. An extended topological quantum field theory is sometimes called, 'fully local". Why is that? I can imagine that ...
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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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Is there a classification of 2d extended TQFTs with defects?

Chris Schommer-Pries has classified 2d extended TQFTs (topological quantum field theories) in his PhD thesis. The result is a (not necessarily abelian) separable symmetric Frobenius algebra (possibly ...
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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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Are lax functor categories into a cartesian closed 2-category cartesian closed?

Suppose that $C$ is a complete closed monoidal category and $I$ is any small category. Then the functor category $Fun(I,C)$ is again a closed monoidal category with the pointwise tensor product $F ...
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Separation condition for higher Deligne-Mumford stacks

Let $X$ be a stack of $n$-groupoids on the site of affine schemes over a fixed base, with the etale topology. If $n=1$ then for $X$ to be Deligne-Mumford, aside from having an etale atlas from an ...
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About cartesian closure of lax.functors categories

Let $\mathscr{A}$ a category and $F, G, H: \mathscr{A}^{op}\to CAT$ lax.functors. I wish find a possible "natural correspondence" between categories: $[F\times G, H]_O \leftrightarrow [F, H^G]_O$ ...
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Difference between coherent nerve of simplical model category and simplicial category

Suppose I have a simplicial model category $M$. Then I can take the homotopy coherent nerve of $M$ to obtain a quasicategory. This, however, only depends on the fact that $M$ is a category enriched in ...
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Integral transform on noncommutative spaces

In their paper "Integral Transforms and Drinfeld Centers in Derived Algebraic Geometry" the authors show that for perfect stacks $X$ and $Y$ over $k$, and their $k$-linear $\infty$-categories of ...
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What is the applications of the dg-enhancements of derived categories of sheaves

Let $X$ be a scheme and let $D^b_{\text{coh}}(X)$ be the derived category of complexes of sheaves with bounded, coherent cohomologies. We know that the category $D^b_{\text{coh}}(X)$ has some ...
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Is there a higher, “orientalish” version of geometric realisation?

Geometric realisation of simplicial sets can be roughly thought of like this: In some category $\mathcal{C}$, we choose an object for every abstract $n$-simplex. In topological spaces, we would ...
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What homomorphisms $G \to BrPic(\mathcal{C})$ correspond to group-theoretical $G$-extensions of $\mathcal{C}$?

For a fusion category $\mathcal{C}$ the Brauer-Picard group $\text{BrPic}(\mathcal{C})$ is the group of all invertible $\mathcal{C}$-bimodule categories under multplication $\boxtimes_\mathcal{C}$. ...
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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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References for the bicategory of ring-bimodule pairs

One of the standard examples of a bicategory is the bicategory of rings (with bimodules as 1-morphisms), which is sometimes denoted $\operatorname{Bim}$ and in other sources $\operatorname{Ring}$ (or ...
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Simplicial homotopy book suggestion for HTT computations

I'm struggling through Lurie's Higher Topos Theory, since it appears that someone reading through the book is expected to be somewhat comfortable with simplicial homotopy theory. The main trouble ...
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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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On the coherence theorem for bicategories

The coherence theorem for bicategories, as usually stated, reads Any bicategory $B$ is biequivalent to a (strict) 2-category. It is possible to give an explicit construction of the ...
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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 ...