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Non-examples of model structures, that fail for subtle/surprising reasons?

An often-cited principle of good mathematical exposition is that a definition should always come with a few examples and a few non-examples to help the learner get an intuition for where the concept's ...
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generalisations of the Seifert-van Kampen Theorem?

I have been reading Jacob Lurie's book "Higher Algebra", version May 8, 2011. One is grateful to him for covering such a lot of ground and for making it all so readily available. My attention was ...
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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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Cohesive ∞-toposes for analytic geometry

There is a class of big ∞-toposes that come with a good supply of intrinsic notions of differential geometry and differential cohomology: called cohesive ∞-toposes (after Lawvere's cohesive toposes). ...
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Infinity-categories vs Kan complexes

Hi all, It is known (cf. Lurie's book "Higher Topos Theory", for instance) that higher ($\infty$-) category, in particular topological higher ($\infty$-) groupoids are "better" defined as weak Kan ...
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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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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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What are Jacob Lurie's key insights?

This question is inspired by this Tim Gowers blogpost. I have some familiarity with the work of Jacob Lurie, which contains ideas which are simply astounding; but what I don't understand is which key ...
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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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How do you define (infinity,1) categories in Homotopy Type Theory?

One of the major motivations of Homotopy Type Theory is that it naturally builds in higher coherences from the beginning. One important setting where higher coherence requirements get annoying is ...
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What is Chern-Simons theory expected to assign to a point?

Let $G$ be a compact, connected, (simply connected?) Lie group and let $k \in H^4(BG, \mathbb{Z})$ be a cohomology class. Witten showed, at a physical level of rigor, that this data determines a ...
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Computations in $\infty$-categories

Direct to the point. Since now I've looked a lot of presentations of $\infty$-categories, but it seems that the only way to do explicit computations on these objects is via model categories. Is that ...
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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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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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Are grothendieck universes enough for the foundations of category theory?

Grothendieck universes are equivalent to ZFC+a strongly inaccessible cardinal. This is low on the large cardinal axiom list. Is it enough to place category theory on a firm foundational basis, and how ...
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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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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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Are there non-categorical notions in topos theory?

Suppose that $\mathcal{T}$ is an abstract $2$-category we know is equivalent to the $2$-category of Grothendieck topoi via some equivalence $$\phi:\mathcal{T} \to \mathfrak{Top},$$ and let $E$ be an ...
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What is the intuition of connections for cubical sets?

I am beggining to do some work with cubical sets and thought that I should have an understanding of various extra structures that one may put on cubical sets (for purposes of this question, ...
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references for models of stable infinity categories

There's a fair amount of literature comparing different models for the homotopy theory of homotopy theories, or the homotopy theory of $(\infty,1)$-categories. Julie Bergner has a survey of this ...
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Is there a meaningful difference between biased and unbiased composition?

In higher category theory, there are notions of biased and unbiased definitions of composition of $n$-morphisms (or, as a special case, tensor products of objects). In the biased framework, we define ...
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Categorification of coends and ends

I describe below a categorified version of the coend construction, "2-coend" for short. It takes as input a collection of 1-categories $\{W_{xy}\}$ which afford left and right representations of a ...
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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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Adjoining adjoints in a 2-category

For a given 2-category $C$, does there exist a faithful and locally faithful 2-functor $C \to C^*$, such that the image of every 1-morphism of $C$ has a right adjoint in $C^*$? Below are some of my ...
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Is the site of (smooth) manifolds hypercomplete?

By site of manifolds Man, I mean the category of manifolds (maybe submanifolds to obtain a small category) with continuous maps between them. A Grothendieck topology is given by open covers. Actually, ...
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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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A simple definition of n-category [closed]

Maybe there is no simple definition of $n$-category understandable for a physicist. Then I would like to know what are the trivial $0$-category, trivial $1$-category, trivial $2$-category, etc. How ...
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The state of the art in the rectification of homotopy-coherent structures

My question concerns rectification theorems for homotopy-coherent structures. As the meaning of this may be unclear, let me list a few examples of what I am thinking of: Cordier and Porter proved a ...
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Local smallness and (higher) topoi

The $2$-category of topoi and geometric morphisms is not locally small. For example, if $A$ is the classifying topos for abelian groups, the category of geometric morphisms from $Set$ to $A$ is ...
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Homotopy factorization of morphisms of chain complexes

This is a sort of follow up to this MO question. Let $R$ be a ring (eventually with good properties) and $\mathrm{Chains}(R)$ be the category of chain complexes of $R$-modules (eventually bounded). ...
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Is the category of group objects in an $(\infty,1)$-topos reflective as a subcategory of the groupoid objects?

Let $C$ be an $(\infty,1)$-topos. The $(\infty,1)$-category of group objects in $C$ is a full sub-$(\infty,1)$-category of groupoid objects in $C$: $${\mathsf{Grp}}(C) \hookrightarrow ...
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How can I see that the slice of a presheaf category is equivalent to the presheaf category of the category of elements?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category and $P$ a presheaf on $\mathcal{C}$. Then there is an equivalence $$\widehat{\mathcal{C}} / P \cong \widehat{\int_{\mathcal{C}}} P$$ Now there are (at least) two ...
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Equalizer completion

Can anybody give a definition of the equalizer completion of a cartesian category? Is the method to get more or less as the regular and exact completions in the way that are given in: ...
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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 ...
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On the preservations of certain colimits (by covers) under simplicial localization (of a category of fibrant objects)

Suppose I have a category of fibrant objects $\mathcal{C}$ (with weak equivalences $W$ and fibrations $F$) together with a subcanonical Grothendieck pre-topology $J$ whose covering families consist of ...
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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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Is continuity of a functor stable under pullback?

Let $p:C\rightarrow D$, $i:F\rightarrow D$ be functors of 2-categories, and we form the lax pullback of $p$ along $i$ $$ \bar{p}:C\times_D^{lax} F\rightarrow F$$ Q1: Is it true that if $p$ ...