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### When are there enough projective sheaves on a space X?

This question is being asked on behalf of a colleague of mine.
Let X be a topological space. It is well known that the abelian category of sheaves on X has enough injectives: that is, every sheaf ...

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### Homological Algebra for Commutative Monoids?

Homological algebra for abelian groups is a standard tool in many fields of mathematics. How much carries over to the setting of commutative monoids (with unit)? It seems like there is a notion of ...

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### Calculating Mayer-Vietoris efficiently

This is a question whose motivation and framing seem to involve a lot of topology, but which I suspect comes down to some simple and standard combinatorics that's probably recorded in a book ...

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### Complexes of representations with complementary central charges

This is another question asking for references. There is an important phenomenon of correspondence between (complexes of) representations of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras with the complementary ...

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### Characterising categories of vector spaces

Consider the category $FdVect_k$ of finite dimensional $k$-vector spaces, for some given field. It is abelian, semisimple, in that each object is a finite sum of simple objects (of which there is only ...

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### Cohomological dimension of the category of sheaves

Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional manifold. Then for any sheaf $\mathcal{F}$ on $X$, the cohomology $H^i(X; \mathcal{F})$ vanishes for $i > n$.
Let $k$ be a field, and let $\mathrm{Shv}_k(X)$ be the ...

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### Spectral sequences: opening the black box slowly with an example

My friend and I are attempting to learn about spectral sequences at the moment, and we've noticed a common theme in books about spectral sequences: no one seems to like talking about differentials.
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### Algorithm or theory of diagram chasing

One of the standard parts of homological algebra is "diagram chasing", or equivalent arguments with universal properties in abelian categories. Is there a rigorous theory of diagram chasing, and ...

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### Why are spectral sequences so ubiquitous?

I sort of understand the definition of a spectral sequence and am aware that it is an indispensable tool in modern algebraic geometry and topology. But why is this the case, and what can one do with ...

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### How to make Ext and Tor constructive?

EDIT: This post was substantially modified with the help of the comments and answers. Thank you!
Judging by their definitions, the $\mathrm{Ext}$ and $\mathrm{Tor}$ functors are among the most ...

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### triangulated vs. dg/A-infinity

Someone recently said "derived/triangulated categories are an abomination that should struck from the earth and replaced with dg/A-infinity versions".
I have a rough idea why this is true ("don't ...

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### Chain homotopy: Why du+ud and not du+vd?

When one wants to prove that a morphism $f_*$ between two chain complexes $\left(C_*\right)$ and $\left(D_*\right)$ is zero in homology, one of the standard approaches is to look for a chain homotopy, ...

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### How do I know the derived category is NOT abelian?

I have heard the claim that the derived category of an abelian category is in general additive but not abelian. If this is true there should be some toy example of a (co)kernel that should be there ...

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### Kunneth formula for sheaf cohomology of varieties

What is a good reference for the following fact (the hypotheses may not be quite right):
Let $X$ and $Y$ be projective varieties over a field $k$. Let $\mathcal{F}$ and $\mathcal{G}$ be coherent ...

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### Freyd-Mitchell's embedding theorem

Freyd-Mitchell's embedding theorem states that: if A is a small abelian category, then there exists a ring R and a full, faithful and exact functor F: A → R-Mod.
I have been trying to find a proof ...

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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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### What are tame and wild hereditary algebras?

What are tame and wild hereditary algebras?
Are they related to hereditary rings? (Those are rings for which every left (resp. right) ideal is projective, equivalently, for which every left (resp. ...

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### (co)homology of symmetric groups

Let $S_n=\{\text{bijections }[n]\to[n]\}$ be the n-th symmetric group. Its (co)homology will be understood with trivial action. What are the $\mathbb{Z}$-modules $H_k(S_n;\mathbb{Z})$? Using GAP, we ...

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### Is anything known about the “closure” of an additive category by adding all the images and kernels?

It is possible well-known: is there a "minimal" pre-abelian (or abelian) category, containing the given additive category, or which conditions should be performed for this property?
For example, let ...

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### H^d[U(1)^n,U(1)] of the Borel cohomology and Chern-Simons theory

Firstly I apologize that I am a physicist, with a relatively unrigorous math training. My approach of the problem can be Feynman style. Below $Z$ is the integer $\mathbb{Z}$, and $U(1)$ Abelian group ...

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### whence commutative diagrams?

It seems that commutative diagrams appeared sometime in the late 1940s -- for example, Eilenberg-McLane (1943) group cohomology paper does not have any, while the 1953 Hochschild-Serre paper does. ...

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### Where can I find a proof of the de Rham-Weil theorem?

Where can I find a proof of the de Rham-Weil theorem?
Does anyone know?

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### Why are injective modules more complicated than projective modules?

For beginners in homological algebra, it is a fact of life that injective modules seems to be more mysterious than projective modules. For example, for finitely generated modules over a noetherian ...

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### What kind of spectral sequences come from double complexes?

Given a double complex in the first quadrant, one can derive from it a (homological or cohomological) spectral sequence converging to the (co)homology of the total complex of the double complex.
My ...

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### Is there a way to define a prime ideal object via diagrams in the category of rings?

I like to think in terms of commutative diagrams rather than referring to elements. So to me a group is really a group object, i.e. an object with some maps satisfying certain commutative diagrams. ...

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### Can a module be an extension in two really different ways?

(Edit: I've realized that there was an error in my reasoning when I was convincing myself that these two formulations are equivalent. Hailong has given a beautiful affirmative answer to my first ...

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### Homology of classifying space of spin group BSpin(n)

While dealing with $BO(n)$, $BSO(n)$ and $BSpin(n)$ with the universal coefficient theorem and Künneth formula, I came to have the following question:
The universal coefficient says $H^n(X;M)\cong ...

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### Is homology finitely generated as an algebra?

If a differential graded algebra is finitely generated as an algebra, is its homology finitely generated as an algebra?
Is it easier if we impose any of the three conditions: characteristic zero; ...

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### Differences between reflexives and projectives modules

Let R be a normal noetherian domain.
What is the difference between a finitely generated reflexive module and a finitely generated projective module?
Can anybody recommend any references or make ...

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### Why is the derived tensor product only defined for bounded above derived categories?

In "Residues and Duality" by Hartshorne, the derived tensor $\otimes$ only defined for the bounded above categories (see Chapter I, section 4), that is one has
$$\otimes: D^{-}(X) \times D^{-}(X) \to ...

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### Solid Rings and Tor

A solid ring is a ring $R$ such that the multiplication
$R\otimes_{\mathbb{Z}} R \to R$ is an isomorphism.
These were classified by Bousfield and Kan; they are
subrings of $R\subseteq\mathbb{Q}$,
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### About the category of chain complexes and Grothendieck categories.

Given an abelian category $\mathcal{A}$ the category of chain complexes over $\mathcal{A}$ is again an abelian category. If $\mathcal{A}$ is a Grothendieck category then the category of chain ...

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### Why are relations of degree 3 or less enough in a presentation of the polynomial current Lie algebra g[t]?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional simple Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$.
The polynomial current Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}[t] = \mathfrak{g} \otimes \mathbb{C} [t]$
has the bracket
$$[xt^r, ...

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### A ring such that all projectives are stably free but not all projectives are free?

This question is motivated by this recent question. Suppose $R$ is commutative, Noetherian ring and $M$ a finitely generated $R$-module. Let $FD(M)$ and $PD(M)$ be the shortest length of free and ...

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### Rank four quadratic Form with non trivial discriminant in I(k)

Im sure this is a beginners question.
Let $k$ be a field and $I(k)$ the fundamental ideal in the Witt-ring W(k).
The Arason-Pfister-Hauptsatz states:
"If $\varphi$ is any anisotropic class in ...

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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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### Natural Isomorphism of $S(V[1])$ and $(\bigwedge V)[n]$

Let $V:=\oplus_{j\in\mathbb{Z}}V_j$ be a graded $\mathbb{F}$-vector space over
the field $\mathbb{F}$. The graded tensor product of graded vector spaces is given
by
$V \otimes W:= \oplus_{j\in ...

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### Injective resolution for right derived functor

This question is base on my previous question, and I repeat it here:
Suppose $X$ is a projective variety and $D^{+}(X)$ is the derived cateogry of bounded below complexes of sheaf of ...

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### Example: a pair of nonisomorphic parallel morphisms with isomorphic cones

First of all, let me fix some notation.
Let $\mathcal D$ be a triangulated category in the sense of Verdier-Grothendieck (for example, the homotopy category $\mathbf{K}(k)$ of cochain complexes ...

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### Two basic questions on derived categories

Let $\mathcal{A}, \mathcal{B}$ be two abelian categories with sufficiently many injective objects (in my case these are categories of sheaves of vector spaces on a manifold).
Let $f_*\colon ...

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### Projectives and Injectives in Functor Categories

Would it be possible to enlighten me (or even better give a reference) about enough projectives (injectives) in functor categories?
Here is a precise question. Let $C$ be a small category, whose ...

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### Earliest/most standard reference for derived categories of hereditary algebras

Let $A$ be a hereditary algebra and let $\mathcal{D}$ be the derived category of bounded complex of finitely generated $A$-modules. Then, for any complex $C_{\bullet}$ in $\mathcal{D}$, we have ...