The homotopy interpretation of constructive dependent type theory, the univalence axiom, higher inductive types, internal languages of higher toposes, univalent foundations for mathematics, and implementations of such theories in proof assistants.

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Defining equivalence of equivalences without assuming extensionality

In homotopy type theory, we say that a function $f$ is an equivalence between two types $A$ and $B$, if the inverse image of all points is contractible (as per say the n-lab or Paolo's Capriotti's ...
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What technical and/or theoretical challenges are involved in automatically extracting proofs from books and papers into Coq code?

Over the years, advances in machine learning has allowed us to communicate and interact, using the same natural language, more and more semantically with computers, e.g. Google, Siri, Watson, etc. On ...
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What is the most transparent, rigorous definition of the Univalence Axiom?

I've been studying homotopy type theory and trying to grasp the Univalence Axiom. I have yet to find a concise, accessible, rigorous definition of Univalence. I have several excellent survey papers ...
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Functional programing and intensional type theory

I know very little about how computers work, so please excuse my ignorance! I think of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler as a program that eats up extensional type theory and spits out a program which ...
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Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite CW complex finitely-presented?

An infinity-groupoid is finitely-presented when it is equivalent to the free infinity-groupoid on a finite family of generators, possibly of different dimensions. Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite ...
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Homotopy Type Theory: What is it?

My question is, broadly, what is the main project of Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT). I asked a professor who is likely to be correct and he say the following: There are three directions: ...
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How to proceed with a type-theoretic proof that $\Sigma \mathbb{S}^1 \simeq \mathbb{S}^2$?

The circle can be define with a higher inductive type as follows: The space $\mathbb{S}^1$ is freely generated by the following constructors: $\mathsf{b} : \mathbb{S}^1$ and $\mathsf{loop} : ...
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The groupoid of algebraic expressions and proofs

Fix a set of variables $V$, and suppose we're given a presentation of a monosorted algebraic theory, with variable symbols taken from $V$. For the sake of example, suppose the presentation consists of ...
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What would be an infinity-groupoid analogue of the duality between sets and complete atomic boolean algebras?

Consider the object classifier of the $\infty$-topos of $\infty$-groupoids. For the role it plays in homotopy type theory as the type of types, let’s denote it as $Type = \coprod_{[F]} B Aut(F)$, the ...
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Base change in homotopy type theory

Recall that with the internal language of 1-toposes, we have the nice, basic, and useful result that geometric sequents are stable under base change along geometric morphisms: If $\varphi$ and $\psi$ ...
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Extensionality in HoTT versus extensionality in internal language of a category

What's the extension of judgmental identity in HoTT (homotopy type theory)? The Martin-Löf intensional dependent type theory with identity types is called (definitionally) extensional if the ...
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Delooping in homotopy type theory

In algebraic topology, it is a theorem of Stasheff that every A-$\infty$ space has the homotopy type of a loop space. Question: Is this true in homotopy type theory? Let me be a little more ...
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Question about higher inductive types and computational rules

I have been trying to make my way through the homotopy type theory book, slowly but surely, and I just finished reading this introductory series of 3 articles on hott on ScienceForAll. ...
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How should I be thinking about object classifiers / universal fibrations / universes?

I have been learning about homotopy type theory this summer. I am not a homotopy theorist but I am more comfortable with homotopy theory than I am with type theory, so the way I rationalize many of ...
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Analogy between variable substitution and the moving lemma

While reading the HoTT book, I came up with the following (very) vague analogy: Consider $f(x) :\equiv \lambda y.x+y$ of type, say, $f: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$. Also assume you ...
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A pointless circle in HoTT

In the beginning of chapter two in The HoTT Book there is a discussion about synthetic vs. analytic geometry: An important difference between homotopy type theory and classical homotopy theory is ...
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A potential definition of weak $\omega$-categories

This question was inspired by the Homotopy Type Theory Book. Might we define a weak $\omega$-category as described below? Is any similar approach already considered in the literature? Let ...
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Are paths in HoTT perhaps just “cost-free” paths?

Homotopy type theory (HoTT) doesn't seem to say anything about "mutations" of values in type $T$, an important concept in computer science. Mutations occur when you "change a value" of some variable ...
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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 the status of (universal) algebra in type theory?

With the recent interest in homotopy type theory as a foundation for mathematics, it seems natural to develop algebra within the framework of type theory. So far, I can't find much literature ...
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How do you define the strict infinity groupoids in Homotopy Type Theory?

In the setting of Homotopy Type Theory, how would you construct $\mathrm{isStrict} : U \rightarrow U$ which is inhabited exactly when the first type is (equivalent to?) a strict $\infty$-groupoid? ...
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The independence of path induction

In §1.12 of the Homotopy type theory book, it is mentioned that indiscernibility of identicals is a consequence of path induction. More precisely, for each type $C$ dependent over a type $A$, there is ...
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Does the induction principle of the type of booleans imply its recursion principle?

The type of booleans, denoted by ${\mathbf{2}}$, has two terms $0_{\mathbf{2}}:{\mathbf{2}}$ and $1_{\mathbf{2}}:{\mathbf{2}}$. The induction principle of ${\mathbf{2}}$ states that, given a dependent ...
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A (very naive) question about Homotopy Type Theory

In homotopy type theory, homotopy types can be viewed as logical types and it is possible to prove some theorems about them without using any underlying space (no simplicial set, no topological ...
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$\infty$-categorical interpretation of type theory

One can read at several places that Martin-löf type theory should be the internal language of a locally Cartesian closed infinity category, and that the univalence axiom should distinguished infinity ...
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What are finite homotopy types?

Starting from an ordinary 1-categorical point of view, there are various obvious candidate definitions for ‘finite homotopy type’: The homotopy type of a simplicial set that has only finitely many ...
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Homotopy as a general organizing principle

One of the realizations that led to the development of Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT) is that the ideas of homotopy theory have very broad applicability in mathematics. Indeed, Quillen model categories ...
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Are simplicial sets the intended model of HoTT?

While thinking about Jason Rute's question, I wondered if there was an intended model for HoTT. The main candidate for the intended model are simplicial sets, where Vladimir Voevodsky first observed ...
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Prospects for reverse mathematics in Homotopy Type Theory

Reverse mathematics, as I mean here, is the study of which theorems/axioms can be used to prove other theorems/axioms over a weak base theory. Examples include Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic ...
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Equivalent form of the Univalence Axiom

I'm reading the new HoTT book and I'm wondering about a potential equivalent form of the Univalence Axiom: $(A \simeq B) \simeq (A = B)$. For simplicity, I'm tacitly working in a fixed universe. It ...
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Forcing in Homotopy Type Theory

I apologize if this question doesn't make any sense. I'll just go ahead and delete it if that's the case. But the question is just the title. Is there a notion of forcing in homotopy type theory? ...
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categorifying induction in homotopy type theory

In trying to understand homotopy type theory, I stumbled upon the following silly question, which is likely to be trivial for the experts. Let $B=\sqcup_{n\in\Bbb N} BS_n$, which I'd like to think of ...