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### About the definition of lax.functor between tricategories

SUMMARY: Observing that monoids in a monoidal category are identified with lax.functors (with domain 1), I tried to generalize this argument wanting to get a skew-Monoidal-category as ...

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### Are there any dominant pivotal functors such that the regular representation is not mapped onto a multiple of the regular representation?

This question is related to Pivotal functors of that are substantially different from finite group homomorphisms.
A tensor functor $F: \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{D}$ is called dominant (sometimes ...

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### How to compute (co)limits of enriched categories?

I've asked this question on math.stackexchange some time ago (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1380176/how-to-compute-colimits-of-enriched-categories) and I received no complete answers, so I'm ...

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### Schwede-Shipley theorem for monoidal categories?

The Schwede-Shipley theorem gives a criterion for a presentable stable $\infty$-category to be the category of modules over an $\mathcal{E}_1$-algebra. Is there any similar criterion for a monoidal ...

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### Involution of unital based ring (Grothendieck ring of a fusion category)

Let $A$ be a unital based ring in the sense of [Ostrik, arXiv:math/0111139]. As part of the data we have a base $B = \{b_i\}_{i\in I}$, and an involution $i \mapsto \bar i$ of $I$ whose induced map ...

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### Semisimple monoidal category with duals

We say that an abelian category is semisimple if every object is a semisimple object, which is to say, a direct sum of finitely many simple objects.
Let $({\cal C},\otimes,*)$ be a semisimple ...

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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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### Adjointable Abelian Monoidal Functor

Given two abelian monoidal categories ${\cal C,D}$ (where the monoidal operation is bilinear) and an additive monoidal functor $F:{\cal C} \to {\cal D}$. Will $F$ always admit an adjoint?

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### When is the adjoint to a monoidal functor monoidal?

Let $\mathcal C,\mathcal D$ be monoidal categories. Recall that a functor $F : \mathcal C \to \mathcal D$ is lax monoidal if it is equipped with maps $1_{\mathcal D} \to F(1_{\mathcal C})$ and $F(X) ...

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### Rectifying the definition of a closed category

The definition of a closed category I'm using is here.
Suppose $V$ is a closed category and that for each object $b\in V$, $[b,-]$ has a left adjoint $- \otimes b$. The result is nearly a monoidal ...

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### Does projective imply flat?

Let $\mathcal C$ be an abelian category equipped with a closed symmetric monoidal structure. This implies in particular that the monoidal structure $\otimes$ is right exact in each variable. I care ...

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### Categorical definition of infinite symmetric product

Let $(C,\otimes,I)$ be a symmetric monoidal category with coequalizers and directed colimits.
Fix some object $X$ and morphism $\tau\colon I\to X.$
Using $\tau$ one can construct a sequence of ...

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### A cosmos where coproduct injections are not monic

The injections (coprojections) of a coproduct in a category are very often monomorphisms. For instance, this happens in any extensive category (essentially by definition) and also in any category ...

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### group completion of topological monoid

Let $M$ be a topological monoid. The group completion of $M$ is defined as $\Omega BM$, where $BM$ is the classifying space of $M$.
In Lecture Notes in Math. 533, The homology of C n+1 spaces, n>=0, ...

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### Reference for an unbiased definition of a symmetric monoidal category

In the references I know, a symmetric monoidal category is defined as a monoidal category equipped with some additional data, so in particular the monoidal product is a functor
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### What is the monoidal equivalent of a locally cartesian closed category?

If a closed monoidal category is the monoidal equivalent of a Cartesian closed category, is there an analogous equivalent for locally cartesian closed categories? Is there a standard terminology or ...

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### Does the Boardman-Vogt tensor product of operads commute with their W-construction

I have absolutely no idea whether this is true or not but it could well be useful for me in the future if it is. If we have topological operads $\mathcal{P}$ and $\mathcal{Q}$ and we let $W$ denote ...

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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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### What is a fusion system/category without duals or an identity

What do you call a fusion system or fusion category without duals or an identity?
For fusion systems I am using Definition 3.1 from On Arithmetic Modular Categories. I want to remove axioms (i) and ...

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### How does one compute a colimit of monoidal categories?

The question is in the title. I'm also happy to get answers about (your favorite adjective) monoidal categories.
Here's a guess:
In order to compute a colimit of monoids we can push everything down ...

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### Notions of/References for freely generated (symmetric) monoidal categories

We often describe a category by giving a (directed, multi-)graph and freely generating a category of paths. I would like to know to what degree this intuition generalizes to monoidal categories, and ...

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### Proofs in monoidal categories [closed]

I have to do some pretty ugly proofs in monoidal categories. Basically, I have some long identities that I would like to prove. A random example:
$$(a\otimes b)\circ (c\otimes d) \circ q = q $$
Are ...

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### Computation of extreme rays of rational polyhedral cones - Hemmecke's project and lift algorithm

I am working on an implementation of Raymond Hemmecke's algorithm for finding generating sets of cones: http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0203105
Unfortunately I am struggling to make the algorithm work on ...

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### When does the canonical model structure on $\mathcal V$-$\mathbf{Cat}$ give a structure of monoidal model category?

Let $\mathcal V$ be a closed symmetric monoidal model category. It is well known that the category $\mathcal V$-$\mathbf{Cat}$ of $\mathcal V$-enriched categories is itself a closed symmetric monoidal ...

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### Lax monoids where only the unit triangle is lax

I was rereading the paper Directoids: algebraic models of up-directed sets by Ježek and Quackenbush, this time with category theory in mind. When I tried to describe what the results in that paper ...

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### In a closed monoidal abelian category, are the compact projectives a monoidal subcategory?

Question: In a closed monoidal abelian category such that the unit object is compact projective, must the tensor product of compact projective objects be compact projective?
Recall that an object ...

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### Counterexample for associativity of smash product

In Section 1.7 of Parametrized Homotopy Theory by May and Sigurdsson it is stated that the smash product of pointed topological spaces is not associative (which is just another hint that ...

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### How are the Walker-Wang TQFT and the Crane-Yetter TQFT related?

Mathematical physicists in solid state physics and topological insulators talk a lot about Walker-Wang models, which are a family of Hamiltonians defined on a 3d lattice. Unfortunately, the original ...

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### Reference for “multi-monoidal categories”

I have attempted to find a definition of a monoidal category which incorporates $n$-fold tensor products instead of just binary tensor products.
Definition. A "multi-monoidal category" consists of
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### Singularity-free isotopies between string diagrams for monoidal categories

Given a monoidal category, it is a theorem of Joyal and Street that an equation between string diagrams is provable from the axioms if and only if there is a recumbent isotopy that relates them. The ...

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### Why does a tetracategory with one object, one 1-morphism and one 2-morphism give a symmetric monoidal category

According to the periodic table of k-tuply monoidal n-categories, it should be the case that a tetracategory (= weak 4-category) with one object, one 1-morphism and one 2-morphism is effectively ...

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### Tensor product over a monoid in a monoidal category

nLab article on tensor product says:
"Given two objects in a monoidal category $(C,\otimes)$ with a right and left action, respectively, of some monoid $A$, their tensor product over $A$ is the ...

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### What is the right categorical framework for diagonal approximations, cup and cap products and identities between them?

I wanted to know what is the right categorical analog for the diagonal approximation for the singular chain complex $\Delta: C\rightarrow C\otimes C$ as a morphism in the homotopy category of chain ...

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### Image, kernel, quotient and first isomorphism theorem, in a category of monoid objects

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal category and Mon$_{\mathcal{C}}$ the category of monoids (also called algebra objects) on $\mathcal{C}$.
Questions: are there definitions of image and kernel for a ...

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### Does an equivalence of fusion categories depend on choice of simple objects within isomorphism classes?

Let $C$ be a fusion category with simple objects $X_1,...,X_n $, and let $Y_1,...,Y_n$ be objects with each $Y_i$ isomorphic to $X_i$. Is there a monoidal auto-equivalence $F:C \rightarrow C $ which ...

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### Category of modules over commutative monoid in symmetric monoidal category

Let $\left(\cal{C},\otimes ,I\right)$ be a symmetric monoidal category (not necessarily closed) and $A$ a commutative monoid in $\cal{C}$. In his DAG III (page 95), Lurie writes:
In many cases, ...

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### When is Rep(U_q(g)) invariant under q -> -q and why?

Since this is a question about quantum groups, let me first fix notation. In this question I use the conventions from this paper of Sawin. (That particular paper conveniently lists in the ...

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### What are TQFTs that are multiplicative under connected sums? Do bordisms with connected sum as monoidal product exist?

In general, one extracts a manifold invariant from a TQFT by interpreting the closed manifold as a bordism from the empty set to the empty set. The TQFT sends this bordism to a homomorphism of the ...

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### Pseudomodules, “general coherence theorem”

A pseudomonoid is defined within a monoidal bicategory. It is like a monoid in a monoidal category except that the usual axioms hold up to coherent invertible 2-cells. Pseudomonoid is like a monoidal ...

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### A general theory of quasi-functors, generalizing from dg-categories to $\mathcal V$-categories, with $\mathcal V$ monoidal model category

I employ the vast majority of the post to develop the notion of quasi-functor between dg-categories: I think it is important to get the idea.
Let $k$ be a field, and let $\mathcal V =\mathbf C(k)$ ...

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### symmetric monoidal dagger endofunctor categories

Take an arbitrary category $C$, and consider $End(C)$, any endofunctor category consisting of some or all endofunctors of $C$.
I have several related questions:
What restrictions must we impose on ...

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### String diagrams for bimodules over noncommutative algebras?

I'm trying to do some calculations with bimodules (over Azumaya algebras, as it happens), and I need a string diagram notation that mixes the tensor product over the base ring (a symmetric monoidal ...

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### Localization of symmetric monoidal category

Let $\mathcal M$ be a symmetric monoidal category, $S\subset \mathcal M$ a collection of objects and morphisms. I would like to construct the localization $\mathcal M \mathop{\longrightarrow}^T ...

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### Does the category PCM (partial commutative monoids) have a closed symmetric monoidal product?

A partial commutative monoid (PCM) is, roughly speaking, a set with a partially defined binary operation that is as associative as it can be (given that not all products are defined) and commutative. ...

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### How to construct a free 2-group on a groupoid?

Let G
be a groupoid. I'm wondering how to construct the free 2-group on G.
By the free 2-group I mean a 2-group $\mathcal{F}\left(G\right)$
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### Strictifying strong monoidal functors

Let $C_1$ and $C_2$ be monoidal categories (not necessarily symmetric or strict) and let $\Psi : C_1 \rightarrow C_2$ be a strong monoidal functor. Is it possibly to construct a strict monoidal ...

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### Categorical interpretation of disjoint cycle notation for tracing permutations

For a natural number $n\in\mathbb{N}$, let $\underline{n}$ denote the finite set $$\underline{n}:=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}.$$
A permutation $\sigma\in Aut(\underline{n})$ can be uniquely written (up to order) ...

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### Inducing a Monoidal Structure using an Equivalence of Categories [closed]

Given an equivalence of categories $C \equiv D$, such that $C$ has a monoidal structure, is it clear that we can use the equivalence to induce a monoidal structure on $D$. Is there a standard ...

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### Understanding the computation of the center of Tambara-Yamagami fusion categories when realized as C* categories

Recall that the Tambara-Yamagami categories are those with fusion ring $\mathbb{Z}[A \cup m]$ where $A$ is an abelian group and $m$ is a non-invertible (simple) object such that $ma = am = m$ for all ...

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### When is an Eilenberg-Moore category or Kleisli category braided monoidal? When semisimple?

I have a braided monoidal, semisimple linear category $\mathcal{C}$. (Imagine representations of a semisimple quasitriangular Hopf algebra.) I also have a monad $(T,\mu,\eta)$ on it, however, $T$ is ...