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Is “being a modular category” a universal or categorical/algebraic property?

A semisimple braided category with duals is called modular when a certain matrix $S$ is invertible. The components $S_{AB}$ are indexed by (isomorphism classes of) simple objects of the category and ...
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Functors with an epi-mono factorization property

This is a simple question about terminology and a request for any related references. Specifically, what would you call a functor $F:\mathbf{D}\rightarrow\mathbf{C}$ with the following property? ...
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Two definitions of modules in monoidal category

The standard definition of a (left) simplicial module $V$ over some simplicial algebra $A$ is the map of simplicial vector spaces $A\otimes V\to V$ that gives the usual modules component-wise. Here ...
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Ribbon Algebras and Co-(dual)-quasi-triangular Hopf Algebras

As is well-known, one can use the coquasi-triangular structure $\cal R$ of $U_q(\frak{g})$ to give it's category of (right) modules $\cal{M}_{U_q(\frak{g})}$ the structure of a braided monoidal ...
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About an embedding of abelian categories into categories of modules

Let $k$ be a field. Let $C$ be an abelian $k$-linear category with a symmetric tensor product $\otimes$ and internal homomorphisms, such that $\mathrm{End}(1)=k$. Let $M$ be another $k$-linear abelian ...
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Monoidal transformations are isomorphisms at dualizable objects

Here is a cute observation: Let $F,G : \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{D}$ be a symmetric monoidal functors between symmetric monoidal categories, and let $\eta : F \to G$ be a monoidal transformation. Then ...
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Definitions and coherence in “rigid” monoidal categories

In "Catégories Tannakiennes" by Savedra Rivano (under A. Grothendieck supervision) at pag.78 he define a rigid category $\mathscr{C}$ as a monoidal symmetrical closed such that the natural morphisms ...
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Generalization of analytic functors

It's been a long time since I posted the following question on stackexchange. Now I think it's better to adress it to you, in the hope I will reach the right audience: Martin's comment, albeit ...
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Coherence in pseudo.monoids

In the article of A. Joyal and R. Street: Braided tensor categories, (Adv. Math. N.102 (1993), no. 1, 20-78) they define a tensor object (or pseudo.monoids) in a monoidal 2-category $\mathcal{C}$ ...
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Are there small examples of non-pivotal finite tensor categories?

I'm looking for small concrete examples of non-pivotal finite tensor categories to do some calculations with. Here a finite tensor category is, according to Etingof-Ostrik, a rigid monoidal category ...
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Cartesian envelope of a symmetric monoidal category

Is there a left adjoint to the forgetful functor from cartesian monoidal categories to symmetric monoidal categories? And if so: how can it be described explicitely. In more detail: Given a symmetric ...
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Reference for “lax monoidal functors” = “monoids under Day convolution”

Suppose $A$ and $C$ two symmetric monoidal categories. Let's say that $A$ is small and $C$ is locally presentable, and let's assume also that the tensor product on $C$ preserves colimits separately in ...
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the category of right comodule of coalgebra is a monoidal category , why?

the category of right comodule of coalgebra is a monoidal category according the following the associativity constraint is defined as a_{U,V,W}((u\otimes v)\otimes w)=u_0\otimes (v_0\otimes ...
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“Wrong” strictification of symmetric monoidal categories

It is well-known that any symmetric monoidal category is equivalent to a strict symmetric monoidal category. The construction of this strict monoidal category is rather technical and it appears to me ...
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K-theory of monoidal categories

I am novice in the algebraic K- theory and don' t know if this is the right place for the following questions. So some people might consider them as basic questions. Consider an exact monoidal ...
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Are Lurie's operads special SMCs?

In Higher Operads, Higher Categories, Leinster nicely characterizes operads among monoidal categories (as PROs). Roughly speaking, a monoidal category comes from an operad if its set of objects is ...
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What about schemes built up out of graded rings?

Toen-Vaquié construct a category of schemes relative to some complete cocomplete closed symmetric monoidal category $C$. Affine schemes correspond by definition 1:1 to commutative monoid objects in ...
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Unitalization internal to monoidal categories

Let $C$ be a monoidal category, not assumed to be symmetric. Assume that the underlying category of $C$ is nice enough, for example cocomplete, perhaps even presentable. A semigroup object in $C$ is a ...
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Twisted duality in a symmetric monoidal category

I would like to know if the following definition is already known or even well-known. Is there a reference in the literature? Do you know prominent examples? Definition. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a ...
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Compatibility between strength and costrength of a monoidal monad

Let $C$ be a closed monoidal category, and let $T : C \to C$ be a monad on the underlying category. Let $\sigma$ be a tensorial strength of $T$ and let $\sigma'$ be a cotensorial strength of $T$. A ...
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Tensor product of quivers

As a special case of a general construction I have constructed "accidentally" a tensor product of quivers aka directed multigraphs (aka directed graphs for category theorists). Probably this is ...
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Example of a non-closed cocomplete symmetric monoidal category

Background By a cocomplete symmetric monoidal category $C$ I mean a symmetric monoidal category whose underlying category is cocomplete and such that $- \otimes X : C \to C$ is cocontinuous for all ...
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The symmetric monoidal category of finite sets

It is well-known that the (augmented) simplex category is the universal monoidal category with a monoid object. What about a commutative analogue? Consider the category $\mathsf{FinSet}$ of finite ...
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Not-so-symmetric monoidal categories

Is the notion of a commutative monoidal category, where every product is isomorphic to its opposite, but not necessarily functorially, known not to be useful? I have not been able to find any ...
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Free symmetric monoidal category on a monoidal category

Consider the $2$-categories $\mathsf{MonCat}$ of monoidal categories, with strong monoidal functors and monoidal transformations, $\mathsf{SymMonCat}$ of symmetric monoidal categories, with strong ...
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Seems like Reader monad composed with a strong monad produces a monad, am I right?

Take a Cartesian (or monoidal) closed category; define Reader monad for a given object $E$ as $X \mapsto X^E$; and take a strong monad $M$ (strong means preserves product or tensor product). Now the ...
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What is the free monoidal category generated by a monoid?

In several places in a segment on cohomology (for example, here (PDF)) in John Baez's online lecture notes for a course in 2007 on quantum gravity, much is made of the fact that the simplex category ...
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About the closed structure on the modules of a monoidal closed symmetrical category

Let $(\mathscr{C}, \otimes , I)$ monoidal category, a monoid $(R, e_R, \mu )$ is a object $R \in \mathscr{C}$ with morphisms $e_R: I \to R$, $\mu: R \otimes R \to R$ with the well knowed unital ...
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Two questions about commutative theories

Let $\mathcal{T}$ be a commutative algebraic theory (for example sets, abelian groups, commutative monoids, but not groups etc.). References include the nlab and Borceux' Handbook of Categorical ...
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The multiplicative system in a symmetric monoidal category

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a symmetric monoidal category. In the 1973 paper "Note on monoidal localisation" by Brian Day, the multiplicative system of morphism in $\mathcal{C}$ has been discussed. See also ...
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Saavedra's Definition of Tannakian Category

I have been reading Deligne-Milne's Tannakian Categories and got to the point at the end of part 3 where they discuss what went wrong with Saavedra's definition. Motivated by their counterexample, ...
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Braidings and Isomorphism Classes in a Monoidal Category

Let $X$ be an object in a monoidal category $({\cal C}, \otimes)$, and $\gamma:X \otimes X \to X \otimes X$ a braiding (that is to say a morphism in ${\cal C}$ from $X \otimes X$ to itself that ...
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Iterating monoid categories

Let $(C, \otimes)$ be a symmetric monoidal category (maybe braided is also okay). Then the category $\text{Mon}(C)$ of monoid objects in $C$ is also a symmetric monoidal category with the same ...
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String diagrams for (weak) monoidal categories

Hi, In a strict monoidal category, where the associator, left and right unitor are identity morphisms we have the following relations between (string) diagrams: where $i_x$ and $e_x$ are the unit ...
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When is homotopy orbit space weakly equivalent to orbit space, other than situation of free action?

Let $M$ be a closed symmetric monoidal model category. Let $X$ be a cofibrant object (it can also be fibrant if you like) and let $\Sigma_n$ act on $X^{\otimes n}$ by permuting the factors (note that ...
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Are pivotal categories the algebras for a cartesian monad?

It seems to be "known" but not written down that the following are more-or-less equivalent: ...
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Thompson's group F and monoidal categories

(This is a cross-post from MathSE, as someone remarked that the question would be more appropriate on MO) Fiore and Leinster have proved that if $\mathcal{A}$ is a monoidal category freely generated ...
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A question on triangle identities

It is well known that pentagon+triangle identity of type (a1b) implies "all diagrams commute" monoidal category, in particular triangle identities of type (1ab) and (ab1). My question is that whether ...
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Localization of a symmetric monoidal category at a single morphism

Let $C$ be a symmetric monoidal category, and $f : x \to y$ be a morphism in $C$. I would like to construct the localization $C_f$ explicitly, which solves the universal property ...
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What non-monoidal functors on monoidal categories are used “in nature”?

Background For my PhD dissertation, I've developed a categorical generalization of many different systems of denotational semantics for light linear logic (LLL). I'd like to see if I can use this ...
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Module categories over symmetric/braided monoidal categories

Given an algebraically closed field $k$ and a finitely generated commutative $k$-algebra $A$, all simple modules over $A$ are 1-dimensional What is the analogous statement for symmetric monoidal ...
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Extending braidings to tensor powers

Given a braiding $\Psi: X \otimes Y \to Y \otimes X$ for two objects $X,Y$ in a monoidal category, it seems reasonable to assume that $\Psi$ extends uniquely to a braiding $X^k \otimes Y^l \to Y^l ...
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Hovey's unit axiom in monoidal model categories

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal model category in the sense of Hovey's book. He assumes the following unit axiom not considered in other references (e.g. Schwede-Shipley): given a cofibrant ...
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Enriched Categories: Metric Spaces, Monoidal Endofunctors and Lipschitz-Continuous Maps.

In the introduction to the reprint of "Metric spaces, generalized logic and closed categories" Lawvere talks about the following situation: Let $\mathbb R_+$ denote $\mathbb R_{\geq 0}^\infty$. Every ...
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Reshetikhin-Turaev and links with a distinguished component

Hi, This question came up to me when reading the paper of Cartier on Vassiliev invariants, but it can probably be turned into a more general question. Let $T$ be the category whose objects are ...
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Definition of enriched caterories or internal homs without using monoidal categories.

I know this question may seem nonsensical at first but let me exlain what i have in mind: In enriched category theory we define categories enriched over a monoidal category $(\mathcal{V},\otimes, ...
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Does the dual of an object with trivial symmetry also have trivial symmetry?

Let $C$ be a symmetric monoidal category. I am interested in objects $X \in C$ such that the symmetry $S_{X,X} : X \otimes X \cong X \otimes X$ is equal to the identity. There are many examples of ...
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Is the category of smooth manifolds equivalent to the opposite category of the category of commutative monoids of some additive symmetric monoidal category?

This is a followup to my previous question, which asked whether the category of commutative or noncommutative C*-algebras or von Neumann algebras is equivalent to the category of commutative or ...
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Gamma spaces and monoidal categories

In his paper "Categories and cohomology theories" Graeme Segal gives examples how to construct a Gamma category and therefore also a Gamma space from a strict monoidal category like finite chain ...
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Enriched Categories: Ideals/Submodules and algebraic geometry

While working through Atiyah/MacDonald for my final exams I realized the following: The category(poset) of ideals $I(A)$ of a commutative ring A is a closed symmetric monoidal category if endowed ...