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### Making additive envelopes of monoidal categories monoidal

I have a monoidal category $(\mathcal{C},\otimes)$ enriched over abelian groups, for which I want to take the additive envelope $\mathcal{M}at\,\mathcal{C}$.
(This is defined as the category with ...

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### A question about braiding represented as pseudofunctors

I just asked a very similar question here (About symmetry, braids, and pseudo-functors.), still now I dont get a answere. I hope to express myself more clearly and correctly this time.
Let ...

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### Rank vanishing in tensor categories

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a cocomplete $\mathbb{Q}$-linear symmetric monoidal category (if convenient, assume that it is locally finitely presentable and/or abelian). Recall that the rank (or dimension) of ...

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### Does every commutative variety of algebras have a cogenerator?

By a commutative variety $\mathcal{V}$ I mean a classical variety of algebras for some $(\Sigma,E)$, such that each pair of operations in $\Sigma$ commutes.
Equivalently (i) every interpretation of ...

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### When does a monoidal functor between ribbon categories preserve cups and caps, but not necessarily braidings?

Imagine a monoidal functor between ribbon categories (i.e. monoidal, with a braiding, a twist and compatible left and right duals). An important example would be the restriction functor from the ...

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### Can one explain Tannaka-Krein duality for a finite-group to … a computer ? (How to make input for reconstruction to be finite datum?)

Consider a finite group. Tannaka-Krein duality allows to reconstruct the group from the
category of its representations and additional structures on it (tensor structure + fiber functor). Somehow ...

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### Does trace handle composition in a traced symmetric monoidal category?

Suppose that $(C,\otimes,I)$ is a traced symmetric monoidal category (TSMC) with symmetrizor $\sigma$ and trace $Tr$. Given two morphisms $f\colon A\to B$ and $g\colon B\to C$, I can tensor them to ...

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### The bar construction or the quotient for monoidal category action on a category

Given a monoid $C$ acting (from the right) on a set $M$, there is a bar construction giving a simplicial set or equivalently a translation/action category,
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N_\bullet (M\rtimes C)= \cdots M\times ...

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### History and motivation for Tannaka, Krein, Grothendieck, Deligne et al. works on Tannaka-Krein theory?

I am trying to wrap my mind around Tannaka-Krein duality and it seems quite mysterious for me, as well, as its history. So let me ask:
Question: What was the motivation and historical context for ...

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### Reference for a generalization of Γ-spaces to monoidal model categories

Γ-spaces were introduced by Segal in 1969 as models for what can be now described
as commutative ∞-monoids and ∞-groups in cartesian symmetric monoidal ∞-categories, e.g., E_∞-spaces and connective ...

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### Associators, Grothendieck-Teichmüller group and monoidal categories

The standard definition of an associator seems to be that it a a grouplike power series in two variables $x$ and $ y $ satisfying some pentagon and hexagon relations.
In other words, denoting by $ ...

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### It looks so coKleisli, but it's not. What is it?

Fix a symmetric monoidal category $(M,\otimes,I)$ and a small discrete monoidal subcategory $M'\subseteq M$. Define a new symmetric monoidal category $C:=CoKl(M,M')$ as follows: $Ob(C):=Ob(M)$, and ...

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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 ...