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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 ...
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Understanding Penrose diagrammatical notation

I arrived to Penrose's paper Applications of negative dimensional Tensors after reading some bits of Baez's Prehistory (link) and the first two chapters of Turaev's Quantum invariants of knots and ...
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Show that duality functor is anti-monoidal

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a right rigid (not strict) monoidal category with associativity constraint $\Phi$. Let $J_{UV}: U^*\otimes V^*\to (V\otimes U)^*$ the canonical isomorphism for every objects ...
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When is the cofibrant replacement of a product the product of the cofibrant replacements?

I'm in a situation where I'd like to prove $Q(E\otimes E) \simeq QE \otimes QE$ for a monoid $E$ in a symmetric monoidal model category. I know it's not true in general that $Q(E\otimes F)\simeq QE ...
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Ends as a “cotrace” operation on profunctors

As mentioned here, there is a trace operation on the monoidal category of profunctors given by taking coends: for any profunctor $F : A\times X \nrightarrow B \times X$, there is a profunctor $Tr^X(F) ...
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Exterior powers in tensor categories

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a cocomplete $R$-linear tensor category. Many notions of commutative algebra can be internalized to $\mathcal{C}$. For example a commutative algebra is an object $A$ in ...
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Action on tensor power and “element notation” in monoidal categories

Let $C$ be a symmetric monoidal category. Fix an object $X$, let $S$ denote the symmetry $X \otimes X \to X \otimes X$. Also define $X^{\otimes n}$ by induction on $n$: $X^{\otimes 0} = 1$, ...
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A simple example of a tame tensor functor

Let $C$ be a $R$-linear cocomplete tame abelian tensor category (see here for definitions) with unit $1$, then there is a unique $R$-linear cocontinuous tensor functor $F : \text{Mod}(R) \to C$, ...
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representing tensor-C*-categories in BIM

Given a factor M (=von Neumann alg. with center ℂ), let us write BIM for the ⊗-C*-category of M-M-bimodules. Which ⊗-C*-categories can one faithfully embed into BIM? ⓵ Are ...
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Is the functor of divided powers a weakly monoidal functor?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity $e$. For every $R$-module $M$ the algebra of divided powers $D(M)$ is defined as follows. The generators of $D(M)$ are the symbolls $m^{(k)}$ for every ...
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Tame abelian tensor categories

In the article "Tannaka duality for geometric stacks" (arxiv, see nlab for a summary) Jacob Lurie introduced the notion of a tame abelian tensor category. An abelian tensor category is called tame if ...
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Do plain functors out of monoidal categories factor into a nontrivial monoidal part and a plain part?

Given symmetric monoidal closed categories $C, D$, a symmetric monoidal (not closed!) functor $F:C\to D$ factors into two parts: the first is a symmetric monoidal closed functor from $C$ to a ...
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universal property of module categories internal to a tensor category

By a tensor category, I mean here a cocomplete $k$-linear symmetric tensor category, where $k$ is a fixed ground ring. Tensor functors are assumed to be $k$-linear and cocontinuous. I will denote the ...
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Epimorphisms between line objects

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a $k$-linear abelian symmetric tensor category with unit $\mathcal{O}_A$; here $k$ is a comm. ring. By that I assume implicitly that $\otimes$ is finitely cocontinuous in each ...
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Does one of the hexagon identities imply the other one?

Suppose we have a monoidal category equipped with additional data that almost makes it a braided monoidal category except that only one of the hexagon identities is satisfied. Can we then prove the ...
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Gerbes and Z-graded symmetric monoidal categories

Let me first recall a known fact. Suppose $X$ is a complex algebraic variety, $\mathscr{L}$ is a line bundle on $X$ and $L^\times$ is the total space of $\mathscr{L}$ with the zero section removed. ...
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graded ring associated to a line bundle in a tensor category

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an abelian tensor category with unit $\mathcal{O}$. An object $\mathcal{L}$ is called invertible or a line bundle if there is some $\mathcal{L}^{-1}$ such that $\mathcal{L} ...
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Alternative definition of monoidal categories

My question is about monoidal categories. To motivate it, let me first recall something about group objects. Assume you define a group object in a category $C$ with products by an object $G$ together ...
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Is the box product of morphisms associative?

Suppose $(C,\otimes)$ is a symmetric monoidal finitely-cocomplete category such that $\otimes$ preserves colimits. Given two morphisms $a:A_1\to A_2$ and $b:B_1\to B_2$, define $a\Box b$ to be the ...
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Symmetric monoidal structure on cosimplicial spaces

Is there a monoidal structure on the category $Spc^{\Delta}$ of cosimplicial spaces such that in the adjunction $$ \Delta^{\bullet}\otimes-\colon Spc\leftrightarrows Spc^{\Delta}\colon Tot(-) $$ the ...
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The condition End(1) = k in Tannakian Categories

A neutral Tannakian category over a field $k$ is a rigid $k$-linear abelian tensor category $\mathcal{C}$ whose unit $1$ satisfies $\mathrm{End}(1) \simeq k$, and is moreover equipped with an exact ...
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From tensor algebras in monoidal categories to (commutative?) monoids

Let $D$ be a monoidal category (without the structure of a symmetric monoidal category), with unit object $Id$, and let $L$ be an invertible object in $D$, so that $L$ is dualizable and the pairing ...
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A better way to compute the mapping spaces of the category of spans in an enriched tensored category?

Let X be a tensored and cotensored V-category, where V is a fixed complete, cocomplete, closed symmetric monoidal category. Define $C:=Span(X)$ to be the category of spans in X (this is the functor ...
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What is the right way to define the nerve of an unbiased monoidal category?

I've been toying around with unbiased composition in higher categorical structures on and off for a while now. In particular, I've been playing around with unbiased monoidal 2-categories. One ...
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Skeleton of a braided monoidal category

Does every (lax) braided monoidal category have a braided monoidal skeleton? That is, I want to define a (lax) braided monoidal structure on a skeleton so that it is braided monoidal equivalent to ...
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In which categories is every coalgebra a sum of its finite-dimensional subcoalgebras?

Let $\mathcal V$ be a reasonably nice category — I'm interested in the case when $\mathcal V$ is $\mathbb K$-linear for some field $\mathbb K$, abelian, and has all products and coproducts ...
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180˚ vs 360˚ Twists in String Diagrams for Ribbon Categories

Ribbon categories are braided monoidal categories with a twist or balance, $\theta_B:B\to B$, which is a natural transformation from the identity functor to itself. In the string diagram calculus for ...
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De-equivariantization by Rep(G)

I'm trying to understand Proposition 2.9 of this paper on weakly group theoretical fusion categories. First of all I have a problem with understanding the settings for de-equivariantization process. ...
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Resources for graphical languages / Penrose notation / Feynman diagrams / birdtracks?

There is an idea I've recently gotten interested in that doesn't seem to have a good agreed-upon name ("diagrammatic algebra?"). It centers around the use of two-dimensional diagrams of dots, ...
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What is the universal enveloping algebra?

Let ${\mathfrak g}$ be a Lie algebra in a symmetric monoidal category enriched over $K$-vector spaces, i.e., in particular, hom-s are $K$-vector spaces (where $K$ is a field of characteristic zero). ...
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Tannakian description of a semi-direct product

Let $H$ and $K$ be affine group schemes over a field $k$ of caracteristic zero. Let $\varphi:H\to Aut(K)$ be a group action. Then we can form the semi-direct product $G = K\ltimes H$. Problem: ...
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Is assigning the endomorphism object in some sense functorial?

Let $\mathcal V$ be a monoidal category and let $\mathcal C$ be a $\mathcal V$-category. Let's denote the $\mathcal V$-valued hom-functor $[-,-]$. Now for every object $X\in\mathcal C$ we have it's ...
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What is the underlying graphical calculus of the Interactions-Round-a-Face lattice model?

Background Let $\mathcal{L}$ be an $m \times n$ square lattice on a torus, and let $\Sigma$ be a finite set. We think of $\Sigma$ as the possible spin values that can be assigned to the points of the ...
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Category of copresheaves over commutative monoids

Let C be a symmetric monoidal category. Let Comm(C) be the category of commutative monoids in C. Consider the topos X = CoPSh(Comm(C)) of covariant functors from Comm(C) to the category Set of sets. ...
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Closed monoidal structure on the derived category of sheaves

Given a topological space X, i'd like to find Der X - the derived category of sheaves of abelian groups on X - to be a closed monoidal category. Hom should be cohomological and the internal-hom should ...
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What are the correct axioms for a “weakly associative monoidal functor”?

Definitions and the main question Recall that a category $\mathcal C$ is monoidal if it is equipped with the following data (two functors, three natural transformations, and some properties): a ...
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Is there a relative version of Tannakian reconstruction?

According to some form of Tannakian reconstruction, given a finite tensor category with a fiber functor to the category of vector spaces, one determines a Hopf algebra by considering tensor ...