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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 $C$...

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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
$$\mathrm{Hom}_{\...

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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 $k$-...

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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 $(\mathcal{V},\otimes, I)$....

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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 3-...

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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 $U,V\...

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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 $\mathcal{...

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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 $n$: $X^{\otimes 0} = 1$, $X^{\...

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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 $m\...

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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. ...