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### Analogy between Mac Lane's coherence theorem and independence of bracketing

It is an elementary fact that if a binary operation on a set is associative then any multi-term product can be written unambiguously without bracketing. Superficially the coherence theorem for ...

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### Differential categories vs McBride's notion of derivative

Has anyone done an analysis to see if Blute, Cockett, and Seely's differential categories suffice to provide a notion of 1-hole context in the symmetric monoidal setting?

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### Deligne's theorem on the characterisation of Tannakian categories

I am trying to understand the proof of the Theorem 7.1 from Catégories Tannakiennes by Pierre Deligne https://publications.ias.edu/sites/default/files/60_categoriestanna.pdf.
Essentially, it is ...

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### When are Morita classes represented by certain structured algebra objects?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal category. There is a notion of Morita equivalence of algebra objects internal to $\mathcal{C}$. Does each Morita class have a symmetric Frobenius representative? A Hopf ...

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### Self-enrichment of reflective subcategories of self-enriched categories

I'll go straight to the point of my question:
Say $\mathscr{A}$ is a reflexive subcategory of $\mathscr{B}$, meaning the inclusion functor $i: \mathscr{A} \to \mathscr{B}$ is fully faithful and ...

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### Twisted Day convolution

Has anyone studied a version of Day convolution for an enriched presheaf category $V^{A^{\mathrm{op}}}$ where the monoidal structure of $V$ is "twisted" on one side by an action of $A$? I'm thinking ...

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### Temporal semantics for string diagrams

Suppose I have a string diagram $D$ which involves a set of strings $S$ and atomic processes $A$. Formally, we should think of this as a canonically chosen map in the free symmetric monoidal category ...

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### Is the biproduct of dualizable objects itself dualizable

In a monoidal category with biproducts, let $A$ and $B$ be objects with right duals. Then does $A \oplus B$ have a right dual?
The question is a bit subtle. Suppose I already know that $A \oplus B$ ...

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### Branching behavior in string diagrams/monoidal categories?

I am currently working through Peter Selinger's paper "Towards a Quantum Programming Language", and trying to connect it with what I already know about monoidal categories and string diagrams.
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### When modular tensor categories are equivalent?

I asked this question at math stack exchange math stack exchange but I haven't got any answer yet there.
I would like to know when we say that two modular tensor categories are equivalent.
Is it ...

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### Deligne tensor product of semisimple tensor categories

Let $T_1, T_2$ be two semisimple tensor categories over a field $k$ (i.e. symmetric rigid monoidal abelian $k$-linear). Then is the Deligne product, $T_1\otimes T_2$ also a $k$-tensor category?
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### Modular Tensor Categories: Reasoning behind the axioms

(Sorry for the length of the question, I'm trying to communicate what is bothering me as thoroughly as possible)
In the construction of modular tensor categories (MTC) from ground zero, we put ...

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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 $\mathcal{F}\left(G\right)$
equipped with a functor ...

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### t-structures on the tensor product of stable $\infty$-categories

It is a matter of checking definitions that the tensor product of presentable $\infty$-categories restrict to a tensor product between stable presentable $\infty$-categories; I was wondering if there ...

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### Seeking more information regarding the “rigoidal category” of $\mathbb{N}$-graded sets

Definitions.
By an $\mathbb{N}$-graded set, I mean a set $X$ together with a function $|\Box|_X:\mathbb{N} \leftarrow X,$ called the grading. These will simply be called graded sets hereafter.
If ...

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### Is there a finite test for isomorphisms of rigid monoidal abelian categories, part II

Let $G$ be a semisimple algebraic group. (I'm already interested in the case $G=SL_2$.)
Let $\mathcal C$ be a semisimple rigid monoidal abelian category endowed with an additive tensor functor $Rep_G ...

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### Is there a finite test for isomorphisms of rigid monoidal abelian categories?

Let $G$ be a semisimple algebraic group. (I'm already interested in the case $G=SL_2$.)
Let $\mathcal C$ be a semisimple rigid monoidal abelian category endowed with pair of exact tensor functors ...

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### Non-trivial but simple concrete examples for some categories related to Tensor/Fusion categories

I'm writing a note on Tensor and Fusion categories, the readers of which are physicists rather than mathematicians. So instead of giving abstract definitions I have to give examples to inspire each ...

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### Mac Lane strictness theorem and categorifiability of fusion rings

The Mac Lane strictness theorem states that any monoidal category is monoidally equivalent to a strict monoidal category (see here section 2.8).
Q1: Is it true that any fusion category is monoidally ...

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### The definition of unitary fusion category

I just come across a definition of the unitary fusion category:
A fusion category $\mathcal{C}$ over the complex number is said to be unitary if we have:
We have a Hilbert space structure on each ...

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### What categorical property of monoidal categories picks out the ones with duals?

Recall that a monoidal category $\mathcal C$ is rigid if every object $X\in \mathcal C$ has both left and right duals, i.e. objects $X^l$ and $X^r$ with maps $X^l \otimes X \to \mathbf 1 \to X \otimes ...

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### Specific cases of the tangle hypothesis in terms of “classical” n-categories

As is well known, the tangle hypothesis of Baez and Dolan proposes that, for suitable definitions, the $n$-category of framed $n$-tangles in $n+k$ dimensions is the free $k$-tuply monoidal ...

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### Enriching categories and equivalences

Let $\mathcal{C}$ and $\mathcal{D}$ be two equivalent categories. Furthermore, assume $\mathcal{C}$ is enriched over a monoidal category $(\mathcal{M}, \otimes)$. Can one use the equivalence to ...

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### Conditions on the fusion data of symmetric fusion category

We know that every symmetric fusion category (SFC) gives rise to data
$N^{ij}_k$ that describe the fusion of simple objects:
$i\times j = N^{ij}_k k$, and the data $\theta_i =\pm 1$ that describe the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...