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This is not a category. What is it?

EDIT The question was based on an error, as it turns out. In fact my example is a category (and therefore a groupoid), by Eric Wofsey's argument. I can't remember why I thought it wasn't, and I feel a ...
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If $X$ is a simplicial complex, is their a characterization of the links of the vertices of $X$ that is equivalent to the statement "$|X|$ is a manifold

We have a characterization when we want $|X|$ to be a PL-manifold, in particular that the links of all the vertices are themselves (PL) spheres. If we are in the category of PL- spaces then this is a ...
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Is there an algebraic “derived mapping space” construction that encompasses both Hochschild homology and loop spaces of non-simply-connected spaces?

I'm looking for directions to the literature that might contain fairly explicit constructions that might be called (the algebra of functions on) the "derived mapping space" from a simplicial set to a ...
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Relating two notions of geometric realization

Let $K$ be an abstract simplicial complex on the (finite) vertex set $V$. The geometric realization $|K|$ is typically defined (see Spanier's book for instance) as the collection of functions ...
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How to endow an n-fold Segal Space with a symmetric monoidal structure?

I would like to understand how I can endow an n-fold (complete) Segal Space with a symmetric monoidal structure. My question is basically the same as in this post: What is a symmetric monoidal ...
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Does the following categorial sum preserve weak equivalences?

In Dwyer and Kan's 1980 paper on "Simplicial Localizations of Categories", they prove the following result for binary categorial sums. For a set $O$, let $O$-${\mathsf{Cat}}$ be the following ...
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Ways to decompose a torus for finite element method so that each cell contains a complete revolution of the major radius

I've got a finite element problem involving paths around the interior of a torus. For this particular problem I think I could make things more computationally efficient if each cell in the mesh made ...
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Which 2-coskeletal simplicial sets is the nerve of a category?

Let ${\mathrm{tr}}_2$ be the truncation functor that takes a simplicial set and restricts it to dimensions at most 2. Its right adjoint is the 2-coskeleton functor. NLab says that the nerve of a small ...
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Does each “prod-simplicial” regular cell complex come from a unique rooted tree?

Since about the time I asked the question, What is the precise relationship between "prodsimplicial sets" and rooted trees? I have been playing with these rooted trees and their ...
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What is the history of the notion of subdivision of categories?

A recent answer by Peter May prompts me to ask a question which I have been considering to ask for several months. (The reason why I have not asked it before is that it is not directly related to my ...
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How many simplicial complexes on n vertices up to homotopy equivalence?

Fix a number $n$, and define $\gamma(n)$ to be the number of simplicial complexes on $n$ unlabeled vertices up to homotopy equivalence. It is unlikely that an explicit formula exists, but what is ...
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Is there a sense in which the homotopy theory of simplicial sets is the “paradigmatic” one?

I could not come up with a better title for my question. What I am asking is this (preemptive excuses to all experts in homotopy theory for naivetes of all kinds you may find herein): the ...
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Analogues of fibrations

Recall the following analogy Serre fibrations : Kan fibrations in spaces and simplicial sets respectively, related by the singular simplices functor and geometric realisation. There are other ...
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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 connected categories with pullbacks weakly contractible?

Quillen's Theorem A says that a functor between (small) categories $f:I\rightarrow J$ induces a weak equivalence of the nerves if for each $j\in J$ the comma category $f/j$ is weakly contractible. In ...
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Constructing a simplicial set homology-equivalent to a given CW complex

I would like to compute the homology of certain low dimensional CW complexes and I am hoping to take advantage of software that handles simplicial sets as input. Thus, I would like to convert a CW ...
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$W^{1,1}$ simplicial approximation

Let $f$ be a continuous real-valued function defined on an $n$ dimesional simplex $\Sigma\subset \mathbb{R}^n $. The classical simplicial approximation scheme provides a sequence $f_k$ of piecewise ...
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Explicit contraction for the universal simplicial bundle WG

For a simplicial group $G$, there is a universal bundle $WG \to \overline{W}G$ in the category of simplicial sets, detailed in for example May's book (djvu). Now $WG$ has a simple enough description ...
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Smash product of Kan complexes

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are pointed Kan complexes. Is their smash product $X\wedge Y$ also a Kan complex? I expect the answer is probably no, but it would be nice to see a counterexample.
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On the construction of the simplicial category $\Delta$

Is a classical example that in the topos $Set$ the set of natural numbers (finite cardinals) $\mathbb{N}$ is the natural-numbers objet as in topos theory definition. Now the category $\Delta$ has for ...
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What is the precise relationship between “prodsimplicial sets” and rooted trees?

In Keven Walker's answer to the question, Cubical vs. simplicial singular homology it is written: Personally, I think it is more convenient to do singular homology with the larger collection ...
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The Area of Spherical Polygons

I am interested in finding a canonical general expression for the area of a spherical polygon in $\mathbb{S}^2$ knowing the side lengths of the polygon and a bound on the internal angles (we can ...
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Necessary conditions for cofibrancy in global projective model structure on simplicial presheaves

Consider the global projective model category of simplicial presheaves on some category (the category of smooth manifolds is particularly interesting to me). In Section 9.1 of Dugger's paper ...
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Extending the vertex-facet correspondence from Δ to Θ

Recall that in the $n$-simplex $\Delta[n]$, we have a combinatorially crucial bijection between facets, (codimension $1$ faces) and vertices, where the $i$th face of a simplex corresponds to the full ...
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On small generators of an infinity category

Suppose that $\mathcal{C}$ is an $\infty$-category with pullbacks and small coproducts. Suppose that $\mathcal{D}$ is a small subcategory for every object $C,$ the canonical map ...
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Generalizing the internal angle of a graph in $\mathbb{E}^2$ to $\mathbb{S}^2$

I am currently working on research involving packing problems and am finding myself needing the tools from Combinatorial Geometry (in particular, I've been reading Pach and Agarwal's book on the ...
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Derived functors of symmetric powers

What do the derived functors of the symmetric powers look like? I understand that this is related to the homology of the symmetric groups, but I don't know a reference for that. Namely, I'm ...
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Generalizing the circle packing theorem to 3-dimensions

The circle packing theorem (Koebe–Andreev–Thurston theorem) states that every finite planar graph is the nerve of some disk packing in the plane, where the nerve of a packing $P$ is a graph $G=(V,E)$, ...
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What is the homotopy type of a free simplicial ring?

Is there a good description of the homotopy type of a free simplicial ring (or simplicial $R$-algebra) on a given simplicial set, in terms of the homotopy type of that simplicial set? (This is mostly ...
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Connective spectra versus simplicial abelian groups - very basic question

Hello, I have very general , "introductory" questions (It is quite hard for me to seek for specific things in the algebraic topology literature). I guess that connective spectra have a model ...
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Reference request - CDGA vs. sAlg in char. 0

Hello, Are the model categories of simplicial commutative algebras over $k$ and that of commutative differential graded algebras (in negative cohmological dimension) Quillen equivalent in char. 0 (or ...
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Coskeleta of simplicial principal bundles

Let $X_{\bullet}$ be a simplicial topological space. There is a truncation functor $tr^n \colon Fun(\Delta^{op}, Top) \to Fun(\Delta_n^{op},Top)$ (where $\Delta_n$ is the full subcategory of $\Delta$ ...
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Simplicial complex made of central idempotents of an algebra

Let $A$ be an algebra, say over $\mathbb{C}$ and finite-dimensional, but not necessary semisimple. I have the strong feeling, which I would like to prove and use, about the following rather natural ...
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Do bistellar flips in a simplicial sphere preserve facet connectivity?

Define two facets of a simplicial sphere as k-connected if there are at least k disjoint edge-vertex paths between them in their facet-ridge graphs. Do bistellar flips preserve facet k-connectivity? ...
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Does the classification diagram localize a category with weak equivalences?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category equipped with a subcategory of weak equivalences. Its "classification diagram" or "bisimplicial nerve" $N(C,W)$ is a bisimplicial set, for which $N(C,W)_n$ is the nerve of ...
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About a statement in Jardine and Goerss “Simplicial Homotopy Theory”

Hello, This probably just technical, but anyway: In "Simplicial Homotopy Theory" by Goerss and Jardine, chap. III, par. 2, after cor. 2.12, they describe a model structure on $Ch^{+}$, the category ...
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good covers and simplicial maps

Let $X$ be a paracompact topological space and choose a good cover $U_i$ of $X$. Remember that a good cover is one that consists of open subsets, such that each set $U_i$ is contractible and all ...
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simplicial spaces without degeneracies

Suppose I have a simplicial space $X_{\bullet}$ without degeneracies (sometimes called semi-simplicial space or incomplete simplicial space). There still is a geometric realization $\lVert X \rVert$ ...
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local model structure on simplicial presheaves

Hello, Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a (small) category equipped with a Grothendieck pretopology. Let $sPSh(\mathcal{C})$ be the category of simplicial presheaves on $\mathcal{C}$, together with its ...
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Cartesian cubes and groupoids

Given a groupoid $G,$ one can consider the canonical epimorphism $$G_0 \to G.$$ Since it is an epimorphism in the $2$-topos of groupoids, $G$ is the weak colimit of the corresponding Cech diagram ...
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How to compute homology of symmetric products of complexes?

First, I would appreciate references on the notion of derived symmetric powers of perfect modules over various kinds of derived commutative algebras (say cdgas in characteristic zero, simplicial ...
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When does $M \otimes_{A} \pi_{0}(A) \simeq 0$ imply $M \simeq 0$?

Let $A$ be a simplicial commutative ring over a field $k$ of characteristic zero (or a cdga in non-positive degrees with differential of degree -1). Let $M$ be a perfect $A$ module. If necessary, ...
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Simplicial morphisms from degenerate simplices

Frequently I read the following statement on morphisms of simplicial sets: Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are simplicial sets, $f: X \rightarrow Y$ is a simplicial morphism and we write $X_n$ as well as $Y_n$ ...
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Simplicial approximation for simplicial spaces

Given two simplicial topological spaces $X_{\bullet}$ and $Y_{\bullet}$ (i.e. a simplicial object in Top) and a continuous map between their geometric realizations $f \colon \lvert X_{\bullet} \rvert ...
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(Co)homological characterization of homotopy pullbacks

For a commutative square of spaces (of manifolds, or of simplicial sets): $$S=\left(\begin{array}{ccc} A & \to & B \newline \downarrow & & \downarrow \newline C & \to & ...
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Asymptotics for the number of triangulations of a manifold M

In Gromov's talk at the Clay Math Research from 23:23 to 25:55 Gromov says (slightly paraphrased) I want to emphasize a problem which comes from mathematical physics which is unsolved which is ...
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Coboundary map on the cochain complex of abelian cosimplicial groups?

Maybe I'm looking at the wrong places, but I can't find a definition of the coboundary map on the cochain complex of abelian cosimplicial groups. What I have in mind is something similar to the ...
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Extend Alexander-Whitney and Eilenberg-Zilber map to n-fold tensor products

See the definition of the Alexander-Whitney transformation: http://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/Alexander-Whitney+map and the Eilenberg-Zilber transformation: ...
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Cech nerve as homotopy colimit?

Given a category $\mathcal{C}$ with a notion of covering $\{ U_{i} \rightarrow X \}$ for an object $X$ (say $\mathcal{C}$ is a Grothendieck site), we can form the Cech nerve $$ \cdots ...