The original question I had was:

If I have a sequence of simplicial spaces

$$A\to B\to C$$

which is degree-wise a homotopy fibration, under which conditions is the geometric realization also a homotopy fibration?

I bet there are tons of results on this. I have found the following theorem published by Anderson:


If $X\to Y$ is a map of simplicial spaces such that $\pi_0(f)$ is a Kan-fibration, and if the higher groupoids $\Pi_\infty(X)$ and $\Pi_\infty(Y)$ are fully fibrant, then for any map $g:Y'\to Y$ of simplicial spaces, if $X'$ is the homotopy theoretic fiber product of $Y'$ with $X$ over $Y$, $|X'|$ is the homotopy theoretic fiber product of $|Y'|$ with $|X|$ over $|Y|$.

Now the theorem answers the question, by letting $X=\ast$ and $Y=C$. The condition on $\pi_0(f)$ becomes then something easy, but I am having trouble understanding the motivation behind the $\Pi_\infty(Y)$ condition. In fact I have quite a lot of structure on the simplicial spaces in question and I doubt that it is even prudent to work with the definition itself. Can anybody enlighten me?

For me $C=Y$ is itself in every degree the classifying space of a category and moreover a group-like H-space.

Edit: I just remembered a different result by Waldhausen (Algebraic K-theory of generalized free products, Lemma 5.2)

Let $$A\to B\to C$$ be a sequence of bisimplicial sets such that that the composition is constant. Suppose geometric realization in one direction gives homotopy fibrations with connected base. Then the realization is a homotopy fibration.

So I guess the questions are:

  1. Does $C$ being the realization of a connected simplicial set imply that $\Pi_\infty(C)$ is fully fibrant?
  2. Can I say something if the base is not connected, but a group-like H-space, which implies that connected components are homotopy equivalent?
  • $\begingroup$ Could you add a reference for Anderson's paper? $\endgroup$ Sep 30, 2013 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, it's 'fibrations and geometric realizations' Bulletin of the AMS, Vol 84 No 5, Sept 1978 $\endgroup$ Sep 30, 2013 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ I'd have to look at the Anderson paper to be sure, but I suspect his funny $\Pi_\infty$ condition is related to something called the "$\pi_*$-Kan condition", which was introduced by Bousfield and Friedlander as a hypothesis for results of exactly the one you quote from Anderson. I believe there is a discussion of this in the Goerss-Jardine book on simplicial sets. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2013 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ Also look at mathoverflow.net/questions/18926/… $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2013 at 13:14


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