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### Factorization of a certain map through a CW-complex

Suppose that $X$ is a paracompact Hausdorff space (e.g. a metric space) with $\dim X=n$ (the Lebesgue covering dimension). I want to find a proof (or a reference) that any (continuous) map $f: X \to ...

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### Acyclicity of covering space

Suppose we have some 2-dimensional non-aspherical finite CW-complex $K$ with $\pi_1(K)=G$. Is there any sufficient condition on $H\leq G$ (and maybe on the group $G$ itself) which allows to conclude ...

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### rational cohomology of symmetric groups

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the $k$-th symmetric group and $B\Sigma_k$ be its classifying space. How to prove:
for any $n\geq 1$ and the $n$-skeleton $sk_n (B\Sigma_k)$, there exists a finite dimensional ...

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### Does anyone know any applications of CW-complexes in graph theory?

As everyone knows :P, a graph is a CW-complex of dimension 1. Knowing that, are there any interesting results in graph theory that arise from working with CW-complexes? And more specifically, in ...

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### Different model structures on Top

There is at least 3 model structures on the category of topological spaces, the Quillen Model structure, the Storm model structure and the Mixed model structure.
In the Mixed model structure ...

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### Multiplicative cohomology theories and smash products

In his student guide on page 154, Adams gives a construction of products for cohomology using "pairings" of spectra (now known as maps from $E\wedge E\to E$). But then he says
However, G. W. ...

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### Universal covering and double cover functors

Initially posted on MSE
Let $\mathsf{CW}$ be the category of CW-complexes and $\mathsf{CW}_*$ that of pointed CW-complexes (possibly disconnected, one basepoint in each component). I would like to ...

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### Counterexamples for strengthening Whitehead's theorem?

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a pointed map of pointed connected $n$-dimensional CW complexes. Whitehead's theorem says that if $f_*:\pi_qX\to \pi_qY$ is an isomorphism for $q\le n$ and a surjection for $q=n+1$, ...

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### Contractibility of regular CW sphere minus open star

Let $S$ be any regular CW decomposition of (a space homeomorphic to) the $n$-sphere, and consider a cell $\sigma$ of dimension $d \in \{0,\ldots,n\}$. Let $S'$ be the regular CW complex which remains ...

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### Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite CW complex finitely-presented?

An infinity-groupoid is finitely-presented when it is equivalent to the free infinity-groupoid on a finite family of generators, possibly of different dimensions.
Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite ...

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### Explicit calculation of G-CW(V) structure of a G-space

I know explicitly the $Z/6$-CW($ξ^2$)-complex structure of $D(ξ^2)$, where $ξ$ is the non-trivial irreducible representation of $Z/6$ without fixed points. I am looking for an explicit calculation of ...

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### Classifying spaces of topological groups whose underlying spaces are homotopy equivalent

Let $G$, $H$ be topological groups and $f:G\rightarrow H$ a continuous group homomorphism which happens to be a homotopy equivalence of the underlying topological spaces. Let us assume that $G$, $H$ ...

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### Conditions for monotone function to take maximal chains to maximal chains surjectively

Suppose that $P$ and $Q$ are graded posets (with rank function $r$) and suppose that all maximal chains of $P$ and $Q$ have length $n$.
Let $f:P \to Q$ be a surjective monotone function such that ...

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### Two-bridge knots and CW-complex

The fundamental group of any two-bridge knot K in $\mathbb{S}^3$ has a presentation with two generators and one relation.
On the other hand, it's possible to provide a CW-complex with only one 0-cell ...

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### Maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups are homotopic

I am interested in the following question. Are maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups homotopic? I am sure the answer is no, however I cannot imagine how to construct ...

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### Dual cell structures on manifolds

Suppose that $M$ is a compact manifold without boundary (smooth if you like), and suppose further that $M$ is equipped with a regular CW-complex structure. Denote the face poset of this CW-complex by ...

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### Embedding of two-dimensional CW complexes which induces a zero homomorphism on second homotopy groups

I am interested in the following question which I asked at MSE and did not get any clues. How to find three two-dimensional CW complexes $K_1, K_2, K_3$ with non-trivial $\pi_2$ and injective ...

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### Is barycentric subdivision of a collapsible, regular CW complex collapsible (non-evasive)?

Let $X$ be a finite, regular CW complex, and let $X'$ be its barycentric subdivision (i.e. the order complex of the face poset of $X$). Assume $X$ is collapsible.
Is $X'$ collapsible?
Is $X'$ ...

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### “Economic” CW-structure for Eilenberg-MacLane spaces?

The only really "economic" cell structures for $K(\pi,n)$'s that I know is the one with a single cell in each dimension for $K(\mathbb Z/n\mathbb Z,1)$ and the one with a single cell in each even ...

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### CW complex with generalized cells

In the definition of CW complexes, all cells are homeomorphic to closed balls.
I search for a generalized notion of CW complexes. In my application, the complexes are in fact finite.
Is there a ...

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### Non-vanishing $\mathrm{lim}^1$-term for the cohomology of a CW-complex

Let $h$ be an additive cohomology theory. If we want to compute $h^*(X)$ for an infinite CW-complex $X$, a standard method is to use the Milnor sequence
$$ 0 \to \mathrm{lim}^1_k h^{n-1}(X^{(k)}) \to ...

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### All mapping space between CW complexes is a CW complex?

Let $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ denote the (unbased) cellular mapping space from $X$ to $Y$.
If $X$ and $Y$ are finite CW complexes, is $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ a CW complex?
Can we know the cell structure of ...

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### Attaching cells of different dimensions at once in a CW-complex II

This question is related to Attaching cells of different dimensions at once in a CW-complex There, I didn't manage to formalize the idea I had in mind, and ended up with a question whose answer was ...

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### Attaching cells of different dimensions at once in a CW-complex

Let $X$ be a CW-complex and $X^m$ it's $m$-skeleton. I think that for any $n\geq 2$ and $1\leq r\leq n-1$ it should be possible to obtain $X^{n+r}$ directly from $X^n$ via a homotopy push-out
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### CW complex and group action

This is a general question and any reference or related result will be extremely helpful.
Suppose $X$ is a Hausdorff topological space. Suppose G (a countable group) acts on it. Let $Y=X/G$ be the ...

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### Extend Homeomorphism to Uniformly Continuous Function

I have a space $A$ which is homeomorphic to the open $n$-ball $B_n$.
I'm trying to build a CW-complex with it, so
I want a continuous function from the closed ball $\overline{B}_n$
to the closure ...

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### In cell-decomposed manifolds, how easy is it to arrange for the tubular neighborhood of a diagonal to contract onto the diagonal?

Suppose that you have decomposed a manifold $M$ into cells (I care most, if it matters, about compact oriented smooth manifolds; but if my question can be solved in the PL category, all the better). ...

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### Is the space of diffeomorphisms homotopy equivalent to a CW-complex?

Clarification: My question concerns the homotopy type of the space of $C^k$ diffeomorphisms with the compact-open $C^k$ topology, where $0< k \leq\infty$. I have stated my question below with $k=1$ ...

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### A sufficient condition for attaching squares to a 1 skeleton so that the CW-complex is a 2 - manifold

Suppose we have a finite connected graph $G$, I want to add 2 -cells to $G$ so that the 2 cells have boundaries of length 4 (squares) and so that $G$ is the 1 skeleton of a surface (2-manifold) ...

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### Conditions for a graph to be the 1- skeleton of a Surface

Given a connected finite graph G with degree at least 2 at each vertex, what are the conditions G needs to assume in order to attach 2-cells so that the CW- complex is a closed compact surface(2 - ...

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### A description of cellular boundary maps in terms of a Morse function

I'm writing a paper on classical Morse Theory and I'm interested in applying Morse functions to the computation of homology groups of a compact manifold $M$. The standard way in which this is done is ...

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### Manifolds admitting CW-structure with single n-cell

Let $M$ be a topological $n$-manifold, closed and connected (not necessarily oriented):
When does $M$ not admit (up to homotopy-type) a CW-structure with a single $n$-cell?
By classification of ...

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### Second homotopy groups of 3-complexes and Fenn's spiders.

Let $X$ be a finite CW complex then with one zero cell. Then (up to homotopy) the two skeleton of X is the same as a group presentation, via the Cayley complex construction. For a while I had been ...

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### State of knowledge on the Commutative W-spaces which appear in “Model Categories of Diagram Spectra”

This is a follow-up question to another question I asked last month. In MMSS's "Model Categories of Diagram Spectra," the authors consider many different models for spectra and prove monoidal Quillen ...

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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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### Is a finite CW complex minus a point still homotopy equivalent to a finite CW complex?

Let $X$ be a finite CW complex and $x_0$ a point in $X$.
My question is then just:
Is $X-\{x_0\}$ still homotopy equivalent to a finite CW complex?

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### Can the Alexander horned sphere arise as a cell boundary in a finite CW-sphere?

Recently, I've been wondering to what extent certain types of pathologies can arise in finite CW complexes -- notice that I do not want to assume that I'm in the PL category or that the CW complexes ...

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### Definition of CW complexes

In Spanier's Algebraic Topology, he defined CW complexes assumed an additional strange condition: the cell must have the coherent topology with the characteristic map and the inclusion map of its ...

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### When is a finite cw-complex a compact topological manifold?

I think the statement of the question is pretty straightforward. Given a finite $n$-dimensional CW complex, are there necessary and sufficient conditions for determining that it is also a compact ...

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### The definition of a CW complex and related notions

In the appendix of Allen Hatcher's book "Algebraic Topology", a CW complex is defined to be a space iteratively constructed by attaching $n$-cells onto an $(n-1)$ skeleton. There is a more general ...

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### the homotopy type of the pointed loop space of a countable cw complex

I apologize in advance if this is too elementary for this forum. I have received some help but am still unsure about how to proceed. I am interested in a proof of the following result due to John ...

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### Does the following condition imply the homotopy type of a wedge of spheres?

Let me preface this question by saying that I am not an algebraic topologist.
Motivation. I was looking with a colleague at the homotopy type of a family of posets and we were able to show using ...

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### The second homotopy group of a simple CW-complex

Let $X$ be a CW-complex with
one 0-cell
two 1-cells
three 2-cells
no cells in dimensions 3 or higher.
Is it always true that $\pi_2(X)\ne 1$?

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### Alexander duality theorem for CW-complexes and stable homotopy theory

In Adams, J.F. Infinite Loop Spaces Princ. Univ. Press. page 9 he states Alexander duality theorem
Theorem:[Alexander Duality] $$ H^r(X,G)=H_{n-r+1}(S^n-X,G)$$
for finite CW-complexes with a "nice ...

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### Increasing union of contractible CW complexes

Let X be CW complex. I'm trying to prove (using Zorn's lemma) that there is maximal contractible subcomplex. Problem is that I'm not able to show that increasing union of contractible subcomplexes has ...

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### What does actually being a CW-complex provide in algebraic topology?

From time to time, I pretend to be an algebraic topologist. But I'm not really hard-core and some of the deeper mysteries of the subject are still ... mysterious. One that came up recently is the ...

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### When is a compact topological 4-manifold a CW complex?

Freedman's $E_8$-manifold is nontriangulable, as proved on page (xvi) of the Akbulut-McCarthy 1990 Princeton Mathematical Notes "Casson's invariant for oriented homology 3-spheres".
Kirby showed that ...

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### Does a finite suspension spectrum make a space finite?

Suppose that $X$ is a space whose suspension spectrum $\Sigma_+^\infty(X)$ is dualizable in the stable homotopy category. I believe this is equivalent to saying that $\Sigma_+^\infty(X)$ is (weakly) ...

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### homotopy pushout of spaces homotopic to finite CW complexes

Does anyone know a reference for the fact that a homotopy pushout (double mapping cylinder) of spaces which are homotopy equivalent to finite CW complexes is also homotopy equivalent to a finite CW ...

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### Contractibility of CW subcomplexes

Let $Y$ be a connected CW-complex and $X\subset Y$ a connected CW-subcomplex. Suppose that each cell of $X$ is the boundary of a cell of $Y$. Is this enough to conclude that $X$ is contractible in $Y$ ...