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Appropriate morphisms and 2-morphisms in Ind(C)

As I was trying to understand the category $Ind(C)$ of diagrams of the form $I \to C$, where $I$ is a small filtered $(0,1)$-category, I wondered whether it is possible to define morphisms directly, ...
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Topological localization of (infinite) inverse limits

The classical localization of topological spaces at a given set of primes $\mathcal{P}$ is a functor $\mathcal{T}\xrightarrow{(-)_{(\mathcal{P)}}}\mathcal{T}$ from a suitable category of topological ...
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Universal property of strong dual of lcs

I'm looking for a categorical explanation of the strong dual topology on $X'$ for $X$ being a locally convex space or, more generally, of the topology of bounded uniform convergence. What I've ...
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How “nondegenerate” are amalgamated free products of C*-algebras?

In the following, I assume all algebras are unital. Let $A$ and $B$ be C*-algebras that each contain (isomorphic copies of) a common C*-subalgebra $C$. Let $A *_C B$ denote the amalgamated free ...
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colimits in Cat via coproducts and coequalizers

I am attempting to do a calculation of a colimit in $Cat$, the category of small categories. To this end, people have suggested that I do this by calculating coproducts and using coequalizers. I ...
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What do you get when you apply a universal cocone to a colimit functor

Any colimit can be represented as a functor $F$ left adjoint to a particular diagonal functor $\Delta: C \rightarrow C^J$. The unit of this adjunction is the natural transformation $\eta_K: K ...
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What is an example of a colimit-dense generator which is not dense?

An object $G$ of a category $\mathcal{C}$ is a dense generator if every object $X$ is the colimit of the canonical diagram of copies of $G$ mapping to $X$. (This canonical diagram is indexed by the ...
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Representable functors and direct limits

Let $\mathcal{F}:\mathrm{Sch}/S \to \{\mathrm{Sets}\}$ be a representable functor. Denote by $X$ the scheme representing $\mathcal{F}$. The question is whether the natural tranformation ...
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Universal property of limits of invertible sheaves

Let $R$ be a discrete valuation ring, $m$ the maximal ideal and $f:X \to \mathrm{Spec}(R)$ be a flat, proper morphism of relative dimension $1$. Assume further that $X$ is regular. For any $n>0$, ...
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Inverse limits of schemes and open subsets

Let $R$ be a discrete valuation ring, $\{A_i\}_{i \in I}$ be a direct system of $R$-algebras and $A$ the limit of the system. Let $X$ be a noetherian projective scheme over $\mathrm{Spec}(R)$. ...
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Chow group over function field and algebraic equivalence

It is known that for smooth projective varieties $X,Y$ over $k=\bar k,$ $$CH^d(X_{k(Y)})=\varinjlim_{U\subset Y\ open}CH^d(X\times_k U)$$ I was wondering whether there was such an equality with ...
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Relation between dual of nuclear space $(\substack{\text{lim} \\ \leftarrow i} H_i)'$ and $\substack{\text{colim} \\ i \rightarrow } H_i$

Let $\substack{\text{lim} \\ \leftarrow i} H_i$ be a nuclear space, considered as the limit of the codirected diagram $$... \to H_2 \to H_1 \to H_0,$$ with $f_{ji}:H_i \to H_j$ being the trace class ...
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How does one compute a colimit of monoidal categories?

The question is in the title. I'm also happy to get answers about (your favorite adjective) monoidal categories. Here's a guess: In order to compute a colimit of monoids we can push everything down ...
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Direct limit of compact topological spaces

Let $\{X_n\}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ be a direct system of compact topological spaces, meaning that we have morphisms $f_i\colon X_i \to X_{i+1}$ with the necessary compatibility conditions. Is there any ...
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Is it possible to assume that an étale neighborhood is connected?

I am new to étale topology (though I've seen Grothendieck's sites before). Let $S:=\mathcal{O}^\textrm{sh}_{X,x}$ be the strict local ring of a point $x$ of a scheme $X=\operatorname{Spec}R$ (over a ...
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Groups arising as direct limits of a stationary system of primitive matrices over the integers

I am interested in the kinds of groups of the form $\displaystyle\lim_{\longrightarrow}(\mathbf{Z}^k,M)$ where $M$ is a primitive (some power of $M$ has strictly positive components) $k\times k$ ...
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Contractibility of a poset-indexed colimit

Let $(X,\leq)$ be a poset with distinguished element $p$, and let $P'$ be the poset of "finite chains which weakly descend to $p$" given by all $\sigma = (x_0 \geq x_1 \geq \cdots \geq x_k \geq p)$ ...
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Pre-Order induced by continuous functions

I'm an newbie in category theory, but I want use it to solve a pre-order question I encountered in my research: Let $X$ be a convex&compact subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$. $f,g: X \rightarrow [0,1]$ ...
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Canonical presentation of pro-modules over pro-rings

Let $A = (\dotsc \twoheadrightarrow A_2 \twoheadrightarrow A_1 \twoheadrightarrow A_0)$ be a (commutative) pro-ring with surjective transition maps. Consider the category $\mathcal{M} := \varprojlim_i ...
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Do direct limits (filtered colimits) commute with pullbacks, in C*-algebras?

I asked this question already on math.stackexchange, but maybe it is also useful to ask this here, since it was not answered there. Suppose we have three directed sequences of $C^*$-algebras, say ...
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Maximum cardinality of a filtered limit of finite sets

Let $(I,<)$ be a directed, partially ordered set. Consider an inverse system $(S_i)_{i \in I}$ of finite sets, i. e. a functor $S:I^{op}\to \mathbf{FinSet}$. What is the maximum possible ...
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Which reflexive coequalizer diagrams are projectively cofibrant?

Consider the walking reflexive pair category W, which consists of two objects 0 and 1 and three generating morphisms f: 0→1, g: 0→1, and h: 1→0 satisfying the relation fh=gh=id₁. Consider the ...
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Direct limit of primitive integral matrices

I'm interested in computing the direct limit of an arbitrary $2\times 2$ primitive matrix over $\mathbf{Z}$. That is for a fixed primitive matrix $M$, the colimit ...
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Continuity of Kan extension along the Yoneda embedding

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category and $h_-: \mathcal{C} \to \mathrm{Set}^{\mathcal{C}^{op}}$ be the Yoneda embedding. Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a cocomplete category and $F: \mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{A}$ a ...
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Unexpected interaction between limits and colimits

Let $D$ be a limit-complete category. My vague question is: given two diagrams in $D$, what comparisons between them induce a morphism of their limits? I'm especially interested in the case that the ...
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Homology of infinite intersection

If $X_1\supseteq X_2\supseteq \ldots$ is a sequence of "nice" compact spaces, I would like to know whether the natural map from $H_*(\cap X_i)$ to the inverse limit $\lim \, H_*(X_i)$ is surjective. ...
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Finite limits in the category of smooth manifolds?

The category of smooth manifolds does not have all finite limits. However, it does have some limits: it has finite products, it has splittings of idempotents, and it has certain other limits if we ...
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Homotopy category of groupoids

The nlab Ho(Cat) page says: morphisms in the homotopy category of groupoids $Ho(Gpd)$, have two equivalent description: iso-classes of functors. formally invert equivalence functors (i.e. ...
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What are the uses of Limits and Colimits of Category Theory in every day problems? [closed]

I am interested in knowing how we can use the concepts of Limits and Colimits in modeling problems in every day life? Could anyone provide (Software) engineering examples, perhaps? Or describe ...
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Reference request: colimits of locally presentable categories

Consider the 2-category of locally presentable categories, cocontinuous functors, and natural transformations. I believe that this 2-category is 2-cocomplete in the sense of containing all small ...
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Is there a practical criterion to determine whether the limit of a diagram of real chain complexes is also a homotopy limit?

Consider a diagram D: I→ChR of real connective chain complexes. In the example I have in mind all chain complexes are concentrated in some fixed degree n. There is a canonical map lim D → holim D ...
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Ends and Coends - Analogues for higher arity - Horn Filling

Consider the setting of categories enriched over a suitable monoidal category $\mathbb V$. We define $$\mathrm{Dist}(X,Y):=\mathbb V−\mathrm{Cat}(X^ \mathrm{op}⊗Y,\mathbb V).$$ Recall the definition ...
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Limits in span categories

What are the limits in the span categories? and what is known about them in the literature?
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Explicit description of the oplax limit of a functor to Cat?

The nCatLab Grothendieck construction page gives an explicit description of the oplax colimit of any functor to Cat. Can someone give me a similarly explicit description (the objects and morphisms) ...
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Does Ind-completion commute with finite limits?

The broad and vague question is in the title. The more precise question is: Say $\{\mathcal{C}_i\}$ is a finite diagram of (essentially small) stable $\infty$-categories and exact functors with ...
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Co-completeness of differential stacks?

I once heard a rumour that various nice categories of stacks were co-complete. Gepner and Henriques, working from the groupoids point of view, give a construction [link] of 2-colimits of topological ...
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grothendieck construction for profunctors

Given categories $X$ and $Y$ and a strong functor $$D:X^{op}\times Y\to Cat$$ we can of course build the oplax colimit $$\mathrm{colim}^{oplax}_{X^{op}\times Y}D$$ via the usual (covariant) ...
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Composition of Cat-valued distributors - compatible with grothendieck construction?

Let $C$ be a category and $F\in[C^{op}, Cat]$ be a strong functor. (1) There are functors $$hom_C(c',c)\times F(c)\to F(c').$$ (2) The grothendieck construction gives a 2-equvalence $$\int_C: ...
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Projective limit construction of a semigroup

Let $\tilde{\mathbb N}$ be the Abelian semigroup (under addition) given by $\mathbb N\cup\{0,\infty\}$, and let $S_n$ be the Abelian monoid $\tilde{\mathbb N}^{2^n}$ under point-wise addition. ...
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Which E_∞-spaces are homotopy colimits of k-truncated E_∞-spaces?

This question is closely related to my previous question about modules over truncated sphere spectra, in particular, it has the same motivation. Recall that every space (or ∞-groupoid) can be ...
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Constructing pointwise Kan extensions as adjoints to some functor

Background I'm working on formalizing some category theory in Coq at https://bitbucket.org/JasonGross/catdb. Currently, I'm in the process of formalizing pointwise Kan extensions. Partly because ...
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Is the evaluation of polynomial functors appropriately continuous?

I'd like a nice proof of the following fact. Let $C$ and $D$ be categories, and let $\mathbf{Cat}/(C\times D)$ be the usual (1-categorical) slice category whose objects are triples $(X,F\colon X\to ...
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When do reflexive coequalizers preserve weak equivalences?

In my work I've run into the following situation. In a model category, I have two reflexive coequalizers $A_i \stackrel{\to}{\to} B_i \to C_i$ and a map of diagrams which is levelwise a weak ...
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Cech cohomology as a colimit over maps to a CW complex

Given a topological space $X$, we consider the following category $\mathsf{CW}_{X\to}$. The objects are finite CW complexes $Y$ equipped with a continuous map $X\to Y$. The morphisms are continuous ...
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Which limits does group cohomology commute with?

For a discrete group G, if $M$ is a direct/inverse limit of $M_i$, is $H^i(G, M)$ the direct/inverse limit of the $H^i(G, M_i)$? Of course, cohomology commutes with finite direct sums, but how about ...
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Colimit notation

In Wikipedia's article on Kan extensions 1, in the view of Kan extensions as colimits, I am confused about the notation: $(Lan_F X)(b) = \varinjlim_{f:Fa \to b} X(a)$. Wikipedia says that the colimit ...
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The crude monadicity theorem

In order to test the monadicity of a functor, there is a precise monadicity theorem (PM) as well as a crude monadicity theorem (CM), see the nlab. In CM, the forgetful functor should create reflexive ...
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The inductive and projective limits of compact Hausdorff topological groups

Are there conditions known under which the inductive or projective limit of a family of compact Hausdorff topological groups is compact? (For instance, such a result is valid for the projective limit ...
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Local finality condition (for re-indexing parameterized colimits)

I'm in need of a condition that is analogous to the "finality" condition in the following lemma: Lemma: A functor $F\colon A\to B$ is final if and only if for any functor $x\colon B\to Set$, the ...
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Adjoint Functors as Initial Objects of Some Category

Just as universal arrows can be characterized as initial objects of some appropriate comma category, and (co)limits can be characterized as (initial) terminal objects of the appropriate (co)cone ...