Abelian categories are categories that possess most of properties of categories of modules over a ring, e.g. abelian group structure on morphisms, existence of kernels and cokernels of morphisms, existence of direct products and directs sums, etc.

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Equivalent conditions for a preabelian category to be abelian

Let's fix some terminology first. A category $\mathcal{C}$ is preabelian if: 1) $Hom_{\mathcal{C}}(A,B)$ is an abelian group for every $A,B$ such that composition is biadditive, 2) $\mathcal{C}$ has ...
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Hom is a left-exact functor

If $0 \to A \to B\to C$ is a left exact sequence of $R$-module, then for any $R$-module $M$, $0 \to Hom_R(M,A)\to Hom_R(M,B)\to Hom_R(M,C)$ is left exact. I proved the above, and highlighted what ...
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Abelian categories and axiom (AB5)

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an abelian category. We say that $\mathcal{A}$ satisfies (AB5) if $\mathcal{A}$ is cocomplete and filtered colimits are exact. In Weibel's Introduction to homological algebra, ...
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On equivalent definitions of Ext

Let $A$ be an abelian category and $X$, $Y$ two objects of $A$. Let's define Ext in this way: Ext$^i_A(X,Y)$=Hom$_{D(A)}(X[0],Y[i])$ Where $X[0]$ is the complex with all zeros except in degree 0 ...
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Intuition behind Snake Lemma

I've been struggling with this for some time. I can prove the Snake Lemma, but I don't really “understand” it. By that I mean if no one told me Snake Lemma existed, I would not even ...
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When is the derived category abelian?

I read in the book Methods of homological algebra of Gelfand and Manin that the derived category of an abelian category $A$ is never abelian. Now to me this seems to be wrong, because if $A=0$ then ...
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How to define Homology Functor in an arbitrary Abelian Category?

In the Category of Modules over a Ring, the i-th Homology of a Chain Complex is defined as the Quotient Ker d / Im d where d as usual denotes the differentials, indexes skipped for simplicity. How ...
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The homotopy category of complexes

I have some trouble in proving Exercise A3.51 of Eisenbud's book "Commutative Algebra with a view toward Algebraic Geometry", pag. 688. The solution is sketched at pag. 754 at the end of the book. The ...
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Some questions on abelian category

Let $f: C \longrightarrow D$ be a morphism in an abelian category $\mathfrak{A}$ with kernel and cokernel both zero. How can I show that it is an isomorphism? I am not able to find it's inverse. ...
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Definition of a Functor of Abelian Categories

What is the precise definition of a functor of abelian categeries. I've looked on the internet but can't find one. From the Wikipedia definition of an abelian category, I'm guessing that, for two ...
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I've read that abelian categories can naturally be enriched in $\mathbf{Ab}.$ How does this actually work?

Wikipedia defines the notion of an abelian category as follows (link). A category is abelian iff it has a zero object, it has all binary products and binary coproducts, and it has all ...
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Set of generators in an abelian category - two definitions

Let $\mathcal C$ be a category. We say that $\mathcal C$ has a set of generators $\{ G_i\}_{i \in I}$ if whenever we take two distinct morphisms $f, g \colon A \to B$ in $\mathcal C$ there exists some ...
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The smallest subobject $\sum{A_i}$ containing a family of subobjects {$A_i$}

In an Abelian category $\mathcal{A}$, let {$A_i$} be a family of subobjects of an object $A$. How to show that if $\mathcal{A}$ is cocomplete(i.e. the coproduct always exists in $\mathcal{A}$), then ...
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Every chain complex is quasi-isomorphic to a $\mathcal J$-complex

I found this in "Algebra & Topology" by Schapira, but I'm not able to prove it: Suppose $\mathcal J$ is a cogenerating family in an abelian category $\mathbf A$. Then for any positive complex ...
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What are exact sequences, metaphysically speaking?

Why is it natural or useful to organize objects (of some appropriate category) into exact sequences? Exact sequences are ubiquitous - and I've encountered them enough to know that they can provide a ...
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Meaning of “efface” in “effaceable functor” and “injective effacement”

I'm reading Grothendieck's Tōhoku paper, and I was curious about the reasoning behind the terms "effaceable functor" and "injective effacement". I know that in English, to efface something means ...
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Proving the snake lemma without a diagram chase

Suppose we have two short exact sequences in an abelian category $$0 \to A \mathrel{\overset{f}{\to}} B \mathrel{\overset{g}{\to}} C \to 0 $$ $$0 \to A' \mathrel{\overset{f'}{\to}} B' ...
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Limits in the category of exact sequences

Let $\mathbf C$ be an abelian category admitting projective limits. Let's consider the category whose objects are those of the form $$ 0\to A\to B\to C\to 0 $$ and whose morphisms are triples of ...
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The construction of the localization of a category

I was reading the construction of the localization of a category in the book "Methods of homological algebra" of Manin and Gelfand. Let me remind you the definition of the localization of a category: ...
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Long exact sequence into short exact sequences

This question is the categorical version of this question about splitting up long exact sequences of modules into short exact sequence of modules. I want to understand the general mechanism for ...
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Is quasi-isomorphism an equivalence relation?

Let $E^\bullet$ and $F^\bullet$ be complexes on an abelian category; what does it mean to say that $E^\bullet$ and $F^\bullet$ are quasi-isomorphic? Does it only mean that there is a map of complexes ...
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Example of a compact module which is not finitely generated

Let $R$ be a ring and $M$ be an $R$-module. Definition: $M$ is called compact if $\text{Hom}_R(M,-)$ commutes with direct sums, that is, if for any set $I$ and any $I$-indexed family of ...
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Additive category and zero map

Let $A$ be an additive category. Namely $A$ has a zero object, $A$ has finite products and coproducts, and Every Hom-set is an Abelian group such that composition of morphisms is bilinear. ...
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Factoring morphisms in abelian categories

I am reading the appendix of Charles Weibel's Homological Algebra and have the following question. It is mentioned that every morphism $f: B \to C $ in an abelian category factors as $B \to im(f) \to ...
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Equivalent characterizations of faithfully exact functors of abelian categories

Let $F\colon \mathcal{A} \rightarrow \mathcal{B}$ be a functor of abelian categories. We will define some properties of $F$ before we state a question. Let $X \rightarrow Y \rightarrow Z$ be a ...
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Mitchell's Embedding Theorem for not-necessarily-small categories

Mitchell's Embedding Theorem states that if $\mathcal{A}$ is a small abelian category, then there is a ring $R$ and a fully-faithful exact functor $F:\mathcal{A}\rightarrow R\mathsf{Mod}$. To what ...
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Definition of the image as coker of ker == ker of coker?

The standard categorical definition of image is that it is the cokernel of the kernel. Under what nice conditions does this definition coincide with kernel of the cokernel? It coincides for abelian ...
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Are split exact sequences exact in the opposite direction?

In an abelian category, let $$0\longrightarrow A \overset{f}{\longrightarrow}B\overset{g}{\longrightarrow}C\longrightarrow0$$ be a split short exact sequence with $\ell f=1_A,gr=1_C$. Is the sequence ...
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Choosing the right isomorphisms

The question makes sense in every abelian category, but for the moment let's work in the category of vector spaces over a field. Suppose we have two exact sequences $$ 0\to A \to B \to C \to D \to E ...
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Questions about epimorphisms and projectives in functor categories

Suppose $I$ is a small category, $R$ is a ring and $_R\mathrm{Mod}$ is the category of left $R$-modules. How do I show that the category $[I,~_R\mathrm{Mod}]$ of all functors from $I$ to ...
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Exactness of functors as “iff”; conjecture about bifunctors

The definition of (right-/left-) exact functors is that they preserve (right-/left-) exactness of SESs. However, for some certain nice functors, as $\def\Hom{\text{Hom}\,}\Hom (A,-)$ and $A\otimes-$ ...