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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Abstract nonsense proof of snake lemma

During my studies, I always wanted to see a "purely category-theoretical" proof of the Snake Lemma, i.e. a proof that constructs all morphisms (including the snake) and proves exactness via universal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do universal $\delta$-functors annihilate injectives?

Let $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ be abelian categories. Suppose $\mathcal{A}$ has enough injectives, and consider a universal (cohomological) $\delta$-functor $T^\bullet$ from $\mathcal{A}$ to ...
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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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Motivation for Definition of Derived Category

On the $n$Lab entry about derived categories, I read the derived category of an abelian category $\mathsf A$ is the localization of $\mathsf{Ch}_\bullet (\mathsf A)$ at the quasi-isomorphisms. My ...
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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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If a functor between categories of modules preserves injectivity and surjectivity, must it be exact?

Let $A$ and $B$ be commutative rings. Let $F$ be a functor from the category of $A$ modules to the category of $B$ modules. Suppose that $F$ preserves injectivity and surjectivity: whenever $f : ...
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Derived functors of torsion functor

Let $A$ be a domain. For every $A$-module $M$ consider its torsion submodule $M^{tor}$ made up of elements of $M$ which are annihilated by a non zero-element of $A$. If $f \colon M \to N$ is a ...
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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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The Freyd-Mitchell Embedding Theorem and projective (injective) objects

Given a small abelian category $\mathcal{A}$, the Freyd-Mitchell Embedding Theorem gives me a fully faithful exact functor $F:\mathcal{A}\rightarrow R$-$\mathsf{Mod}$, for some unital ring $R$, so ...
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An explicit imbedding of $(R\mathbf{-Mod})^{op}$ into $S\mathbf{-Mod}$

Given a ring $R$ consider $(R\mathbf{-Mod})^{op}$, the opposite category of the category of left $R$-modules. Since it is the dual to an abelian category and the axioms of abelian categories are ...
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Freyd: “is a subobject of” is not transitive

On page 20 of Abelian Categories, Freyd writes Note that the relation "is a subobject of" is not transitive. On page 91 of Awodey's Category Theory (there are several typos in this page; the ...
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The projective model structure on chain complexes

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an abelian category with enough projective objects and let $\mathcal{M}$ be the category of chain complexes in $\mathcal{A}$ concentrated in non-negative degrees. Quillen [1967, ...
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Example of relative Ext functor

Greetings, I've been reading Maclane's "Homology" and ran into the following question: Let $(R,S)$ be a resolvent pair of ring, i.e $R$ is an $S$-algebra and we have a functor $\Psi \colon ...
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Has category theory solved major math problems?

All: I am new to category theory. Just wonder if category theory has solved any major math problems for other mathematics fields? or what are the major applications of the category theory ? ...
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Homotopy of double chain complexes

Consider complexes $(A,d_1), (A',d_1)$, $(C,d_2), (C',d_2)$ and morphisms $f_1,f_2: (A,d_1)\to (A',d_1)$ and $g_1,g_2: (C,d_2)\to (C',d_2)$ of degrees $0$. Consider the functor $(-\otimes-)$, then ...
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Abelian categories, axioms AB5 and AB5* and incompatability

This is a homework exercise, so please don't post full solutions to the question below. Grothendieck (I believe) introduced several axioms an abelian category A voluntarily could satisfy. In ...
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Arbitrary products of quasi-coherent sheaves?

I have a short question: Does the category of quasi-coherent sheaves on a scheme have arbitrary products? I know that it does if the scheme is affine and I know that they will not be isomorphic to ...
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Applications of Mitchell's embedding theorem

I don't understand what is the advantage of viewing a particular category as a category of modules over some ring. Can anybody tell me some application of Mitchell's embedding theorem so that I can ...
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A generalization of abelian categories including Grp

The category of groups shares various properties with abelian categories. For example, the Five lemma and Nine lemma hold in Grp. Is there a weakened notion of abelian category which also includes Grp ...
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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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Counter-example for abelian category that is not concrete

I am trying to figure out a counter-example for abelian category that is not concrete category. Does the category of representations over a quiver work? Thanks,
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Mistake in Popescu's book “Abelian Categories with Applications to Rings and Modules”

Corollary 5.5 a) in chapter 1 on page 13 in Popescu's book "Abelian Categories with Applications to Rings and Modules" says: Let $F\colon C\rightarrow C^\prime$ be a functor and $G$ be a full and ...
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intersections in abelian category

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an abelian category. We fix an object $A$ and we consider the category $mono(A)$ whose objects are the monomorphisms $u:B\rightarrow A$ and where a morphism from $u:B\rightarrow ...
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Uniqueness of the long exact sequence in homology

A few days ago colleagues of mine and I listened to a talk about spectral sequences and one "application" of them was the proof that any short exact sequence (s.e.s.) $$0 \to A \xrightarrow{f} B ...
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When is $K_0(i)$ an injection?

Suppose that $\mathcal A$ and $\mathcal B$ are two abelian categories such that $\mathcal A$ is a full subcategory of $\mathcal B$. If $i: \mathcal A\rightarrow\mathcal B$ is the inclusion functor, ...
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Properties of quotient categories.

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an abelian category and $\mathcal{C}$ a localizing subcategory in the sense of Gabriel. (A Serre subcategory or "thick" subcategory, such that the quotient functor $T\colon ...
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Why can we use flabby sheaves to define cohomology?

In my algebraic geometry class, we defined sheaf cohomology using flabby sheaves, and the functor on the category of sheaves on a space $X$: $$ D: \mathcal F \mapsto D\mathcal F $$ where $$ ...
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Commuting squares in abelian categories

Here $A,B,C$ and $D$ are all objects in an Abelian category. $\require{AMScd} \begin{CD} A @> >> B @> >> C;\\ @VVV @VVV @VVV\\ D @> >>E @> >> F; \end{CD} $ The ...
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Morita equivalence of acyclic categories

(Crossposted to MathOverflow.) Call a category acyclic if only the identity morphisms are invertible and the endomorphism monoid of every object is trivial. Let $C, D$ be two finite acyclic ...
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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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Category of vector bundles over a space is additive?

Consider the category of vector bundles over a fixed base space. Then this category is not abelian, since the kernel of a morphism of bundles is in general not a vector bundle. But is it additive? ...
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Does “maximal submodule <=> simple quotient module” generalize to abelian categories?

Does the statement "If $A$, $B$ are modules over a commutative ring $R$, then $B$ is a maximal submodule of $A$ if and only if $A/B$ is a simple module" generalize to the setting of abelian ...
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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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Converse of the Nine-Lemma (aka $ 3\times 3$ lemma)

I have been asked to either prove or disprove a sort of converse to the well know "Nine Lemma" (Also sometimes called the $3 \times 3$ Lemma I believe) The basic concept of the Nine Lemma is that if ...
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Composition of bicartesian squares

A commutative square is called bicartesian when it is both pull-back and push-out. In an abelian category, consider two pull-back squares $(X)$ and $(Y)$: $$ \begin{array}{ccccc} A & ...
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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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Complete abelian categories with projectieve generators are fully abelian.

This is my first time on stackexchange so if you need more detail from me , please ask. I was reading the book "Abelian Categories : An Introduction to the Theory of Functors" by Peter Freyd , and I ...
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(AB1) failure in $\mathcal{K(A)}$, without triangulated categories

I am trying to prove that there exists an abelian category $\mathcal A$ such that its homotopy category $\mathcal{K(A)}$ is (additive but) not abelian, without passing through triangulated categories ...
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Mod-$R$, Mod-$S$ and Mod-$R \otimes S$

Let $R,S,T$ be commutative rings and assume that $R,S$ are $T$-algebras. In an answer to this question, Pierre-Yves Gaillard gives an example of an $R \otimes_T S$-module that cannot be written as ...
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Two definitions of homology

Let $f,g$ be arrows in an abelian category such that the composite $gf$ is defined and is given by the zero arrow. I shall try to find a definition for the quotient $\ker g /\operatorname{im} f$, ...
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Existence of product in the category of pre-sheaves of abelian categories

Let $X$ be $Top(X)$ be the category of open sets of $X$ with inclusion maps as morphism. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be abelian category and $\mathcal{C}_x$ denote the category of contravariant functors from ...