Various structures are studied in category theory using properties of objects and morphisms between them. Many constructions are special cases of categorical limits and colimits (e.g. products in various categories). The notions of functor and natural transformations are very important in category ...

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Is there a categorical definition of submetry?

(Updated to include effective epimorphism.) This question is prompted by the recent discussion of why analysts don't use category theory. It demonstrates what happens when an analyst tries to use ...
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Applying Freyd-Mitchell's embedding theorem on large categories

One commonly reads that the Freyd-Mitchell's embedding theorem allows proof by diagram chasing in any abelian category. This is not immediately clear, since only small abelian categories can be ...
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Existence of a certain functor $F:\mathrm{Grpd}\rightarrow\mathrm{Grp}$

Let $\mathrm{Grpd}$ denote the category of all groupoids. Let $\mathrm{Grp}$ denote the category of all groups. Are there functors $F\colon\mathrm{Grpd}\rightarrow \mathrm{Grp}, ...
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Semirings induced by symmetric monoidal categories with finite coproducts

A symmetric monoidal category with finite coproducts is by definition a symmetric monoidal category $(\mathcal{C},\otimes,1,\dotsc)$ such that the underlying category $\mathcal{C}$ has finite ...
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Is this $really$ a categorical approach to $integration$?

Here's an article by Reinhard Börger I found recently whose title and content, prima facie, seem quite exciting to me, given my misadventures lately (like this and this); it's called, "A Categorical ...
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Understanding Alexandroff compactification

Is the Alexandroff one-point compactification of a locally compact Hausdorff space ($\mathbf{LCHaus}$) a functor to the category of compact Hausdorff spaces ($\mathbf{CHaus}$)? It seems to me that one ...
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Is Erdős' lemma on intersection graphs a special case of Yoneda's lemma?

Under which name is the following proposition filed actually: Every poset $P$ embeds fully and faithfully in the powerset of $P$, ordered by subset inclusion. Let me call it Dedekind's lemma. ...
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Complete but not cocomplete category

I know that a consequence of the Gabriel-Popescu theorem (i.e., every Grothendieck category is a torsion-theoretic localization of a full category of modules) is that any Grothendieck category (which ...
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What limits do commute with pushouts in Set?

I know of the following two colimit/limit commutation results in the category of sets: Products commute with sifted colimits and finite limits commute with filtered colimits. Does someone know ...
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Cogroup structures on the profinite completion of the integers

Let $\mathsf{ProFinGrp}$ be the category of profinite groups (with continuous homomorphisms). This is equivalent to the Pro-category of $\mathsf{FinGrp}$. Notice that $\widehat{\mathbb{Z}} = ...
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Taking the automorphism group of a group is not functorial.

Once upon a time I proved that there is no functorial 'association' $$F:\ \mathbf{Grp}\ \longrightarrow\ \mathbf{Grp}:\ G\ \longmapsto\ \operatorname{Aut}(G).$$ A few days ago I casually mentioned ...
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Closed model categories in the sense of Quillen [1969] vs the modern sense

The modern definition of (closed) model category differs in two ways from Quillen's 1969 definition: Model categories are now required to be complete and cocomplete, whereas Quillen only asked for ...
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Kernels in $\mathbf{Top}$

There is a following well-known theorem for abelian categories (at least the ones I know, Ab, $R$-mod and so on... not so familiar with categorical language to be honest) which states the following : ...
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Transfinite horizontal composition

Suppose that you have two sequences $\{F_n\}$ and $\{G_n\}$ of endofunctors of $\bf A$ arising as strings of adjoints $\cdots\dashv F_{n-1}\dashv F_n\dashv F_{n+1}\dashv \cdots$, $\cdots\dashv ...
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What is the decategorification of a triangulated category?

The decategorification of an essentially small category $\mathcal C$ is the set $\lvert\mathcal C\rvert$ of isomorphism classes of $\mathcal C$. If $\mathcal C$ carries additional structure, then so ...
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Cantor-Schröder-Bernstein without elements

The Cantor-Schröder-Bernstein Theorem for the category of sets has several "analogues" for other categories as well, for example measurable spaces and operator algebras (but not for arbitrary ...
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Functoriality of the correspondence between oligomorphic actions and $\aleph_0$-categorical theories

If a group $G$ acts on a set $X$, then the action is said to be oligomorphic if the number of orbits of $X^n$ under the action is finite for each $n$. There is a classic theorem in model theory that ...
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Free medial magmas

A medial magma is a set $M$ with a binary relation $*$ satisfying $(a*b)*(c*d) = (a*c)*(b*d)$. Medial magmas constitute an algebraic category $\mathsf{Med}$, therefore there is a functor $\mathsf{Set} ...
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Flabby sheaf comonad

If one Googles sufficiently hard one finds the statement that Roger Godement gives the first example of a comonad, used to compute flabby resolutions of sheaves, in his monograph "Topologie algébrique ...
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What does category theory say about chains of set inclusions $\dots\in c\in b\in a$?

I'm currently trying to understand to what extend a set theory like ZFC can be mirrored within category theory, i.e. topos theory. What appears as an obstacle to me is the axiom of regularity, which ...
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French translation of “well-powered” category

In order to write a report, I'm looking for a French translation of the term "well-powered category". Does anyone know the canonical term in French?
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What properties are preserved under a measurable mapping?

Although in an abstract category the morphisms are not explicitly defined, in a concrete example (model theory?), morphisms are (always/usually?) mappings that preserve some properties. In the ...
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Question about definition of $\mathrm{Ext}$

One can define $\mathrm{Ext}^n(M,N)$ (where $M,N$ are $R$-modules) in two ways, either by taking an injective resolution of $N$ and applying $\mathrm{Hom}(M,-)$or by taking a projective resolution and ...
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Is there an abelian cat of topological groups?

There are lots of reasons why the category of topological abelian groups (i.e. internal abelian groups in $\bf Top$) is not an abelian category. So i'm wondering: Is there a "suitably well ...
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$(\mbox{Sh,Sh-map})$ represents the category of sheaves on a stack

I'm trying to understand the following theorem, and I think I don't understand the definitions. Let $(\mathcal{C},J)$ be a site (with a subcanonical topology). Write $\mathcal{C}/X$ for the groupoid ...
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Category Theory textbook (learning through guided discovery Dummit and Foote)

sorry for asking the same question in a slightly different angle, I want a book in Category Theory similar to Dummit and Foote's book in Abstract Algebra. I want it to have tons of examples and ...
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Origins of the name “Q” and “R” for cofibrant and fibrant replacement functors.

In a model category $\mathscr M$ (in the modern sense, i.e. closed and with functorial factorizations), there is a notion of fibrant and cofibrant replacement functors. Specifically, for any object ...
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Galois Group of Composite Field vs. Second Isomorphism Theorem

$\DeclareMathOperator{\Gal}{Gal}$ In my abstract algebra class, we learned about how Galois groups interact with composite fields. Namely, if $K/F$ is Galois, and $L/F$ is any extension: $$\Gal(KL/L) ...
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Equivalence of categories of directed complete posets

In the book ``Domains and Lambda-Calculi'' by Amadio and Curien, there is the following exercise: Define an equivalence between the category of partial morphisms generated by $(\mathcal{M}_S, ...
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Lie algebra of Derivations as a functor?

To an associative algebra $A$ one can associate a Lie algebra $\operatorname{Der} A$ of all derivations $D:A\to A$. To any morphism of associative algebras $\alpha:A\to B$, how can one associate a ...
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Morita-invariance of Hochschild (co)homology.

Ok, I'm reading this paper by Christian Kassel on associative algebras and Hochschild (co)homology and on page 19 he says that Hochschild homology is Morita-invariant, by which he means that if $R$ ...
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On locally small category

Maybe this is a very trivial question for those who are familiar with Set theory. Let $C$ be a category, and $\hat{C}$ be its presheaves. I hear that if both $C$ and $\hat{C}$ are locally small, ...
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Limits and colimits in the category of fields

It is said that the category of fields $\mathsf{Fld}$ is ill-behaved, for example it is not an algebraic theory, does not have initial or terminal objects. In particular it is not presentable. On the ...
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Foundation for category theory

Before a little premise: It's well known that we can internalize the notion of category, functor and natural transformation in any category with enough structure: for instance we can define what an ...
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Mnemonic device for relationships between Hom and Tensor

Probably this is a stupid question, but nevertheless... Let $A$, $B$, $C$ and $D$ be rings, and $M$, $N$ and $K$ be appropriate bimodules between them. There are extremely well-known canonical ...
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Is there a theory that combines category theory/abstract algebra and computational complexity?

Category theory and abstract algebra deal with the way functions can be combined with other functions. Complexity theory deals with how hard a function is to compute. It's weird to me that I haven't ...
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Is there such a thing as 'overtification' (dual to compactification)?

The dual to the notion of compactness for spaces is overtness. This duality is not manifest in the category of spaces but rather in the quantifiers used to define these notions. Is there a process ...
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When are all ring homomorphisms also algebra homomorphisms?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $A,B$ be two unitary $k$-algebras. In general, there are more ring homomorphisms $A\to B$ than there are $k$-algebra homomorphisms. More precisely, ...
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Functorial first order theories interpretation

Question will be a bit naive, so please, be kind. Consider first order theories, $\Gamma, \Gamma'$ . Let $\mathcal{M}$ be the category of models for $\Gamma$ and $\mathcal{M}'$ be the category of ...
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Closed Monoidal Structures On The Category Of Complete Topological Vector Spaces

Context: The category of Banach spaces, with the projective tensor product is a closed monoidal category. Question 1: Is there a tensor product on the category of complete topological vector spaces, ...
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Best approximation to an adjoint functor

I have the following question. Suppose I have a functor $F\colon C\to D$ between two categories. I would like it to have an adjoint (say, right), but it doesn't. Is there a way to define a "best ...
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Category of Chain Complexes of $R$-modules

So I have a couple of questions: 1- Formally speaking, what is a "quotient of a chain complex" of $R$-modules? 2- I want to show that any chain complexes of $R$-modules $C_\bullet $ is the ...
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A question about co-exponentials

An exponential object $B^{A}$ is defined to be the representing object of the functor $$\mathcal{C}\left(- \times A,B\right): \mathcal{C} \rightarrow Set$$ or equivalently, as the terminal object of ...
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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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Free Graded Commutative Algebra on a Graded Vector Space

Let $V$ be a graded vector space, thought of as a collection $\{ V^n \}_{n \ge 0}$ of vector spaces. Let $V_{odd} = \bigoplus_{n \text{ odd}} V^n$ and $V_{even} = \bigoplus_{n \text{ even}} V^n$. I am ...
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Dual and completion of metric spaces

Say we have a metric space $(M,d)$, and we want to complete it in the following sense: Definition: A completion of $(M,d)$ is a complete metric space $(\widetilde{M},d')$ together with a Lipschitz ...
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Generalization of analytic functors

A functor $F\colon \bf Sets\to Sets$ is said to be analytic if it results from the left Kan extension of a functor $f\colon \mathbf{Bij}(\mathbb N)\to \bf Sets$ (the "species" of the functors $F$) ...
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Is there a diagrammatic language for bicartesian closed categories?

As in http://www.mscs.dal.ca/~selinger/papers/graphical.pdf but for a category more like a programming language with function, product, and sum types.
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On the correct definition of a *triangle* in an additive category

Given that we are in some additive category with "shift functors" (i.e., additive auto-equivalences) $A \mapsto A[n]$, Mark Haiman defines a triangle to be a sequence $A \rightarrow B \rightarrow C ...
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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 ...