In mathematics, a monoidal category (or tensor category) is a category C equipped with a bifunctor ⊗ : C × C → C which is associative up to a natural isomorphism, and an object I which is both a left and right identity for ⊗, again up to a natural isomorphism. (Def: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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The category of elements, enrichment, and weighted limits

Every so often, when reading notes online or skimming through books, the category of elements and the Grothendieck construction pop up. I don't know anything about the Grothendieck construction, and I ...
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What is an object with finite length in a tensor category?

I read the definition of a tensor category: A tensor category is a rigid abelian monoidal category in which the object 1 is simple and all objects have finite length. This definition is in "Lectures ...
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Algebras for monads in Cat and 2-categories

An algebra for a monad $(T, \mu, \eta)$ on a category $\mathbb{C}$ is defined as a morphism $T X \to X$ for some object $X$ such that the obvious diagrams commute. If I look at the monad as a monoid ...
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Composition of Dual Maps in (rigid) Monoidal Categories

If $X, Y$ are objects in monoidal category $\mathcal{C}$ which have left duals $X^∗, Y^∗$ and $f : X → Y $ is a morphism in $\mathcal{C}$, then the left dual map $f^∗ : Y^∗ → X^∗$ of $f$ is given by: ...
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Is the category of H-bicomodules within the monoidal category of H-bimodules equivalent to the category of left H-comodules

Fix $\mathbb{k}$ a field. Let $H$ be a $\mathbb{k}$-quasi-bialgebra. Is there an equivalence $ {}_H^H \mathcal{M}_H^H \cong {}^H \mathcal{M}$ where ${}_H^H \mathcal{M}_H^H$ is the category of $H$-...
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Categorical terminology

For any monoidal category $(\mathscr{C},\otimes,I)$ with objects $A,B,...$: Does the monoidal product $\otimes$ always have the property: $A \otimes A \rightarrow A, B \otimes B \rightarrow B,...$ ? ...
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Uniqueness of Dual Objects in Monoidal Categories

I trying to understand the proof of Proposition 2.10.5 from the book: TENSOR CATEGORIES, by P. Etingof, S. Gelaki, D. Nikshych, and V. Ostrik, See http://www-math.mit.edu/~etingof/egnobookfinal.pdf. ...
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How to compute (co)limits of enriched categories?

Let $\mathscr{V}$ be a monoidal category. Let $\mathbf{Cat}_{\mathscr{V}}$ be the category of (small) categories. I would like to know how to compute (co)limits in $\mathbf{Cat}_{\mathscr{V}}$. This ...
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The algebra of natural transformations of the n-th power tensor functor

Let $k$ be a $0$ characteristic field, $n$ an positive integer and $S_n$ the $n$-th symmetric group. Let's work in the symmetric monoidal category of $k$-vector spaces and linear maps that we denote ...
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Conjecture concerning involutions in a unitary braided fusion category/Grothendieck ring

Despite the categorical setup, a solution to this question may require no categorical tools (see Conjecture 2). Let $\mathcal C$ be a unitary braided fusion category, $I$ be its set of isomorphism ...
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Name (reference?) for lax monoidal functors that are 'full, or surjective, on monoids'?

A lax monoidal functor $F$ takes monoids to monoids. Is there a name for a lax monoidal functor that is 'full' or surjective with respect to this property? In other words, the functor $F : \mathcal{C} ...
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What categorical property do these forgetful functors have in common?

Consider the following examples: The forgetful functor $U_1: \operatorname{Vect}_\mathbb{C} \to \operatorname{Vect}_\mathbb{R}$ The forgetful functor $U_2: \operatorname{Diff}^{\text{or}} \to \...
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Grothendieck's yoga of six operations - in relatively basic terms?

I'm reading about the basic interactions between sheaves over topological spaces and arrows in $\mathsf{Top}$, in particular, about the inverse/direct image functors $f^\ast \dashv f_\ast$, the proper ...
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Going from Closed Categories to Monoidal Categories

EDIT: I trimmed down the exposition a bit. I really just wanted everyone to know what my approach has been, but what I had was a bit bloated. Suppose we have a closed category $V$ as defined here, ...
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Is Module Category over Monoidal category Monoidal?

let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal category and $\mathcal{M}$ a $\mathcal{C}$-module category. Does $\mathcal{M}$ need to be a monidal category? I know it is true for certain categories, but is it true ...
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Universality of the Simplex Category. Proving Functoriality of the Map.

Let $B$ be a strict monoidal category, and $\left \langle c,\mu ',\eta ' \right \rangle$ a monoid in $B$. Now suppose we consider the simplex category $\left \langle \triangle ,+,0 \right \rangle$, ...
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Associative Law for a Monoid in a Monoidal Category.

Let $B$ be a monoidal category, and $c$ a monoid in $B$. Powers of $c$ are defined by taking $c^{n}$ to be the $\otimes $-string of length $n$ of $c$ in which the parentheses are all in front. We ...
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Representation of functions in the simplex category

I am using the following characterization of the simplex category $\Delta$: The objects are finite ordinals and the arrows are weakly monotone functions $f:n\rightarrow m$. $0$ is initial and $1$ is ...
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Proving that a category is cartesian closed

Let $Alg(1)$ be a category whose objects are sets with a unary operation, with no axioms. Morphisms of the category are functions of sets which preserve the operation. I need to show that this ...
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In a closed monoidal category, is $[-,-]$ always a bifunctor?

We say a monoidal category $\mathcal V=(\mathcal V_0,\otimes,I,a,l,r)$ is closed if the endofunctor $-⊗Y$ has a right adjoint $[Y,-]$, called the exponential, for every $Y$. The object $[Y,Z]$ for ...
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Iterated Coproduct in a Monoidal Category; finding the unit of a monoid.

Suppose $B$ is a monoidal category and further that the functors $-\bigotimes a:B\rightarrow B$ and $a\bigotimes -:B\rightarrow B$ preserve coproducts. The we have $\theta :\coprod _{b} a\bigotimes b_{...
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Proving associativity in monoidal category: Free Monoid construction.

I am filling in the details of Mac Lane's proof of the following: If monoidal category $B$ has countable coproducts, and if the functors $-\square a$ and $a\square -$ preserve them, then the evident ...
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Mac Lane's Coherence Theorem: Why not just use the functors themselves?

I have a softball question on Mac Lane's proof. Suppose $B=\left ( B, \square , \alpha ,\rho ,\lambda \right )$ is a monoidal category. Fix $b\in B$. Define $W$, the (monoidal) category of binary ...
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Natural transformations and the definition of Monoidal lax functors

The definition of a lax monoidal functor requires the existence of a natural transformation, $\phi$ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monoidal_functor. A natural transformation relates at least 2 ...
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Categorical Banach space theory

Consider the category $\mathsf{NormVect}_1$ of normed vector spaces with short linear maps$^{\dagger}$ and the full subcategory $\mathsf{Ban}_1$ of Banach spaces with short linear maps. Both ...
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every category is equivalent to its universal cover

I am just curious how could we show that every category is equivalent to its universal cover. To me, it is not obvious how could we assign to each an object in a category $\mathcal{C}$ to a family of ...
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Coherence result for (braided) monoidal functors

Is there any coherence result for (braided) monoidal functors? (like Mac Lane's coherence theorem for monoidal categories) What I have in mind is a theorem like the following: Let $F$ be a (...
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About the definition of Day's convolution

I'm struggling with the definition of Day's convolution. Given a monoidal category $(\mathcal C,\otimes, I)$, there is a way to define a monoidal product on the category of presheaves $\widehat{\...
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Does “modular category” make sense without saying “abelian” or “linear”?

I know the term "modular category" only from representations of quantum groups, TQFTs and fusion (finitely semisimple linear) categories. There, a modular category is a ribbon fusion category where a ...
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Tensor of tensored categories

Given two $V$-categories $C$ and $D$ tensored over a symmetric monoidal category $V$, could I form the "tensor" of $C$ and $D$? More precisely, is there a $V$-category $T(C,D)$ such that $V$-functors ...
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Reference for closed categories and monoidal categories

I'm looking for a book that: Defines closed categories separately from monoidal categories, and then proves in detail that the structure induced by a left adjoint to the internal hom is closed ...
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The internal hom in $\mathsf{Ch}_\bullet(\mathsf{Ab})$ as a coproduct?

The internal hom in $\mathsf{Ch}_\bullet(\mathsf{Ab})$ is defined grading-wise by $$(A\Rightarrow B)_n=\prod_{i\in \mathbb Z} \text{Hom}_R(A_i, B_{i+n})$$ Intuitively, I would have defined the ...
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Universality of tensor product from monoidal structure

As a follow-up to this previous question of mine, I'm trying to understand how to obtain tensor products from internal homs. I'm having a lot of difficulties and have found myself stuck already in $\...
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Tensor products from internal hom?

Monoidal categories come with tensor products, and sometimes, these categories are biclosed, i.e each restriction of the tensor bifunctor has a right adjoint. If the category happens to be symmetric, ...
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Are units in rigid (autonomous) categories some sort of natural transformation?

In a rigid category $\mathcal{C}$, let us choose left and right duals and left and right (co)units for every object. This gives us, for example, a dualisation functor $-^*:\mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{C}^{...
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What are coquantales?

A quantale can be defined as a monoid in the monoidal category $\mathbf{Sup}$ of complete join semilattices, equipped with tensor product. What are examples of non-diagonal comonoids in $\mathbf{Sup}...
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References about “algebras over monoids”

Please, could someone point me any reference (with a bit of details) about "algebras over monoids" (in the sense of Schwede & Shipley, Algebras and modules in monoidal model categories)? Thank you ...
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Showing $\lambda_1=\rho_1$ in monoidal category

For a monoidal category $\mathcal{C}$ with $\alpha_{a,b,c}: a \otimes (b \otimes c) \rightarrow (a \otimes b) \otimes c$, $\rho_a : a \otimes 1 \rightarrow a$, and $\lambda_a: 1 \otimes a \rightarrow ...
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Is there a special name or any research on Cartesian compact closed categories?

As per the title. I can't find anything about the combination of the two, and such categories interest me. Does anyone know of any such categories?
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Monoidal categories in which $\mathrm{Aut}(X \otimes Y) \cong \mathrm{Aut}(X) \sqcup \mathrm{Aut}(Y).$

I'm looking for examples of monoidal categories $\mathbf{C}$ such that one of the following two statements holds. For all objects $X$ and $Y$ of $\mathbf{C},$ $\mathrm{Aut}(X \otimes Y) \cong \...
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How to name these “ideals”?

Background. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a symmetric monoidal category with unit $\mathbf{1}$. A subobject of $\mathbf{1}$ is just a monomorphism $I \to \mathbf{1}$. We may also call this an ideal of $\mathbf{...
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Tannaka reconstruction: reference request

What is a classical and perhaps even original reference for the following result, often called Tannaka reconstruction? Let $G$ be a group and $R$ be a commutative ring in which $0,1$ are the only ...
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Uniqueness of Duals in a Monoidal Category

Given a monoidal category ${\cal C}$, and $X \in {\cal C}$, we define a left dual of $X$ to be an object $X^*$ such that there exist morphisms $\epsilon:X^* \otimes X \to I$, and $\eta:I \to X \otimes ...
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Mac Lane‘s proof of coherence theorem for symmetric monoidal categories.

In [CWM, Ch. XI, §1], Mac Lane prove the coherence theorem for symmetric monoidal categories by assuming the strictness. Thus we have a $n-$ary tensor functor $T$, and the theorem states that any two ...
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What's the difference between a cartesian monoidal category and a semicartesian monoidal category?

According to ncatlab: In a semicartesian monoidal category, any tensor product of objects $x \otimes y$ comes equipped with morphisms $$ p_x : x \otimes y \to x $$ $$ p_y : x \otimes y \to y$...
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Connections of Finite groups and quantum groups

I'm a master's student waiting to start my phd in quantum groups and their represenation theory in march 2015. I love representation theory $\textit{per se}$, and looking for references on this work I ...
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Monoidal categories and Generators

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a Cocomplete Cowellpowered Monoidal category. Does $\mathcal{C}$ need to have a generator? I think it does not, but it seems hard to get a counter example.
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Taking the quotient of a free monoidal category modulo a relation

I have recently been advised, in a particular example which is described below, that taking quotients of a category can be complicated, but I don't see where exactly lies the difficulty. More ...
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Coherence in braided monoidal categories

Let ($\mathcal{C}$,c) be a braided monoidal (tensor) category. Then c is compatible with the morphisms l,r associated with the unit object 1 of $\mathcal{C}$, in the sense that: $l_X \circ c_{X,1}=...
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Symmetries and internal hom in monoidal categories

I need some help in trying to define an object. Suppose we have a biclosed monoidal category (possibly non-symmetric) and two natural isomorphisms: $B \otimes - \simeq - \otimes B, \ \ C \otimes - \...