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Monoids, Semigroups, and a Reflective Subcategory.

The following is reflective in the category $\mathbf{Sem}$ of semigroups and their homomorphisms: we add a new neutral element to each semigroup, even monoids; then the reflections are identity ...
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A reflective subcategory of the category of inverse semigroups.

The Question. I'm reading Lawson's "Inverse Semigroups: The Theory of Partial Symmetries" and I've hit something I don't understand. It's claimed on page 34 of my copy that The category of ...
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Describing the Wreath product categorically.

The Details: Let's have a recap of some definitions (taken from "Nine Chapters in the Semigroup Art" (pdf), by A. J. Cain). Definition 1: Let $P$ be a semigroup. The left action of $P$ on a set ...
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Different ways of constructing the free group over a set.

This could be too broad if we're not careful. I'm sorry if it ends up that way. Let's put together a list of different constructions of the free group $F_X$ over a given set $X$. It seems to be ...
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Can I define a category as a monoid with partially defined multiplication?

A groupoid can either be thought of as a category whose morphisms are isomorphisms, or as a generalization of a group whose multiplication is only partially defined. Can I do a similar thing with ...
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Are these adjoint functors to/from the category of monoids with semigroup homomorphisms?

Do the forgetful functors $G_H:\bf Monoid \to \bf Semigroup^1$ and $G_O:\bf Semigroup^1 \to \bf Semigroup$ have left and/or right adjoints? Here $\bf Semigroup$ is the category of semigroups with ...
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In a dagger category, what do we call an arrow $f$ such that $f \circ f^\dagger \circ f = f$?

In a dagger category, what do we call an arrow $f$ satisfying $f \circ f^\dagger \circ f = f$? In $\mathrm{Rel}$ (and, more generally, an allegory) this is straightforwardly equivalent to $f \circ ...
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Completing a Partially Defined Associative Binary Operation

This is more like a question about terminology. I would like to hear some recommendations of books that discuss algebraic structures with one partially defined associative binary operation, and the ...
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Properties of Group $\to$ Monoid $\to$ Semigroup.

In How to get a group from a semigroup Arturo Madigin writes: So if we look at the composition of the forgetful functors $\bf Group \to \bf Monoid \to \bf Semigroup$, we obtain a right adjoint by ...
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Constructing a semigroup from a small category

The following was given as an example for a semigroup without an identity: Finite sets of matrices of varying dimensions, where the product A*B={PQ|P in A & Q in B & dim(Q)=codim(P)}, and ...