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Converting a space to a simplicial set

Given a compact manifold and a Morse function, we obtain a convenient cellular decomposition. But suppose I have a (finite dimensional, possibly singular) space $X$ that is not a manifold and I wish ...
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Realization (in the sense of homotopy coherent nerve) of $\partial\Delta^n$

I need some help understanding the working of the homotopy coherent nerve (as described in Lurie's HTT). Let $i < j$, then $\mathrm{Hom}_{\mathfrak{C}\Delta^n}(i, j) \simeq (\Delta^1)^{(j-i-1)}$, ...
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How do we get a simplicial homology functor?

The $n$-th simplicial homology group $H_n(A)$ of an abstract simplicial complex $A$ depends on the choice of an orientation for $A$ (but for different orientations, the homology groups are ...
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Null homotopic by simplicial approximation

If $m<n$ use the simplicial approximation theorem to prove that any map $f:S^m\to S^n$ is null homotopic. Deduce that $\pi_1(S^n)$ is trivial if $n>1$. we have not covered lot on simplicial ...
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Empty set in a simplicial complex

Should the empty set be considered a simplex in a simplicial complex? Which justifications exist for the answer? I guess it is somewhat comparable to $1$ not being a prime number.
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The two-sided simplicial bar construction is Reedy-cofibrant

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a simplicial model category and let $\mathbb{C}$ be a small category. For a diagram $F : \mathbb{C} \to \mathcal{M}$ and a weight $G : \mathbb{C}^\mathrm{op} \to \mathbf{sSet}$, ...
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Simplicial complex of a graph?

Starting with a graph $G$, form a simplicial complex $X$ which has $G$ as the 1-skeleton, and then has higher dimensional simplices whenever more than two vertices of $G$ are mutually adjacent. So any ...
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Why is the 'mapping space' between two objects in a quasi-category a Kan complex?

Let $X$ be a quasi-category. (i.e. a simplicial set satisfying the weak Kan extension condition). Given two 'objects' $a,b\in X_0$ in $X$, one defines the mapping space $X(a,b)$ to be the pullback of ...
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Show that a set defines a simplicial complex

Let $A_n := \left\{-n,\cdots,-1,1,\cdots,n\right\}$ $\Delta_n := \left\{ B \subseteq A \; \big\vert \; \#(\{-i,i\}\cap B)\leq 1 \; \forall 1 \leq i \leq n \right\}$ Show that ...
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A question about abstract simplicial complexes and discs.

I find the following definitions in a book about algebraic topology: Definition: Let $K$ be an abstract simplicial complex. $(1)$ If $K$ is finite, simply connected and with nonempty ...
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Relative Simplicial Approximation

While I was studying the cellular approximation theorem on May's "A Concise Course in Algebraic Topology" I found something a bit unclear. I agree with the fact that, given two CW-complexes $X,Y$, and ...
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How to construct a quasi-category from a category with weak equivalences?

Let $(\mathcal{C},W)$ be a pair with $\mathcal{C}$ a category and $W$ a wide (containing all objects) subcategory. Such a pair represents an $(\infty,1)$-category. One model for such gadgets is a ...
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How does one give topological structure to an abstract simplicial complex?

Given an abstract simplicial complex $K,$ I'd like to know how I can endow it with a topology.
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Playing with the torus and semisimplicial sets (prove that $\phi$ and $\psi$ are not homotopic)

Recall that we can express the torus $|X.| \cong T$ as a square with edges $e$ and $f$, diagonal $g$, faces $T_1$ and $T_2$, and a single vertex $v$, and appropriate identifications. Let $Y.$ be the ...
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Show simplicial complex is Hausdorff

I have a simplicial complex $K$ and I need to show that its topological realisation $|K|$ is Hausdorff. And $K$ need not be finite. I have very little idea on how to get started on this. Only that if ...
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An equality of some equalizers of simplicial sets.

$\newcommand{\cosimp}[1]{{#1}^\bullet} \newcommand{\sSet}{\mathsf{sSet}} \newcommand{\Set}{\mathsf{Set}}$ [I realize that the post is imposing.However, all the content of the problem is in the gray ...
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Basic localizers contain adjoint functors

I'm struggling with a property of basic localizers, namely that adjoint functors are weak equivalences. Recall that a basic localizer $\mathcal W$ is a subset/subclass of the arrows of the category ...
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Combinatorial definition of the homotopy groups of a quasi category?

The homotopy groups of a Kan complex are defined combinatorially, and they coincide with the homotopy groups of the geometric realization. For a general complex $X$, homotopy isn't an equivalence ...
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Carrier maps between simplicial complexes

Simplicial complexes are useful in proving things about distributed systems. We define and use simplicial maps between two such complexes, and these maps also seem to be standard objects of study in ...
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Barycentric subdivisions of simplices yield a simplicial complex

The following interesting result (in particular parts (b) and (d)) is stated either as a obvious fact or as an exercise in several books on algebraic topology: The barycenter $b_\sigma$ of an ...
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An elementary question about $\pi_0$ and two homotopic maps

Let $f\colon A\to B$ be a map of pointed simplicial sets and let $B$ be Kan-fibrant. Let $0\colon A\to B$ denote the map which factorizes over the basepoint of $B$. Is it true that $f$ is homotopic ...
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A theorem of Kan regarding fibrant replacement

Recall that there is an adjunction $$\mathrm{Sd} \dashv \mathrm{Ex} : \mathbf{sSet} \to \mathbf{sSet}$$ where $\mathrm{Sd} (\Delta^n)$ is the first barycentric subdivision of $\Delta^n$. There is a ...
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Why do we ask that condition in Kan complex?

Let $\{X_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$ be simplicial set with faces $d_i:X_n\to X_{n-1} $, a simplicial set is called a Kan Complex if for any $x_0,...,x_{k-1},x_{k+1},...,x_{n+1}$ if $d_i(x_j)=d_{j-1}(x_i)$ for ...
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The line between the centers of two k-simplices crosses through the centers of lower dimensional simplices

"The line between the centers of two k-simplices crosses through the centers of lower dimensional simplices." Is this always true? The barycentric centers are equidistant from the vertices. k=2 So ...
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Geometric realization of function complexes of simplicial sets

Let $\operatorname{sSet}$ be the category of simplicial sets and $\operatorname{Top}$ the category of (say, compactly generated) topological spaces. There is a pair of adjoint functors called ...
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Explanation of notation for face and degeneracy

The (co)face are historically denoted by $d$, while the (co)degeneracy maps are denoted by $s$. Why is this, instead of the obvious $f$ and $d$? In the simplicial category $\Delta$, you also realize ...
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Unique representation of a degenerate simplex

I recently learned about simplicial sets, and now I'm studying some basic properties. I've learned that every degenerate simplex is a degeneracy of a unique non-degenerate (nice) simplex. However, I ...
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Cohomological Whitehead theorem

Let $X$ and $Y$ be CW complexes (resp. Kan complexes) and let $f : X \to Y$ be a continuous map (resp. morphism of simplicial sets). The following seems to be a folklore result: Theorem. The ...
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What exactly is the CW complex structure on a geometric realisation?

This is likely a silly question. Definitions: $\bullet$ $\Delta_n = \{ (t_0, \dots, t_n) \: | \: 0 \leq t_i \leq 1, \sum_i t_i = 1 \}$ $\bullet$ Given $f: \underline{m} \to \underline{n}$ in ...
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Product of simplicial complexes?

Given two abstract simplicial complexes $\mathcal{K}$ and $\mathcal{L}$, what is the definition of their product $\mathcal{K} \times \mathcal{L}$, as another abstract simplicial complex? Basically I'm ...
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Does $\pi_0$ preserve infinite products?

The functor $\pi_0\colon \operatorname{sSets}\to \operatorname{Sets}$ has value on a simplicial set $X$ the coequalizer of the two boundary morphisms $d_0,d_1\colon X_1\to X_0$. It is easy to see ...
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Does the category of Simplicial Complexes have finite limits and colimits?

Does the category of Simplicial Complexes have finite limits and colimits? Does the geometric realization functor preserve them? Thanks!
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Simplicial n-sphere as a coequalizer? (trivial question)

I know that it is a trivial question. And it can be found in any text on simplicial sets. (So, sorry about that). But I'm studying the Jardine's Book on Simplicial Homotopy Theory (Jardine and ...
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n-truncated simplicial set

It might be a trivial question. So, I apologise in advance. Let $ \Delta ^{op}_n $ be the full subcategory of $ \Delta ^{op} $ such that the set of objects of $ \Delta ^{op}_n $ is $ \left\{ 0, ...
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Existence and homotopies of embeddings between simplicial complexes

Let $K$ and $L$ be simplicial complexes, $m=\dim K$, and $h:|K|\rightarrow |L|$ be a continuous map. Show that $h$ is homotopic to a map carrying $K$ into $L^{(m)}$, the $m$-skeleton of $L$. I'm ...
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Why is the Cech nerve $C(U)$ of a surjective map $U\to X$ weakly equivalent to $X$?

Let $f:U\to X$ be a surjective map of sets and $$ ...U\times_XU\times_XU \substack{\textstyle\rightarrow\\[-0.6ex] \textstyle\rightarrow \\[-0.6ex] ...
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Difference between the simplicial nerve and the nerve of a simplicial category

In Jacob Lurie's Higher Topos Theory book, he defines the following notion of a simplicial nerve: Definition 1.1.5.5. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a simplicial category. The simplicial nerve ...
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What is the equivalent of Delaunay tringulations in high dimensions?

For 2D manifolds, Delaunay triangulation is a very useful tool for coarse graining. It has the nice property that in the flat/euclidian manifold case, it reduces to a 2D simplicial tesselation of the ...
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What is the homotopy colimit of the Cech nerve as a bi-simplical set?

Let $f:Y_\bullet\to X_\bullet$ be an epimorphism of simplicial sets and define the bi-simplicial set $$ F_{\bullet\bullet}=\ldots Y\times_X Y\times_X Y\underset{\to}{\underset{\to}{\to}}Y\times_X Y ...
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Fat geometric realization weakly equivalent to the usual one

Let $X$ be a simplicial set. Recall that we can associate to it a certain topological space, the geometric realization, given by $ | X | = \int ^{n \in \Delta} X_{n} \times \Delta _{n} \simeq ...
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What are simplicial topological spaces intuitively?

(NOTE: I reposted the question to MO. Please answer there.) I tend to imagine simplicial objects in a category as some kind of "topological objects", with a notion of homotopy. Simplicial sets are ...
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Does the functor $\mathbf{cosk_n}:sSet\to sSet$ preserve Kan complexes?

On this nlab page a functor $\mathbf{cosk_n}:sSet\to sSet$ is constructed. Is $\mathbf{cosk_n}(K)$ of a Kan complex $K$ again a Kan complex?
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Characterising singular homology among a more general class of cosimplicial spaces

Is there a way to characterise (up to isomorphism) the simplicial spaces $F: \Delta \to \underline{\text{Top}}$ with $F( \underline{n}) \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ compact and $F(\underline{0})$ a ...
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How does a simplicial map induce a map on chain complexes

I am working on the following exercise: Show that a simplicial map induces a map on chain complexes (hence maps on homology between simplicial complexes). Here is what I have so far... Let $K, L$ be ...
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Morita theory for simplicial rings

My question is the following: is there an analog of Morita theorem in the simplicial setting? I mean, we can define two simplicial rings $A,B$ to be simplicially Morita equivalent is the categories ...
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Cech cohomology and cohomology of a category : a cluster of questions.

I apologize in advance : what follows is a bit of a mess. Also, I think it might be a big tautology, but i don't see it yet. My question is about the rapport of Cech cohomology and cohomology of a ...
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Contractibility of topological spaces associated to posets

Suppose $\mathcal{P}$ is a partially ordered set. To $\mathcal{P}$ we can associate a simplicial complex $K(\mathcal{P})$ whose $n$-simplices are the chains of length $n+1$ in $\mathcal{P}$. Since ...
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Understanding Quillens Theorem A

Let me restate the theorem: Let $F\colon\mathcal{C}\to\mathcal{D}$ be a functor. If $F\downarrow x$ is contractible for every $x\in\operatorname{Ob}(\mathcal{D})$, then $F$ is a homotopy ...
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Orientation of a simplicial decomposition of $D^2\times \mathbb{S}^1$

This should be a simple problem but I started in on it and ran into something I don't understand. Essentially, I want a simplicial decomposition of $D^2\times \mathbb{S}^1$. $D^2$ is the basic ...
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Homology other than singular?

Usually, one defines $n$-th homology functor on topological spaces as the composite functor $$ \mathbf{Top} \to [\Delta^\mathrm{op},\mathbf{Set}] \to [\Delta^\mathrm{op},R\!-\!\mathbf{Mod}] \overset C ...