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Relating maximal elements of downsets to minimal elements of the complement

Denote by $\mathcal{P}(S)$ the set of non-empty subsets of a finite $S$. Suppose that $A\subset \mathcal{P}(S)$ is a downset, i.e., every subset $Q$ of any $P\in A$ is also contained in $A$. We can ...
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What is combinatorial homotopy theory?

Edit: After a discussion with t.b. we agreed that this question aims to a different answer from this one, for more information you can read the comment below. Many times I've heard people ...
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Bousfield–Kan spectral sequence for homotopy colimits

Let $\mathcal{J}$ be a small category and let $X : \mathcal{J} \to \mathbf{sSet}$ be a diagram. We define its homotopy colimit $\newcommand{\hocolim}{\mathop{\mathrm{ho}{\varinjlim}}}\hocolim X$ ...
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Examples of the Geometric Realization of a Semi-Simplicial Complex

I am reading The Geometric Realization of a Semi-Simplicial Complex by J. Milnor and here are the definitions: I find it difficult to visualize without specific examples. Can anyone help to provide ...
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homeomorphism between a boundary and a sphere

I started another question related to this. Consider $|\Delta^n|:=\{(x_0,..,x_n)\in\mathbb{R}^{n+1}:\sum_{i=0}^n x_i=1, x_i\in[0,1]\;\forall i\}$ the geometric realization of the standard n-simplex ...
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The identity map $\Delta^n \rightarrow \Delta^n$ is a basis for $H_n(\Delta^n, \delta\Delta^n; R)$

Show that the identity map $\Delta^n \rightarrow \Delta^n$ is a basis for $H_n(\Delta^n, \delta\Delta^n; R)$. Here $\Delta^n$ is the n-simplex, and I know $\delta \Delta^n$ denotes its ...
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the 0-th homology of a simplical complex

Let $K$ be an (abstract) simplicial complex. The claim is: $H_0(K;\mathbb{Z})$ is always nonzero. Is this possible to prove it without any "special techniques to computing homology-groups"? ...
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$\sum_{i=0}^n (-1)^i \delta_i(\sum_{j=0}^{n+1} (-1)^j \delta_j) = 0$, given that $\delta_i \delta_j = \delta_{j-1}\delta_i$ whenever $i < j$

$\sum_{i=0}^n (-1)^i \delta_i(\sum_{j=0}^{n+1} (-1)^j \delta_j) = 0$, given that $\delta_i \delta_j = \delta_{j-1}\delta_i$ whenever $i < j$ This problem shows up in the middle of dealing with ...
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Notation for a functor between comma categories

Suppose we have two categories $D$ and $S$, as well as two functors $K,L:D\to S$ and a natural transformation $\varphi:K\to L$. Given another category $C$ and a functor $Y:C\to S^D$, is there a nice ...
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Difference between two concepts of homotopy for simplicial maps?

I learn from Gelfand and Manin's Methods of Homological Algebra, Exercise 2 for I.4 that two maps $f,g\colon X\to Y$ between simplicial sets $X,Y$ are simply homotopic (maybe usually called simplicial ...
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Why aren't *weak* test categories enough?

Short version : What is the motivation behind the local condition in the definition of a test category ? Why do we want the slice categories $A/a$ to be weak test ? Long version : I start ...
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cells of quotient CW complex

Let $X$ be a CW complex and $Y$ a CW subcomplex. If $X$ has no cell of dimension $n$, for some $n>0$, then $X/Y$ has no cell of dimension $n$. Is it true? Why?
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When may the bar resolution be truncated for calculating $\operatorname{hocolim}$?

Suppose $D$ is a small category and $F\colon D\to sSets$ a functor. I want to calculate the simplicial set $$\operatorname{hocolim}F$$ via the bar construction: $\operatorname{hocolim}F$ is the ...
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Skeletality of a simplicial set $X$ vs. highest degree of a non-degenerate simplex

Let $X$ be a simplicial set with a non-degenetate simplex in degree $n$ and suppose that all simplices in higher degrees are degenerate. Is $X$ an $n$-skeletal simplicial set and not ...
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Understanding the definition and notation of geometric realization

I had trouble making sense of the definition of geometric realization of a simplicial set. Let $\Delta^n$ be the standard n-simplex defined as the functor $\hom_\Delta(-,$*n*$): \Delta \rightarrow$ ...
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Elementry collapses implies same homotopy type.

Let $\Delta$ be a simplicial complex, and suppose that $\sigma \in \Delta$ is a proper face of exactly one maximal simplex $\tau \in \Delta$. A simplicial collapse of $\Delta$ is the removal of all ...
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Right Kan extension along a diagonal functor.

Denote $\newcommand{\simpcat}{\boldsymbol\Delta} \simpcat$ the simplex category (category of finite ordinals with non decreasing maps). The diagonal functor $\delta \colon \simpcat \to ...
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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!