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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 ...
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augmented algebras and their morphisms

Let $R$ be a commutative unital ring and $A$ an associative (unital) $R$-algebra. What is an augmented $R$-algebra? A (unital) $R$-algebra $A$, together with a (unital) ring morphism $\varepsilon: ...
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Why are simplicial categories useful?

By simplicial category here I mean simplicially enriched category, i.e. all $Hom$-sets are simplicial sets and compositions are morphisms of simplicial sets. My question is the following. Suppose I ...
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Show that two different embeddings of the figure-eight in the torus are not homotopic

Note, we can express the torus $|X.| \cong T$ as a square with edges denoted by $e$ and $f$, the diagonal by $g$, and faces $T_1$ and $T_2$, and a single vertex $v$, with appropriate identifications. ...
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Playing with the torus and semisimplicial sets (prove that $\phi$ and $\psi$ are not homotopic) [closed]

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 that any continuous map $f: X \rightarrow Y$ induces a map of semisimplicial sets $Sing(X). \rightarrow Sing(Y).$

I want to show that any continuous map $f: X \rightarrow Y$ induces a map of semisimplicial sets $Sing(X). \rightarrow Sing(Y).$, but I'm confused about how to do so. I guess the main confusion is ...
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Does the $\mathcal{E}G$-construction arise form a comonad?

Let $G$ be a simplicial group and consider the adjunction $$ Fr:sSets\rightleftarrows G-sSets:U $$ where the left adjoint $Fr$ maps a simplicial set $X$ to the free $G$-simplicial set $G\times X$ and ...
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What is the cone over a simplicial set?

At the moment I'm reading through Edward B. Curtis, 'Simplicial Homotopy Theory' (Advances in Mathematics 6, 107-209 (1971)) in order to learn about simplicial sets and I run into a problem where the ...
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simplicial complex bijection [duplicate]

Given two compact Hausdorff spaces $X$ and $Y$ and $h \colon X \to Y$ a homeomorphism, how can I prove that $h_{\mathfrak{A}} : N(\mathfrak{A}) \to N(h(\mathfrak{A}))$ is a bijection where ...
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Two definitions of equivariant sheaves

Let $G$ be a topological group. Here are two definitions of $G$-equivariant sheaves on a $G$-space $X$. (a) Define an $G$-equivariant sheaf by a sheaf $F$ (étalé space) equipped with a $G$-action ...
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'homotopy' between morphisms of a 'topological' or 'algebraic' category (Stanley-Reisner ring)

In what follows, a homotopy is a congruence $\simeq$ on a given category. Given such a homotopy, objects $X$ and $Y$ of the given category are homotopy equivalent when there exist morphisms ...
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What (filtered) (homotopy) (co) limits does $\pi_0:\mathbf{sSets}\to\mathbf{Sets}$ preserve?

Consider the functor $\pi_0:\mathbf{sSets}\to\mathbf{Sets}$. $\pi_0$ does not preserve arbitrary limits $\pi_0$ does not send homotopy limits to limits $\pi_0$ does preserve filtered colimits ...
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Does the functor $S:\mathbf{Top}\to \mathbf{sSets}$ preserve (homotopy)colimits?

Does the functor $S:\mathbf{Top}\to \mathbf{sSets}$ given by $S(X)_m=Hom_{\mathbf{Top}}(\Delta^m,X)$ preserve colimits? If not, what is a counterexample? The only things I can say are that it ...
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horn of a simplex

I'm reading one book of simplicial homotopy. It's just amazing. But I am stuck at the very beginning of the book. He let a simplicial set be a contravariant functor between the category $ \Delta $ of ...
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Toric Varieties: gluing of affine varieties (blow-up example)

Let $\Delta$ be a fan, consisting of cones $\sigma_0=conv(e_1,e_1+e_2)$ and $\sigma_2=conv(e_1+e_2,e_2)$ and $\tau=\sigma_0\cap\sigma_1=conv(e_1+e_2)$. The dual cones are $\sigma_0^\vee= ...
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Is a simplicial subcomplex of a contractible simplicial CW-complex also contractible?

Let $Y,X$ be simplical CW-complexes (By that I mean functors $\Delta^{op}\to CW$. In other words, for each natural number $n$ there exist CW-complexes $X_n$ and $Y_n$ and there are face and degeneracy ...
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A question about partitioning the unit cube into simplexes

Let $C$ be the unit cube in $\mathbb{R}^n$. I want to simplicize $C$ (i.e. partition it into simplexes), but I have to follow these two rules: I can't add any vertices to $C$. The vertices of each ...
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What is a good way to simplicize the integer lattice?

I have a function $f$ defined on the positive integer lattice in $\mathbb{R}^n$ (i.e. the vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$ whose coordinates are all nonnegative integers). I want to extend the domain of $f$ ...
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Random mixing of the space of triangulations of a surface

Summary: How quickly does the edge-flip random walk in the space of triangulations of a closed, connected, orientable surface converge to the uniform distribution over all triangulations? Let $M$ be ...
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Paths between 0-cells in a classifying space. II

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category and $X,Y$ objects within. If $X$ and $Y$ (as $0$-cells) lie within the same path-component in $B\mathcal{C}$, can one say anything in general on how $X$ and ...
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Paths between 0-cells in a classifying space.

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category. Giving a morphism $u: X \to Y$ in $\mathcal{C}$ is equivalent to giving a functor $f: \{0 < 1 \} \to \mathcal{C}$ (with $f(0) = X$, $f(1) = Y$, and $f(0 \to ...
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For which coverings by “geometrically nice” sets does the nerve admit “Vietoris-Rips-like” approximations?

It is well known that the nerve (or Čech complex) of a covering by metric balls is nicely approximated by the Vietoris-Rips complex. Being a flag complex on its 1-simplices, the latter is ...
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An variation of “Lk” in simplicial complexes

Let $\mathcal S$ be a simplicial complex. For a simplex $S \in \mathcal S$, we have the closure, the star and the link $\operatorname{Cl} S := \{ F \in \mathcal S : F \leq S \}$ $\operatorname{St} S ...
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Inverse functor in proof of Dold Kan Correspondence

I´m looking at the proof of the Dold-Kan correspondence. Let $SA$ be the category of simplicial objects in an abelian category $A$ and $CH_{\ge0}(A) $ the category of non-negative chain complexes in ...
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Inner product between certain vectors on a simplex.

For $n\geq 2$, let $\Delta^n$ be a regular $n$-dimensional simplex in $\mathbb{R}^n$ centered at the origin ${\bf 0}$ and inscribed in the unit sphere $S^{n-1}$. Let ${\bf v}_0,{\bf v}_1,\ldots,{\bf ...
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Pseudomanifolds

An $n$-dimensional (closed) pseudomanifold is a finite simplicial complex $X$ such that (i) every simplex is a face of an $n$-simplex (ii) every $(n-1)$-simplex is a face of exactly two ...
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adjunction relation

Assume I have simplicial sets $X:\Delta^{op}\rightarrow Set$ and $Y:\Delta^{op}\rightarrow Set$, then I can form the simplicial set $\operatorname{Hom}(X,Y)_n := ...
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geometric realization of a free simplicial group

Call a simplicial group $G_{\bullet}$ free if for each $n$, the group $G_n$ is a free group. How does the geometric realization of $G_{\bullet}$ look like? Can its nondegenerate and ...
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Does the suspension functor preserve fibrations?

Let $X_{\bullet}$ be a simplicial set and let $\Sigma X_{\bullet}$ denote its simplicial suspension. If $X_{\bullet} \to Y_{\bullet}$ is a fibration, then is $\Sigma X_{\bullet} \to \Sigma ...
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Algebraic Morse theory

In 2005, prof. Emil Skoldberg developed a theory, similar to Forman's Discrete Morse Theory, but suited for arbitrary based chain complexes, in his Morse Theory from an algebraic viewpoint. I'm going ...
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Difference between simplicial and singular homology?

I am having some difficulties understanding the difference between simplicial and singular homology. I am aware of the fact that they are isomorphic, i.e. the homology groups are in fact the same (and ...
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The empty set in homotopy theoretic terms (as a simplicial set/top. space)

I am currently confused about the empty set in terms of its path components and how this fits into the Quillen adjunction between topological spaces and simplicial sets. Probably, one of my ...
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Kan fibrations and surjectivity

I have a basic question on the usual model structure on simplicial sets. What is the relation between being a Kan (trivial maybe ?) fibration and surjectivity ? Surjectivity here means either ...
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What is an “absolute, equational pushout”?

I was leafing through Joyal and Tierney's Notes on simplicial homotopy theory. In the first few lines of the section on the skeleton of a simplicial set they display the simplicial identities as a ...
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Decomposition of simplicial G-sets as a colimits of its simplicial G-subsets

Every simplicial set is the colimit of its finite simplicial subsets. Suppose $G$ be a finite discrete set. Is every simplicial $G$-set a colimit of its finite simplicial $G$-subsets? I'm ...
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How to show that $\Delta[n]$ isn't Kan fibrant…?

This is the problem: I have to prove that $\Delta[n]$ isn't Kan fibrant for n >=2. Does anyone how idea how to do it?
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What is a copresheaf on a “precategory”?

Let $\mathcal{S}$ be a category with pullbacks. A precategory $\mathbb{C}$ in the sense of Borceux and Janelidze [Galois Theories, §7.2] comprises three objects $C_0, C_1, C_2$ in $\mathcal{S}$ and ...
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Colimits of cosimplicial rings

The forgetful functor from the category of rings to the category of sets does not preserve arbitrary colimits. But it does preserve filtered colimits. For example, the colimit of a sequence of rings ...
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Boundary of a simplicial set in terms of a coequalizer

I am trying to understand why we have a coequalizer $\sqcup_{0 \leq i < j \leq n} |\Delta^{n-2}| \rightrightarrows \sqcup_{0 \leq i \leq n} |\Delta^{n-1}| \rightarrow |\partial \Delta^n|$. What ...
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Ways to decompose a torus for finite element method so that each cell contains a complete revolution of the major radius

I've got a finite element problem involving paths around the interior of a torus. For this particular problem I think I could make things more computationally efficient if each cell in the mesh made ...
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manifold as simplicial complex

I want to know the topological relation between a manifold and a simplicial complex. I know that a simplicial complex cannot be a manifold since its a union of simplices which are manifolds of ...
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Equivalent definition for a collection of simplices to be a simplicial complex

I am reading the following lemma from Munkres' Elements of Algebraic Topology: Lemma 2.1 A collection $K$ of simplices is a simplicial complex if and only if the follow hold: ...
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Can one define “simplicial” EM spaces?

Let $\Delta$ be the well-known simplicial category, and denote with $\widehat\Delta_\bf C$ the category of simplicial objects in $\bf C$ ($\widehat\Delta$ for short). Given $\mathcal ...
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Are bounded open regions in $\mathbb{R}^n$ determined by their boundary?

Let $U$ and $V$ be two bounded open regions in $\mathbb{R}^n$, and let us further assume that their topological boundaries are nice enough that they are homeomorphic to finite simplicial complexes. ...
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Triangulate rectangular parallelepiped in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$

I need to triangulate the n-dimensioned rectangular parallelepiped in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ into a set of $n$-simplices. Could you suggest me any known algorithm for that or maybe an extension of Delaunay ...
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Comparison between various types of cell complexes

There are the following (and more) types of geometric cell complexes: 1) The geometric realization of a simplicial set 2) CW-complexes 3) The geometric realization of an abstract simplicial complex ...
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Excision via simplicial sets

Let $X$ be a topological space, covered by a collection of open sets $\{U_\alpha\}$ (or more generally a cover by subspaces whose interiors cover $X$). Consider the singular simplicial set ...