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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 $n$-...
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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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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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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 $N(\mathcal{...
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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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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 point?...
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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 2-...
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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: A\...
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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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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 $N(\...
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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 $f\!:X\...
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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 $\pi_0$...
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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= conv(e_2,e_1\!...
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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 1)...
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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 ...