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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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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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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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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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How does hocolim relate to Hom?

In a usual category $\mathcal{C}$ one can pull the colim out of the Hom like ...
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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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Boundary of boundary of singular cube is zero (Spivak)

At the bottom of page 99 of M. Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds he arrives at the formula $$\partial (\partial c)=\sum_{i=1}^n \sum_{\alpha=0,1} \sum_{j=1}^{n-1} \sum_{\beta=0,1} ...
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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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History of the term “anodyne” in homotopy theory

There is a notion of an anodyne morphism (usually of simplicial sets). This type of morphisms is used, for instance, to establish basic properties of quasicategories. But the name is quite mysterious. ...
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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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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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How to intrinsically think about simplicial objects.

It seems that a simplicial set should be thought as a space/thing, with encoded building information. The set of $n$-simplicies is the set of n-dimensional pieces and the boundary and degeneracy maps ...
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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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cofaces and codegeneracies on Simplicial Sets

Let Δ be the category of finite ordinal numbers with order-preserving maps, i.e., Δ consists of objects strings A morphism f:n→[m] is an order-preserving function (a functor) and we can think of the ...
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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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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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When are the geometric realisations of two simplicial sets homeomorphic?

I'm given two simplicial sets $X,Y : \Delta^{\operatorname{op}} \to Set$. Of, course, if I study their geometric realisations $\lvert X \rvert$ and $\lvert Y \rvert$, I might find a homeomorphism, or ...
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Andre-Quillen Homology of the cuspidal curve $k[x,y]/(x^2 - y^3)$

I was wondering if I am in the right track here. Let $A := k[x,y]/(x^2 - y^3)$, the cuspidal curve. Obviously this isn't etale or smooth over $k$ so its cotangent complex is not contractible. Now, I ...
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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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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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Passing pullbacks through adjunction

I'm having trouble following the proof of Proposition I.5.2 in Goerss-Jardine (Simplicial Homotopy Theory). After establishing the adjunction $\hat\Delta(X\times K,Y) \simeq \hat\Delta(K,[X,Y])$, ...
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What does it mean for a category to be “tensored over” another category?

What does it mean for a category to be "tensored over" another category? I was reading "Stable model categories are categories of modules" by Schwede and Shipley ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Model structure on sSet

Which is the model structure on $ \text{sSet} $ (category of simplicial sets) that makes $\text{sSet}$ Quillen equivalent to the category $ \text{Cat} $ (of small categories) by the adjunction ...
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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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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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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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Cech Cohomology and the Dold-Kan Correspondence

Given a (co/contravariant) functor $F$ from the simplicial category $\Delta$ to an abelian category $A$, we can form its Cech complex (or "alternating face map complex" on the nLab), i.e. ...
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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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'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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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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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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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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Does the homology, homotopy, and geometric realization functors of a simplicial group preserve colimits?

Given a based simplicial group, you can find its reduced homology with coefficients in a field, homotopy, and geometric realization. These are functors. If I have a free product of based simplicial ...
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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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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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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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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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(Co)homology of propositional logic

Sorry if this is a rather vague question, but it seemed like something that might be interesting. Let $P$ be a family of propositions, and let $\mathcal L(P)$ be the set of all compound propositions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...