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category_theory.single_obj

Single-object category

Single object category with a given monoid of endomorphisms. It is defined to facilitate transfering some definitions and lemmas (e.g., conjugacy etc.) from category theory to monoids and groups.

Main definitions

Given a type α with a monoid structure, single_obj α is unit type with category structure such that End (single_obj α).star is the monoid α. This can be extended to a functor Mon ⥤ Cat.

If α is a group, then single_obj α is a groupoid.

An element x : α can be reinterpreted as an element of End (single_obj.star α) using single_obj.to_End.

Implementation notes

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def category_theory.single_obj  :
Type u → Type

Type tag on unit used to define single-object categories and groupoids.

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One and flip (*) become id and comp for morphisms of the single object category.

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Monoid laws become category laws for the single object category.

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Groupoid structure on single_obj α.

See https://stacks.math.columbia.edu/tag/0019.

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The single object in single_obj α.

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The endomorphisms monoid of the only object in single_obj α is equivalent to the original monoid α.

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There is a 1-1 correspondence between monoid homomorphisms α → β and functors between the corresponding single-object categories. It means that single_obj is a fully faithful functor.

See https://stacks.math.columbia.edu/tag/001F -- although we do not characterize when the functor is full or faithful.

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theorem category_theory.single_obj.map_hom_comp {α : Type u} {β : Type v} [monoid α] [monoid β] (f : α →* β) {γ : Type w} [monoid γ] (g : β →* γ) :

def monoid_hom.to_functor {α : Type u} {β : Type v} [monoid α] [monoid β] :

Reinterpret a monoid homomorphism f : α → β as a functor (single_obj α) ⥤ (single_obj β). See also category_theory.single_obj.map_hom for an equivalence between these types.

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theorem monoid_hom.comp_to_functor {α : Type u} {β : Type v} [monoid α] [monoid β] (f : α →* β) {γ : Type w} [monoid γ] (g : β →* γ) :

The units in a monoid are (multiplicatively) equivalent to the automorphisms of star when we think of the monoid as a single-object category.

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theorem units.to_Aut_hom (α : Type u) [monoid α] (x : units α) :

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theorem units.to_Aut_inv (α : Type u) [monoid α] (x : units α) :

The fully faithful functor from Mon to Cat.

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