Equalizer . category theory


context $F:(a{\overset{\rightarrow}{\rightarrow}}b)\longrightarrow{\bf C}$
definition $\langle E,\langle Fa\mapsto e,Fb\mapsto e'\rangle\rangle := \mathrm{lim}\,F$

Here $a{\overset{\rightarrow}{\rightarrow}}b$ denotes the two object category with two parallel arrows.

Let $A:=Fa$, $B:=Fb$ and $f$ be one of the fmap images. Then $e:{\bf C}[E,A]$ and the other arrow must be $e\circ f$ and is hence usually ignored.


In ${\bf{Set}}$, if $f,g:A\to B$, then their equalizer is the set

$E=\{a\in A\ |\ f(a)=g(a)\}$

and $e:E\to A$ is the obvious injection.

Remark: In the image, $e=E$ and $i=e$.


nLab: Equalizer

Wikipedia: Equalizer


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