On Finitary Functors

Jiri Adamek, Stefan Milius, Lurdes Sousa and Thorsten Wissmann

A simple criterion for a functor to be finitary is presented: we call F finitely bounded if for all objects X every finitely generated subobject of FX factorizes through the F-image of a finitely generated subobject of X. This is equivalent to F being finitary for all functors between `reasonable' locally finitely presentable categories, provided that F preserves monomorphisms. We also discuss the question when that last assumption can be dropped. The answer is affirmative for functors between categories such as Set, K-Vec (vector spaces), boolean algebras, and actions of any finite group either on Set or on K-Vec for fields K of characteristic 0.

All this generalizes to locally $\lambda$-presentable categories, $\lambda$-accessible functors and $\lambda$-presentable algebras. As an application we obtain an easy proof that the Hausdorff functor on the category of complete metric spaces is $\aleph_1$-accessible.

Keywords: Finitely presentable object, finitely generatd object, (strictly) locally finitely presentable category, finitary functor, finitely bounded functor

2010 MSC: 18C35, 18A30, 08C05

Theory and Applications of Categories, Vol. 34, 2019, No. 35, pp 1134-1164.

Published 2019-10-25.


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