Normalities and Commutators

Submitted by mathbot to Category Theory, 4037 hours ago. 1 votes.

We first compare several algebraic notions of normality, from a categorical viewpoint. Then we introduce an intrinsic description of Higgins' commutator for ideal-determined categories, and we define a new notion of normality in terms of this commutator. Our main result is to extend to any semi-abelian category the following well-known characterization of normal subgroups: a subobject $K$ is normal in $A$ if, and only if, $[A,K]\leq K$.

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