In mathematics, more specifically category theory, a quasicategory (also called quasicategory, weak Kan complex, inner Kan complex, infinity category, ∞category, Boardman complex, quategory) is a generalization of the notion of a category. The study of such generalizations is known as higher category theory.
Quasicategories were introduced by Boardman & Vogt (1973). André Joyal has much advanced the study of quasicategories showing that most of the usual basic category theory and some of the advanced notions and theorems have their analogues for quasicategories. An elaborate treatise of the theory of quasicategories has been expounded by Jacob Lurie (2009).
Quasicategories are certain simplicial sets. Like ordinary categories, they contain objects (the 0simplices of the simplicial set) and morphisms between these objects (1simplices). But unlike categories, the composition of two morphisms need not be uniquely defined. All the morphisms that can serve as composition of two given morphisms are related to each other by higher order invertible morphisms (2simplices thought of as "homotopies"). These higher order morphisms can also be composed, but again the composition is welldefined only up to still higher order invertible morphisms, etc.
The idea of higher category theory (at least, higher category theory when higher morphisms are invertible) is that, as opposed to the standard notion of a category, there should be a mapping space (rather than a mapping set) between two objects. This suggests that a higher category should simply be a topologically enriched category. The model of quasicategories is, however, better suited to applications than that of topologically enriched categories, though it has been proved by Lurie that the two have natural model structures that are Quillen equivalent.
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Definition
By definition, a quasicategory C is a simplicial set satisfying the inner Kan conditions (also called weak Kan condition): every inner horn in C, namely a map of simplicial sets where , has a filler, that is, an extension to a map . (See Kan fibration#Definitions for a definition of the simplicial sets and .)
The idea is that 2simplices are supposed to represent commutative triangles (at least up to homotopy). A map represents a composable pair. Thus, in a quasicategory, one cannot define a composition law on morphisms, since one can choose many ways to compose maps.
One consequence of the definition is that is a trivial Kan fibration. In other words, while the composition law is not uniquely defined, it is unique up to a contractible choice.
The homotopy category
Given a quasicategory C, one can associate to it an ordinary category hC, called the homotopy category of C. The homotopy category has as objects the vertices of C. The morphisms are given by homotopy classes of edges between vertices. Composition is given using the horn filler condition for n = 2.
For a general simplicial set there is a functor from sSet to Cat, known as the fundamental category functor, and for a quasicategory C the fundamental category is the same as the homotopy category, i.e. .
Examples
 The nerve of a category is a quasicategory with the extra property that the filling of any inner horn is unique. Conversely a quasicategory such that any inner horn has a unique filling is isomorphic to the nerve of some category. The homotopy category of the nerve of C is isomorphic to C.
 Given a topological space X, one can define its singular set S(X), also known as the fundamental ∞groupoid of X. S(X) is a quasicategory in which every morphism is invertible. The homotopy category of S(X) is the fundamental groupoid of X.
 More general than the previous example, every Kan complex is an example of a quasicategory. In a Kan complex all maps from all horns—not just inner ones—can be filled, which again has the consequence that all morphisms in a Kan complex are invertible. Kan complexes are thus analogues to groupoids  the nerve of a category is a Kan complex iff the category is a groupoid.
Variants
 An (∞, 1)category is a notnecessarilyquasicategory ∞category in which all nmorphisms for n > 1 are equivalences. There are several models of (∞, 1)categories, including Segal category, simplicially enriched category, topological category, complete Segal space. A quasicategory is also an (∞, 1)category.
 Model structure There is a model structure on sSetcategories that presents the (∞,1)category (∞,1)Cat.
 Homotopy Kan extension The notion of homotopy Kan extension and hence in particular that of homotopy limit and homotopy colimit has a direct formulation in terms of Kancomplexenriched categories. See homotopy Kan extension for more.
 Presentation of (∞,1)topos theory All of (∞,1)topos theory can be modeled in terms of sSetcategories. (ToënVezzosi). There is a notion of sSetsite C that models the notion of (∞,1)site and a model structure on sSetenriched presheaves on sSetsites that is a presentation for the ∞stack (∞,1)toposes on C.
See also
References
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