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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2006, Article ID 56786, 9 pages

A simplification functor for coalgebras

Laboratory of Algebra, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, P.O. Box 812, Yaounde, Cameroon

Received 22 July 2005; Revised 21 June 2006; Accepted 5 July 2006

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For an arbitrary-type functor F, the notion of split coalgebras, that is, coalgebras for which the canonical projections onto the simple factor split, generalizes the well-known notion of simple coalgebras. In case F weakly preserves kernels, the passage from a coalgebra to its simple factor is functorial. This is the simplification functor. It is left adjoint to the inclusion of the subcategory of simple coalgebras into the category SetF of F-coalgebras, making it an epireflective one. If a product of split coalgebras exists, then this is split and preserved by the simplification functor. In particular, if a product of simple coalgebras exists, this is simple too.