Mere path-cosplit maps

Content created by Fredrik Bakke.

Created on 2024-06-05.
Last modified on 2024-06-05.

module foundation.mere-path-cosplit-maps where
open import foundation.action-on-identifications-functions
open import foundation.dependent-pair-types
open import foundation.inhabited-types
open import foundation.iterated-dependent-product-types
open import foundation.logical-equivalences
open import foundation.propositional-truncations
open import foundation.truncated-maps
open import foundation.truncation-levels
open import foundation.universe-levels

open import foundation-core.contractible-maps
open import foundation-core.contractible-types
open import foundation-core.equivalences
open import foundation-core.propositions
open import foundation-core.retractions
open import foundation-core.truncated-types


In Homotopy Type Theory, there are multiple nonequivalent ways to state that a map is "injective" that are more or less informed by the homotopy structures of its domain and codomain. A mere path-cosplit map is one such notion, lying somewhere between embeddings and injective maps. In fact, given an integer k ≥ -2, if we understand k-injective map to mean the k+2-dimensional action on identifications has a converse map, then we have proper inclusions

  k-injective maps ⊃ k-path-cosplit maps ⊃ k-truncated maps.

While k-truncatedness answers the question:

At which dimension is the action on higher identifications of a function always an equivalence?

Mere k-path-cosplitting instead answers the question:

At which dimension is the action merely a retract?

Thus a merely -2-path-cosplit map is a map that merely is a retract. A merely k+1-path-cosplit map is a map whose action on identifications is merely k-path-cosplit.

We show that mere k-path-cosplittness coincides with k-truncatedness when the codomain is k-truncated, but more generally mere k-path-cosplitting may only induce mere retracts on higher homotopy groups.


is-mere-path-cosplit :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2}  (A  B)  UU (l1  l2)
is-mere-path-cosplit neg-two-𝕋 f = is-inhabited (retraction f)
is-mere-path-cosplit (succ-𝕋 k) {A} f =
  (x y : A)  is-mere-path-cosplit k (ap f {x} {y})


Being merely path-cosplit is a property

is-prop-is-mere-path-cosplit :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} (f : A  B) 
  is-prop (is-mere-path-cosplit k f)
is-prop-is-mere-path-cosplit neg-two-𝕋 f =
  is-property-is-inhabited (retraction f)
is-prop-is-mere-path-cosplit (succ-𝕋 k) f =
  is-prop-Π  x  is-prop-Π λ y  is-prop-is-mere-path-cosplit k (ap f))

is-mere-path-cosplit-Prop :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2}  (A  B)  Prop (l1  l2)
is-mere-path-cosplit-Prop k f =
  (is-mere-path-cosplit k f , is-prop-is-mere-path-cosplit k f)

If a map is k-truncated then it is merely k-path-cosplit

is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} {f : A  B} 
  is-trunc-map k f  is-mere-path-cosplit k f
is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc neg-two-𝕋 is-trunc-f =
  unit-trunc-Prop (retraction-is-contr-map is-trunc-f)
is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc (succ-𝕋 k) {f = f} is-trunc-f x y =
  is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc k
    ( is-trunc-map-ap-is-trunc-map k f is-trunc-f x y)

If a map is k-path-cosplit then it is merely k+1-path-cosplit

is-mere-path-cosplit-succ-is-mere-path-cosplit :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} {f : A  B} 
  is-mere-path-cosplit k f  is-mere-path-cosplit (succ-𝕋 k) f
  neg-two-𝕋 {f = f} is-cosplit-f x y =
    ( is-mere-path-cosplit-Prop neg-two-𝕋 (ap f))
    ( λ r  unit-trunc-Prop (retraction-ap f r))
    ( is-cosplit-f)
is-mere-path-cosplit-succ-is-mere-path-cosplit (succ-𝕋 k) is-cosplit-f x y =
  is-mere-path-cosplit-succ-is-mere-path-cosplit k (is-cosplit-f x y)

If a type maps into a k-truncted type via a merely k-path-cosplit map then it is k-truncated

is-trunc-domain-is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc-codomain :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} {f : A  B} 
  is-trunc k B  is-mere-path-cosplit k f  is-trunc k A
is-trunc-domain-is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc-codomain neg-two-𝕋
  {A} {B} {f} is-trunc-B =
    ( is-trunc-Prop neg-two-𝕋 A)
    ( λ r  is-trunc-retract-of (f , r) is-trunc-B)
  (succ-𝕋 k) {A} {B} {f} is-trunc-B is-cosplit-f x y =
  is-trunc-domain-is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc-codomain k
    ( is-trunc-B (f x) (f y))
    ( is-cosplit-f x y)

This result generalizes the following statements:

  • A type that injects into a set is a set.

  • A type that embeds into a k+1-truncated type is k+1-truncated.

  • A type that maps into a k-truncated type via a k-truncated map is k-truncated.

If the codomain of a mere k-path-cosplit map is k-truncated then the map is k-truncated

is-trunc-map-is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc-codomain :
  {l1 l2 : Level} (k : 𝕋) {A : UU l1} {B : UU l2} {f : A  B} 
  is-trunc k B  is-mere-path-cosplit k f  is-trunc-map k f
is-trunc-map-is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc-codomain k is-trunc-B is-cosplit-f =
  is-trunc-map-is-trunc-domain-codomain k
    ( is-trunc-domain-is-mere-path-cosplit-is-trunc-codomain k
      ( is-trunc-B)
      ( is-cosplit-f))
    ( is-trunc-B)

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