homotopy level

**natural deduction** metalanguage, practical foundations

**type theory** (dependent, intensional, observational type theory, homotopy type theory)

**computational trinitarianism** = **propositions as types** +**programs as proofs** +**relation type theory/category theory**

The term **homotopy level** (or **h-level**), originating in homotopy type theory, is another name for the notion of truncation (particularly in (∞,1)-categories and their internal language of homotopy type theory) in which the numbering is offset by 2:

a homotopy n-type is a type of homotopy level $n+2$.

This offset in counting enables it to “start” at 0 rather than (-2), which is convenient when defining it by induction over the natural numbers in type theory. Thus, the correspondence between the various terminologies is indicated in the following table.

homotopy level | n-truncation | homotopy theory | higher category theory | higher topos theory | homotopy type theory |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

h-level 0 | (-2)-truncated | contractible space | (-2)-groupoid | true/unit type/contractible type | |

h-level 1 | (-1)-truncated | (-1)-groupoid/truth value | mere proposition, h-proposition | ||

h-level 2 | 0-truncated | discrete space | 0-groupoid/set | sheaf | h-set |

h-level 3 | 1-truncated | homotopy 1-type | 1-groupoid/groupoid | (2,1)-sheaf/stack | h-groupoid |

h-level 4 | 2-truncated | homotopy 2-type | 2-groupoid | h-2-groupoid | |

h-level 5 | 3-truncated | homotopy 3-type | 3-groupoid | h-3-groupoid | |

h-level $n+2$ | $n$-truncated | homotopy n-type | n-groupoid | h-$n$-groupoid | |

h-level $\infty$ | untruncated | homotopy type | ∞-groupoid | (∞,1)-sheaf/∞-stack | h-$\infty$-groupoid |

Revised on March 9, 2014 23:28:22
by Urs Schreiber
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