# nLab definable groupoid

model theory

## Dimension, ranks, forking

• forking and dividing?

• Morley rank?

• Shelah 2-rank?

• Lascar U-rank?

• Vapnik–Chervonenkis dimension?

# Contents

## Idea

In a model $M$ of a first-order theory $T$ a definable set $G$ might have additional algebraic stucture (e.g. that of a group, ring, groupoid, category, etc.) also given by definable functions and predicates. Since this set with extra structure is given by some collection of formulas in the language of $T$, it is interpreted in every model of $T$, and is hence an invariant of the syntactic category (walking model) $\mathbf{Def}(T)$ of $T$.

## Definition

To make this precise:

• A definable group is just a group object in $\mathbf{Def}(T)$.
• A definable groupoid is just a groupoid object, i.e. an internal groupoid in $\mathbf{Def}(T)$.
• A definable ring is just a semigroup object in the category of abelian group objects of $\mathbf{Def}(T)$.
• A definable category is just a category object, i.e. an internal category in $\mathbf{Def}(T)$.

Since groups, groupoids, rings, and categories can be given by algebraic theories, a definition (modulo having EI) of one of these in $T$ is just an interpretation of one of those theories in $T$ is just a logical functor from the walking models of one of these to $\mathbf{Def}(T)$.

### Remarks

• Evaluating the unit of the Makkai duality adjunction at $T$ yields $\mathbf{Def}(T) \simeq \operatorname{Hom}_{\mathbf{Ult}}(\mathbf{Mod}(T), \mathbf{Set})$ the category of ultrafunctors? from the category of models (logical functors $\mathbf{Def}(T) \to \mathbf{Set}$) to $\mathbf{Set}$ viewed as ultracategories, so that one may identify a definable set (and definable sets with extra definable structure on them) $X \in \mathbf{Def}(T)$ with a functor of points $M \mapsto X(M)$ on the category of models.

• The fact that the external axiom of choice (all epimorphisms split) holds in $\mathbf{Set}$ if and only if every fully faithful essentially surjective functor between small categories is a true equivalence of categories can be word-for-word internalized to $\mathbf{Def}(T)$. This means: if the theory has two constants, then $T$ has definable Skolem functions if and only if every fully faithful essentially surjective definable functor between definable categories admits a pseudoinverse?.

• With a suitable amount of choice (definable Skolem functions, for example) Freyd’s general adjoint functor theorem also carries over word-for-word to the setting of internal categories in $\mathbf{Def}(T)$.

• In particular, there is much studied case of definable groups, cf. e.g. (Peterzil-Pillay)

## Properties

###### Theorem

There is a bijective correspondence between internal imaginary sorts of $T$ and definable concrete groupoids with a single isomorphism class, up to bi-interpretability over $T$ for the internal imaginary sorts and Hrushovski-equivalence for the definable concrete groupoids.

This is (Hrushovski 2006, Th.3.2).

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