factorization system over a subcategory



A factorization system over a subcategory is a common generalization of an orthogonal factorization system and a strict factorization system, in which factorizations are only unique up to zigzags belonging to some specified subcategory.


Let CC be a subcategory, and let JJ, EE, and MM be wide subcategories of CC with JEJ\subseteq E and JMJ\subseteq M. Given a morphism f:xyf\colon x\to y in CC, let Fact J E,M(f)Fact^{E,M}_J(f) denote the non-full subcategory of the over-under-category (double comma category) (x/C/y)(x/C/y):

  • whose objects are pairs xzyx\to z \to y such that xzx\to z is in EE, zyz\to y is in MM, and the composite xyx\to y is ff;
  • whose morphisms from xzyx\to z \to y to xzyx\to z' \to y are morphisms zzz\to z' which are in JJ and make the two evident triangles commute.

We say that (E,M)(E,M) is a factorization system over JJ if Fact J E,M(f)Fact^{E,M}_J(f) is connected (and thus, in particular, inhabited).


Relation to distributive laws

Suppose given a category JJ. Then to give a category CC equipped with an identity-on-objects functor JCJ\to C and a factorization system over JJ is the same as to give a distributive law between two monads on JJ in the bicategory Prof. The two monads are the categories EE and MM, and their composite is CC.


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