A graph is *reflexive* if for each vertex $v$ there is a (specified) edge $v \to v$.

A **reflexive quiver** has a specified identity edge $i_X: X \to X$ on each object (vertex) $X$. The free category on a reflexive quiver has the same objects, identity morphisms corresponding to the identity edges, and non-identity morphisms consisting of paths of non-identity edges.

The category of reflexive directed graphs $RefGph$, i.e., reflexive quivers, equipped with the functor $U: RefGph \to Set$ which sends a graph to its set of edges, is monadic over $Set$.

$RefGph$ is the category of functors $R \to Set$ where $R$ is the walking reflexive fork, consisting of two objects $0, 1$ and generated by arrows $i: 0 \to 1$ and $s, t: 1 \to 0$ subject to $s i = 1_0 = t i$ and no other relations. This $R$ is in turn the Cauchy completion of a monoid $M$ consisting of two elements $e_0 = i s, e_1 = i t$ and an identity, with multiplication $e_0 e_0 = e_0 = e_1 e_0$ and $e_1 e_1 = e_1 = e_0 e_1$, and therefore $RefGph$ is equivalent to the category of functors $M \to Set$, i.e., the category of $M$-sets $Set^M$. This is the category of algebras of the monad $M \times -$ whose monad structure is induced from the monoid structure of $M$.

$Cat$ is monadic over $RefGph$ and $RefGph$ is monadic over $Set$ but $Cat$ is not monadic over $Set$; this is a nice example of how the relation ‘being monadic over’ is not transitive.

In dependent type theory, a graph $(A; x:A, y:A \vdash R(x, y))$ is **reflexive** if

- it comes with a family of elements $x:A \vdash \mathrm{refl}_A^R(x):R(x, x)$.
- it comes with a family of functions $\mathrm{idtofam}(x, y):(x =_A y) \to R(x, y)$.

These two definitions are the same. From $\mathrm{refl}_A^R(x)$, we can inductively define $\mathrm{idtofam}(x, y)$ on reflexivity:

$\mathrm{idtofam}(x, x)(\mathrm{refl}_A(x)) \coloneqq \mathrm{refl}_A^R(x)$

From $\mathrm{idtofam}(x, y)$ we define $\mathrm{refl}_A^R(x)$ to be

$\mathrm{refl}_A^R(x) \coloneqq \mathrm{idtofam}(x, x)(\mathrm{refl}_A(x))$

Classifying the closed symmetric monoidal-structures on the category of reflexive graphs:

- Krzysztof Kapulkin, Nathan Kershaw:
*Closed symmetric monoidal structures on the category of graphs*, Theory and Applications of Categories**41**23 (2024) 760-784 [tac:41-23, arXiv:2310.00493]

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