module Cat.Displayed.Total.Free
  {o  o′ ℓ′} {B : Precategory o }
  (E : Displayed B o′ ℓ′) where

Free objects in total categories🔗

When the total category of a displayed category EB\mathcal{E} \mathrel{\htmlClass{liesover}{\hspace{1.366em}}} \mathcal{B} is being regarded as a category of structured B\mathcal{B}-objects, a natural question to consider is whether any object x:Bx : \mathcal{B} can be equipped with a free E\mathcal{E} structure — in the sense of having a left adjoint to the projection functor πf:EB\pi^f : \int\mathcal{E} \to \mathcal{B}.

The displayed formulation admits a particularly nice phrasing of the condition for “having free objects”. To wit: a system of free objects for a displayed category E\mathcal{E} is a section FF of the displayed object space — a function assigning objects F(x):ExF(x) : \mathcal{E}^*x to objects x:Bx : \mathcal{B} — having the property that these are “initial” among displayed maps:

  _ (system :  x  E.Ob[ x ])
    (is-free :  {x y} (f : B.Hom x y) (y′ : E.Ob[ y ])
              is-contr (E.Hom[ f ] (system x) y′))

For any base morphism xfy:Bx \xrightarrow{f} y : \mathcal{B} and displayed object yyy' \mathrel{\htmlClass{liesover}{\hspace{1.366em}}} y, there must be a contractible space of morphisms F(x)fyF(x) \to_{f} y' over ff. The elegance of this definition speaks to the strength of the displayed framework for considering structured categories: It is a much shorter, and much more ergonomic, rephrasing of the condition that all comma categories xπfx \downarrow \pi^f have initial objects.

    universal :  x  Universal-morphism x (πᶠ E)
    universal x .bot = record { y = x , system x ; map = }
    universal x .has⊥ m′ = contr the-map unique where
      the-map : Precategory.Hom (x  πᶠ E) (universal x .bot) m′
      the-map .α = tt
      the-map .β = total-hom (m′ .map) (is-free (m′ .map) (y m′ .snd) .centre)
      the-map .sq = refl

      unique :  x  the-map  x
      unique h = ↓Hom-path _ _ refl $
        total-hom-path E (B.intror refl ·· h .sq ·· B.elimr refl)
          (is-prop→pathp  i  is-contr→is-prop (is-free _ _)) _ _)

Since a system of free objects gives a system of universal morphisms, we have a left adjoint to the projection functor.

  Free : Functor B ( E)
  Free = universal-maps→L (πᶠ E) universal

  Free⊣πᶠ : Free  πᶠ E
  Free⊣πᶠ = universal-maps→L⊣R (πᶠ E) universal

Even though the Free functor is produced by general abstract nonsense, it admits an elementary description, which agrees with the one above definitionally on objects, and differs on morphisms by an extra identity map on the left.

    Free′ : Functor B ( E)
    Free′ .F₀ o = o , system o
    Free′ .F₁ h = total-hom h (is-free _ _ .centre)
    Free′ .F-id = total-hom-path E refl (is-free _ _ .paths _)
    Free′ .F-∘ f g = total-hom-path E refl (is-free _ _ .paths _)

    Free≡Free′ : Free  Free′
    Free≡Free′ = Functor-path  _  refl) λ f  total-hom-path E (B.idl _) λ i 
      is-free (B.idl f i) (system _) .centre