Maths - Presheaves

A 'presheaf' category is a special case of a functor category (see page here). It is a contravarient functor from a category 'C' to Set.

Since it is contravarient it is usually written:




So we have a functor from a category to the category of sets. This sends objects to sets and arrows to functions in a way that plays well with the objects. In category theory we don't tend to look inside objects but in set theory we look inside sets. S how can we define these morphisms? In order to work with sets it needs to preserve something to do with subsets.

Presheaf Category

presheaf object

In a presheaf category the object is a functor.

presheaf morphism Morphisms are structure preserving maps between these functors.

In the theory of topological space a sheaf is a tool for systematically tracking locally defined data attached to the open sets of a topological space.

Presheaf Examples

Examples - Graph and Simplical Complexes

See page here.

Example - Relational Database

See page here.

Further Information

For a more general introduction to sheaves see the page here.













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The following two videos discuss some of these concepts in a slightly topological way. For instance maps into sets related to fibres.

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