Maths - Functor Category

functor cat object

In a functor category the object is a functor.

functor cat morphism Morphisms are structure preserving maps between these functors.
Since the objects are all functors from X to Y we can redraw it like this: functor cat

So we can the that these morphisms are really natural transformations (as described on page here).

So a functor category is a category where:

Example of a Functor Category

See presheaves on page here.

Endofunctor Category

In addition to the stucture in the endofunctor we also get structure because endofunctors compose.

This gives a monoidal category where the binary operation is the composition of the endofunctors and the unit is the Id functor.

What are the initial and terminal objects in this category?

Is the teminal object the Id functor? (this thread says no).

Pointed Endofunctor

It is well pointed if:

S σ = σ S


Monoidal Category

The above endofunctor category is a monoidal category.



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