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    • CommentAuthorJoyDivision
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2018
    • (edited Nov 28th 2018)
    Are there any open problems in category theory which an advanced undergraduate/beginning graduate student could tackle? Of course the results of someone at this level wouldn’t be earth-shattering. But is there anything decent?
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    • CommentAuthorMike Shulman
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2018

    One idea that comes to mind: Geoff Cruttwell and some of his students have had some fun counting the number of categories with some fixed finite number of morphisms, which is in some sense a fairly elementary problem. I expect there are related questions that are still open; you could contact him and ask if he has ideas. For instance, one thing you could do with finite categories is compute their Euler characteristics, and then perhaps do statistical analyses of these too.

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    • CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2018
    • (edited Nov 28th 2018)

    Monoids dominate of course. And of those which aren’t, it looks like disjoint sums of monoids dominate. How about counting minimal representatives of equivalence classes of categories which require at least two objects with no disjoint subcategory?