A Combinatorial Approach to Coarse Geometry

Abstract

Using ideas from shape theory we embed the coarse category of metric spaces into the category of direct sequences of simplicial complexes with bonding maps being simplicial. Two direct sequences of simplicial complexes are equivalent if one of them can be transformed to the other by contiguous factorizations of bonding maps and by taking infinite subsequences. That embedding can be realized by either Rips complexes or analogs of Roe’s antiČech approximations of spaces. In that model coarse n-connectedness of K = {K1 → K2 → . . .} means that for each k there is m > k such that the bonding map from Kk to Km induces trivial homomorphisms of all homotopy groups up to and including n. The asymptotic dimension being at most n means that for each k there is m > k such that the bonding map from Kk to Km factors (up to contiguity) through an n-dimensional complex. Property A of G.Yu is equivalent to the condition that for each k and for each > 0 there is m > k such that the bonding map from |Kk| to |Km| has a contiguous approximation g : |Kk| → |Km| which sends simplices of |Kk| to sets of diameter at most . Date: June 8, 2011. 2000 Mathematics Subject Classification. Primary 54F45; Secondary 55M10.

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@inproceedings{Cencelj2011ACA, title={A Combinatorial Approach to Coarse Geometry}, author={Matija Cencelj}, year={2011} }