Antipodes of monoidal decomposition spaces

Louis Carlier, Joachim Kock

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We introduce a notion of antipode for monoidal (complete) decomposition spaces, inducing a notion of weak antipode for their incidence bialgebras. In the connected case, this recovers the usual notion of antipode in Hopf algebras. In the non-connected case, it expresses an inversion principle of more limited scope, but still sufficient to compute the Möbius function as μ = ζ o S, just as in Hopf algebras. At the level of decomposition spaces, the weak antipode takes the form of a formal difference of linear endofunctors Seven-Sodd, and it is a refinement of the general Möbius inversion construction of Gálvez-Kock-Tonks, but exploiting the monoidal structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1850081
JournalCommunications in Contemporary Mathematics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • 2-Segal space
  • antipode
  • Bialgebra
  • decomposition space
  • incidence algebra


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