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natural equivalence
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equality (definitional , propositional , computational , judgemental , extensional , intensional , decidable )

identity type , equivalence in homotopy type theory

isomorphism , weak equivalence , homotopy equivalence , weak homotopy equivalence , equivalence in an (∞,1)-category

natural equivalence , natural isomorphism

gauge equivalence

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principle of equivalence

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Definition
Often, by a natural equivalence is meant specifically an equivalence in a 2-category of 2-functors .

But more generally it is an equivalence between any kind of functors in higher category theory :

The components of a natural equivalence are equivalences between the objects in the codomain of the functors. This is what the term “natural equivalence” refers to: its a collection of equivalences between objects which are compatible (“natural”) with the morphisms between these objects, and higher morphisms between those.

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Revised on November 20, 2012 21:41:05
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Toby Bartels
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