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Open Diagrams via Coend Calculus (Román, 2020)

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Abstract. Morphisms in a monoidal category are usually interpreted as processes, and graphically depicted as square boxes. In practice, we are faced with the problem of interpreting what non-square boxes ought to represent in terms of the monoidal category and, more importantly, how should they be composed. Examples of this situation include lenses or learners. We propose a description of these non-square boxes, which we call open diagrams, using the monoidal bicategory of profunctors. A graphical coend calculus can then be used to reason about open diagrams and their compositions.

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@inproceedings{openDiagrams,
  author    = {Mario Rom{\'{a}}n},
  editor    = {David I. Spivak and
               Jamie Vicary},
  title     = {Open Diagrams via Coend Calculus},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 3rd Annual International Applied Category Theory
               Conference 2020, {ACT} 2020, Cambridge, USA, 6-10th July 2020},
  series    = {{EPTCS}},
  volume    = {333},
  pages     = {65--78},
  year      = {2020},
  doi       = {10.4204/EPTCS.333.5},
}