Homology, Homotopy and Applications
Volume 22 (2020)
Euler characteristics of finite homotopy colimits
Pages: 259 – 264
In this note, we provide a calculation of the Euler characteristic of a finite homotopy colimit of finite cell complexes, which depends only on the Euler characteristics of each space and resembles Mobius inversion. Versions of the result are known when the colimit is indexed by categories with various finiteness conditions, but the behavior is more uniform when we index by a finite quasicategory instead. The formula simultaneously generalizes the additive formula for Euler characteristic of a homotopy pushout and the multiplicative formula for Euler characteristic of a fiber bundle.
Euler characteristic, quasicategory, Mobius function
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
Copyright © 2020, John D. Berman. Permission to copy for private use granted.
The author was supported by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship under grant 1803089.
Received 5 September 2019
Received revised 19 September 2019
Accepted 1 October 2019
Published 6 May 2020