# Pasting presentations for
-categories

Chapter 2 of my Ph.D. thesis
``On combinatorial models for higher dimensional homotopies'',
1995, xxii+163+XV pp.
### Abstract:

The pasting theorem showed that pasting schemes are useful in studying
free -categories.
It was thought that their inflexibility with respect to composition and
identities prohibited wider use. This is not the case: there is a way of
dealing with identities which makes it possible to describe
-categories
in terms of generating pasting schemes and relations between generated
pastings, i.e., with pasting presentations. In this chapter I develop
the necessary machinery for this. The main result, that the
-category generated
by a pasting presentation is universal with respect to respectable families
of realizations, is a generalization of the pasting theorem.
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Sjoerd E. Crans

Mathematical Institute

Utrecht University

Utrecht

The Netherlands