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2005 Extensions of racks and quandles
Nicholas Jackson
Homology Homotopy Appl. 7(1): 151-167 (2005).


A rack is a set equipped with a bijective, self-right-distributive binary operation, and a quandle is a rack which satisfies anidempotency condition.

In this paper, we introduce a new definition of modules over a rack or quandle, and show that this definition includes the one studied by Etingof and Graña [9] and the more general one given by Andruskiewitsch and Graña [1]. We further show that this definition coincides with the appropriate specialisation of the definition developed by Beck [3], and hence that these objects form a suitable category of coefficient objects in which to develop homology and cohomology theories for racks and quandles.

We then develop an Abelian extension theory for racks and quandles which contains the variants developed by Carter, Elhamdadi, Kamada and Saito [6, 7] as special cases.


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Nicholas Jackson. "Extensions of racks and quandles." Homology Homotopy Appl. 7 (1) 151 - 167, 2005.


Published: 2005
First available in Project Euclid: 13 February 2006

zbMATH: 1077.18010
MathSciNet: MR2155522

Primary: 18G15
Secondary: 18E10

Rights: Copyright © 2005 International Press of Boston


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