Cellular cohomology in homotopy type theory

Ulrik Buchholtz, Kuen Bang Hou

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We present a development of cellular cohomology in homotopy type theory. Cohomology associates to each space a sequence of abelian groups capturing part of its structure, and has the advantage over homotopy groups in that these abelian groups of many common spaces are easier to compute. Cellular cohomology is a special kind of cohomology designed for cell complexes: these are built in stages by attaching spheres of progressively higher dimension, and cellular cohomology defines the groups out of the combinatorial description of how spheres are attached. Our main result is that for finite cell complexes, a wide class of cohomology theories (including the ones defined through Eilenberg-MacLane spaces) can be calculated via cellular cohomology. This result was formalized in the Agda proof assistant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalLogical Methods in Computer Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Cellular cohomology
  • Homotopy type theory
  • Mechanized reasoning

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