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The Mardesic factorization theorem for extension theory and c-separation

Authors: Michael Levin, Leonard R. Rubin and Philip J. Schapiro
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 128 (2000), 3099-3106
MSC (1991): Primary 54F45, 55M10
Published electronically: April 28, 2000
MathSciNet review: 1664406
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Abstract: We shall prove a type of Mardesic factorization theorem for extension theory over an arbitrary stratum of CW-complexes in the class of arbitrary compact Hausdorff spaces. Our result provides that the space through which the factorization occurs will have the same strong countability property (e.g., strong countable dimension) as the original one had. Taking into consideration the class of compact Hausdorff spaces, this result extends all previous ones of its type. Our factorization theorem will simultaneously include factorization for weak infinite-dimensionality and for Property C, that is, for C-spaces.

A corollary to our result will be that for any weight $\alpha $and any finitely homotopy dominated CW-complex $K$, there exists a Hausdorff compactum $X$ with weight $wX\leq \alpha $ and which is universal for the property $X\tau K$ and weight $\leq \alpha $. The condition $X\tau K$ means that for every closed subset $A$ of $X$ and every map $f:A\rightarrow K$, there exists a map $F:X\rightarrow K$which is an extension of $f$. The universality means that for every compact Hausdorff space $Y$ whose weight is $\leq \alpha $ and for which $Y\tau K$ is true, there is an embedding of $Y$ into $X$.

We shall show, on the other hand, that there exists a CW-complex $S$ which is not finitely homotopy dominated but which has the property that for each weight $\alpha $, there exists a Hausdorff compactum which is universal for the property $X\tau S$ and weight $\leq \alpha $.

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Michael Levin
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Address at time of publication: Department of Mathematics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409

Leonard R. Rubin
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, The University of Oklahoma, 601 Elm Avenue, Room 423, Norman, Oklahoma 73019

Philip J. Schapiro
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma 73050

PII: S 0002-9939(00)05353-3
Keywords: Cohomological dimension, covering dimension, extension theory, inverse sequences, inverse systems, inverse limits, compactification, Marde\v{s}i\'{c} factorization, weight, universal compactum, homotopy domination, C-space, weak infinite-dimension, strong countable-dimension
Received by editor(s): March 19, 1998
Received by editor(s) in revised form: November 13, 1998
Published electronically: April 28, 2000
Additional Notes: A portion of this work was completed while the first-named author was a J. Clarence Karcher Visitor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma.
Communicated by: Alan Dow
Article copyright: © Copyright 2000 American Mathematical Society

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