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Lemma Let $Q$ be a partially ordered set. Then the comparison map $u: \operatorname{N}_{\bullet }(Q) \rightarrow \operatorname{N}_{\bullet }^{\operatorname{hc}}( \operatorname{Path}[Q] )$ satisfies conditions $(1')$, $(2')$, and $(3')$ of Remark

Proof. Assertion $(1')$ is immediate (the morphism $u$ is bijective on vertices by construction). For each $m \geq 0$, the category $\operatorname{Path}[Q]_ m$ can be described concretely as follows:

  • The objects of $\operatorname{Path}[Q]_ m$ are the elements of $Q$.

  • If $x$ and $y$ are elements of $Q$, then a morphism from $x$ to $y$ in $\operatorname{Path}[Q]_ m$ is a chain

    \[ \overrightarrow {J} = (J_0 \supseteq J_1 \supseteq \cdots \supseteq J_ m) \]

    of finite linearly ordered subsets of $Q$, where each $J_ i$ has least element $x$ and greatest element $y$.

Note that a morphism $\overrightarrow {J}$ from $x$ to $y$ is indecomposable (in the sense of Definition if and only if $x < y$ and $J_ m = \{ x,y\} $. Moreover, an arbitrary morphism $\overrightarrow {J}$ from $x$ to $y$ with $J_ m = \{ x = x_0 < x_1 < \cdots < x_ k = y \} $ decomposes uniquely as a composition of indecomposable morphisms

\[ x_0 \xrightarrow { \overrightarrow {J(1)}} x_1 \xrightarrow { \overrightarrow {J(2)}} x_2 \rightarrow \cdots \xrightarrow { \overrightarrow {J(k)}} x_ k \]

where $J(a)_{b} = \{ z \in J_ b: x_{a-1} \leq z \leq x_ a \} $. Applying Proposition, we deduce that the category $\operatorname{Path}[Q]_ m$ is free, which proves $(2')$. To prove $(3')$, we observe that every indecomposable morphism $\overrightarrow {J}$ can be written uniquely in the form $u( \sigma , \overrightarrow {I} )$, where $(\sigma , \overrightarrow {I} )$ is an element of the set $E(S,m)$ of Notation Writing $J_0 = \{ x = x_0 < \cdots < x_ n = y \} $, we see that $\sigma $ must be the nondegenerate $n$-simplex of $\operatorname{N}_{\bullet }(Q)$ given by the map

\[ [n] \rightarrow Q \quad \quad i \mapsto x_ i, \]

and $\overrightarrow {I}$ must be the chain $( \sigma ^{-1}(J_0) \supseteq \sigma ^{-1}(J_{1}) \supseteq \cdots \supseteq \sigma ^{-1}(J_ m) )$ of subsets of $[n]$. $\square$