On the Nielsen-Schreier Theorem in Homotopy Type Theory

by   Andrew W Swan, et al.

We give a formulation of the Nielsen-Schreier theorem (subgroups of free groups are free) in homotopy type theory using the presentation of groups as pointed connected 1-truncated types. We show the special case of finite index subgroups holds constructively and the full theorem follows from the axiom of choice. We give an example of a boolean infinity topos where our formulation of the theorem does not hold and show a stronger "untruncated" version of the theorem is provably false in homotopy type theory.


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