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Operads and algebras. We now present symmetric operads viewed as a generalization of categories where arrows are allowed to have domains of arity n for any n ∈ N. We then deﬁne the notion of P-algebras for a symmetric operad P which are often referred to as the raison d’ˆetre of operads. We deviate here from the common deﬁnition of algebras noting that our deﬁnition encompasses the standard one. We deﬁne an algebra to simply be a morphism between symmetric operads, the diﬀerence being purely syntactic.

2]. Let Θ0 be the terminal category with one object and only the identity morphism. Inductively deﬁne Θn = ΘΘn−1 . Notice that Θ1 is just Δ. One perspective on the objects of Θn is that they are “basic” (strict) ncategories in the same way that objects of Δ are “basic” categories, in the sense that they encode the basic kinds of composites that can take place. Therefore, if we take functors Θop n → SSets and require conditions guaranteeing composition up to homotopy and some kind of completeness, we get models for (∞, n)-categories.

However, in homotopy theory, it has long been common to consider simplicial sets that are a bit weaker than the nerves of groupoids. If we have a simplicial set K such that any map V [m, k] → K extends to a map Δ[m] → K, but this extension is no longer required to be unique, it is called a Kan complex. Such simplicial sets are signiﬁcant in that they are the ﬁbrant objects in the standard model structure on simplicial sets. Therefore, they can be regarded as particular models for ∞-groupoids. Here we return to the inner horn ﬁlling condition and call a simplicial set K an inner Kan complex or quasi-category if it has the above non-unique extension property for 0 < k < m, a notion that was ﬁrst deﬁned by Boardman and Vogt [10].