**Proof.**
We first prove the equivalence of (1) and (2). Namely, $f$ is representable by algebraic spaces if and only if $f$ is faithful, see Algebraic Stacks, Lemma 88.15.2. On the other hand, $f$ is faithful if and only if for every object $x$ of $\mathcal{X}$ over a scheme $T$ the functor $f$ induces an injection $\mathit{Isom}_\mathcal {X}(x, x) \to \mathit{Isom}_\mathcal {Y}(f(x), f(x))$, which happens if and only if the kernel $K$ is trivial, which happens if and only if $e : T \to K$ is an isomorphism for every $x : T \to \mathcal{X}$. Since $K = T \times _{x, \mathcal{X}} \mathcal{I}_{\mathcal{X}/\mathcal{Y}}$ as discussed above, this proves the equivalence of (1) and (2). To prove the equivalence of (2) and (3), by the discussion above, it suffices to note that a group stack is trivial if and only if its identity section is an isomorphism. Finally, the equivalence of (3) and (4) follows from the definitions: in the proof of Lemma 95.5.1 we have seen that the kernel in (4) corresponds to the fibre product $T \times _{x, \mathcal{X}} \mathcal{I}_{\mathcal{X}/\mathcal{Y}}$ over $T$.
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