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### Which complete Boolean algebras arise as the algebras of projections of commutative von Neumann algebras?

Projections in an arbitrary commutative von Neumann algebra form a complete Boolean algebra.
Moreover, a morphism of commutative von Neumann algebras induces
a continuous morphism of the corresponding ...

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### Jonsson Boolean algebras?

Let us say that a mathematical structure of cardinality $\omega_1$ is Jonsson whenever every one of its proper substructures is countable.
There are examples of Jonsson groups due to Shelah or ...

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### Nontrivially nontrivial automorphisms of $P(\omega_1)/fin$

Velickovic proved (Theorem 4.1 of OCA and automorphisms of $\mathcal{P}(\omega)/\mathrm{fin}$) that, assuming OCA and $\rm MA_{\aleph_1}$, every (Boolean algebra) automorphism of ...

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### Existence of a regular subposet which collapses everything except the top cardinal

Suppose $\delta$ is an inaccessible cardinal, and $\mathbb{P}$ is the Levy Collapse $\text{Col}(\kappa, \delta)$ which adds a surjection from $\kappa \to \delta$ (for some regular $\kappa < ...

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### A unique ultrafilter extending a union of filters?

Original Question:
Let $\mathcal{P}(\omega)/fin$ denote the Boolean algebra formed from $\mathcal{P}(\omega)$ by modding out by the ideal $fin$ of finite subsets of $\omega$. As a first pass at the ...

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### Independent families versus generators

I asked this question on M.SE a while ago and got no answers, so I'm asking it here.
Let $\kappa$ be an infinite cardinal. A family $\mathcal{A}\subseteq\mathcal{P}(\kappa)$ is independent if for ...

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### Coproducts of complete Boolean algebras

Does the category of complete Boolean algebras have binary coproducts?
Note that this category does not have countable coproducts. Indeed, the coproduct of countably many copies of the four element ...

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### Generalizations of Boolean posets/lattices

A Boolean lattice has a number of rather nice properties which give it a central role in many parts of combinatorics. For instance, it's a lattice, it can be augmented with a ring structure, it can ...

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### Which Sigma-Ideals in a Sigma-Algebra are Ideals of Null Sets?

My question is motivated, to be somewhat vague, by an attempt to see how much a measure space is defined by the set of null sets. In other words, assume we are not given a concrete measure on a space ...

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### centeredness in forcing iterations

Suppose $A$ is a complete subalgebra of a complete boolean algebra $B$, and $B$ is $\kappa$-centered. Let $G \subset A$ be a generic ultrafilter. Is $B/G$ $\kappa$-centered in $V[G]$?
Naively, we ...

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### On $V$-decisive and weakly homogeneous forcings

Suppose that $\Bbb P$ is a forcing in $V$, we say that $\Bbb P$ is $V$-decisive if whenever $\varphi(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ is a statement in the language of forcing, and $u_1,\ldots,u_n\in V$ then $1_{\Bbb ...

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### Boolean-Valued Models: Why is $\| x=y \| \cdot \| \phi(x) \| \leq \| \phi(y) \|$?

Let $B$ be a complete Boolean algebra. Jech defines a Boolean-valued model $\mathfrak{A}$ of the language of set theory to consist of a Boolean universe $A$ and functions of two variables with values ...

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### Full conditional probabilities and versions of AC?

A probability is a finitely additive measure on a boolean algebra with total measure $1$.
A function $P:\scr B \times (\scr B - \{ 0 \})$ is a full conditional probability on $\scr B$ (for a boolean ...

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### How do I apply the Boolean Prime Ideal Theorem?

I have become aware of an amazing phenomenon from a myriad of questions and answers here on MathOverflow: many of the results that I would typically prove using the Axiom of Choice can actually be ...

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### Examples for “nice” Boolean algebras that are not complete or not atomic

A Boolean algebra may, or may not, be complete (i.e, any set of elements has a sup and an inf) or atomic (i.e., every element is a sup of some set of atoms).
Boolean Algebras that are complete as ...

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### Can models of set theory contain extra ordinals?

In the paper "Complete topoi representing models of set theory" by Blass and Scedrov, they consider a general notion of Boolean-valued model of set theory, and one of the conditions they impose is ...

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### subalgebra of a simple forcing

Let $\alpha > 0$ be any ordinal. Consider the forcing $Add(\omega,\alpha) * Add(\omega_1,1)$. Let $B$ be its boolean completion. Let $\dot{X}$ be the canonical $B$-name for the generic subset of ...

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### Strictly Positive Measures on Countable Boolean Algebras

Let $B$ be a Boolean Algebra.
A strictly positive measure on $B$ is a function $m$ from $B$ to $[0,1]$ such that (i) $m(b)=0$ iff $b=0$, (ii) $m(1)=1$, and (iii) $m(a+b)=m(a)+m(b)$ whenever $a$ and ...

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### Introducing meets while preserving directed closure

A poset $\mathbb{P}$ is called well-met iff every pair of compatible conditions in $\mathbb{P}$ has a greatest lower bound.
Question: Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a separative partial order which is ...

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### An exercise in Jech's Set Theory

I had a hard time trying to solve exercise 7.24 in Jech's book (3rd edition, 2003) and finally came to the conclusion that the result there, which should be proved might be wrong. The claim goes like ...

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### Terminology for relation on sets

Does the following relation between sets have a name or any special properties:
$X\bigcirc Y$ iff $X \cap Y = \emptyset$ or $X\subseteq Y$ or $Y\subseteq X$.
Although this is rather basic, it is ...

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### Is there something like a Heyting Ring?

I would like to know whether a Heyting algebra gives rise to ring in a similar way that a Boolean algebra gives rise to a Boolean ring. In a Boolean algebra $(B,\lor,\land,\lnot,0,1)$ I can define ...

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### Is it possible to define a closure operator in terms of partial ordering?

For boolean algebra, let's take Roman Sikorski's Boolean Algebras as our reference. After giving a set of axioms, he proves (p.9) that the join of A and B is the least element of the algebra such that ...

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### On intermediate transitive models for ZFC between M an M[G]

Let $P$ be a forcing notion. Let $B(P)$ be the boolean completion of $P$ and $i : P \rightarrow B(P)$ be the corresponding dense embedding (in $B(P)^{+}$). Let $G$ be $B(P)$-generic over $M$, the ...

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### completions of regular suborders

Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a regular suborder of the separative partial order $\mathbb{Q}$ (see below for definitions). Must there always exist some complete boolean algebra $\mathbb{B}$ such that:
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### rigidity of $\mathcal P(\omega_1) / NS$ under MA

In Woodin's book, Lemma 5.100 asserts that if $MA_{\omega_1}$ holds and there is an $\omega_2$-saturated ideal $I$ on $\omega_1$, then $\mathcal P(\omega_1)/I$ is a rigid boolean algebra, meaning it ...

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### The dominating number $\mathfrak{d}$ and convergent sequences

All spaces considered below are compact Hausdorff.
If $K$ is a space, then $w(K)$ is its weight. For a Boolean algebra $\mathcal{A}$, $K_\mathcal{A}$ denotes its Stone space. I am interested in ...

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### Counting Copies of a BA within a BA: Arbitrarily Many versus Infinitely Many

Informally, I am wondering if a Boolean algebra $\mathcal{B}$ contains infinitely many disjoint copies of a Boolean algebra $\mathcal{A}$ whenever it contains arbitrarily many disjoint copies of ...

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### Chain conditions in quotients of power sets

Several days ago a friend asked me the following:
We know that in $\mathcal P(\mathbb N)$ we can find a family of size continuum that every [distinct] two intersect in a finite set. Can we do that ...

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### Cohen algebra (generalization)

Let Bor($X$) = class of all borel subsets of $X$. Cohen algebra is defined as Bor(X) modulo the ideal of meager sets.
The Cohen algebra has a combinatorial : it is the unique atomless complete ...

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### Antichains and measure-preserving actions on Boolean algebras

Let $G$ be a group of automorphisms of the countable atomless Boolean algebra $B$. Suppose that every orbit of $G$ on $B$ is an antichain. Does it follow that $G$ preserves a non-zero (probability) ...

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### 0-dimensional locally compact space

What is an example of a 0-dimensional locally compact Hausdorff space X for which the Cech-Stone compactification beta(X) is NOT 0-dimensional?
It is known that if X is a 0-dimensional locally ...

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### Suslin algebras

A Suslin algebra is a generalization of a Suslin tree: it is a ccc, $(\omega,\infty)$-distributive boolean algebra. Jech proved that every Suslin algebra has size at most $2^{\omega_1}$. A proof is ...

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### Quotients of Cantor cubes onto spaces

Let $\lambda$ be an infinite cardinal. Consider the Cantor cube $\Delta_\lambda = \{0,1\}^\lambda$. It is a standard fact in topology that the topological weight (= minimal cardinality for a basis) of ...

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### Comparing cardinalities of the spectrum of two masas in $B(H)$

If I imagine that (the self-adjoint part of) a C*-algebra $A$ represents the algebra of observables of some quantum system, then certain perspectives on algebraic quantum theory would ask me to ...

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### (A kind of) Irreducibiliy of regular open convex sets in the Cartesian space

I am looking for a proof of the fact which is formulated at the bottom of this post. The property of regular convex sets which the fact expresses seems to be true to me, yet I have not been able to ...

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### Product of binary Boolean operators

I asked this question a day ago on math.stackoverflow but figured it could have an interest here.
I'm interested in the set $\mathcal{P}_N$ of boolean functions of boolean variables $p_1, p_2, ...

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### If every contraction on a Boolean algebra has a maximum value, is that Boolean algebra complete?

If $B$ is a Boolean algebra, then a mapping $f:B\rightarrow B$ is said to be contractive (or a contraction) if $f(a)+f(b)\leq a+b$ for each $a,b\in B$ where $a+b=(a\wedge b')\vee(a'\wedge b)$ is the ...

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### Order theory as a foundation of mathematics?

I know the followings kinds of formalization of mathematics:
based on set theory (e.g. ZFC)
based on type theory (e.g. the formalism of Coq proof assistant, as an advanced example)
based on category ...

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### Proving results about complete Boolean algebras in ZFC using Boolean valued models

I want to know what non-trivial ZFC theorems (not consistency results) about complete Boolean algebras (or more generally of partially ordered sets) one can prove using forcing.
I am mainly ...

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### extending $\sigma$-complete boolean homomorphism

I'm not sure if this is research level, so feel free to vote to migrate.
Suppose we have a complete boolean algebra $A$, with a dense, $\sigma$-complete subalgebra $B$, and a $\sigma$-complete ...

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### Cohen algebra and $\mathcal P(\omega)/ \mathrm{fin}$

Let $C$ be the Cohen algebra, the boolean completion of the partial order of finite partial functions from $\omega$ to 2, ordered by reverse inclusion. Does there exist an ideal $I$ on $C$ such that ...

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### Quasi-dense subsets of boolean algebras

Definition: Let $B$ be a boolean algebra. Say $X \subseteq B$ is quasi-dense in $B$ if for all $b \in B$, there is $x \in X \setminus$ { $0,1$ } such that either $x \leq b$ or $b \leq x$.
Question: ...

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### density of boolean algebras

For a boolean algebra B, let d(B) be the least cardinality of a dense subset of B. Let A be a (non-regular) subalgebra of a boolean algebra B. Is it possible that d(A) > d(B)? What if d(B) = ...

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### Continuous Strictly Positive Measures on Countable Boolean Algebras

This is a followup to:
Strictly Positive Measures on Countable Boolean Algebras
Suppose a countable Boolean algebra B is a subalgebra of the power set of the reals. (For example, let B be the ...

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### Uncountable atomless subalgebras of the Boolean algebra of all Jordan measurable sets in [0,1]

Definition: Suppose $\mathcal A$ is
the Boolean algebra of all Jordan measurable sets in $I=[0,1]$ (i.e $\mathcal A=\{A\subseteq I: \mu(\partial(A))=0\}$, where $\mu$ is the Lebesgue measure and ...

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### Categorical properties of metric Boolean algebras

According to Kolmogorov ("Algèbres de Boole métriques complètes", VI Zjazd Matematykòw Polskich, 1948, english translation Phil. Studies, 1995, 77, 57-66), a Boolean algebra $(B, \wedge, \vee,-,1,0)$ ...

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### About a construction of Borel $\sigma$-algebra associated to a lattice

Let $(\mathcal{A}, \cup, \cap)$ a lattice (with minimum and maximum elements $\bot$ and $\top$).
Let $X\subset \mathcal{A}$ a generator set (a set of minimal cardinality that generate $\mathcal{A}$ ...

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### How complete is $\mathcal P(\kappa)/J_{bd}$?

While it is true that $\mathcal P(\kappa)$ is a complete Boolean algebra, it is not necessarily true that $\mathcal P(\kappa)/I$ is complete for an ideal $I$. In particular if we consider $I=J_{bd}$ ...

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### Semilattices in atomless boolean algebras

Let S be a bounded semilattice without maximal elements. Can we always construct an atomless boolean algebra B, containing S as a subsemilattice, such that S is cofinal in B-{1}? That is, for every ...