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### Difference between constructive Dedekind and Cauchy reals in computation

If the Axiom of Countable Choice (ACC)
$$ \forall n\in \mathbb{N} . \exists x \in X . \varphi [n, x] \implies \exists f: \mathbb{N} \longrightarrow X . \forall n \in \mathbb{N} . \varphi [n, f(n)] $$
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### Approximate constructive spectral theorem

Let $T: H \rightarrow H$ be a Hermitian operator acting on an $n-$dimensional Hilbert space space $H$ with the spectrum $\lambda_1, ... \lambda_m, m \leq n$. It follows classically that
$$ T = ...

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### Current status of computable spectral theorem and interpretation of quantum mechanics

The spectral theorem states if $A$ is a Hermitian operator acting on an $n-$dimensional Hilbert space space $H$, and $\lambda_1, ... \lambda_m$ are $m \leq n$ distinct eigenvalues of $A$, then
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### Is there a primitive recursive real number which cannot have a primitive recursive expansion?

Using the definitions given below, my question can be restated as
Does there exist a primitive recursive (PR) real $\{s_n\}$ such that for every scale $r \geq 2$ and every PR sequence $a_n$ with ...

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### Constructive compactness for countable models?

The compactness theorem for countable (Tarski?) models is equivalent to the weak König's lemma by a result of H. Friedman and others as noted here, in the context of classical logic. The weak König's ...

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### Compactness in Bishop's constructive mathematics

In Bishop's constructive mathematics, is there any literature on a possible version of the weak König's lemma, or of the compactness theorem for countable models? There is some related information ...

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### Derandomization barriers in complexity theory applicable as barriers to constructive arguments replacing probabilistic method

The probabilistic method as first pioneered by Erdős (although others used this before) shows existence of a certain object while finding that object may take exponential time.
(1) Is there any ...

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### List of proofs where existence through probabilistic method has not been constructivised

Probabilistic method as first pioneered by Erdős (although others used this before) shows existence of a certain object. What are some of the most important objects for which we can show existence but ...

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### How strong is Cantor-Bernstein-Schröder?

There are several questions here on MO about the Cantor-Bernstein-Schröder ((C)BS) theorem, but I could not find answers to what arose to me recently.
Although I don't think I need to recall it here, ...

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### Kripke models of $HA$

Let $K$ be a kripke model and $k$ be one of its node, then $\mathcal{M}_k$ is classical structure of $k$.
What is the strongest theory of arithmetic like $T$ such that for
every kripke model ...

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### Did Bishop, Heyting or Brouwer take partial functions seriously?

The partial μ-recursive functions which may or may not be provably total seem to have some direct relation to the initial motivations for intuitionistic mathematics. (Following Kronecker, one ...

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### Constructive approximation of Lipschitz functions

There are a number of theorems in classical functional analysis about approximation of Lipschitz functions by smooth functions. I was wondering if there are any similar constructive and explicit ...

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### Analogy of $\omega$-models in constructive mathematics

I apologize that this question is a bit vague, however that is partially the point.
In subsystems of second order arithmetic, one considers $\omega$-models, these are models of $\mathsf{RCA}_0$ whose ...

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### Constructive Mathematics and Termination [closed]

In the book "The Universal Turing Machine A Half-Century Survey" there is a paper called "The Confluence of Ideas in 1936" by Robin Gandy. In section 4.2, Gandy writes:
"If one accepts, on whatever ...

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### Brouwer's theorem for the Cauchy reals

Brouwer famously proved, using principles motivated by intuitionistic choice sequences, that every function $\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is continuous. In Sheaves in geometry and logic (section VI.9), ...

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### Grothendieck toposes in (very) weak foundation

There is on the nLab page "Grothendieck topos" a part about the theory of Grothendieck toposes in weak foundation.
It claims that the equivalence for a category between the Giraud's axioms and being ...

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### The formal p-adic numbers

The real numbers can be defined in two ways (well, more than two, but let's stick to these for now): as the Cauchy completion of the metric space $\mathbb{Q}$ with its usual absolute value, or as the ...

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### Does this axiom (a weak form of class valued choice) has a name?

At some point in my work (which has nothing to do with set theoretics foundation) I need to consider the following axiom:
For any set $X$, any class $V$ with a surjective map $f : V ...

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### Detecting positive endomaps of the formal reals

A locale is a sort of "formal topological space", which "may not have enough points to separate its open sets". For instance, there is a "locale of all real numbers that are both rational and ...

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### Elementary treatment of elementary functions in constructive math

I would appreciate a reference to constructive math literature with elementary proofs that elementary functions are locally non-constant (i. e. densely apart from any real in any interval with ...

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### Propositional logic without negation

As part of a bigger project I am researching a propositional logic, without a negation. And I would like to know, whether this already exists, to avoid double work and have proper references.
In this ...

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### Ordinals in constructive mathematics ? (references)

I'm looking for references presenting a constructive treatment of the theory of ordinals. By constructive I mean valid in the internal logic of a topos (so no axiom of choice and no law of excluded ...

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### Model-theoretic accounts of feasibility in bounded arithmetic and related systems

Various weak theories of arithmetic have been partially motivated by a concern with numbers (or functions/proofs) that are feasible. This concern is sometimes connected to an interest in strictly ...

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### A well-founded relation on lists

Let $A$ be a set equipped with a well-founded relation $<$, let $LA$ be the set of finite lists of elements of $A$, and define a relation $\prec$ on $LA$ such that $\ell \prec m$ if $\ell$ is ...

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### In the category of sets epimorphisms are surjective - Constructive Proof?

The statement that surjective maps are epimorphisms in the category of sets can be shown in a constructive way.
What about the inverse?
Is it possible to show that every epimorphism in the category ...

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### What is the status of the extreme value theorem in forms of constructive mathematics, such as Smooth Infinitesimal Analysis?

In certain intuitionistic frameworks the extreme value theorem cannot be proved. Depending on the exact framework, counterexamples can be constructed as well; see for example pp. 294-295 in
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### Formal/rigorous treatment of (im)predicativity/predicativism

There are several places on the web where one may find quite intuitively understandable accounts of (im)predicativity; here on MO I found two questions with very good detailed answers (Predicative ...

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### Is it possible for a theorem to be constructive only in a non-constructive metatheory?

There are several theorems in category-theoretic logic which say something like, "any proposition in X logic that is provable in topos logic assuming (the law of excluded middle and) the axiom of ...

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### Are all functions in Bishop's constructive mathematics continuous?

When I started to write this question I was really confused, but now I think I am starting to get it. Nonetheless I'd like some confirmation that my understanding is correct.
I have read, heard ...

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### Function extensionality: does it make a difference? why would one keep it out of the axioms?

Yesterday I was shocked to discover that function extensionality (the statement that if two functions $f$ and $g$ on the same domain satisfy $f\left(x\right) = g\left(x\right)$ for all $x$ in the ...

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### Wanted: a “Coq for the working mathematician”

Sorry for a possibly off-topic question -- there are four StackExchange subs each of which could be construed as the proper place for this question, and I've just picked the one I'm most familiar ...

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### Bishop's paradox of the countability of sequences

In 'Foundations of Constructive Analysis', in the notes at the end of the first chapter, Bishop poses an apparent paradox as an exercise for the reader:
Since every sequence of rational numbers ...

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### Why is adopting Russell's Axiom of Reducibility as strong as eliminating the Ramified Hierarchy?

In order to respond to concerns of impredicativity, Bertrand Russell developed a system of ramified second-order logic, which is like regular second-order logic except the comprehension schema is ...

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### Constructively correct notion of unique factorization domain

Recall the well-known proof that a unique factorization domain is a GCD domain:
Let $x, y \in R \setminus \{ 0 \}$. Factor $x$ and $y$ into pairwise non-associated irreducible elements: ...

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### Has the Ramified Theory of Types been applied to Predicative Set Theories?

Questions of predicativity are well-studied in the context of arithmetic. We have a base theory, first-order Peano arithmetic. Some people, like Edward Nelson (in chapter 1 of his book) and Charles ...

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### Did Gödel prove that the Ramified Theory of Types collapses at $\omega_1$?

Second-Order Arithmetic is considered impredicative, because the comprehension scheme allows formulas with bound second-order variables that range over all sets of natural numbers, including the set ...

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### Infinite Partitions of the Primes and Sums of Reciprocals (Revised)

I have revised my original post. The questions I asked there were not well-put or even thought through. I don't want to delete, however, since some of the comments may be of interest to other MO ...

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### Is there a notion of “predicative given the real numbers”?

A definition is called impredicative if it involves quantification over a domain that contains the thing being defined. For instance, if you define hereditary property to be a property which applies ...

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### Does the Feferman-Schutte analysis give a precise characterization of Predicative Second-Order Arithmetic?

A definition is called impredicative if it involves quantification over a domain that contains the thing being defined. For instance, if you define hereditary property to be a property which applies ...

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### Illustrating Edward Nelson's Worldview with Nonstandard Models of Arithmetic

Mathematician Edward Nelson is known for his extreme views on the foundations of mathematics, variously described as "ultrafintism" or "strict finitism" (Nelson's preferred term), which came into the ...

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### Barr's theorem and constructivity?

Barr's covering theorem assert that any Gorthendieck topos can be covered by a Grothendieck topos (even a locale) satisfying the axiom of choice (and hence also the law of excluded middle). Its ...

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### reference request : constructive measure theory

As the title said, I would like to know if constructive measure theory has been developed somewhere ?
I am more precisely interested in the (constructive) theory of completely continuous valuation on ...

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### How hard is Heyting satisfiability, i.e. the constructive version of SAT? In particular, is 2-HSAT NL-complete or is it harder?

First of all, is it clear what I mean by $k$-HSAT?
I'm assuming that for $k>2$, $k$-HSAT is NP-complete, but the details of the reductions between $k$-HSAT and $k$-SAT aren't obvious to me.
I'm ...

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### Constructing Metrics for specific Topological Spaces, and Refinements of the Cantor-Space in particular

I have a Problem in general, given some some Topological Space $(X, \tau)$ from which I know it is metrisable, how can I find a metric (that is at best in some sence constructive and easy, at the very ...

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### Strength of Bishop style constructive mathematics vs $\mathsf{RCA}_0$

This question came out of this other MO question of mine. My question is
Is there a formal comparison between $\mathsf{RCA}_0$ and $\mathsf{BISH}$ (Bishop style constructive mathematics as used ...

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### Feasible Type Theories

I am looking for references about efficient type theories,
efficiency in the sense of computational complexity,
and type theory in the sense of Martin-Lof's type theories.
Has there been any studies ...

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### constructive Serre classes

A Serre class (of abelian groups) is a class of abelian groups closed under subgroups, quotients, and extensions. For instance, finitely generated groups and finite groups are both Serre classes.
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### Understanding Troelstra's Uniformity Principle in Constructive Mathematics

I have seen Troelstra's Uniformity Principle stated as:
$\forall x \exists n R(x,n) \rightarrow \exists n \forall x R(x,n)$
where $x$ ranges over $\mathbb{P(N)}$ and $n$ ranges over $\mathbb{N}$.
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### Cardinal Arithmetic, foundations and constructive math

This is not my area but a question occurred to me that I can not find the answer to. There is a very strong axiom of constructibility which ironically gives us highly non-constructive math (GCH is one ...

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### Intuitionistic consistency of surjection from naturals to reals

Is it consistent intuitionistically (in the sense of topos theory) for there to be a surjection from the natural numbers to the (Dedekind, let us say) real numbers? [I've managed to convince myself ...