Descriptive Set Theory is the study of definable subsets of Polish spaces, where definable is taken to mean from the Borel or projective hierarchies. Other topics include infinite games and determinacy, definable equivalence relations and Borel reductions between them, Polish groups, and effective ...

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Natural examples of $\bf\Sigma^0_3$ equivalence relations

I have been reading about Borel equivalence relations and I have noticed that while $\bf\Sigma^0_3$ equivalence relations are mentioned, there is a conspicuous absence of natural examples (other than ...
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Precise interpretability strength of $\mathcal P_{DF}(\omega)$ and $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}$

I am curious about the relationship between the definable power set of $\omega$ and the $\omega_1^{CK}$th level of the constructible sets $L$. In short, $\omega_1^{CK}$ is the least nonrecursive ...
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Can each non-open analytic subgroup of a Polish abelian group be covered by countably many closed Haar null subsets?

By a result of Laczkovich (http://www.ams.org/journals/proc/1998-126-06/S0002-9939-98-04241-5/S0002-9939-98-04241-5.pdf), any non-open analytic subgroup of a Polish locally compact group can be ...
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Is the sumset of two Haar positive closed subsets of a Polish group non-meager?

A famous Steinhaus theorem says that if measurable subsets $A,B$ of a locally compact topological group $G$ have positive Haar measure, then the difference $AA^{-1}$ is a neighborhood of the unit and ...
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Large Cardinal Principles that Imply $\Sigma_3^1$-Generic Absoluteness

It is known that (light-face) $\Sigma_3^1$ generic absoluteness is consistent with $\mathsf{ZFC}$: Friedman and Bagaria showed that it holds in the $\text{Coll}(\omega, < \kappa)$ extension of $V$ ...
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Does there exist an uncountable partition of a Polish space so that the union of any collection of blocks is Borel?

Is it consistent that there exists a partition $P$ of the real number line $\mathbb{R}$ such that $|P|>\aleph_{0}$ but where $\bigcup R$ is Borel whenever $R\subseteq P$? If ...
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Equality of Borel sets

I would like to understand the complexity of "equality of Borel sets". By complexity, I mean the complexity in the sense of Borel reducibility. Of course, since there is no standard Borel space of ...
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A Banach-Tarski game

This is partially inspired by the question http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1383397/cutting-a-banach-tarski-cake, which I find intriguing if unclearly written. A paradoxical family of subsets ...
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Is it possible for a separable metric and a non-separable metric to have the same Borel $\sigma$-algebra?

I hope this is not too basic or obvious a question. Let $d_1$ and $d_2$ be metrics on the same set $X$, with $d_1$ being separable and $d_2$ not being separable. Is it possible that $d_1$ and $d_2$ ...
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Measurable selections of a finite familiy of measures

EDIT. I'm adding a missing hypothesis and a really TL;DR version of the core problem. Warning: This short statement is the strongest form of what I want, hence not as plausible as the original form. ...
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Topological tameness beyond the Gandy-Harrington topology

The Gandy-Harrington topology on $\omega^\omega$ is the topology generated by all lightface $\Sigma^1_1$ sets; that is, all sets which are continuous-in-the-usual-sense images of $\omega^\omega$. ...
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Non meager rectangle

Suppose $G \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ is dense $G_\delta$. Must there (in ZFC) exist non meager sets of reals $A, B$ such that $A \times B \subseteq G$?
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Proof of a soft version of Moschovakis's lemma

The following fact, which I've heard being called "soft version of Moschovakis's lemma" (see top answer here) is the following: Under AD, if there is a surjection $\Bbb R\rightarrow\alpha$, then ...
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Avoiding countable subgroups of general uncountable groups

The following problem is a general form of another problem (motivation is available there). Initially, the problems were posted together, but the first one is solved below, a solution that does not ...
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Just a little absoluteness might be cheaper?

Absoluteness is a wonderful thing, but expensive consistency-strength wise. My question is, when can we get large amounts of absoluteness in specific situations for much cheaper? Specifically, fix a ...
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The Chang model after collapsing an inaccessible limit of Woodins

If $\kappa$ is an inaccessible cardinal and $G \subset \operatorname{Col}(\omega,\mathord{<}\kappa)$ is a $V$-generic filter, then in $V[G]$ the Chang model $L(\text{Ord}^\omega)$ satisfies "every ...
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Is there a $\Sigma^0_3$-complete ideal on $\omega$?

In Kechris's book "Classical Descriputive set theory" Chapter 23 (Exercise 23.4), it claim that there is a $\Sigma^0_\xi$-complete ideal on $\omega$ for each $\xi\geq 3$. There is a candidate ...
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Analytic equivalence relations whose classes are sometimes Borel

There are analytic equivalence relations for which the statement "All classes are Borel" is independent of $ZFC$. In all the examples I know about, the classes are non Borel in $L$ or $L[z]$ for some ...
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Meager subgroups of compact groups

Suppose we have an infinite compact (Hausdorff) group $G$, and a subgroup $H\leq G$ which is meagre. Can $H$ always be covered by a countable family of nowhere dense sets $H_n$ such that $H_n^2$ is ...
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$\text{cov}(\mathcal{M})$ vs. $\mathfrak{b}$ vs. $\mathfrak{s}$

Let me first recall some pretty standard notations: $\text{cov}(\mathcal{M})$ is the covering number of the ideal $\mathcal{M}$ of all meager subsets of $\mathbb{R}$; $\mathfrak{b}$ is the bounding ...
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Continuity of function mapping $\mathcal{P}(\mathcal{P}(X))$ to $\mathcal{P}(X)$ [closed]

Given a topological space $Y$, let $\mathcal{P}(Y)$ be the set of all probability measures on $Y$, endowed with the weak* topology. Let $X$ be a topological space (for convenience, it might be Polish ...
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Assuming AD, is every infinite cardinal closed under power set in a choice model?

Assume AD+DC. Assume $\kappa$ is an infinite cardinal and $N$ is a (set or class) transitive model of ZFC containing $\kappa$. Is it true that for all $\alpha<\kappa$, $N$ thinks that the power ...
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Universally Baire Tree Representation of Projective Sets

In Feng, Magidor, and Woodin "Universally Baire Sets of Reals", they show that if $A$ is a $\mathbf{\Pi}_2^1$ set and $U$ and $V$ are any pair of trees witnessing the universal baireness of $A$, then ...
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Reference for “if the set $A$ is Suslin, then every $\Sigma^1_1(A)$ set is Suslin”

Does anyone know of a reference for one or both of the following facts (in $\mathsf{ZF}$)? If the set of reals $A$ is Suslin, then every $\Sigma^1_1(A)$ set of reals is Suslin. If $T$ is a tree on ...
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Descriptive Complexity of Knot Equivalence

I was reading a little about knots (in a popular math book that wasn't very good) and the book put forth several knot invariants like the Alexander and Jones polynomials. But these are not complete ...
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Illfounded trees as “retract” of all trees

Definitions: Let $\omega^{<\omega}$ be the set of all finite sequences of natural numbers. For $u, v \in \omega^{<\omega}$, let $u \prec v$ denote that $u$ is a prefix of $v$. We call a subset ...
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Characterizing L(R) Cardinals in HOD

We're working in L(R) under AD. We know that $\omega_1$ is the least measurable in HOD, $\Theta$ is the least woodin, $\delta^2_1$ is the least strong to the woodin, etc. My question is about ...
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If $x≤^∗y$ has the $\text{BP}$(in $X^2$) we can say that A is meager?

Let $X$ be a Polish space. Let $(I,<)$ be a wellordered set and $(A_i)_{i∈I}$ a family of sets meager in $X$. Let $A=⋃_{i∈I}A_i$. If consider the relation $x≤^∗y$ defined by: $x,y∈A$ $\wedge$ (the ...
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Fixed Points of the Friedman Stanley Jump

Consider the situation of a pair $(X,E)$, where $X$ is a standard Borel space and $E$ is an invariant equivalence relation on $X$*. The Friedman-Stanley jump of this pair is an equivalence relation ...
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Degree of unsolvability of finding a open approximation to a Borel set, given its Borel code

It is well known that every Borel set has the property of Baire. That is, for every Borel set $B$, there is an open set $U$ and a sequence of dense open sets $D_n$ such that for every $x\in \cap_n ...
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Is every set of small measure contained in an open set of small measure with null boundary?

Let $\lambda( \cdot )$ denote Lebesgue measure on $[0,1]$. Let $(A_n)_{n=1}^\infty$ be a decreasing sequence of Borel subsets of $[0,1]$ such that $\bigcap_{n=1}^\infty A_n = \emptyset$. Given ...
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A property of the Frechet filter and every ultrafilter

(Joint question with Piotr Szewczak.) Definitions and notation. By filter we mean a filter on $\omega$ containing the cofinite sets at least. For a filter $\mathcal{F}$, let ...
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A classic cardinal characteristic of the continuum in disguise?

We believe the answer to the following question, that is relevant to a joint research project with Piotr Szewczak, should be known. We would appreciate any help or pointer. Needed definitions may be ...
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Topological properties of space of Radon measures

Let $M$ denote the space of signed unbounded Radon measures on $\mathbb{R}$ as is defined by Bourbaki, i.e. $M$ is the dual of $C_c$ where $C_c$ is the space of continuous functions on $\mathbb{R}$ ...
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Surjective (strong) reducibility of Borel equivalence relations

Suppose $E$ and $F$ are Borel equivalence relations on Polish spaces $X$, $Y$, resp. Say that $E$ is surjectively Borel reducible to $F$ iff there is a Borel surjection $f:X \to Y$ such that $xEy$ iff ...
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A query on how to climb inaccessibles in £

I am investigating to what extent extensions of the librationist property or set theory £ may support relative inaccessible sets; see Librationist Closures of the Paradoxes and Elements of ...
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Borel cross section

It is known from metric space topology that a closed equivalence relation on a Polish space has either countably many or $\mathfrak{c}$ many equivalence classes. A short elementary proof is given in ...
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Application of Fraïssé construction in set theory

As you know Fraïssé limit construction and its generalization, Hrushovski's construction, have many applications in model theory to build models with interesting property. Now I would like to know ...
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Countable chain condition in $\text{BP}(X)$

Let $\text{BP}(X)$ denote $\sigma$-algebra of subsets of $X$ with the Baire Property BP and $\text{MGR}(X)$ denote the $\sigma$-ideal of meager sets in $X$. Assume $X$ is second countable Baire ...
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Potentiality classes and Borel reductions

In a 1998 paper by Hjorth, Kechris, and Louveau, there was a definition given of a "potentiality class." That is, given an invariant equivalence relation $E$ on a standard Borel space $X$, we say $E$ ...
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Question about of comeager set

If $G\subseteq2^{\mathbb{N}}$ is comeager then exist is a partition $\mathbb{N}=A_0\cup A_1$, $A_0\cap A_1=\emptyset$, and sets $B_i \subseteq A_i$ for $i \in \{0,1\}$, such that for $A \subseteq ...
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A jump operator for Borel equivalence relations

It is well-known that with respect to Borel reducibility the class of Borel equivalence relations on a standard Borel space does not admit a maximal element. We can use the well-known Friedman-Staley ...
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Does a surjective measurable map induce a surjective pushforward operator?

I hope it is OK to post a question that is basically the same as the months old currently unanswered question at math stackexchange Suppose X, Y are Polish spaces (without loss of generality, we may ...
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Defining functions pointwise vs. almost everywhere (w.r.t. uncountably many mutually singular measures)

My question is motivated by a general measure-theoretic problem that one frequently encounters in probability: the need to work with uncountably many mutually singular measures at once, and with ...
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Proving regularity properties from forcing axioms

It's well known that PFA implies projective determinacy. It's also well known that PD implies that all projective sets are Lebesgue measurable, have the Baire property, etc. Is there a direct proof ...
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Limits of determinacy on reals

For $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^\omega$, say that $X$ is determined if the associated game on $\mathbb{R}$ of length $\omega$ (players I and II alternate playing reals, player I wins iff the sequence built ...
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A question regarding sets of Vitali's type in models of $ZF+GCH$ where $L$$\neq$$V$

Consider sets of Vitali's type in models of $ZF+GCH$ where $L$ $\neq$$V$. Are there sets of Vitali's type in both $L$ and $V-L$? If so, is there any way one can distinguish the constructible sets of ...
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Cardinal characteristics without choice

(I'm taking my definition of a cardinal characteristic from Blass' excellent article http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~ablass/need.pdf, which cites Vojtas/Fremlin/Miller; theirs is more general, but I'm ...
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Classify spaces that make extension theorems hold

Recall a Polish space is a completely metrizable separable space. Say a Polish space $Y$ is a terminal space if for any Polish space $X$ and any closed $C \subseteq X$, one can extend a continuous ...
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When can we reach a real by forcing?

I'm sure this is well-known, but: suppose I have a non-constructible real $r\in V-L$. Under what conditions is there a poset $\mathbb{P}\in L$ and a $G$ which is $\mathbb{P}$-generic over $L$, such ...