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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nilpotent of class 2 free product

How is the nilpotent of class 2 (nil-2) free product of groups defined? I came across this construction reading the following paper. Alan H. Mekler (1981). Stability of nilpotent groups of class 2 ...
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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 ...
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At what level of the analytic hierarchy do Cohen reals lie?

In his doctoral thesis titled "Three models of ordinal computability", Benjamin Seyfferth proved the following theorems: i) A set $\mathtt A$ of reals is Ordinal Turing Machine-enumerable if and only ...
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Space of Borel measurable maps

That's a question from MSE (here) that did not receive any answer for some days. I migrate it to MO. Let $X$ and $Y$ be two standard Borel spaces and consider the set $M(X,Y)$ of measurable maps $f: ...
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Can (how) one distinguish germs of continuous functions by a countable set of params?

Continuous functions can be distinguished by their values at say rational points of [0 1]. Germs of analytic functions can be distinguished by derivatives at a point. So in both cases we see ...
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The continuum hypothesis for packing shapes without overlapping

Consider the finite cross $C$ (=union of line segments $\overline{(0, -1)(0, 1)}$ and $\overline{(-1, 0)(1, 0)}$) and the unit half-circle $H$. It is easy to see that we may pack continuum-many ...
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Is $\mathbb{Z}^{\omega}$ ever the union of a chain of proper subgroups each isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}^{\omega}$?

Recall that the covering number $cov(B)$ is the least cardinal $\kappa$ such that $\kappa$ meagre sets cover the real line. Andreas Blass and John Irwin http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~ablass/bb.pdf ...
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cardinality of perfect sets in generalized Baire space

I've been unable to find an answer to the following question in the literature on generalized descriptive set theory. Consider Baire space $\kappa^{\kappa}$ where $\kappa$ is inaccessible. The basic ...
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Measure on hyperspace of compact subsets

For a Polish space $X$, let $K(X)$ be the set of compact subsets of $X$. Given the topology with basis $\{K\in K(X):K\subset U_0, K\cap U_1\neq\emptyset,\ldots,K\cap U_n\neq\emptyset\}$ for open sets ...
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Three old questions on the Sacks forcing

I came across the two following Qs in 1970. Find reals $a,b$ such that $a$ is Sacks over $L[b]$ and vice versa $b$ is Sacks over $L[a]$. Note that a Sacks $\times$ Sacks generic pair definitely does ...
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The (global) theory of Borel equivalence relations

What do we know about the complexity of the theory of Borel equivalence relations, with the Borel reducibility order $\leq_B$? That is, let $\mathcal{B}$ be the set of all Borel equivalence ...
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Uniformization/measurable selection theorems

Let $X,Y$ be measurable spaces and $F\subseteq X\times Y$. We say that $f:X\to Y$ is a uniformization map for $F$ if $(x,f(x))\in F$ for each $x\in \pi_X(F)$ where $\pi_X$ is the left projection map. ...
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Inverse of a Borel surjection

Let $X$ and $Y$ be standard Borel spaces, and let $f:X\to Y$ be a surjective Borel map. Does there exist a Borel inverse of $f$, that is a Borel map $g:Y\to X$ such that $f\circ g = \mathrm{id}_Y$. ...
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Can we define an “empirically generic” real number?

Summary: My question, in a nutshell, is how we should intuitively imagine a generic real number (as opposed to a random one), and whether we can construct numbers which empirically behave like generic ...
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Quotients of standard Borel spaces

Let $X$ and $Y$ be standard Borel spaces: topological spaces homeomorphic to Borel subsets of complete metric spaces. Given a surjective Borel map $f:X\to Y$, we get an equivalence relation ...
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Analytic enlargement of an analytic set

Let $X,Y$ be Borel spaces and $A\subseteq X\times Y$ be an analytic set. Let $\pi:X\times Y \to X$ denote the projection map onto $X$. Does there always exist a set $B$ such that $\pi(B) = X\setminus ...
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Countable model theory for $\omega$-stable theories?

This is a bit of a fishing expedition, because I'm not sure what I'm looking for. Very vaguely stated, here's the driving question: What conditions on an $\omega$-stable theory make the class of ...
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Measure Preserving Transformation Induced by a $*$-automorphism on $L^\infty(X,\mu)$

The following excerpt is from Connes' Noncommutative Geometry Let $(X, \mathcal{B}, \mu)$ be a standard Borel space equipped with a probability measure $\mu$, and let $\ T$ be a Borel ...
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Does Turing determinacy imply full determinacy?

The axiom of Turing determinacy is a weakening of the full axiom of determinacy, $AD$, in which only games with payoff sets which are $\equiv_T$-invariant are demanded to be determined. In "Turing ...
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When is $A$ “$L$-ish” whenever $B$ is “$L$-ish”?

My question is about a kind of relative constructibility in set theory. Fix a countable transitive model $W\models ZFC$ which is much bigger than $L^W$. There is a natural way within $W$ to compare ...