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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Is the equivalence between a $\Sigma^0_1$ and a $\Pi^0_1$ formula defining the same recursive set provable in a sufficiently strong arithmetic ?

Let $A$ be a recursive set. $A$ is recursively enumerable, so $A$ may be defined by a $\Sigma^0_1$ formula, i.e. by $\exists \overrightarrow{a} \phi (\overrightarrow{a}, n)$, where $\phi$ contains no ...
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From universal measurability to measurability

Let $(\Omega,\Sigma)$ be a measurable space and $K$ be a compact metrizable space endowed with its Borel $\sigma$-algebra $\mathcal{B}(K)$. Let $A\subseteq\Omega\times K$ be universally ...
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Restrictions of null/meager ideal

Let I denote the null (resp. meager) ideal on reals. Is it consistent that for any pair of non null (resp. meager) sets A and B, there is a null (resp. meager) preserving bijection between A and B? In ...
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How long can it take to generate a $\sigma$-algebra?

I want to know if there is a $\sigma$-algebra such that for every countable ordinal $\alpha$ the $\sigma$-algebra can be generated in more than $\alpha$ steps but less than $\omega_{1}$ steps. Given ...
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Borel ideals on $\omega$ are meager?

Let $\mathcal{I}$ be a proper ideal on $\omega$. If $\mathcal{I}$ is Borel as a subset of $2^\omega$, does it follow that $\mathcal{I}$ is meager? Edit: What if $\mathcal{I}$ contains all finite ...
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Basis theorem (due to Solovay?)

I'm finishingg up my bibliography and I'm looking for a reference for the statement that, working in $L(\R)$, the $\Delta^2_1$ sets form a basis for the $\Sigma^2_1$ predicates. I believe that it is ...
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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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Obtaining conditional probabilities as pushforwards of [0,1]

It is standard that every Borel probability measure on a polish space $X$ can be obtained as pushforward of the uniform measure $\lambda$ on $[0,1]$ along an almost-everywhere-defined Borel-measurable ...
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Image of L^1 under the Fourier Transform

The Fourier Transform $\mathcal{F}:L^1(\mathbb{R})\to C_0(\mathbb{R})$ is an injective, bounded linear map that isn't onto. It is known (if I remember correctly) that the range isn't closed, but is ...
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Godel on recursion-theoretic hierarchies

At the end of his excellent article, "The Emergence of Descriptive Set Theory" (http://math.bu.edu/people/aki/2.pdf), Kanamori writes: "Another mathematical eternal return: Toward the end of his ...
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Product of Baire sigma-algebras

Suppose that $X$ is a Polish space and $\mathcal{E}$ is the $\sigma $-algebra of subsets of $X$ with the property of Baire. Consider the product $\sigma $-algebra $\mathcal{E}\otimes \mathcal{E}$ on ...
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Models of Determinacy

Today we have that $L(\mathbb{R}) \models AD$ (assuming there are $\omega$ many Woodin cardinals and a measurable above them all). I was wondering what other models of $AD$ might look like and if it ...
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Complexity of winning strategies for open games (for open player)

If $G\subseteq\omega^{<\omega}$ is a computable clopen game, then $G$ has a winning strategy which is hyperarithmetic $(\Delta^1_1)$, by an inductive ranking process. The key observation here is ...
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Open games formed by pasting together infinitely many clopen games

Throughout, I think of games and their underlying trees as the same: so a "clopen game" and a "well-founded tree" mean the same thing. Fix a sequence of clopen games $\lbrace T_i: i\in\omega\rbrace$. ...
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When do substructures have computable copies?

Say that a class $\mathcal{C}$ of countable first-order structures in some finite signature has the effective substructure property if $\mathcal{C}$ is closed under isomorphism and whenever $A\in ...
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Ensuring nonempty lightface Borel sets have elements via theories of second-order arithmetic

This question is an outgrowth of this MathSE question: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/276068/members-of-lightface-borel-sets. A Borel set $X\subseteq 2^\omega$ is a member of the smallest ...
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Definition of HYP in $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$?

The structure $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}$ consists of only HYP sets (I believe) and HYP in this structure is the same as the actual hyperaritmetic sets. Now if I move to the structure $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$ ...
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$\omega$-models of $\mathbf{\Sigma^1_1}-DC$ and $\mathbf{\Delta^1_1}-CA$

So what is needed to demonstrate something (say like $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$ is a $\omega$-models of $\mathbf{\Sigma^1_1}$-$DC$ or $\mathbf{\Delta^1_1}$-$CA$? It's not like I don't understand what the ...
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Connectedness of the complement of small subsets (extended question)

The following questions occurred to me while browsing this site and looking at Exercise 20 here. Question 1. Let $n>1$. Does there exist a countable dense subset $A\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ for which ...
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Uniform closure of subspaces of Baire class 1

Describe a uniformly closed linear subspace $A \subset C([0,1])$ such that the space $B_1(A)$ is not uniformly complete. Here $B_1(A)$ is the set of all bounded functions $f$ which are pointwise ...
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The Practical Impact of Set-Theoretic Axioms on Measure Theory

The set-theoretic evidence is that we could probably safely add axioms to make many more sets measurable. For example, we could add axioms that would make projective sets measurable. I'm curious ...
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$\Delta^1_2$-well ordering vs $\Delta^1_3$

It is a classical result that if $0^{\sharp}$ exists, then there is a model of $ZFC$ in which there is a $\Delta^1_3$ well ordering of reals but no $\Delta^1_2$-well ordering. My question is: Is ...
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Descriptive set theory on $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{N}$

The short version of my question is, What is a good source for learning about descriptive set theory on the space $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{N}$, under the product topology coming from the discrete topology ...
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Is the generalized Baire space complete?

I want to see whether the fact that the Baire space $\omega^\omega$ is a complete (metrizable) space generalizes to $\kappa^\kappa$ being a complete (topological) space. I think this is an easy ...
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Games that never begin

Games that never end play a major role in descriptive set theory. See for example Kechris' GTM. Question: Does there exist a literature concerning games that never begin? I have in mind two ...
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The reals as continuous image of the irrationals

In the wikipedia article about descriptive set theory I read that $\mathbb{R}$ (with its usual topology) is a Polish space, and that every Polish space 1) can be obtained as a continuous image of ...
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Almost universal properties

Suppose that a small category $C$ has sets of objects and arrows that carry the structure of, say, Polish spaces, in some appropriately compatible way. For example $C$ might be an internal category in ...
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Proof of “AD + every set of reals is Suslin” implies AD$_\mathbb{R}$

Could someone point me toward a proof that "ZF + AD + every set of reals is Suslin" (+ $\mathsf{DC}\_\mathbb{R}$?) implies $\mathsf{AD}\_\mathbb{R}$, either with a reference or a hint? I am ...
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Determinacy and definable ultrafilters

It is a simple consequence of AD that there are no non-principal ultrafilters on $\omega$: for $U$ an ultrafilter on $\omega$, consider the game $G_U$ where players I and II play natural numbers $x_0$ ...
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Which forcings preserve (some) determinacy?

The question is exactly as in the title. I'm interested in general in all questions of the form "which forcings preserve property P?" for any P, but determinacy assumptions occupy a special place in ...
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Is every $\sigma$-algebra of sets *abstractly* the Borel algebra of a topology on perhps some other set?

Is every sigma-algebra the Borel algebra of a topology? inspires the present question which asks for less. Question: Given a $\sigma$-algebra ${\cal A}$ on a set $X$, does there exist a topology ...
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A question about Q?

Let A=$\{a_n : n\in \omega \}\subset 2^{\omega\times\omega}$ be nonempty countable without isolated points (i.e. homeomorphic to $\mathbb{Q}$), and satisfy $ \forall n\in \omega \exists^\infty ...
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Closure properties of familes of $G_\delta$ sets.

Given a family of sets $G\subset P(X)$, can one characterize by "closure properties" alone whether or not $G$ arises as the family of all $G_\delta$ for some topology on $X$? some Polish space ...
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Sets of reals and absoluteness

Schoenfield's absoluteness states that if $\phi$ is $\Sigma^1_2$ then $V\models \phi$ iff $L\models \phi$. The set of reals in $L$ is $\Sigma^1_2$ and it is the largest countable $\Sigma^1_2$ set of ...
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Theory of (definable) ideals on a multi-dimensional countable set

I'm wondering if there are any results about definable ideals/filters on $\omega\times\omega$, $\omega\times\omega\times\omega$, etc. To give a sense of the kind of results I might be looking for: ...
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Infinity-Borel sets in ZFC

The notion of an $\infty$-Borel set of reals is useful in the study of AD. Under ZFC it becomes trivial: every set of reals is $\infty$-Borel. However, the notion of an $\infty$-Borel code is still ...
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Existence (or non) of “definable” ultrafilters

This is a question which I suspect has an absurdly easy answer, but I'm not seeing it. Let $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle:\omega^2\rightarrow\omega$ be your favorite pairing map (for me, this is the ...
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Constructing an injective reduction of equivalence relations

[Metastuff: I asked this question in a slightly different way on mathSE last week, and it didn't go anywhere, which is why I am asking here. I added the DST tag because it's basically a problem about ...
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Companion of the pointclass of inductive sets

This question is about the notion of a companion for a Spector class, as defined in Moschovakis's book Elementary Induction on Abstract Structures. I am interested in Spector classes on $\mathbb{R}$, ...
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sigma-algebra generated by OD sets

Assume $V=L(\mathbb{R})$ and the Axiom of Determinacy. Is every set of reals generated by ordinal-definable sets of reals under the operations of countable union and intersection? The class of sets ...
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Weakly homogeneous trees under AD

If AD$_\mathbb{R}$ holds and $\kappa < \Theta$ then every tree $T$ on $\kappa$ is weakly homogeneous (Martin–Woodin, "Weakly homogeneous trees.") I recall hearing that the hypothesis can be ...
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Sets of reals amenable to each L[x]

If $A$ is a set of reals such that $A \cap L[x] \in L[x]$ for each real $x$, is there a real $z$ such that $A \cap L[x] \in OD_z^{L[x]}$ for a cone of $x$? This can be proved under the Axiom of ...
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Wadge Determinacy of some related classes.

Let $A, B \subset \omega^\omega$. The Wadge Game $(A, B)$ is played as followed: Player I plays $a_0 \in \omega$. Then Player II plays $b_0 \in \omega$. Then Player I choose $a_1 \in \omega$; ...
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Trees on $\omega$

I am going to give a construction of a tree on $\omega$ that at first appears as though it is well founded. However, this tree cannot be well-founded because, using the rank function on finite ...
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How about the Wadge rank of A union B when A and B are Wadge equivalent?

Hello, We know that A is Wadge reducible to B if there is a continuous map $f$ such that A is the preimage of B via $f$, and the Wadge order is defined by $A\leq_{w}B$ if $A$ is Wagde reducible to ...
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About the axiom of choice, the fundamental theorem of algebra, and real numbers

About fundamental theorem of algebra, there is a large collection different demonstrations. I ask: is there some proof that avoids AC (choice axiom)? In a general topos (with natural number object) ...
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Indeterminacy of long games

Hello, all, Several months ago I sat in on a seminar on AD+, which was incredibly wonderful even though I could barely follow it at all. AD+ is a technical variant of AD, the axiom of determinacy, ...
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Is the Turing equivalence relation the orbit equiv. relation of the action of a countable group?

The Turing equivalence relation on $\cal P(\mathbb{N})$ is defined by $A\equiv_T B$ iff $A\leq_T B$ and $B\leq_T A$. This is a countable Borel equivalence relation on the polish space $\cal ...
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How badly does compactness fail in $\mathcal{L}_{\omega_1\omega}$?

I would like to get a better idea of how badly compactness fails in $\mathcal{L}_{\omega_1\omega}$. Let $\Gamma$ be an arbitrary set of sentences from $\mathcal{L}_{\omega_1\omega}$. Let the ...
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Good source for Effective Descriptive Set Theory

I just finished a first course in Descriptive Set Theory using Kechris' "Classical Descriptive Set Theory" and was hoping to find a good source for learning some of the Effective DST. Kechris doesn't ...