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 every sigma-algebra the Borel algebra of a topology?

This question arises from the excellent question posed on math.SE by Salvo Tringali, namely, Correspondence between Borel algebras and topology. Since the question was not answered there after some ...
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Non Borel sets without axiom of choice

This is a simple doubt of mine about the basics of measure theory, which should be easy for the logicians to answer. The example I know of non Borel sets would be a Hamel basis, which needs axiom of ...
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Concerning the various proofs from the axiom of choice that R^3 admits of surprising geometrical decompositions into circles, skew lines and so on: can we prove in any instance that there are no Borel such decompositions? Or that AC is required?

This question follows up on a comment I made on Joseph O'Rourke's recent question, one of several questions here on mathoverflow concerning surprising geometric partitions of space using the axiom of ...
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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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Do all possible trees arise as orbit trees of some permutation groups?

I.Motivation from descriptive set theory (Contains some quotes from Maciej Malicki's paper.) The classical theorem of Birkhoff-Kakutani implies that every metrizable topological group G admits a ...
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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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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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Question about product topology

Suppose $S\subset\mathbb{R}$ is dense without interior point, and for every open interval $I,J\subset\mathbb{R}$, $I\cap S$ is homeomorphic to $J\cap S$. Is $S\times S$ homeomorphic to $S$? By Luzin ...
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Meager subspaces of a Banach space and weak-* convergence

I previously asked a version of this question on Math.SE, but didn't receive an answer. (But there is a bounty there if you want to claim it!) Let $X$ be a Banach space. (If it helps, feel free to ...
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Continuously selecting elements from unordered pairs

The symmetric square of a topological space $X$ is obtained from the usual square $X^2$ by identifying pairs of symmetric points $(x_1,x_2)$ and $(x_2,x_1)$. Thus, elements of the symmetric square can ...
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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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Parts of Set Theory immune to independence

The motivation for asking this question is a passage (3.2) in an article by Greg Hjorth where he said that "...it is also an attractive feature of the theory of Borel cardinalities and of the theory ...
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Why does inner model theory needs so much descriptive set theory (and vice versa)?

I am curious about how much descriptive set theory is involved in inner model theory. For instance Shoenfield's absoluteness result is based on the construction of the Shoenfield tree which ...
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Pathological behavior of Borel sets?

Usually in set theory, Borel sets are much more nicely behaved than arbitrary sets of reals. One reason for this is Borel determinacy, which immediately yields measurability, Baireness, and the ...
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Decomposing $\mathbf{\Pi}^1_1$ sets into closed sets

It is well known that every $\mathbf{\Pi}^1_1$-set is a union of $\aleph_1$-many Borel sets. I wonder whether it can be improved under certain reasonable set theory axioms assumption. For example, ...
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Continuity on a measure one set versus measure one set of points of continuity

In short: If $f$ is continuous on a measure one set, is there a function $g=f$ a.e. such that a.e. point is a point of continuity of $g$? Now more carefully, with some notation: Suppose $(X, d_X)$ ...
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Partitioning $\mathbb{R}$ into $\aleph_1$ Borel sets

I just ran into this deceptively simple looking question. Is it always possible to partition $\mathbb{R}$ (or any other standard Borel space) into precisely $\aleph_1$ Borel sets? On the one ...
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2-colorings of the reals

It's easy to prove that, if $\mathbb{R}$ is well-orderable, then there is a 2-coloring of pairs of reals with no uncountable homogeneous set, i.e., there is an $m: [\mathbb{R}]^2\rightarrow 2$ such ...
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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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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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Generalizations of the Tietze extension theorem (and Lusin's theorem)

I am reasking a year-old math.stackexchange.com question asked by someone else. (For my needs every space $X$ and $Y$ will be Polish---that is a completely separably metrizable space.) The Tietze ...
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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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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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Higher recursion theory and reverse mathematics: What is to $\Pi^1_1-CA_0$ as $RCA_0$ is to $ACA_0$?

There is an extremely rich and well-understood analogy between "recursively enumerable" and "$\Pi^1_1$" - indeed, this is the starting point of metarecursion theory, and $\alpha$-recursion theory in ...
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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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Absoluteness of “$\kappa$-homogeneously Suslin” for sets of reals

What is known about the absoluteness, or lack thereof, of the notion of "$\kappa$-homogeneously Suslin" for sets of reals? For example, if $A$ is $\kappa$-homogeneously Suslin and $\lambda > ...
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Universal sets in metric spaces

(I am cross-posting this from math.SE as it seems to be slightly over the top for that site.) I saw in the class the theorem: Suppose $X$ is a separable metric space, and $Y$ is a polish space ...
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Consistency strength of projective determinacy (PD)

Let PD stand for projective determinacy, and consider the two claims: (1) For each n=1,2,..., Con(ZFC+PD) implies Con(ZFC + there are n Woodin cardinals) (2) Con(ZFC+PD) implies Con(ZFC + there are ...
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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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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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Sets that are not $\infty$-Borel

I have seen a few techinques for proving that certain sets of real numbers are $\infty$-Borel (definition) but it just occurred to me that I don't know of any way to prove that a set of real numbers ...
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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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Consistency strengths related to the perfect set property

I want a model of $\mathrm{MA}_{\sigma\mathrm{-centered}}+\neg\mathrm{CH}$ in which every set of reals in $L(\mathbb{R})$ has the perfect set property. In terms of consistency strength, it is known ...
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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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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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Does there exist an uncountable separable metric space $X$ such that every subset of $X$ is a Borel set?

Is it consistent with ZFC that there exists an uncountable separable metric space $X$ such that every subset of $X$ is a Borel set? If the continuum hypothesis holds, or more generally ...
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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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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 ...
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Concerning Silver's result

Jack Silver proved that if $x$ is a real so that every $x$-admissible ordinal is a cardinal in $L$, then $0^{\sharp}$ exists. I wonder whether various weaker or stronger versions of Silver's result ...
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Is $\ell^\infty$ Polishable?

Consider $\ell^\infty$ as a subspace of the Polish space $\mathbb{R}^\omega$. It is easy to check that $\ell^\infty$ is not Polish in the subspace topology, as it is countable union of the compact ...
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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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Obtaining a lightface pointclass from a boldface one

Define a pointclass to be: boldface inductive-like if it is $\mathbb{R}$-parameterized, has the scale property, and is closed under $\wedge$, $\vee$, $\forall^\mathbb{R}$, $\exists^\mathbb{R}$, and ...
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Are there trees for $(\Sigma^2_1)^{\text{uB}}$?

If there is a proper class of Woodin cardinals, then Woodin showed (using stationary towers) that $(\Sigma^2_1)^{\text{uB}}$ statements are generically absolute, where $\text{uB}$ denotes the ...
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Universal $(\Sigma^2_1)^{\text{Hom}_{\mathord{<}\lambda}}$ set

Does anyone know of a reference for the fact that if $\lambda$ is a limit of Woodin cardinals, then the pointclass $(\Sigma^2_1)^{\text{Hom}_{\mathord{<}\lambda}}$ is $\omega$-parameterized? By ...
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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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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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Images of Borel subsets of non-metric compact spaces

The following question was noted by Jan Pachl in connection with the study of Arens products and he has not received a satisfactory answer from the various experts he has asked. Let $X$ and $Y$ be ...
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A question on infinite dimensional Gaussian measure and affine tranformations.

Let $\gamma_\infty$ denote the product Gaussian measure on $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{N}$. Which $a,b \geq 0$ satisfy that for every Borel set $K\subseteq \mathbb{R}^\mathbb{N}$ of positive measure, $a K + ...
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n odd: $\bf\Delta^1_n$ wadge degrees are $< \bf\delta^1_{n+1}$

My adviser is out of town and there is a comment in the Van Wesep paper "wadge degrees and descriptive set theory" that I can't figure out. Work in ZF+AD throughout. As stated in the title, the ...
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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 ...