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What is the complexity of Hodge conjecture

This question is motivated by the following quote from serre in his interview given here: ... The Hodge conjecture, too, but for a different reason: it is not clear at all whether the answer ...
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Henkin semantics for Second-order Logic

I know that the natural numbers can be categorically characterized in second-order logic with the standard semantics. However, I could not find an example of a non-standard Henkin structure (one that ...
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What is the known weakest axiom system has Löb's derivability conditions?

We know that Peano Arithmetic satisfies Löb's derivability conditions, which is required in the proof of Gödel's 2nd incompleteness theorem. Is this the best result? If not, is there any known weaker ...
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The axiom $I_0$ in the absence of $AC$

It is well-known that if $AC$ holds and if $j: L(V_{\lambda+1}) \to L(V_{\lambda+1})$ is a non-trivial elementary embedding with $crit(j) < \lambda,$ then $\lambda$ has countable cofinality (and in ...
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Non-regular languages fulfilling the Pumping Lemma

Some non-regular languages don't yield to the Pumping Lemma ($L_1=a^nb^mc^m$ should work). But now consider the set of non-regular languages L only over the alphabet {a}. (Like $L_2=a^{n^2}$ or ...
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Embedding property of weakly compact cardinals

One of the characterizations of $\kappa$ being a weakly compact cardinal is being inaccessible, and for every $\kappa$-model $M$, there is a [$\kappa$-model] $N$ and an elementary embedding $j\colon ...
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moving up a consequence of PFA

The Proper Forcing Axiom (PFA) implies that every forcing which adds a subset of $\omega_1$ either adds a real or collapses $\omega_2$. Is it consistent that every forcing which adds a subset of ...
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Nonexistence of generic objects over $L(\mathbb{R})$

A well known result (stated and credited to Todorcevic in "Semiselective Coideals", by Farah, Mathematika, 1997, but with antecedents going back to Mathias) says that, under the appropriate large ...
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Probability theory without deductive closure

Human knowledge is not deductively closed. Uncertainty can arise from that just as much as from lack of brute facts. (When a Harvard graduate was reported to have thought that the earth is farther ...
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Does Con(ZF + Reinhardt) really imply Con(ZFC + I0)?

The question is: if I assert in ZF that there exists a Reinhardt cardinal, do I really get a theory of higher consistency strength than when I assert in ZFC that there exists an I0 cardinal (the ...
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Large cardinals without choice?

For any given extension $T$ of ZFC (or perhaps NBGC or something), we can ask whether there is an extension $T'$ of ZF which does not prove AC such that $Con(T) \leftrightarrow Con(T')$ $Con(T) \to ...
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Languages beyond enumerable

A language is a set of finite-length strings from some finite alphabet $\Sigma$. It is no loss of generality (for my purposes) to take $\Sigma=\{0,1\}$; so a language is a set of bit-strings. ...
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Is injectivity of $2^{(\ldots)}$ weaker than $\mathsf{GCH}$? [duplicate]

The following statement cannot be proven in $\mathsf{ZFC}$: (S) : If $A, B$ are sets with $|A| < |B|$, then $2^{|A|} = |{\cal P}(A)| < |{\cal P}(B)| = 2^{|B|}$. Obviously, ...
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Does “Every infinite set is splittable” imply $\mathsf{AC}$? [duplicate]

We say an infinite set $X$ is splittable if there are $X_1, X_2\subseteq X$ with $X_1\cap X_2 = \emptyset$, $X_1\cup X_2 = X$ and there are bijections $\varphi:X_1\to X_2$ and $\psi:X_1\to X$. Does ...
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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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Does the consistency strength hierarchy coincide with the “arithmetic consequence” hierarchy at ZF + Reinhardt?

In these slides (see especially slide 26), Steel emphasizes the phenomenon that for all known "natural" extensions of ZFC, the ordering by consistency strength agrees with the ordering by containment ...
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Representation of meager sets in Cohen extensions

Let $M$ be a transitive model of ZFC and $c\in {}^\omega2$ a Cohen real over $M$. Let $A$ be a meager Borel subset of $^\omega2$ in $M[c]$. I would like to prove that there exists a meager Borel set ...
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Theorem of Bukovsky characterizing ground models

It was mentioned in a talk that Bukovsky proved the following are equivalent for inner models $M \subseteq V$: (1) There is a partial order $\mathbb P \in M$ and a $\mathbb P$-generic filter $G \in ...
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Algebraic proofs of algebraic theorems about algebraically closed fields

It is well-known that the first order theory of algebraically closed fields admits quantifier elimination, whence the theory $ACF_p$ of algebraically closed fields of given characteristic $p$ is ...
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“Lexicographic” ordering on ${\cal P}(\omega)$

For $A\neq B\in {\cal P}(\omega)$ we set $$\mu(A,B) = \min\big((A\setminus B)\cup (B\setminus A)\big).$$ We define $A < B$ if and only if $A \neq B$, and $A = B\cap \mu(A,B)$ (that is $A$ is an ...
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Quantifier elimination of pp-subgroups of modules

This is a model-theoretic questions. Let $M$ be a $R$-module. Our language will be the standard language of modules, i.e. the language of abelian groups together with an unary function symbol for ...
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Must $L_\alpha$ be correct about well-foundedness?

If $R \in L_\alpha$ is a binary relation so that $L_\alpha$ thinks $R$ is well-founded, must $R$ truly be well-founded? (Edit) That is, if $L_\alpha$ thinks that every nonempty subset of the domain of ...
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Easier Girard's paradox in a circular pure type system (PTS)

System U is an inconsistent PTS in that one has a term of type $\bot = \forall p\colon \ast \ldotp p$, and such a term is explicitly constructed in Hurkens' A Simplification of Girard's Paradox. ...
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Can one divide by the cardinal of an amorphous set?

This question arose in a discussion with Peter Doyle. It is provable in ZF that one can divide by any positive finite cardinal $k$: if $X \times \{1,\ldots,k\} \simeq Y \times \{1,\ldots,k\}$ then $X ...
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Two questions about higher Souslin trees

Assume $V=L$ and let $\kappa$ be a Mahlo cardinal. Let $L[G]$ be the generic extension obatined by Mitchell forcing to make $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_2=\kappa.$ It is known that in the extension there ...
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Fat stationary sets

Recall a stationary subset $S$ of a regular cardinal $\kappa$ is fat when for every $\alpha < \kappa$, and every club $C$, there is a closed set of order type $\alpha$ contained in $S \cap C$. It ...
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Posets (partially ordered sets) in equational logic

I know about equational logic, cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lattice_(order)#Lattices_as_algebraic_structures, and understood that lattices are expressed equationally, i.e., in terms of equational ...
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When do wide initial segments ruin admissibility?

Suppose $\alpha$ is admissible and $\beta<\alpha$. We know that $L_\alpha$ is an admissible set (by definition), but adding subsets of $\beta$ to $L_\alpha$ might break admissibility: while set ...
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$\mathfrak{ufo}$: An unidentified combinatorial cardinal characteristic of the continuum?

An ultrafilter ornament is a chain of free filters on $\mathbb{N}$ that are not ultrafilters, whose union is an ultrafilter. Let $\mathfrak{ufo}$ be the minimal cardinality of an ultrafilter ...
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What is the Cantor-Bendixson rank of the space of first order theories?

Let $L$ be the language $\{R\}$ containing a single binary relation symbol. Consider the space $S_0(L)$ of complete, first-order $L$-theories. This is a seperable, compact Hausdorff space; what is its ...
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If $U,D$ are $\kappa$-complete nonprincipal ultrafilters on $\kappa$ and $j_U(U) = j_D(D)$, is $U=D$?

Here, $\, j_U, \, j_D$ are the canonical elementary embeddings induced by $U,D$ respectively. I note that it is consistent with the existence of a measurable that the answer be yes: it is true in the ...
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Iteration of random reals

Consider two random reals $x, y$ over a transitive model $V$ of ZFC. More specifically, if $\mathcal C^V={}^\omega2$ is the Cantor space, composing the canonical homeomorphism with the projections ...
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Levels of L resembling each other, take 2

(Everything below is assuming $V=L$.) Fix an uncountable regular cardinal $\kappa$, and let $$E_\kappa=\{\mu<\kappa: \mbox{there is an elementary substructure of $L_\kappa$ isomorphic to ...
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Generic sections of non-null sets are non-null

Consider the Cantor space $\mathcal C={}^\omega2$ with the usual product measure, and let $r$ be a random real (over a transitive model $V$ of ZFC). Let $B\subset \mathcal C^V\times\mathcal C^V$ a ...
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Fine structure question: when do levels of $L$ look “a lot” like each other?

(Everything is assuming $V=L$.) Fix an uncountable regular cardinal $\kappa$, and let $$E_\kappa=\{\mu<\kappa: \mbox{there is an elementary substructure of $L_\kappa$ isomorphic to $L_\mu$}\},$$ ...
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Coherence and rewriting

In category theory there are numerous coherence theorems (https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/coherence+theorem). One example is the Mac Lane's coherence theorem for monoidal categories. This and probably ...
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How to get $\omega$-regular expression from buchi automaton

Is there an algorithm or a trick on how to get $\omega$-regular expressions from Buchi automatons? If yes, is there also some way to do create minimal such regular expressions? It is extremely ...
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Is the two variable fragment of arithmetic, i.e., theory of ($\mathbb{N}, + ,\times$), decidable?

Any references would be appreciated. Most places only address different vocabularies (e.g. a survey of arithmetical definability by Bes).
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A button for individual reals

Hamkins introduced the notion of a "button" in forcing. This is a set-theoretic statement that can be forced, and can never be made false by further forcing. An example is $V \not= L$. Another ...
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Is there a modern account of Veblen functions of *several* variables?

Veblen $\phi$ functions extend the $\xi \mapsto \phi(\xi) := \omega^\xi$ and the $\xi \mapsto \phi(1,\xi) := \varepsilon_\xi$ functions on the ordinals by repeatedly taking fixed points (I won't ...
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Borel equivalence relations in models of determinacy

The following appears as fact 3.1 in the slides from Hjorth's 2010 Tarski Lectures. Assume ${L(\mathbb R)} \models \mathrm{AD}$. Fact 3.1 For E and F Borel equivalence relations one has $$E ...
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Is there a class of mathematical structures with non-isomorphic natural representations as a standard Borel space?

Background. The field of Borel equivalence relation theory provides a robust, unifying theory that organizes most of the classification problems of classical mathematics into a hierarchy, allowing us ...
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A question concerning model theory of groups

Several days ago, Professor Martin Bridson gave a very nice talk in my department. Some questions concerning his talk came into my brain Since I am neither a model theorist nor a algebraist, I am not ...
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Non-completeness of the Borel-Lebesgue measure and countable choice

Is it possible to prove the non-completeness of the Borel-Lebesgue measure on $\mathbb{R}$ (restricted to the Borel $\sigma$-algebra) without the full axiom of choice, but still with Countable Choice ...
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A variant of strong ideals, is it consistent?

Is it consistent relative to large cardinals that there is a precipitous ideal on $\omega_1$ forcing a generic elementary embedding $j : V \to M \subseteq V[G]$, such that $j(\omega_1) = \omega_n^V$ ...
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Reference request, proof about well-ordering of ordinals

I am looking for a second order proof that ordinals are well-ordered up to $\epsilon_0$. So, starting with encoding those ordinals in numbers, defining the < relation on those encoded ordinals and ...
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A question about the Chaitin constant of a theory

Chaitin's famous incompleteness theorem states that for every r.e. theory $T\supseteq Q$ in the language of arithmetic, there is a constant $d_T$ such that for any $m\geq d_T$ and any $x$, $T$ can ...
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Changing cofinalities above supercompact cardinals

Question. Suppose $\kappa$ is a supercompact cardinal and $\lambda > \kappa$ is measurable (or even larger large cardinal if necessary). Is there a set generic extension of the universe in ...
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A question on the provability predicate of Q

I am not familiar with Robinson's construction as I do not have access to his text or to precise accounts of this, but I have come to understand that the proof predicate of Robinson arithmetic is ...
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Which Heyting algbras arise out of some elementary topos which satisfies the ultrafilter principle?

It is known that AC implies LEM constructively, and also that AC implies the ultrafilter principle. Is there a similar relationship between the ultrafilter principle and classical logic? In other ...