# Tagged Questions

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### Is it possible to formulate the axiom of choice as the existence of a survival strategy?

Consider the following situation:
There is an infinite set $G$ of giraffes.
A lion comes and announces a set $C$ of all possible colours and an infinite cardinal $\kappa$.
The hungry lion ...

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### Forcing, cuts, and Dedekind-finite cardinalities

Tl;dr version: there are two natural classes of cuts in the nonstandard model of arithmetic consisting of the Dedekind-finite sets (if, in fact, they constitute such a model); both these classes are ...

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### How much of GCH do we need to guarantee well-ordering of continuum?

It's well known that, if GCH holds, then every cardinal can be well-ordered. However, I'm sure we don't need full power of GCH to prove it for specific cardinal, e.g. continuum. I have been wondering, ...

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### Does Sageev's result need an inaccessible?

In 1981, building on work by Ellentuck in 1974, Sageev showed ("A model of ZF + there exists an inaccessible, in which the Dedekind cardinals constitute a natural non-standard model of arithmetic," ...

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### What axioms (other than choice) have a taming effect on the ordering of cardinalities?

Axiom of choice arranges all cardinalities into a well-ordered chain but without it their ordering can be wild in general ZF models, e.g. two cardinalities may not even have inf or sup. However, ...

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### Is there a model of ZF set theory with a set that does not inject into the cardinals?

Question. Is there is a model of ZF set theory with a set $X$ that does not inject into the cardinals?
I use the term "cardinal" here in the ZF sense, so they are not necessarily well-orderable.
To ...

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### Sets of cardinalities of bases without choice

For a vector space $V$, let $BS(V)$ be the set of cardinalities (not necessarily $\aleph$s) of bases of $V$. Of course, in ZFC each $BS(V)$ is a singleton, but supposing the axiom of choice fails, it ...

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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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### Is every Heyting algebra the Lindenbaum algebra of an intuitionistic first order theory?

This question comes after the comments in the recent related question Sigma-complete Lindenbaum algebras?, but in its current form is sufficiently different in my opinion, and so I decided to follow ...

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### Intermediate submodels which do not satisfy AC

The following is known:
Theorem. Suppose $V[G]$ is a generic extension of $V$ by a set forcing, and let $N$ be a model of $ZFC$ with $V\subseteq N\subseteq V[G].$ Then $N$ is a generic extension of ...

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### How many Dedekind-finite sets can $\mathbb{R}$ be partitioned into?

Building off Asaf Karagila's answer to my previous question (Can $\mathbb{R}$ be partitioned into dedekind-finite sets?) on partitioning $\mathbb{R}$ into strictly Dedekind-finite sets:
(1) What ...

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### Weak forms of the Axiom of Choice

Let $n\geq 2$ be a natural number and consider the following:
$AC(n)$: For each family $\{X_i\}_{i \in I}$ of $n$-element sets the product $\prod_{i\in I}X_i$ is non-empty.
Is it known that for ...

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### Can $\mathbb{R}$ be partitioned into dedekind-finite sets?

Assuming $ZF$ itself is consistent, it is consistent that there are sets $D$ which are infinite but cannot be placed in bijection with any of their proper subsets; such sets are called "strictly ...

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### Subsets of Real Numbers (Edited & Revised Version)

Question 1: Is it consistent with $\text{ZF}$ that only countable subsets of $\mathbb{R}$ are well-orderable?
Question 2: Is it consistent that for some $\lambda$, $\aleph_0 < \lambda < ...

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### Minimal Generalized Continuum Hypothesis & Axiom of Choice

It is well known that working in the frame of $\text{ZF}$, the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis ($\text{GCH}$) implies the Axiom of Choice ($\text{AC}$), i.e. $\text{ZF}+\text{GCH}\vdash \text{AC}$.
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### Discontinuous representations of GL(n,C) in ZF

Discontinuous linear representations of $GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ can be obtained from the so-called "wild" (field) automorphisms of $\mathbb{C}$; but these wild automorphisms in turn require some choice to ...

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### Possible Choices for Cofinality of $\aleph_n$ without Choice

$\text{ZFC}$ proves that each $\aleph_{n}$ for $n\in \omega$ is a regular cardinal. But it seems without the Axiom of Choice there are many consistent possible choices for cofinality of such ...

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### What is the order type of $L$ with Godel's well ordering?

In some sense $Ord$ is a "proper class" ordinal. Unfortunately the notion of a proper class ordinal is not a straight forward generalization of the notion of "set" ordinals because the proper classes ...

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### How to make countably closed forcing “nice” without choice

When working over a model $V$ of $ZFC$, countably closed forcings are extremely nice:
If $\mathbb{P}$ is countably closed, then $V[G]$ has no new $\omega$-sequences of elements of $V$. In ...

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### Some definitions without full choice

Assume DC($\aleph_1$).
Can we define the following:
Basis for a vector space $V$ over a field $K$ such that $\operatorname{card}(K) \leq \aleph_1$ and we happen to find a generating set of $V$ of ...

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### Singular successors without large cardinals

Assuming the axiom of choice we have that successor cardinals are regular. However as one of the first examples of uses of forcing show, it is consistent relative to $\sf ZF$ that $\omega_1$ is ...

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### Axiom of dependent choice (up to $\omega_1$) and group rank

Assuming the axiom DC($\omega_1$), is there a definition of the rank of a group ?
Another related question: assuming DC($\omega_1$), if we have two groups $A$ and $B$ of the same infinite rank, is ...

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### Objects which can't be defined without making choices but which end up independent of the choice

It happens a lot of times that when one defines a new object (ring, module, space, group, algebra, morphism, whatever) out of given data one first chooses some additional structure. And sometimes ...

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### Weakest choice principle required for Robertson-Seymour Graph Minor Theorem?

The main Robertson-Seymour Theorem states that finite graphs form a well-quasi-ordering under the graph minor relation. In other words, in every infinite set of finite graphs, there exist two graphs ...

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### Hahn's Embedding Theorem and the oldest open question in set theory

Hans Hahn is often credited with creating the modern theory of ordered algebraic systems with the publication of his paper Über die nichtarchimedischen Grössensysteme (Sitzungsberichte der ...

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### How much of ZFC do I need to construct this cofinal, order-preserving class function?

EDIT: I'm bumping this, because while Joel ruled out some naive options, my question in bold below is not yet answered.
Suppose I have a directed partially ordered set $(\Gamma,\leq)$ with a bottom ...

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### Non-constructive existence proofs without AC?

Hi everyone,
This is a question I have been asking from long, but none of my colleagues could ever answer me:
It is a well-known fact that the axiom of choice (AC) allows one to prove the existence ...

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### When does $A^A=2^A$ without the axiom of choice?

Assuming the axiom of choice the following argument is simple, for infinite $A$ it holds: $$2\lt A\leq2^A\implies 2^A\leq A^A\leq 2^{A\times A}=2^A.$$
However without the axiom of choice this doesn't ...

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### Are all models of ZF + DC + “All set of reals are lebesgue measurable” also models of CH? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate:
Lebesgue Measurability and Weak CH
I have studied a little set theory and I found that Solovay constructed a model of ZF+DC+"All set of reals are Lebesgue measurable" and ...

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### Set theory question

It is known from a result of Sierpinski that the generalized continuum hypothesis (GCH) implies the axiom of choice (AC). It is also known from the celebrated results of Cohen that AC is independent ...

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### on the Axiom of Choice and the Spectrum of Rings

consider the following theorem, when $R$ is a commutative ring with a non-zero identity:
A ring $R$ is zero-dimensional if and only if $\mbox{Spec(R)}$ is Hausdorff.
The proof uses the Axiom of ...

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### Mathematics with the negation of AC

Clearly Very important results in Math require the Axiom of choice, for example "any vector space has a base". But in the absence of AC (i.e., only in ZF) it is possible that a vector space has no ...

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### Notation arb(x)

Suppose we have extended $ZF$ by adding to $ZF$ an unary function symbol $arb$ (an arbitrary element of a set) and a corresponding axiom "For every non-empty set $S$, $arb(S)$ is in $S$".
Will be the ...

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### what axioms are between AC and Countable choice !

Hi All. Need some information. We all know axiom of choice (AC) and countable choice. Which axioms are between these two. I mean weaker that Axiom of choice but stronger than countable choice ?

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### What axioms are stronger than the Axiom of choice?

What other axioms in set theory are stronger than AC ? I mean what are those axioms that will imply AC ?

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### Construct a fixed-point set operator

How to find an uncountable set $S$, and construct an function $f : 2^S
\longrightarrow S$ such that for any $T \subseteq S$, $f \left( T \right) \in
T$?
for example, let $S =\mathbb{R}$, how can I ...

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### Result that follows from ZFC and not ZF but are strictly weaker than choice

A number of results that people use that require the axiom of choice (i.e. do not follow from ZF alone) are known to actually imply the axiom of choice. Therefore, one might naturally wonder whether ...

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### Can there be a global linear ordering of the universe without a global well-ordering of the universe?

This question arose in the answers to Asaf Karagila's
question Does ZFC prove that the universe is linearly orderable?. The answer there was that one can have a ZFC model with no global linear ...

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### Existence of Non-Borel sets in models of “All sets measurable”

We know that the consistency of ZFC+"Exists an inaccessible cardinal" implies the consistency of ZF+DC+"All sets are Lebesgue measurable"; and DC proves the existence of non-Borel sets.
J. Truss ...

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### Does ZFC prove the universe is linearly orderable?

It is consistent with ZFC that the universe is well-ordered, e.g. in $V=L$ where global choice holds. I also know that it is consistent that global choice fails (although I have no immediate example ...

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### On surjections, idempotence and axiom of choice

The following assertion is trivial in ZFC, or even in much weaker theories. Is it also true in ZF?
(I couldn't find it in the Consequences site so far.)
If $A$ is an infinite set such that $A$ ...

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### What is a Choice Principle, really?

This question is quite soft, and I apologize in advance if it borderline off-topic.
When working in theories between ZF and ZFC the term "choice principle" is heard quite often. For example:
$\quad$ ...

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### $\Theta$ and the Hartogs of $2^\mathbb R$

Let $a,b$ be sets, we write $a\leq^\ast b$ if either $a=\varnothing$ or there exists a surjection $f\colon b\to a$. With the axiom of choice this is a linear ordering equivalent to the usual ordering ...

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### Comparability implies well-orderability?

I am trying to prove a small proposition that got me completely stumped, and I cannot find a single counterexample.
(ZF) Suppose that $E$ is such that for every $A\subseteq\mathcal P(E)$ either ...

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### Distinguishing two local versions of the axiom of choice

Two equivalent formulations of the axiom of choice are:
Every family $(X_i)_{i \in I}$ of pairwise disjoint nonempty subsets of a set $X$ has a choice function.
Every family $(X_i)_{i \in I}$ of ...

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### Minimal blocks for a family of finite sets

In this question I asked for a reference for the following lemma:
Lemma X: For every family $\mathcal G$ of nonempty finite sets there
is a minimal "blocking set" $B$. By a "blocking set" $B$ I ...

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### Minimal selector for a family of finite sets

A colleague is refereeing a paper in which the following
lemma appears implicitly:
For any family $\mathcal G$ of nonempty sets let us call
a set $B$ a "selector" if $B$ meets all $F\in\mathcal ...

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### Hartogs number and the three power sets

One of the most important constructions in ZF+$\lnot$AC is Hartogs number, defined as:
$$\aleph(X)=\min\lbrace\alpha:|\alpha|\nleq|X|\rbrace$$
We can prove that this ordinal always exists in the ...

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### Supercompact and Reinhardt cardinals without choice

A friend of mine and I ran into the following question while reading about proper forcing, and have been unable to resolve it:
Definition. A cardinal $\kappa$ is supercompact if for all ordinals ...

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### Is choice needed to establish the existence of idempotent ultrafilters?

It is well known that the Stone–Čech compactification $\beta \mathbb N^+$ of the positive natural numbers has the structure of a compact left semitopological semigroup and hence, by Ellis's lemma, has ...