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solvable word problem without algorithm

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group. I wonder if there are examples where: 1) The word problem is known to be solvable in $G$ but there is no algorithm known. 2) The word problem is known to be ...
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Does forcing with recursively pointed perfect trees add a Turing degree that is minimal over $V$?

A tree $T$ on $\omega$ is recursively pointed if it is recursive in each of its branches. We can consider a variant of Sacks forcing where the conditions are recursively pointed perfect trees ordered ...
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Does V=L imply transitive containment over, say, Z?

In Zermelo set theory, the axiom of constructibility V=L seems to imply every set has a transitive closure. But does that argument have to assume transitive closure in the first place, to get an ...
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Is anyone talking about partial interpretations of theories? (Edited)

Consider the concept of a module. This can be understood a multisorted algebraic theory $\mathsf{Mod}$ on two sorts, a scalarsort $S$ and a vectorsort $V$. An interpretation of $\mathsf{Mod}$ in ...
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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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Meta$^{n{-}th}$ mathematics [duplicate]

Metamathematics has a reasonably clear connotation, enough to have a Wikipedia page, with Gödel, Tarski, and Turing playing leading roles; Kleene's book (Introduction to Metamathematics (Amazon ...
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What is the large cardinal strength of the assertion that every $\kappa$-complete filter on $\kappa$ extends to a $\kappa$-complete ultrafilter?

It is well-known that an uncountable regular cardinal $\kappa$ is strongly compact if and only if every $\kappa$-complete filter on any set extends to a $\kappa$-complete ultrafilter on that set. The ...
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If questions are formalized as ideals of a boolean algebra, what kind of algebra of questions appears from Stone representation theorem?

Affirmative propositions make up a Boolean algebra, and Boolean algebras became part of classical algebra for over one century ago - in this sense they are "simple". But I did not encounter in ...
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Elementary chains of $\aleph_1$-saturated models

If $X$ and $Y$ are two sets linearily ordered by $<$, $X$ is called cofinal in $Y$ if $X \subseteq Y$ and and for every $y \in Y$, there is a $x \in X$ with $y < x$. If $M$ is some model and ...
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A question on Carnap's modal semantics on the basis of Cochiarelli's primary semantics

I believe I learned that Carnap's state description semantics for propositional modal logic suffered from validating $\lozenge p$ for all atomic variables p. Re-reading Nino Cochiarelli's primary ...
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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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Valid statement in submodel? (Consistency lemma in Cohen's CH book)

In Paul Cohen's Set Theory and the Continuum Hypothesis (Page 71) there is a lemma with the assumption that $\exists x\, P(x)$. The ''proof'' there, uses the following argument: Intuitively the ...
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How to prove a Lefschetzesque principle for relative homology and absolute homology

Here is my conjecture: If H is some homology theory from some abelian category A to some abelian category B, E is the class of all epimorphism in A, E' is some closed class of epimorphisms in A and ...
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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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The number of countable models [duplicate]

Let $\mathcal{L}$ be a countable first order language. For a natural number n, can we find a complete $\mathcal{L}$-Theory $T$ which has exactly n non-isomorphic countable models ?
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Is every union-closed family of set the set of solutions of some co-HORNSAT formula?

Related to the Union-closed sets conjecture. Let $\phi$ be a co-HORNSAT on variables $x_1 \ldots x_n$ in CNF format. This means in every close at most one literal is negative. The solutions of ...
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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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Transfinitely extending $\sf PA$ — can we get stronger than $\sf ZFC$?

Let $\sf PA$ denote the theory of natural numbers with constants $(0, 1)$ and binary operators $(+,\times)$ based on the first-order predicate calculus with equality, having the following axioms, ...
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Elements of the method of forcing in some papers of N. N. Luzin

In the paper Eléments de la méthode de forcing dans quelques travaux de N. N. Lousin. (French) [Elements of the method of forcing in some papers of N. N. Luzin] Amphora, 469–479, Birkhäuser, ...
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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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Stationary sets in HOD

My questions concern the following quote from “The HOD Dichotomy”, page 8. "… notice that $\ cof(\omega)\cap\lambda$ belongs to $HOD$ even though it might mean something else there. Also, ...
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On Consistency of an Existence

Let $\omega \leq \kappa <2^{\omega}$ , $\omega \leq\lambda \leq \kappa$ and $D(\kappa, \lambda)$ be the statement: For all $ \mathfrak{B} \subseteq \mathbf{P}(\omega)$ with ...
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“the” random permutation

I recently looked at Permutations on the random permutation which seems to talk about the notion of random permutuation as a notion from logic rather than probability. The random permutation is ...
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Is the Invariant Subspace Problem arithmetic?

Invariant Subspace Conjecture: A bounded operator on a separable Hilbert space has a non-trivial closed invariant subspace. Can this conjecture be reformulated as an arithmetic statement, that is, ...
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Interesting fragments of first-order logic induced by sorting?

In first approximation, modal logic (I'm using the term loosely) can be understood as an interesting fragment of first-order logic (for simplicity I ignore e.g. how modal logic relates to ...
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Models of PRA/EFA with induction on $X$ but not $\omega^X$

As I currently understand it, induction on formulas containing $N+1$ first-order quantifiers is required to prove the well-ordering of the ordinal $(\omega \uparrow\uparrow N) < \epsilon_0$, that ...
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Co-Heyting Valued Models of Paraconsistent Set Theory

I've been trying to do some forcing arguments in intuitionistic ZF using Heyting valued models where the Heyting algebra I'm using is actually a bi-Heyting algebra (both a Heyting algebra and a ...
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Producing no non-constructible reals

The following is stated without proof in Shelah's book "Cardinal arithmetic" (page 276), and is attributed to Uri Abraham: Suppose that $L[A], L[B]$ have no non-constructible reals and that ...
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What do we call functions that behave like predicate symbols?

Assume a metatheory that supports lambda-abstraction, and an object language that is merely first-order. Now let $\varphi$ denote a formula in the object language with one free variable $x$. Then we ...
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Partial interpretation of an iteration

Suppose that $\langle\mathbb{P_\alpha,\dot Q_\beta}\mid \beta<\delta,\alpha\leq\delta\rangle$ is a system of iterated forcing. Let $\dot a$ be a name in $\mathbb P_\delta$, and let $G_\alpha$ be a ...
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Free monoids and full transformation monoids

I asked this question on math stack exchange, but I didn't get any responses. So, now I am motivated to ask it here. Is the class of free monoids first order axiomatizable? And what about the class of ...
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Essential incompleteness via diophantine formulas?

Work in the first order language of number theory, consisting of the symbols $\mathbf{0}$, $\mathbf{S}$, $\boldsymbol{+}$, and $\boldsymbol{\cdot}$, and let $Q$ denote Robinson's arithmetic. By a ...
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An established proof in Wang Tile which I doubt

When I was reading the paper: Wang, Hao. "Notes on a class of tiling problems." Fundamenta Mathematicae 82.4 (1975): 295-305. from http://matwbn.icm.edu.pl/ksiazki/fm/fm82/fm82119.pdf I could not ...
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Characterization of intermediate submodels of generic extensions

Question 1: Suppose that $V[G]$ is a set generic extension of $V$ by some forcing notion $P\in V,$ and suppose that $W$ is a model of $ZFC, V \subset W \subset V[G].$ Can we find a forcing notion ...
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Topological proof of a result in Logic

I proved the result below using logic. My questions: Can this theorem be proved by purely topological means? Do you know any theorems that either can be used to prove the same result, or which give ...
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Is there any research on set theory without extensionality axiom?

In practice (say, in computer science), collections with many "labels" ("identities"), or collections which occur in many copies, are more frequently used than sets. Such collections do not satisfy ...
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Is this system incomplete?

Let $\mathbf{SBM}$ be the normal modal logic system defined as $\mathbf{T}$ plus the following two axioms: $$\mathrm{SB}: \Box(\Diamond p \rightarrow p)\rightarrow (p \rightarrow \Box p)$$ ...
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Counterexample for closedness under union of $\prec_{\infty,\kappa}$ chains

Assume $\kappa$ is uncountable and $\phi$ is an $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ sentence. Let $K$ be the collection of models of $\phi$ partially ordered by $\prec_{\infty,\kappa}$. It is well-known that $K$ is ...
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Why can't mathematics be formalised in terms of classes rather than sets? [closed]

I've always been curious about the seeming compulsion to found mathematics upon sets, be it ZF(C) or some other system. Of course, there are other approaches these days like category theory and type ...
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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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Is there a name for infinite words containing every finite words?

Apparently, the closest thing I've found would be normal number http://mathworld.wolfram.com/NormalNumber.html But requiring that every finite words occurs is weaker than this property. So I'm ...
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Necessity of omega-models in second order arithmetic

Are there examples of independence results over subsystems of true second order arithmetic that cannot be established using omega-models? To rule out trivial examples, let us assume that the base ...
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Proof complexity of two directions of equivalency?

This question is not precise, but I believe has a precise formulation. Consider a mathematical theorem which gives an equivalency between two conditions. As an extreme example: \begin{theorem} A ...
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Are there “non-constructive” sets in second-order arithmetic?

Consider $\phi(A)$ a formula of second-order arithmetic with one free variable $A$ of type "set". Suppose $\exists A : \phi(A)$ is a true sentence. Does it follow (not in second order arithmetic ...
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Does formalizing math require search and creativity, or is it near-mechanical?

I remember reading somewhere that it takes about a week to convert a page of math into something a proof-assistant like Isabelle or HOL Light would accept. Is this type of conversion something that ...
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Is it possible to classify all the inequivalent classes of first order sentence with quantifier rank fixed

It is known that for symbols with finite many relations, the number of inequivalent class of first order sentence with quantifier rank $m$ is finite. But is it possible to list (classify) them? At ...
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Absolutness of $\Pi_1^1$ statements

Shoenfield absoluteness is well known for $\Pi_2^1$-statements, but it does not hold between a countable transitive model of ZFC and the universe. But it is also known that $\Pi_1^1$ statements are ...
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Formal/rigorous treatment of (im)predicativity/predicativism

There are several places on the web where one may find quite intuitively understandable accounts of (im)predicativity; here on MO I found two questions with very good detailed answers (Predicative ...