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### Algebras admitting quantifier elimination

I apologize if this question is meaningless or trivial:
What are examples of Algebras admitting quantifier elimination? Especially are there Groups admitting quantifier elimination?
I need to say ...

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### Nonstandard analysis in probability theory

I am quite new at nonstandard analysis, and recently I became aware of its use in probability theory mainly through the following two books:
Nelson (1987). Radically Elementary Probability Theory
...

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### Number of non-isomorphic models

I had this question up on Math stackexchange: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1349247/number-of-non-isomorphic-models/1350763#1350763 . While it was answered partially there, I'm posting here ...

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### Set as a (strict) infinite-category?

First, let me say that I have no idea if such a post has its place here. However, I believe that the ideas I'm going to present are important. The goal of this thread is three fold:
1) trying to ...

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### Freedom of speech in scientific discussions - An invitation to more tolerance in Scientific debates [migrated]

I hope this post enjoys some tolerance, and don't get closed or put on hold immediately.
I believe that freedom of speech in scientific discussions is one of the key values which enriches the debates ...

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### preserving saturated ideals

A reliable source made the following claim:
Suppose CH there is an $\omega_2$-saturated ideal on $\omega_1$. Then this is preserved by $\mathrm{Add}(\omega_1,\omega_2)$.
Question 1: How do you ...

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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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### Logic resolution and logic consequence [on hold]

Which of this are false?
a) If some formula H results from premises D, then H could be derived from D with using resolution (reapetedly) rule.
b) If some formula H results from premises D, then we ...

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### What is the reverse mathematical strength of the fundamental theorem of algebra?

Reverse mathematics (RM) is that area that tries to pin down exactly which axioms are necessary to prove theorems, given some weak base theory. Harvey Friedman has pointed out several times (on the ...

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### Goodstein's theorem without transfinite induction

Goodstein's theorem is an example of a theorem that is not provable from first order arithmetic. All proofs of the theorem seem to deploy transfinite induction and I've wondered if one could prove the ...

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### Are monoids with zero and partial homomorphisms related?

Context: Let $\Sigma=\{U,C,A,G\}$ and $L\subset\Sigma^*$, i.e. $L$ is a language over the alphabet $\Sigma$. Let $\Sigma'=\{0,1\}$ and define a homomorphism $f:\Sigma^*\to\Sigma'^*$ by extending $U ...

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### On an automatic translation of typed lambda calculus in untyped lambda calculus

I have a question regarding the "compilation" of typed lambda calculus in untyped lambda calculus.
Take for example the inductive definition of lists, with introduction rules:
and:
We can ...

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### Type theory: can multiple elimination rules be defined, in principle?

I'd like to ask a question on type theory:
Consider the usual type theoretical definition of the natural numbers. We could give an elimination rule in the form:
or in the form:
I called the ...

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### Pseudo-decision procedures for first order arithmetic

I was reading this paper http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.117.2911&rep=rep1&type=pdf in which the author describes an algorithm, based on Groebner basis, ...

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### Lascar strong types in fragments of arithmetic

Are Lascar strong types (definition below) in models of fragments of arithmetic always type definable? (They trivially are, in models of full induction.)
Definition Given a saturated model ${\cal M}$ ...

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### What lets the Square of Opposition fail in Intuitionistic Logic?

See moderator's note in the comments.
I just came across the following. In intuitionistic logic
and classical logic we have the following consequences:
...

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### Just a little absoluteness might be cheaper?

Absoluteness is a wonderful thing, but expensive consistency-strength wise. My question is, when can we get large amounts of absoluteness in specific situations for much cheaper?
Specifically, fix a ...

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### undergraduate logic textbook

I am going to teach the standard undergraduate Logic course for math and engineering majors. What are good (bad) text-books and why. I have not taught that course for a while and wonder if there are ...

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### Generic $\mathbf{\Sigma}_3^1$-absoluteness for class forcings

In the paper "Generic Absoluteness" by Bagaria and Friedman (http://www.logic.univie.ac.at/~sdf/papers/bagfried.pdf) it is shown that in ZFC generic $\mathbf{\Sigma_3^1}$-absoluteness is false for ...

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### Computability of Brauer groups

A friend of mine and I were talking about computable algebra, and this question came up. The answer may already be known, but I couldn't find it with Google:
Suppose I have a countable field, $k$. ...

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### Countable group with uncountable number of subgroups $< 2^{\aleph_0}$

Is it consistent that there is a countable group $G$ such that the cardinality of the set of subgroups of $G$ is uncountable, but strictly less than $2^{\aleph_0}$?

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### Topological tameness beyond the Gandy-Harrington topology

The Gandy-Harrington topology on $\omega^\omega$ is the topology generated by all lightface $\Sigma^1_1$ sets; that is, all sets which are continuous-in-the-usual-sense images of $\omega^\omega$.
...

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### Forcing as a replacement of induction and diagonal arguments

Let me give some examples motivating the question.
The use of forcing instead of induction: For this consider Cantor's theorem:
Theorem 1. Any two countable dense linear orders $I, J$ without end ...

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### Non-standard naturals and goodstein sequences [closed]

By the Kirby–Paris theorem, Goodstein's theorem is independent of Peano arithmetic (PA). Therefore there are non-standard models in which every Goodstein sequence terminates. However, Tennenbaum's ...

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### Details for Woodin's forcing argument for a saturated ideal from the Levy collapse

Theorem 2.65 in Woodin's book shows that a saturated ideal on $\omega_1$ exists after Levy-collapsing a Woodin cardinal $\delta$ to $\omega_2$. I am confused about the part of the argument where he ...

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### Is the Jordan decomposition of a self-adjoint functional constructive?

Let $A$ be an abstract C*-algebra, and let $\varphi\colon A \rightarrow \mathbb C$ be a bounded linear function. Assuming the axiom of choice, there exist unique positive bounded linear functions ...

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### Calculating minimum number of comparisons to ensure 1 and only 1 value set [migrated]

This is a math problem with software limitations, but I felt it more appropriate here than in a software SE.
I am forced to work with a very inflexible tool and must check 5 fields, each of which can ...

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### Do non-normal states exist in the Solovay model?

Let H be an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. Then there exist non-normal states on B(H) in ZFC (i.e. states that are not represented by a density operator).
Is this also true in the Solovay model ...

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### Coding a model of $0^\sharp$ from a $\Pi^1_1$ Gale-Stewart game

As a preface to this question, this is my first time asking on Math overflow, and this seemed like the sort of question that would be acceptable here. However, I apologize if it is not.
A method for ...

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### The Chang model after collapsing an inaccessible limit of Woodins

If $\kappa$ is an inaccessible cardinal and $G \subset \operatorname{Col}(\omega,\mathord{<}\kappa)$ is a $V$-generic filter, then in $V[G]$ the Chang model $L(\text{Ord}^\omega)$ satisfies "every ...

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### Who needs Replacement anyway?

The set theory ETCS famously comes without the Replacement axiom schema (or an equivalent) that is part of ZFC. One (to me, not apparently useful) set that one cannot build in ETCS is $\coprod_{n\in ...

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### Primitive Closure Arithmetic

I am researching a system that was designed by myself and what I call PCA (Primitive Closure Arithmetic), because it looks like PRA.
The differences are:
- PRA uses recursive definition with a ...

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### Definition of “Expected/Unexpected Event”

Background of my question is Martin Gardner's "unexpected hanging" paradoxon, which has once again be the subject of an article in a popular-scientific magazin (this time because this year it has been ...

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### Adding a saturated ideal

Is it consistent that there is no $\omega_2$-saturated ideal on $\omega_1$, but one is introduced by an $\omega_2$-closed forcing?

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### c.c.c forcing notions and adding minimal generic reals

Is the following statement consistent:
``There is no non-trivial c.c.c forcing notion adding a minimal generic real''?
The question is related to Prikry's question: Is it consistent that any ...

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### The size of Lindelof space

Question. Suppose that $X$ is a Lindelof space such
that every point of $X$ is a $G_{\delta}$-point. Then is it true that $|X| ≤ 2^{\omega}$?

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### Is $\clubsuit_{\omega_1}$ enough to get Suslin tree?

This is problem 15.3 in Arnie Miller's problem list:
(Juhasz) Suppose there exists $\langle A_{\alpha} : \alpha \in L \rangle$, where $L$ is the set of limit ordinals below $\omega_1$ and for each ...

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### For a ring $k$ and a set $X$, what are the $k$-algebra homomorphisms $k^X \to k$?

Let $k$ be a commutative ring. Feel free to assume it's a field.
Let $X$ be a set. This question is only interesting when $X$ is infinite.
Write $k^X$ for the $k$-algebra of functions $X \to k$, ...

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### Cohen algebra and $\mathcal P(\omega)/ \mathrm{fin}$

Let $C$ be the Cohen algebra, the boolean completion of the partial order of finite partial functions from $\omega$ to 2, ordered by reverse inclusion. Does there exist an ideal $I$ on $C$ such that ...

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### Is there a $\Sigma^0_3$-complete ideal on $\omega$?

In Kechris's book "Classical Descriputive set theory" Chapter 23 (Exercise 23.4), it claim that there is a $\Sigma^0_\xi$-complete ideal on $\omega$ for each $\xi\geq 3$.
There is a candidate ...

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### BL Algebras that allow for Compactness to hold

Say we have a model $M$ of a theory $T$ of some core fuzzy logic.
When dealing with compactness, we run in to a situation where the new model being built (by the use of compactness over $M$), will ...

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### Does Peano's existence theorem admits a constructive proof?

$$y(t)=y_0+\int_0^t b(y(s))ds$$ $b\in C(R^d)\cap L^\infty(R^d)$
The classical proof for Peano's existence theorem in ODE need use the Ascoli's theorem, so it's not constructive. When $d=1$, in the ...

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### $\Sigma_1$ elementary substructure

This is a question I was given in the exam: show that if $\lambda, \kappa$ are uncountable cardinals then
$$(H_\lambda,\in) \prec_1 (H_\kappa,\in)$$
where $H_\lambda$ is the class of all sets $x$ such ...

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### Conservativity of multiplicative linear logic over intuitionistic multiplicative linear logic

It is well known that multiplicative linear logic (MLL) is conservative over intuitionistic multiplicative linear logic (IMLL). In other words, if an IMLL formula is provable in MLL then it is already ...

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### What does “simplification of proofs as evaluation of programs” mean?

I am currently going through Philip Walder's "Proposition as Types" and a passage of the introduction has struck me:
for each way to simplify a proof
there is a corresponding way to evaluate a ...

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### On sentences true in all finite groups (revisited)

Let $w$ be a group word with variables $\bar x, \bar y$, where
$\bar x=(x_1,\dots ,x_m)$ and
$\bar y=(y_1,\dots ,y_n).$
I am interested in the following questions.
(1) Is the sentence $(\forall\bar ...

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### Can there be a tree of height $\omega_2$ having all levels countable, with no cofinal branch?

For many years I had the idea that if a well-founded tree is both very tall and very narrow, then it must have a cofinal branch. For example, it is a fun exercise to show that any $\omega_1$-tree ...

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### O-Minimal sentences in $L_{\omega_1,\omega}$?

Is there any meaningful sense in which we can talk about o-minimal sentences of $L_{\omega_1,\omega}$? I can give a first attempt, easily; given a countable fragment $F$ and a sentence $\Phi$ in that ...

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### Introducing meets while preserving directed closure

A poset $\mathbb{P}$ is called well-met iff every pair of compatible conditions in $\mathbb{P}$ has a greatest lower bound.
Question: Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a separative partial order which is ...

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### On sentences true in all finite groups

Let $w$ be a group word with two variables $x$ and $y$.
Is the sentence $(\forall x)(\exists y)w=1$
true in every group if it is true
in every finite group?
The same question about the sentence ...