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### Is forcing computable?

By results similar to Tennenbaum's theorem we know that there exist no computable models of $ZF$. But suppose we are given, as a sort of oracle, access to some model of $ZF$ (e.g. we can make oracle ...

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### Formal systems needed to formalize relative independence results

We know that Con(ZF) implies Con(ZFC+GCH), Con(ZF+neg(AC)) and Con(ZFC+neg(CH)). But what are some weak theories in which these relative independence results are provable? In particular, are they ...

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### Formal languages with non-unique interpretations of terms

In mathematical logic and model theory, one considers interpretations of syntactic expressions: terms without free variables are interpreted as elements of some structure, formulas without free ...

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### Is non-existence of the hyperreals consistent with ZF?

I know that it is possible to construct the hyperreal number system in ZFC by using the axiom of choice to obtain a non-principal ultrafilter. Would the non-existence of a set of hyperreals be ...

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### Can a parent and child node have the same type in a well-founded digraph tree?

$\newcommand\toward{\rightharpoonup}$It would help me to
understand something in a current research project if someone
could provide an example of directed graph $\langle
G,\toward\rangle$ with the ...

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### Is nfcp equivalent to stable + eliminates $\exists^\infty$?

Let $T$ be a complete first-order theory. Recall that a formula $\phi(\overline{x},\overline{y})$ has the finite cover property (fcp) if for all $n$, there exist $\overline{a}_1,\dots,\overline{a}_n$ ...

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### Is there a nonstandard model of arithmetic having precisely one inductive truth predicate?

$\newcommand\Tr{\text{Tr}}$My question is whether there can be a nonstandard model of PA having a unique inductive truth predicate.
Background. If $\mathcal{N}=\langle N,+,\cdot,0,1,<\rangle$ is ...

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### Are there sets which are computable in one model, but uncomputable in another?

Suppose we have two models of set theory, $U$ and $V$ which have the same $\Bbb N$. Is it possible that there is a set $A\subseteq\Bbb N$ such that, in $U$, this set is computable, i.e. there is a ...

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### O-minimal Theories with Non-Dense Order Type

I asked this question on MSE, but I haven't received any comments or responses (also, it has a very low view count), so I thought I would also ask it here.
In this paper, Knight, Pillay, and ...

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### Is every order type of a PA model the \omega of some ZFC model?

Let $N$ be a model of first-order Peano arithmetic, and let $\sigma$ be its order-type. Does it follow that there is a (non-transitive, expect when $M$ is the standard model) $ZFC$-model $M$ such that ...

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### motivic integration and jacobian ideal

When we consider the change of variables in motivic integration, we have a birational map $f:Y\rightarrow X$ with Y smooth and we have to consider two invariants the order of the Jacobian ideal of $X$ ...

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### Saturated models and definable substructures

Let $M$ be a saturated model of a theory $T$ in a first-order language $\mathcal{L}$, and let $N$ be a submodel of $M$.
Is it possible to have a substructure $A\neq N$ of $M$ such that $N \subset A ...

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### Two questions about axiomatic rank of groups

Let $G$ be a group and $V=Var(G)$ be the variety generated by $G$. Suppose the axiomatic rank of $V$ is $n$. Let $Id(V)$ be the set of all identities of $V$.
1- Can we say that every element of ...

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### Real algebraic groups and pseudo-finiteness

What is the relationship between pseudo-finite groups and real algebraic groups?
Could you provide an example of a pseudo-finite real algebraic group and of a non pseudo-finite one, if any?
Thank ...

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### Groups and pregeometries

Definition.
For an infinite structure $\mathcal{A}$ and $cl : P(dom(\mathcal{A})) \longrightarrow P(dom(\mathcal{A}))$ , we say
that $(\mathcal{A}, cl)$ is a structure carrying an $\omega$-homogeneous ...

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### Characterization of externally definable sets

Let $\cal U$ be a saturated model of inaccessible cardinality $\kappa$. For arbitrary $\cal D\subseteq U$ denote by $\langle\cal U,D\rangle$ the expansion of $\cal U$ with a new predicate for $\cal ...

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### Does this property of a first-order structure imply categoricity?

Let $\mathfrak{A}$ be a first-order structure over a relational language and let $\kappa$ be an infinite cardinal. Lets say that $\mathfrak{A}$ has the $\kappa$-property if for every structure ...

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### Are there superexponential Pfaffian functions?

This question is motivated by model theory, but it's really an analysis question (which means it may have an easy analysis answer that I just don't have the background for). Here's the main question, ...

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### Can Suslin (or Aronszajn) lines ever be orderings of abelian groups?

I am interested in realizing linear orders as orderings of abelian groups. In particular, can Suslin lines (and other classes of line) be realised in this way?
Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a class of ...

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### dual (p,q)-property

If the set system $(X,S)$ has the $(p,q)$-property does its dual system also have the property? (Possibly, for different $p$ and $q$.)
Explicitly, I am asking about the equivalence of the following ...

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### Saturated Ultrapowers

I posted it on MSE and didn't receive any comments or answers, so I thought I would post it here.
(See http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/895549/keisler-order-saturated-ultrapowers)
Keisler's ...

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### Representation of piecewise functions using variational inequalities

I need some help about how to represent piecewise smooth functions defined over N subintervals by using variational inequalities. From a paper I'm analyzing I get:
"If we can find a function ...

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### References for the Keisler Order

Are there any good/modern references on the Keisler order. I have been reading Keisler's original paper, "Ultraproducts which are not Saturated", which introduces the order. However it is somewhat ...

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### definable relations in finite structures

Let $\mathcal{L}$ be a first order language and $M$ be a finite $\mathcal{L}$-structure. I want to know which relations $R\subseteq M^n$ are definable in $\mathcal{L}$? If I apply the well-known ...

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### Is quasivariety generated by all perfect graphs finitely axiomatizable?

Fix logic $L$ with equality and a binary relation symbol $E$.
The class of graphs can be identified with the class of models of the universal first-order Horn $L$-sentences $\forall x,y\; E(x,y) ...

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### Countable model theory for $\omega$-stable theories?

This is a bit of a fishing expedition, because I'm not sure what I'm looking for. Very vaguely stated, here's the driving question:
What conditions on an $\omega$-stable theory make the class of ...

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### How do we know if Vaught's Conjecture is Absolute?

Please note that this might be some confusion on my part about the work surrounding Vaught's conjecture.
First of all, Vaught Conjecture states that if a first-order complete theory $T$ in a ...

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### Main Gap Phenomenon

Shelah's Main Gap Theorem states that for all first-order, complete theories, T, in a countable language, we have that either $$I(T,\aleph_\alpha)=2^{\aleph_\alpha}$$ or ...

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### A double centralizing theorem for finite groups

I have a proof for the following assertion which employs Model Theory. It has certainly a pure group theoretic proof, but what is such a proof? Is the assertion trivial?
Theorem Let $G$ be a finite ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Isomorphism of real closed fields

Given two real closed fields $R_1$ and $R_2$ such that both have cardinality continuum, archimedean, but not necessarily complete. Assume further that they are back and forth equivalent (in the ...

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### A “suitably generic” set of Cohen reals without forcing?

I was reading a paper by David Marker, whose main theorem was that if $T$ is a first-order theory which is not small, then $F_2\leq_B \cong_T$. That's not especially relevant to the question at hand, ...

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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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### Is the following a sufficient condition for being a primal algebra?

I have a question regarding universal algebra and, in particular, primal algebras:
Suppose that A is a finite simple algebra with no proper subalgebra, no automorphism except the identity map, with a ...

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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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### A model with $\kappa$ many automorphism and a rigid element.

The following should be known, but I could not find an example.
Let $\kappa$ be an uncountable cardinal. Find a model $M$ of size $\kappa$ which has $\ge\kappa$ many automorphisms, but for some $m\in ...

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### How can one define the direct limit of classes?

If we have a family of classes $(\mathfrak{M}_\alpha)_{\alpha\in D}$ of $\in$-structures with $D$ being a limit ordinal or the class of ordinals, and a family ...

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### Interactions between (set theory, model theory) and (algebraic geometry, algebraic number theory ,…)

Set theory and model theory have many applications outside of logic, in particular in algebra, topology, analysis, ...
On the other hand model theory, in particular after Hrushovski, found many ...

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### Overspill in models of arithmetic

Assume that $M$ is a non-standard model of complete arithmetic, i.e. of the theory $Th(\mathbb{N})$. Suppose that $R$ and $S$ are proper cuts of $M$. (With a cut, I mean a subset of the universe of ...

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### Scott sentence in models of set theory

Let $\mathfrak{M}$ be a countable transitive model of set theory.
Let $L$ be some countable language and $A$ be a countable (in $\mathfrak{M}$) $L$-structure.
My question is:
In $\mathfrak{M}$ can ...

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### Foundation scheme for $\Sigma_{n+1}$-formulas

I have trouble working out a proof in the second part of
Jean-Pierre Ressayre and Alex Wilkie. Modèles non standard en arithmétique et théorie des ensembles. Publications ...

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### Is this dichotomy for a VC-shatter-like function known?

Associated with each family $\mathcal{F}$ of a subsets of a set $\mathbf{X}$ I have a function $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ resembling the dual shatter function. This function obeys a ...

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### Sufficient Condition for Defining $\in$

Consider the first order language $\mathcal{L}=\{\in,\in'\}$ with two binary relational symbols $\in , \in'$ and $ZFC$ as a $\{\in\}$-theory. If we define $\in'$ using $\{\in\}$-formula $\varphi(x,y)$ ...

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### A Special Pair of Formulas

Consider the first order language $\mathcal{L}=\{\in,\subseteq\}$ and $\{\in\}$-theory $\text{ZFC}$. Is there a formula $\psi (x,y) \in \{\subseteq\}-Form$ with the following ...

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### infinitary logic and partial fixed point logic

Is there a property definable in finite-variable infinitary logic $L^{\omega}_{\omega\infty}$ but not definable in partial fixed point logic FO(PFP) ?

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### Quantifier elimination vs decidability

Quantifier elimination is used as a technique to get decidability (e.g. $Th( \mathbb{N}, +)$ ) of theories, but typically one has to go over to some expansion. Are there examples of theories which are ...

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### Systematic brute-force searches for counterexamples

This is getting nowhere on math.stackexchange.com, so I'm putting it here.
Gödel's completeness theorem says that for every statement in first-order predicate calculus with equality, there is either ...