Model theory is the branch of mathematical logic which deals with the connection between a formal language and its interpretations, or models.

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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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Standard satisfiability for sentences in the language of ordered Abelian groups! [closed]

Consider $\mathcal{L}$ as the language of ordered Abelian groups. Let $\varphi$ be an $\mathcal{L}$-sentence in first-order logic. (According to comments I modify the question. The original one is ...
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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 ...
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What is the precise notion of “enough arithmetic” in Godel's first Incompleteness theorem?

I'm trying to reconstruct the proof of Godel's first theorem (Rosser's strong version) from the uncomputability of the Halting function. If we just started with the language $\mathcal{L}=\{0, S, +, ...
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The (non-)absoluteness of second-order elementary equivalence

Elementary equivalence is set-theoretically absolute between any two transitive models of set theory; this is also true for the infinitary logics - e.g., $\mathcal{L}_{\omega_1\omega}$ - at least, ...
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Preserving Predimension Functions under Functional Convergences

Definition 1. If ‎$‎‎‎\mathcal{L}‎$ ‎is a‎ ‎countable relational ‎language, ‎a ‎predimension ‎class ‎‎‎‎‎$‎C‎$ is a class ‎of $‎‎\mathcal{L}$-structures with ‎the ‎following ‎properties:‎ ‎C1: ...
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Preimages of accessible full subcategories

My question is ultimately about the model theory of $L_{\infty, \omega}$, but it is more convenient to phrase it in terms of category theory. Suppose I have finitely accessible categories ...
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Stable examples from Algebra such that the model theoretic algebraic closure of a substructre is no model

Let $T$ be a stable theory. Let $A$ be a subset or substructure of a model $M$ of $T$. Now in some theories the (model theoretic) algebraic closure of $A$ is already a (sub)model of $T$. For example, ...
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Relation between fundamental theorem of Ehrenfeucht-Fraisse games and notions of bisimulation and simulation

Vijay D alluded to the relation between the fundamental theorem of Ehrenfeucht-Fraisse games and notions of bisimulation and simulation in response to the whats-a-magical-theorem-in-logic question. ...
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Is a model of arithmetic contained in a model of arithmetic an initial segment?

It's easy enough to show that if $\mathbb{N}_1$ is a non-standard model of the Peano axioms, then there is a canonical embedding $\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}_1$, and we have a theorem that if $x \in ...
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Maximality of linear orders in the Keisler order on theories

Recently Malliaris and Shelah (see their preprint http://math.uchicago.edu/~mem/Malliaris-Shelah-CST.pdf) have shown that theories with $SOP_2$ are maximal in the Keisler order. A preceding result of ...
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Compactness and completeness in Gödel logic

The standard proof of the completeness theorem in first-order Gödel logic is based on a first-order countable language. I want to know that is there any proof of the completeness theorem in ...
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Is there a well-defined notion of dimension for $\mathcal{L}$-structures? [closed]

Model theorists usually refer to a $\mathcal{L}$-structure $M$ as a "world". Note that in physics and many parts of mathematics when we refer to an object as a "world" or "space" we usually can ...
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Equational theories determined by “identities without variables”

How to characterize equational theories $T$ which have the following property: for any two terms $t(x_1,...,x_n)$ and $t'(x_1,...,x_n)$ in the signature of $T$, if for any closed terms (i. e. terms ...
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unique types and decidability

Suppose $\mathcal{M}$ is an infinite structure which has the property that every type that is realised is realised uniquely. Also assume that every element of $\mathcal{M}$ is definable but there is ...
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Colorful model theory

There are a number of concepts in model theory - often situated around Hrushovski's amalgamation method (see for instance http://math.univ-lyon1.fr/~wagner/nijmegen.pdf) - which are colorfully named: ...
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Morley Phenomena for Special Families of Reals

Vaught's Conjecture is a dual form of Continuum Hypothesis in model theory. It asserts that for each complete consistent theory $T$ in a countable language if $I(T,\aleph_{0})>\aleph_{0}$ then ...
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Replace Morley sequence over some set by one over a finite set, s.t. they both satiesfy a certain formula

Let $T$ be a stable $L$-theory with elimination of imaginaries. We work in the monster model $\mathfrak C$ of $T$. Let $A$ be a small (infinite) set of the monster, $\phi(x,y)$ be a $L(A)$-formula and ...
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Algebraically closed fields with only definable automorphisms

According to the paper "Models with second order properties IV. A general method and eliminating diamonds" by Shelah, he constructs ordered fields with only definable automorphisms. I haven't read ...
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Can the structure of an ultrafilter determine the structure of its ultrapower?

Usually we work with ultrafilters as pure sets without any structure. Q1. Is there any important notion of structure on an ultrafilter? Q2. Is there any non-trivial notion of structure on ...
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Is it ever a good idea to use Keisler-Shelah to show elementary equivalence?

The most useful way I know to show that two structures are elementarily equivalent is Ehrenfeucht-Fraisse games. These are quite nice and intuitive, and even when I can't use them to solve my problem ...
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CRAM[t(n) \subseteq IND[t(n)]

In the proof of lemma 5.3 in Immerman's descriptive complexity (CRAM[t(n) \subseteq IND[t(n)]), he mentions a disjunction depending on the value of the processor's program counter at the "directly" ...
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Finite generation of vector identities

This question is partially motivated by Looking for a comprehensive referece for vector identities, although that question may not be appropriate for MO. Consider the set $\mathcal{E}$ of all valid ...
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A ZFC construction to get a proper extension which is a $\omega_1$-model

In $V$, let me call a set theory structure A is a $\omega_1$ model if the $\omega_1$ of $A$ is the same as the $\omega_1$ in $V$ (up to isomorphism). The question I would like to ask is the following: ...
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quantifier rank and number of variables as complexity measures

Is there a property of finite structures expressible with a sentence using only 2 variables and quantifier rank n but not expressible by any sentence with more variables and quantifier rank less than ...
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Varieties where every algebra is free

I'd like to know more about varieties (in the sense of universal algebra) where every algebra is free. Another way to state the condition is that the comparison functor from the Kleisli category to ...
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Vaught's conjecture for partial orders

In ``Steel, John R. On Vaught's conjecture. Cabal Seminar 76–77, pp. 193–208'' the following is proved: Theorem. Let $\phi\in L_{\omega_1,\omega}.$ If every model of $\phi$ is a tree, then $\phi$ has ...
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Can a Decidable Theory Have Non-recursive Models?

Tennenbaums' theorem proves neither addition nor multiplication can be recursive in any countable non-standard model of arithmetic. Tennenbaum's proof applies to theories much weaker than PA. ...
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Forcing for Arbitrary First Order Theories

Forcing is a relative model construction method for models of $ZF$ as a particular first order theory using models of another first order theory (forcing companion) that in this case is the theory of ...
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Godel's Second Incompleteness theorem and Models

As I understand it, Godel's completeness theorem essentially says that if a sentence $\phi$ can be proven in a first order theory $\Gamma$, then $\phi$ is satisfied in all models $\mathcal{U}$ of ...
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“Fraïssé limits” without amalgamation

All structures are countable with countable signature. Given a structure $\mathcal{A}$, the age of $\mathcal{A}$, $Age(\mathcal{A})$, is the set of structures isomorphic to finitely-generated ...
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Fields of characteristic zero via ultraproducts

Is every noncountable field of characteristic zero the ultraproduct (using a non principal ultrafilter over the set of prime numbers) of fields of positive characteristic?
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Can an ultraproduct be infinite countable?

In exercise 4 page 456 of Hodges "Model Theory" it is required to show that if an ultrafilter $\mathcal{U}$ is not $\omega_1$-complete, then every ultraproduct $\prod_I A_i/ \mathcal{U}$ has ...
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Stabilization of recursive approximation in $PA^-+I\Sigma_1^0$

Over any model M of $PA^-+I\Sigma_1^0$. Suppose $A\in [T]$ where $T$ is a $\Delta_2^0$-tree and $A$ is one isolated path. Further, $A$ is regular, i.e. $\forall n A\upharpoonright n$ has a code in ...
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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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A preprint of Sela concerning the work of Kharlampovich-Miyasnikov

Yesterday, Z. Sela published a preprint in arXiv which claims that the solution of Olga Kharlampovich and Alexi Miyasnikov for the Tarski problem on decidablity of the first order theories of free ...
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Negated varieties and their relatively free algebras

During the past days, I asked some questions in order to gain a clear understanding of the notion of "free algebras". I suppose that the question below is the most clear image of the concept I have ...
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The existence of an algebra whose set of identities and first order theory are equivalent

Is there an algebra $A$ (for example a group) such that $Th(A)$ is logically equivalent to $id(A)$? In other words, is there an algebra $A$ such that $$ Mod(Th(A))=Var(A)? $$ Clearly finite algebras ...
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relatively free groups in $Var(S_3)$

Suppose $S_3$ is the symmetric group of order 6. Which elements of the variety $Var(S_3)$ are relatively free? This question is related to my previous question Relatively free algebras in a variety ...
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Universal graphs on higher cardinals

The Rado graph contains every finite graph as induced subgraph, and its also holds for countable graphs. So it is an universal graph of size $\aleph_0$, which contains all graphs of size $\aleph_0$ as ...
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Stability of analytic Zariski structures

Noetherian Zariski structures are introduced by Hrushovski and Zilber.(1996) An analytic Zariski structure is a generalization of Noetherian Zariski structures, introduced by Zilber and Peatfield. ...
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Is “approximate categoricity” absolute?

Let $T$ be a countable first-order theory, and assume that $T$ has exactly one atomic model up to isomorphism in every uncountable cardinality. (By "atomic" I mean a model which omits the ...
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Peano (Dedekind) categoricity

What is the smallest fragment of second order logic such that $Th(\mathbb{N})$ in that logic is categorical (only one model, namely natural numbers, up to isomorphism). For example, can we do this in ...
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Recursive ordinals and the minimal standard model of ZF

Does the minimal standard model of ZF contain all recursive ordinals or is it limited (probably by the proof theoretic ordinal of ZF as I suspect but cannot prove)? Paul J. Cohen's definition of the ...
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Recursive Non-standard Models of Modular Arithmetic? [closed]

Any algebraically closed field (ACF) is a model of Modular arithmetic (MA). (MA) has the same axioms as first order Peano arithmetic (PA) except $\forall x(Sx \neq 0)$ is replaced with $\exists ...
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Outer Definability of a Class

Definition: Let $C$ be a class of sets and $\mathcal{L}$ a first order relational language. We say $C$ is "outer definable" by $\mathcal{L}$ if there is a first order theory $T$ and for each $n_{R}$ - ...
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Is there a 0-1 law for the theory of groups?

Several months ago, Dominik asked the question Is there a 0-1 law for the theory of groups? on mathstackexchange, but although his question received attention there is still no answer. By asking the ...
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Generalizations of Birkhoff's HSP Theorem

Let $\mathbf{C}$ be the class of algebraic structures of some fixed type satisfying some sentence $\phi$. Birkhoff's HSP theorem says that $\mathbf{C}$ is closed under homomorphisms, subalgebras and ...
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$(\kappa,\lambda)$ - Minimal Models & Stronger Version of Rowbottom's Theorem

Definition 1: Let $M$ be a $\mathcal{L}$ - structure and $A\subseteq Dom(M)$. Define: $Def_{A}(M):=\{X\subseteq Dom(M)~|~\exists n\in \omega~~\exists \varphi (x,y_1,...,y_n)\in ...