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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
96 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Non-Forking and Related Concepts

Is the importance of developing forking machinery in the way we set it up, or is it in the fact that it allows us to come up with a notion of independence via the properties of non-forking? I'm ...
5
votes
0answers
75 views

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 ${\cal M}$ ...
0
votes
1answer
200 views

Provability of unprovability

I have three questions (without any real background, this is just something I've been wondering about recently) Can PA prove that PA can't prove nor disprove, say, Goodstein theorem (or any natural ...
5
votes
0answers
90 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

Epsilon-approximations of set systems with finite VC-dimension

ECorollary 6.9 in A Guide to NIP theories by Pierre Simon proves the following Theorem. For every positive integer $k$ and every positive real $\varepsilon$ there is an integer $n=n(k,\epsilon)$ ...
5
votes
1answer
221 views

Looking for reference or proof to some facts stated on Anand Pillay's book

In my current work I am using facts 2.1.11 and 2.1.12 from Anand Pillay's book Geometric Stability Theory. The facts are stated as follows: Fact 2.1.11. Let $(S,\mbox{cl})$ be a locally ...
6
votes
1answer
276 views

If two structures are elementarily equivalent, is there a zigzag of elementary embeddings between them?

Fix a first-order signature $\Sigma$. There is an equivalence relation $\sim$ on the class $\Sigma\mathrm{-Str}$ of all $\Sigma$-structures given by $M \sim N$ iff $M$ and $N$ are elementarily ...
1
vote
1answer
289 views

Is second-order ZFC categorical with regard to its proper class models

Second-order ZFC offers partial categoricity in the sense that, given any two models, one of them must be isomorphic to an initial segment of the other [1]. However, this leaves questions regarding ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

Is there a 'largest' second-order categorical axiomatization of set theory, extended from ZFC2

While it's possible to obtain categorical second-order axiomatizations of set theory by extending ZFC2 with additional axioms (see [1]), these axioms tend to be somewhat arbitrary (e.g. adding an ...
4
votes
0answers
113 views

Is the lowenheim-skolem number of nth order logic larger than the corresponding number for 2nd order logic

According to this paper, by Vaananen, the $LS$ number for $2^{nd}$ order logic is given by "the supremum of $Π_{2}$-definable ordinals", where "The Lowenheim-Skolem number $LS(L)$ of $L$ is the ...
17
votes
4answers
666 views

Is there a Leibnizian model with no definable elements, in a finite language?

A first-order structure $M$ is Leibnizian, if any two distinct elements $a,b\in M$ satisfy different $1$-types; that is, if there is some formula $\varphi$ such that $M\models\varphi(a)$ and ...
7
votes
2answers
280 views

Around Vopěnka: Accessible category with small full discrete subcategories of arbitrary size?

I believe the model-theoretic version of the question is: is there a theory in finitary first-order logic which has, for each cardinal $\lambda$, a set $C_\lambda$ of $\lambda$-many models, such that ...
1
vote
0answers
124 views

What can be said about a Boolean-valued structure from what the Boolean-valued forcing extension thinks about it?

Suppose that $\phi$ is a formula in the language of set theory such that there are some $n_{1},...,n_{k}$ such that if $V\models\phi(x)$, then $x=(X,R_{1},...,R_{k})$ and ...
13
votes
2answers
891 views

When does Vopěnka's principle hold?

Vopěnka's principle (VP) is the statement that, given any proper class $\{\mathcal{A}_\eta: \eta\in ON\}$ of first-order structures in the same language, there are some $\alpha\not=\beta$ with ...
5
votes
1answer
94 views

When is a formula preserved under taking factors in a reduced product or the stalk in a Boolean product?

I want to know if there is a nice characterization of when a formula is preserved under taking reduced factors. We say that a formula $\phi$ is closed under taking reduced factors if whenever $I$ is ...
9
votes
1answer
96 views

Strongly minimal set with DMP

Recall that a strongly minimal theory $T$ has the Definable Multiplicity Property (DMP) if for all natural $k$, $m$ and $\varphi(\bar{x},\bar{b})$ of rank $k$, multiplicity $m$, there exists a formula ...
5
votes
0answers
177 views

Universal anti-Horn classes?

Is there published work about universal anti-Horn classes? Anti-Horn formulas are also sometimes known as dual Horn. See also related question Is there any research of universal algebras ...
1
vote
0answers
96 views

saturated model [closed]

Suppose you have a saturated model N of a complete theory T without finite models. How is it possibile to construct a proper saturated elementary substructure of N of the same cardinality of N ? I ...
3
votes
0answers
97 views

Fixed Points of the Friedman Stanley Jump

Consider the situation of a pair $(X,E)$, where $X$ is a standard Borel space and $E$ is an invariant equivalence relation on $X$*. The Friedman-Stanley jump of this pair is an equivalence relation ...
2
votes
1answer
204 views

Mal'cev “rational equivalence” and model theory

In Universal Algebra, it is possible to say that two presentations denote the "same" kind of algebraic structures, if the two corresponding varieties are "rationally equivalent" (Mal'cev 1958). In ...
4
votes
1answer
316 views

Does PA+Con(PA) entail the existence of non-standard models of PA?

Does $\textsf{PA}$+Con($\textsf{PA}$) entail the existence of non-standard models of $\textsf{PA}$? Is there a reasonable way in which to code, inside $\textsf{PA}$, the statement that $\textsf{PA}$ ...
1
vote
0answers
68 views

Counting models in first order logics without existencial quantifiers

My question is about the posibility of to construct a parameter space of models in a first order theory, finitely presented, with out existencial quantifiers (parameter space in the sense of ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

Representable cylindric algebras and correspondence with first-order models

The class $\textsf{Cs}_{\omega}^{reg}\cap \textsf{Lf}_{\omega}$ of locally finite and regular cylindric set algebras (of dimension $\omega$) can be seen as the algebraic counterpart of first-order ...
2
votes
0answers
171 views

Automorphisms of $\mathbb{C}$ and meromorphic functions

Let $F$ be a meromorphic function on $\mathbb{C}$, and assume that the first-order theory of $(\mathbb{C},F)$ defines $\mathbb{Z}$, which means that there exists a formula $\varphi(z)$ (in the ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

Relationship between a first-order theory and its model companion

Given a first-order theory $T$ its model companion $T^*$ can be considered. Under relatively weak assumptions on $T$ we have that $T^*$ is the theory of the class of the existentially closed models ...
8
votes
3answers
290 views

Model-theoretic accounts of feasibility in bounded arithmetic and related systems

Various weak theories of arithmetic have been partially motivated by a concern with numbers (or functions/proofs) that are feasible. This concern is sometimes connected to an interest in strictly ...
16
votes
6answers
865 views

Application of Fraïssé construction in set theory

As you know Fraïssé limit construction and its generalization, Hrushovski's construction, have many applications in model theory to build models with interesting property. Now I would like to know ...
6
votes
0answers
88 views

Is there a ``Ladner's Theorem" for the PH-vs-PSPACE scenario?

Like a statement of the kind, ``If the Polynomial Hierarchy (PH) $\neq$ PSPACE then there exists $L \in PSPACE \backslash PH$ which is not PSPACE-complete"? Or is there something else that states ...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

Do the real numbers “know” that they are countable in a larger model?

(This was first posted to math.stackexchange but had no answers there after several days): Let ${\mathbb R}$ be the set of real numbers in whatever is your favorite model of $ZFC$. Then (by Levy ...
2
votes
0answers
68 views

Potentiality classes and Borel reductions

In a 1998 paper by Hjorth, Kechris, and Louveau, there was a definition given of a "potentiality class." That is, given an invariant equivalence relation $E$ on a standard Borel space $X$, we say $E$ ...
8
votes
1answer
186 views

Uncountably categorical theories which are interpretable in a strongly minimal

Definition: Let $\lambda$ be a cardinal. An $\mathcal{L}$-theory $T$ is called $\lambda$-categorical whenever every two models of $T$ of cardinality $\lambda$ are isomorphic. Definition: An ...
6
votes
1answer
124 views

Chains of forking extension in stable theories

Let $T$ be an stable theory. Further we work in the monster model of $T^{eq}$. We say that a chain of types of the form $$tp(a_1/A_1)\subset tp(a_2/A_2) ... \subset tp(a_n/A_n)$$ is a forking chain ...
6
votes
1answer
397 views

Alternate proof of Morley's theorem?

I'm trying to understand the result given in the first box at slide 45 of this talk. Specifically: 1) What is the source cited? I have not been able to find any article by Keisler, Chudnovsky and/or ...
13
votes
2answers
863 views

nonstandard models and mathematical theorems

Is there a first order statement about the natural numbers (not nonstandard analysis) such that the truth of the statement is easier to see in a nonstandard model? In other words, do nonstandard ...
-1
votes
1answer
99 views

types and elementary extensions [closed]

Let $\mathcal{M}$ and $\mathcal{N}$ be two $\mathcal{L}$-structures and suppose that for n-tupls $\bar{a}\in M^n$ and $\bar{b}\in N^n$, $tp^\mathcal{M}(\bar{a})=tp^\mathcal{N}(\bar{b})$ where ...
8
votes
0answers
206 views

Is there a notion analogous to separability but requiring definable rather than countable sets?

Among models of $\lambda$-calculus, some like the Bohm tree model have the property that every element is a directed sup of definable elements, whereas others like the $D_\infty$ and $P(\omega)$ ...
2
votes
0answers
76 views

Uniqueness of an embedding theorem for Real differential fields

I will follow a preliminary exposition for the problem in question, which will essentially follow the format on http://www4.ncsu.edu/~singer/papers/model_diff_fields.pdf [pg. 87]: Let $K$ be a real ...
11
votes
1answer
553 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
134 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
180 views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
449 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
115 views

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 $\overline{a}_1,\dots,\overline{a}_n$ ...
12
votes
1answer
508 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
326 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
202 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
463 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
100 views

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 $X$ ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

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 ...