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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Defining $\mathbb{Z}$ in $\mathbb{Q}$

It was proved by Poonen that $\mathbb{Z}$ is definable in $\mathbb{Q}$ using $\forall \exists$ formula. Koenigsmann has shown that $\mathbb{Z}$ is in fact definable by universal formula. What is the ...
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Hrushovski's Construction

Zilber expressed a conjecture for $\aleph_{1}$- categorical theories.(In 80s) Zilber's Conjecture: The geometry of any $\aleph_{1}$- categorical structure is one of the following: a) Trivial (No ...
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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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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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Using Lindstrom's theorem to prove Craig interpolation

[EDIT: The theorem I call "Beth definability" below is apparently not generally called that (wikipedia notwithstanding; see http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/288450/two-forms-of-beths-theorem). ...
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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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Is there a Rado category?

The Rado graph appears to have a nice universality property (it contains all finite and all countably infinite graphs as induced subgraphs) and homogeinety property (any isomorphism between ...
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Uncountable Lüroth problem

Question. Let $F(X)$ be the field obtained by adding an uncountable collection of indeterminates (mutually transcendental elements) to a prime field $F$. Is there an example of a subfield $E$ ...
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Why is definable compact equivalent to bounded and closed for sets with o-minimal structures?

We have $M$ an o-minimal structure. $X \in M^n$ with the induced topology. I'm reading an article which shows that $X \in M^n$ is definable compact is equivalent to $X$ being bounded and closed. ...
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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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“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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What classes of complex manifolds are known to be definable in an o-minimal expansion of the real field?

It is a widely known (perhaps slightly folkloric) fact that compact complex manifolds, understood as first-order structures with a predicate for each analytic subset, are definable in an expansion of ...
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Vaught conjecture for uncountable languages

Recall Vaught conjecture: the number of countable models of a first-order complete theory in a countable language is finite or $\aleph_0$ or $2^{\aleph_0}.$ Now let $\lambda$ be an uncountable ...
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Axiomatizations of the real exponential field

According to Marker's "Model Theory: An Introduction", the real exponential field has a $\forall\exists$ axiomatization (because it is model complete) but no-one has any idea what such an ...
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Is there Ultracoproduct-like construction for topological spaces in general?

In http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/9704205.pdf they define the ultracoproduct of a sequence of compact Hausdorff spaces, $\sum_\mathcal{U}X_i$ along an ultrafilter $\mathcal{U}$ as the Wallman-Frink ...
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Is the class of additive groups of rings axiomatizable?

I know that it is impossible to axiomatize the multiplicative structures of rings, called $R$-semigroups. Is anything known about the first-order axiomatizability of the class of abelian groups which ...
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Recent application of model theory in set theory by Shelah-Malliaris

Recently one of the oldest open problems in set theory about the cardinal invariants of the continuum (i.e the question of whether $\mathfrak{p}=\mathfrak{t}$) was solved by Shelah and Malliaris (see ...
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Can the isomorphism relation for countable models become harder when adding finitely many constants?

I am particularly interesting in the case where $T$ is o-minimal, but I would be interested in any theory $T$ (or even an $L_{\omega_1,\omega}$-sentence) which has this property. Context: view the ...
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Undecidability degree of some elementary theories (two equivalence relations, …)

I have a question about some results in the paper I. A. Lavrov. Effective inseparability of the sets of identically true formulae and finitely refutable formulae for certain theories (in Russian). ...
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Natural models of graphs?

Motivation I want to capture the notion of natural models of finite graphs: How can natural predicates and natural relations on a given natural base class $D$ be defined? If this succeeds the ...
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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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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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Cardinality of Grothendieck ring in model theory

Good evening, In model theory there is a notion of Grothendieck ring defined here http://math.berkeley.edu/~scanlon/papers/greu12jun00.pdf. Do we know anything about the cardinality of these rings ? ...
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Schanuel's conjecture and abstract elementary classes

Are there any connections between Schanuel's conjecture and abstract elementary classes. More precisely Question. Is there any conjecture in abstract elementary classes whose truth implies the ...
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Krull dimension and Morley rank

Definition : A Topological space $\mathcal{D}$ is called noetherian if it satisfies the descending chain condition for closed subsets. We define the dimension of $\mathcal{D}$ to be the supremum of ...
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A canonical way to kill a subset of cohomology in a dg-algebra: via $A_\infty$-algebras? References?

Let $A$ be a differential graded algebra, $S\subset H^*(A)$. I would like to 'kill $S$ in a canonical way'. Is it possible to do it as follows: consider the $A_\infty$-algebra structure on ...
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local character of Tarski-Vaught for tuples in excellent classes

In the book Baldwin, Categoricity in Abstract Elementary Classes defines (Def.20.1,p.151) a notion of Tarski-Vaught extensions for tuples that generalises both independence and usual Tarski-Vaught ...
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Sentences Preserved by Direct Products (including the Empty Product)

Consider the class of all structures for a given signature in first-order logic. Let $S_i$ be a family of structures, and $\oplus S_i$ be the direct product of the family. You can extend the notion ...
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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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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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Is a proconstructible subsemigroup of $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ an intersection of constructible subsemigroups?

Let $S$ be a proconstructible subsemigroup of $M_n(\mathbb{C})$, that is a subsemigroup which is an intersection of constructible sets. Is $S$ an intersection of constructible subsemigroups? The ...
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strong order property in continuous logic

I am wondering what is the accepted version of the strong order property in continuous logic. The definition for classical logic is as follows: $T$ has SOP$_n$ (for $n\geq 3$) if there is a formula ...
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Saturated Ehrenfeucht-Mostowski models

Inspired by this question on MSE I tried to prove the following: Let $T$ be a complete theory in a first order language and $\kappa$ a cardinal. If $T$ is $\kappa$-stable, then there exists a ...
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Is there a useful Galois connection between Languages and Grammars?

I've just beginning to learn logic and proof theory - and the following rather vague and perhaps ill-formed question occurred to me. Given an alphabet it's straightforward to construct the Language, ...
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axiomatizing the abelian part of the topological fundamental groupoid functor on algebraic varieties

let Vv be the category of complex algebraic varieties defined over $\bar Q\subset C$, and let $\pi_1^{top}:Vv\longrightarrow Groupoids$ sending a variety V into its (strict) fundamental groupoid ...
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Intersecting the algebraic closure of independent elements

$G$ is a group with a simple first order theory $T$ as defined by Shelah, hence equiped with a "nice" notion of independence. $G$ also has generic elements. I write $acl^n(A)$ for the set of elements ...
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Showing that every satisfiable sentence with at most two variables has a finite model

I have tried to prove, in first order logic, that every satisfiable sentence (without function symbols) with at most two variables has a finite model. My attempts were unsuccessful. This is an ...
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Homogeneous Structures

Let $M$ be a countable structure that is homogeneous, i.e. every isomorphism between finitely generated substructures of $M$ extends to an automorphism of $M$. Let $\phi_M$ be the Scott sentence of ...
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To what extent MSO = WS1S, when adding relations?

Let me first clarify my definitions. For a word $w \in \Sigma^*$, with $\Sigma=\{a_1, \ldots, a_n\}$, I define two structures: $${\mathbb{N}}(w) = \langle {\mathbb{N}}, <, Q_{a_1}, \ldots, Q_{a_n} ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Deducing Skolem's nonstandard integers from downward Lowenheim-Skolem?

If one has a nonstandard model $\mathcal{N}$ of PA and adjoins to the first-order theory the countable list of axioms $1<H,\, 2<H,\, 3<H, \ldots$ (satisfied in $\mathcal{N}$) for all the ...
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topology generated by irreducible componets of $\Gamma$-invariant closed sets

For an analytic space $U$ equipped with an action of a group $\Gamma$, call a subset $Z\subseteq U$ $\Gamma$-closed iff it is a closed analytic subset and each of its irreducible components is an ...
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Can we prove the completeness of FOL based on forcing?

I asked this question at http://math.stackexchange.com but I didn't get any answer there. In David Marker's Model Theory, there is a exercise said " we can view a countable Henkin construction as a ...
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Is this fragment of arithmetic on $p^{-\infty} {\mathbb Z}$ decidable?

Let $p$ be a prime number. Consider the abelian group $p^{-\infty} {\mathbb Z} = \bigcup p^{-n} {\mathbb Z}$ consisting of rational numbers whose denominator is a power of $p$, under addition. View ...
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Boolean-Valued Models vs. the Infinite-valued Logic of Lukasiewicz and set theory

Is anyone familiar with an old paper of C.C. Chang entitled "The Axiom of Comprehension in Infinite-Valued Logic" which shows that the Axiom of Comprehension without parameters is consistent in the ...
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On Grothendieck ring and semiring

We are given a language $L$ and a structure $M$ (model). Definable sets in this model are subsets of $M^n$ definable by a formula of $L$. The Grothendieck semiring of the structure is defined in the ...