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What is the minimal size of a partial order that is universal for all partial orders of size n?

A partial order $\mathbb{B}$ is universal for a class $\cal{P}$ of partial orders if every order in $\cal{P}$ embeds order-preservingly into $\mathbb{B}$. For example, every partial order ...
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A principle of mathematical induction for partially ordered sets with infima?

Recently I learned that there is a useful analogue of mathematical induction over $\mathbb{R}$ (more precisely, over intervals of the form $[a,\infty)$ or $[a,b]$). It turns out that this is an old ...
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How many groups of size at most n are there? What is the asymptotic growth rate? And what of rings, fields, graphs, partial orders, etc.?

Question. How many (isomorphism types of) finite groups of size at most n are there? What is the asymptotic growth rate? And the same question for rings, fields, graphs, partial orders, etc. ...
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Order type of the smallest set containing the identity function and closed under exponentiation

Let $E$ be the smallest set of functions $\mathbb{N}^+\to\mathbb{N}^+$ containing the identity function $n \mapsto n$ and closed under exponentiation $(f,g) \mapsto \left(n \mapsto ...
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Does the exact pair phenomenon for partial orders occur in your area of mathematics?

Suppose that I have a partial order P and an increasing sequence $a_0< a_1<a_2<\cdots$ of elements of $P$. A pair of elements (b,c) from P is said to be an exact pair for this sequence, if ...
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Is it possible to construct an infinite subset of $\Bbb R$ that is not order isomorphic to any proper subset of itself?

Is it possible to construct an infinite subset of $\Bbb R$ that is not order isomorphic to any proper subset of itself?
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How much choice is needed to show that formally real fields can be ordered?

Background: a field is formally real if -1 is not a sum of squares of elements in that field. An ordering on a field is a linear ordering which is (in exactly the sense that you would guess if you ...
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Is fixed point property for posets preserved by products?

Recall that a Partially Ordered Set (poset) $P$ has the fixed point property (FPP) if any order preserving function $f:P\longrightarrow P$ has a fixed point. Theorm : Suppose $P$ and $Q$ are posets ...
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What's a non-abelian totally ordered group?

Because I have heard the phrase "totally ordered abelian group", I imagine there should be non-abelian ones. By this I mean a group with a total ordering (not to be confused with a well-ordering) ...
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When does a Galois connection induce a topology?

Let $(X,\leq)$ and $(Y,\leq)$ by partially ordered sets. Recall that a(n antitone) Galois connection between $X$ and $Y$ is a pair of order-reversing maps $\Phi: X \rightarrow Y, \ \Psi: Y ...
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Is it possible to reconstruct an order type from its initial segments?

Suppose $T$ is a totally ordered set without a maximal element, $\tau$ is the order type of $T$, $S$ is the set of order types of all proper initial segments (downward closed subsets) of $T$. Is ...
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Which are the rigid suborders of the real line?

Which are the rigid suborders of the real line? If A is any set of reals, then it can be viewed as an order structure itself under the induced order (A,<). The question is, when is this structure ...
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An order type $\tau$ equal to its power $\tau^n, n>2$

(This is a re-post of my old unanswered question from Math.SE) For purposes of this question, let's concern ourselves only with linear (but not necessarily well-founded) order types. Recall that: ...
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Proving that a poset is a lattice

I discovered experimentally that a certain finite poset (sorry, I cannot give its definition here) seems to be in fact a (non-distributive, non-graded) lattice. The covering relations are reasonably ...
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Subposets of small Dushnik-Miller dimension

The Dushnik–Miller dimension of a partial order $(P,{\leq})$ is the smallest possible size $d$ for a family ${\leq_1},\ldots,{\leq_d}$ of total orderings of $P$ whose intersection is ${\leq}$, ...
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What is the least ordinal than cannot be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{R}$?

Let $\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{R}$ be the set of functions $\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ patially ordered by eventual domination. Obviously, every ordinal below $\omega_1$ can be embedded in ...
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Does every feasible partial order relation on the natural numbers extend to a feasible linear order relation?

It is well known that every partial order on a set can be extended to a linear order on that set. That is, for every partial order $\lhd$ on a set $X$, there is a linear order $\prec$ on $X$ such that ...
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Converse to Banach’s fixed point theorem for ordered fields?

Suppose $R$ is an ordered field. Call a continuous map $f: R \rightarrow R$ a contraction if there exists $r < 1$ (in $R$) such that $|f(x)-f(y)| \leq r |x-y|$ for all $x,y \in R$ (where $|x| := ...
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How many subsets of $\mathbb{R}$ are order isomorphic to $\mathbb{Q}$?

How many subsets of $\mathbb{R}$ are order isomorphic to $\mathbb{Q}$? How many subsets of the long line $\omega_1\times[0,1)$ are order isomorphic to $\mathbb{Q}$? I can see that results in ...
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Kuratowski closure-complement problem for other mathematical objects?

The original Kuratowski closure-complement problem asks: How many distinct sets can be obtained by repeatedly applying the set operations of closure and complement to a given starting subset of a ...
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Explicit ordering on set with larger cardinality than R

Is it possible to construct (without using Axoim of Choice) a totally ordered set S with cardinality larger than $\mathbb{R}$? Motivation: A total ordering is often called a “linear ordering”. I have ...
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infinite permutations

This question is related to this one: Continued fractions using all natural integers. Suppose we have the set of natural numbers $N$ with order and we perform permutation on it. So we obtain the same ...
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Do operations generate well-ordered sets only?

I've read   @TauMu's question   about the set of functions   $\mathbb N\rightarrow\mathbb N$   generated from the identity map by repeatedly applying exponentiation of two already ...
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Maximal chains in a quasi-order of linear order types

Let $\mathcal{T}_\kappa$ be the set of all linear order types of cardinality $\kappa$. Let $\prec$ denote a binary relation on $\mathcal{T}_\kappa$ representing embeddability of order types (note that ...
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Discrete version of Nullstellensatz?

Hi. I was reading the paper "On the foundations of combinatorial theory (VI): The idea of a generating function" by Doubilet, Rota and Stanley, and there is a relation treated which is very ...
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Can all aleph_2-dense subsets of R be isomorphic?

Let $\kappa$ be an infinite cardinal. For a subset $A \subseteq \mathbb{R}$, we say that $A$ is $\kappa$-dense if $|A \cap (a, b)| = \kappa$ for every interval $(a, b)$. By Cantor, any two ...
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Order dimension and weak poset partitions

The order dimension of a poset $(P,\leq)$ is the least number of linear extensions of $(P,\leq)$ such that the intersection of these extensions is $(P,\leq)$. The wikipedia entry provides some ...
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Partial word orders on groups

This is a followup question related to this question. Recall that a left-invariant partial order on a finitely generated group $G$ is called a partial word order if for every $a\le b\le c$ we have ...
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Extending a partial order while preserving an automorphism

It is well known that if $(P, \leq)$ is a partial order then $\leq$ can always be extended to a linear order. This is sometimes called Szpilrajn´s theorem although it had been previously proved by ...
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Is there a natural measurable structure on the $\sigma$-algebra of a measurable space?

Let $(X, \Sigma)$ denote a measurable space. Is there a non-trivial $\sigma$-algebra $\Sigma^1$ of subsets of $\Sigma$ so that $(\Sigma, \Sigma^1)$ is also a measurable space? Here is one natural ...
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Reference for sparseness of incomparability graphs implying sparseness of covering graphs

If a partial order on $n$ elements has $m$ incomparable pairs, then its covering graph (aka Hasse diagram aka transitive reduction, the graph of pairs of elements that are comparable but are not the ...
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Universal order type

Every countable order type, such as the countable ordinals, $\mathbb Z$, etc. can be embedded in $\mathbb Q$, so it is universal for countable order types. Is there a universal space for all linear ...
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Generalizations of Boolean posets/lattices

A Boolean lattice has a number of rather nice properties which give it a central role in many parts of combinatorics. For instance, it's a lattice, it can be augmented with a ring structure, it can ...
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Order types of positive reals

Suppose one has a set $S$ of positive real numbers, such that the usual numerical ordering on $S$ is a well-ordering. Is it possible for $S$ to have any countable ordinal as its order type, or are the ...
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Questions about ordering of reals and irrationals

Three problems from G.Rosenstein "Linear orderings" (from the end of Chapter 2 and beginning of Chapter 4): 1) Is there a nondecreasing function from irrationals onto reals? 2) Is there a ...
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Which countable linear orders are $\aleph_0$-categorical?

The question is: Which countable linear orders are $\aleph_0$-categorical? I have a bit of progress on this: Define a discrete tuple to be a set of elements, ordered discretely, such that if $a$ and ...
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Does every countably infinite interval-finite partial order embed into the integers?

A partially ordered set $(S,\le)$ is called interval finite if the open intervals $(x,z):=\{y|x\le y\le z\}$ are finite for all choices of $x,z$ in $S$. An embedding $(S,\le)\rightarrow(S',\le')$ of ...
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Does this “flipping lexicographic” ordering have a standard name?

I’ve run into the following straightforward variant of lexicographic ordering, and am wondering if it has a standard name. I’ve been calling it the flipping lexicographic ordering, for evident ...
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Decomposing posets into countably many chains

A conjecture of Galvin's is that the following is possible (which I take to mean that the consistency of the following can be proven relative to the consistency of something like ZFC, or ZFC plus some ...
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Is $Ded(\kappa)<Ded(\kappa)^\omega$ consistent?

Hello, I want to ask if anyone can tells us what is known (consistently) about $Ded(\kappa)$, $\kappa$ an infinite cardinal. Definition If there is a dense linear order w/o endpoints of size ...
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Higher-order dimension in posets: a reference request

Let $P = (X, \le)$ be a partially-ordered set. Then the dimension of $P$ is the minimum number of total orders over $X$ whose intersection yields $P$. Alternately, the dimension of $P$ is the minimum ...
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Any further applications of Freudenthal's 1936 Spectral Theorem ?

Seemingly completely forgotten, back in 1936, the Dutch mathematician Freudenthal, quite well known at the time, proved his so called Spectral Theorem, see chapter 6 in Luxemburg & Zaanen : Riesz ...
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Extracting countable chains from linear orders

There is a well-known fact in infinite combinatorics asserting that for each infinite linear order $P$ there is a countable subset $R\subseteq P$ of order type either $\omega$ or $\omega^{*}$ (by ...
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Ordinals that are not sets

The class of all ordinal numbers $\mathbf{Ord}$, aside being a proper class, can be thought of an ordinal number (of course it contains all ordinal numbers that are sets, not itself). Then one could ...
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Ordinals and complexity classes

What is the least recursive ordinal $\alpha$ such that there is no algorithm in complexity class $\mathsf{P}$ which implements a well-ordering of $\mathbb{N}$ with order type $\alpha$? (where the size ...
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Which linearly ordered sets have the property that their completion is equipotent with their powerset?

As is well-known, ZFC proves the equipotency of $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathcal{P}(\mathbb{Q}).$ Is there a nice characterization of those linearly ordered sets $L$ which, like $\mathbb{Q}$, have the ...
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What kind of category is a cyclically ordered set?

Background: A preorder is a binary relation $\leq$ which is reflexive and transitive. We can write the transitive property as ${\leq}(a,b)\wedge{\leq}(b,c)\to{\leq}(a,c)$. There are additional axioms ...
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Number of graphs with a given number of nodes, edges and triangles

Hi. Does anyone know if it is possible to enumerate the set of labeled/unlabeled graphs (loopless, undirected, only one edge between pairs of nodes) having a given number of nodes, edges and ...
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What should the morphisms in the Category of Directed Sets be?

Directed sets are defined to be sets equipped with a preorder that admit (finitary) upper bounds e.g. pairs $(D, \preceq)$ such that $\forall p,q \in D$ there exists $r \in D$ such that $p \preceq r$ ...
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Monotonic maximal chains in a Coxeter group

Let $(W, S)$ be a Coxeter system, and let $T = \bigcup_{w \in W, s \in S} wsw^{-1}$. Associated to every element $t \in T$ is a unique positive root $\alpha_t \in \Phi^{+}$ considered as a vector in ...