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The general enterprise of calibrating the strength of classical mathematical theorems in terms of the axioms, typically of set existence, needed to prove them; originated in its modern form in the 1970s by H. Friedman and S. G. Simpson (see R.A. Shore, "Reverse Mathematics: The Playground of Logic", ...

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The definition of < in Robinson's Q

I recently had to explain how the basic axioms in Simpson's Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic were interpretable in Robinson's Q. Most of the axioms are actually the same, except that Simpson ...
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Higher recursion theory and reverse mathematics: What is to $\Pi^1_1-CA_0$ as $RCA_0$ is to $ACA_0$?

There is an extremely rich and well-understood analogy between "recursively enumerable" and "$\Pi^1_1$" - indeed, this is the starting point of metarecursion theory, and $\alpha$-recursion theory in ...
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Necessity of omega-models in second order arithmetic

Are there examples of independence results over subsystems of true second order arithmetic that cannot be established using omega-models? To rule out trivial examples, let us assume that the base ...
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Proof complexity of two directions of equivalency?

This question is not precise, but I believe has a precise formulation. Consider a mathematical theorem which gives an equivalency between two conditions. As an extreme example: \begin{theorem} A ...
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Attribution of an equivalence of the existence of omega-models of RCA0

There are many well-known equivalences in reverse mathematics between statements of the form "Every set is contained a countable coded $\omega$-model of $T$" and $S$, where $S, T$ are subsystems of ...
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Reverse Math of High Sets?

Is there a standard principle in reverse math that is known to be equivalent (over $RCA_0$) to the existence of a set of high (Turing) degree? I'm interested in the general case, but would be happy to ...
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Why is adopting Russell's Axiom of Reducibility as strong as eliminating the Ramified Hierarchy?

In order to respond to concerns of impredicativity, Bertrand Russell developed a system of ramified second-order logic, which is like regular second-order logic except the comprehension schema is ...
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“Hard” separation results in reverse mathematics (or similar)

This is a fairly broad question. In particular, I specify 5 questions (Q1, Q2.1, Q2.2, Q3, Q4) which for me all fall under one umbrella. Since this is unreasonably broad, I'm really interested in an ...
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Is 0' of PA degree relative to a non-low set?

Definitions: A set $X$ is of PA degree relative to a set $Y$ if every infinite $Y$-computable binary tree has an infinite $X$-computable path. A set $X$ is low if $X'$ is computable from ...
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Harvey Friedman's strict reverse mathematics vs. Cook-Nguyen's V$^0$

Harvey Friedman posted several manuscripts [1] proposing a program for "strict" reverse mathematics, in the sense that the base theory should be mathematically natural and coding-free. In them he ...
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What references cover finitary systems of Ramified Analysis with transfinite levels?

The ramified theory of types, invented by Bertrand Russell, is a way of dealing with impredicativity by breaking the comprehension schema of second-order logic into levels. The comprehension schema ...
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What is the role of the (formalized) omega rule in Ramified Analysis?

In the 1960's, Feferman and Schutte did groundbreaking proof-theoretic work to find out the strength of predicative systems of second-order arithmetic. They used the ramified theory of types, a ...
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What is the proof-theoretic ordinal of Hyperarithmetical Comprehension?

As I discuss in my answer here, it seems to me that Solomon Feferman shows, on pages 10-11 of his seminal 1964 paper "Systems of Predicative Analysis", that if you consider predicative second-order ...
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Did Gödel prove that the Ramified Theory of Types collapses at $\omega_1$?

Second-Order Arithmetic is considered impredicative, because the comprehension scheme allows formulas with bound second-order variables that range over all sets of natural numbers, including the set ...
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Strength of claims about extensions of partial preorders and orders to linear ones

Consider these two axioms: Every partial order extends to a linear order. Every partial preorder (reflexive and transitive relation) extends to a linear preorder while preserving strict orderings: ...
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Strength of some claims about finitely additive measures on infinite sets?

Assume ZF. Consider the claim: (1) For any infinite set $\Omega$, there is a finitely additive probability measure $\mu:2^\Omega\to[0,1]$ with $\mu(A) = 0$ whenever $|A|<|\Omega|$. Then (1) is ...
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What is known of the reverse math of Riemann-Roch?

I hope this is not too trivial, but I think this may be well known to someone (not me).
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Is there a notion of “predicative given the real numbers”?

A definition is called impredicative if it involves quantification over a domain that contains the thing being defined. For instance, if you define hereditary property to be a property which applies ...
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Does the Feferman-Schutte analysis give a precise characterization of Predicative Second-Order Arithmetic?

A definition is called impredicative if it involves quantification over a domain that contains the thing being defined. For instance, if you define hereditary property to be a property which applies ...
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Reverse mathematics, Ramsey theorem and mass problem

If we look at reverse mathematics statements as mass problems, considering the class of solutions of an instance, it is known that Weak König's lemma has a maximal instance in the sense that there is ...
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Who first proved there's an $\omega$-model of $\mathsf{WKL}_0$ in which all sets are low?

I am trying to pin down: who first proved that $\mathsf{WKL}_0$ has an $\omega$-model in which every set is of low degree? As shown in Simpson's Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic (Theorem ...
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Fragments of Morse—Kelley set theory

Morse—Kelley set theory (hereafter MK) is the impredicative counterpart of von Neumann—Bernays—Gödel set theory (NBG), where formulas containing class quantifiers are permitted in the comprehension ...
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Reverse mathematics of Hilbert's Theorem 90

What is known, and what is published, on the reverse mathematics of the nest of results called Hilbert's Theorem 90?
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Strength of Bishop style constructive mathematics vs $\mathsf{RCA}_0$

This question came out of this other MO question of mine. My question is Is there a formal comparison between $\mathsf{RCA}_0$ and $\mathsf{BISH}$ (Bishop style constructive mathematics as used ...
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Prospects for reverse mathematics in Homotopy Type Theory

Reverse mathematics, as I mean here, is the study of which theorems/axioms can be used to prove other theorems/axioms over a weak base theory. Examples include Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic ...
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About infinite subset of halting probability and 1-random set

Let $\Omega$ be the halting probability (see (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaitin's_constant) and R. Downey, and D. Hirschfeldt (2010), Algorithmic Randomness and Complexity for reference). If A is ...
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Sperner's lemma and Tucker's lemma

In their article "A Borsuk-Ulam Equivalent that Directly Implies Sperner's Lemma" (American Mathematical Monthly, April 2013), Nyman and Su write "[W]e are unaware of a direct proof that Tucker's ...
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In what rigorous sense are Sperner's Lemma and the Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem equivalent?

I understand that one can give a proof of each of these propositions assuming the truth of the other. But this seems a bit squishy to me, since there is a trivial sense in which any two true theorems ...
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Is the equivalence between a $\Sigma^0_1$ and a $\Pi^0_1$ formula defining the same recursive set provable in a sufficiently strong arithmetic ?

Let $A$ be a recursive set. $A$ is recursively enumerable, so $A$ may be defined by a $\Sigma^0_1$ formula, i.e. by $\exists \overrightarrow{a} \phi (\overrightarrow{a}, n)$, where $\phi$ contains no ...
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First order consequence of a combinatorial principle

(Base theory $RCA_0$)The principle says there exists a function g such that g dominates any X-recursive function for any X in the model. i.e. For any $f\le_T X$, $\exists b\in M$ such that ...
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Weakest choice principle required for Robertson-Seymour Graph Minor Theorem?

The main Robertson-Seymour Theorem states that finite graphs form a well-quasi-ordering under the graph minor relation. In other words, in every infinite set of finite graphs, there exist two graphs ...
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Reverse mathematics below RCA

I'm sure this is a fairly basic question, but I can't seem to find a solid answer: My primary question is: Is there a reasonably nice subsystem of second-order arithmetic corresponding essentially to ...
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Indices of r.e. sets

The last part of the paper Located Sets and Reverse Mathematics [Journal of Symbolic Logic 65 (1999), 1451–1480] by Giusto and Simpson involves a proof as follows: Given $A$ an effectively ...
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New research on coding in reverse mathematics?

Coding is obviously a fundamental tool in reverse mathematics, and practitioners take care to both demonstrate the correctness of their coding mechanisms and point out their limitations. Harvey ...
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Understanding the nature and structure of proofs; Reverse Mathematics and Proof Theory. Prerequisites? Good introductory texts?

I'm still studying maths at undergraduate level, but intend to continue exploring topics in pure maths after I have graduated, so am thinking already about what directions I'd like to persue now, (as ...
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About the well ordering of finite sequences of numbers

We order $\mathbb{N}^{<\mathbb{N}}$ as following: if $|\sigma| < |\tau|$ then $\sigma < \tau$; if they are of same length then they are ordered lexicographically. It is provable over ...
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What is the status of Cantor-Schroder-Bernstein in Reverse Math?

I'd like to know which of the set theories in SOSOA prove what versions of Cantor-Schroder-Bernstein? For my own purposes I can use arbitrarily high quantifier complexity, but I wonder how little ...
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truth vs. provability for ordered fields

In Propositions equivalent to the completeness of the real numbers I started by asking "Can anyone point me to a reasonably comprehensive article (or book chapter) explaining which basic theorems of ...
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Do we need more than the periods? [closed]

Reading this question, and the Wikipedia page on reverse mathematics, I wonder whether one needs more than the subfield $\mathcal{P} \subset \mathbb{C}$ of periods for applied mathematics, or indeed ...
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Propositions equivalent to the completeness of the real numbers

Can anyone point me to a reasonably comprehensive article (or book chapter) explaining which basic theorems of calculus are equivalent to the completeness axiom of the reals and which ones aren't? ...
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Complementation of $\omega$-regular languages in reverse mathematics

Does anyone know where Büchi's theorem that $\omega$-regular languages are closed under complementation fits into the reverse-mathematics classification scheme? That is, is it equivalent over ...