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### Number of paths through infinite trees with given “growth rates”

(Preface: This may be a naive or easy question for experts....)
Consider an infinite tree, rooted on the left, where each node has two children; the number of nodes at each level (distance from the ...

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### 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 ...

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### Uniformizing a relation on ordered sets

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are (complete) ordered sets. Suppose $R\subseteq A\times B$, and
$f(a)=\inf\{b : (a,b)\in R\}$
$g(b)=\inf\{a : (a,b)\in R\}$
then what can we call $f$ and $g$? Perhaps there is ...

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### About the Caratheodory class.

Let $X$ a set, and $\mathcal{P}(X)$ the class of its subset's.
Let $\mathcal{A}\subset \mathcal{P}(X)$, we call a map $L: \mathcal{P}(X)\to[0, \infty]$ $\mathcal{A}$-regular if for any $S\subset X$ ...

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### centeredness in forcing iterations

Suppose $A$ is a complete subalgebra of a complete boolean algebra $B$, and $B$ is $\kappa$-centered. Let $G \subset A$ be a generic ultrafilter. Is $B/G$ $\kappa$-centered in $V[G]$?
Naively, we ...

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### Difference between ZFC and ZF+GCH

I hear that the axiom of choice (AC) derives from
The generalized continuum hypothesis(GCH).
And also hear that both AC and GCH are independent of
Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory(ZF).
So, I'm just ...

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### A question about three forcings

Let $P_1$ be the finite support iteration of random forcings of length $\omega$. Let $P_2 = \text{Random} \times \text{Random}$ and $P_3 = \text{Random} \times \text{Cohen}$. Are $P_i, P_j$, for $1 ...

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### A Question related to the Formula Hierarchy

Let large Latin symbols as $X$ and $Y$ denote sets of natural numbers and small symbols as $n$ and $n´$ denote natural numbers and small Greek letters stand for formulas.
Suppose $\alpha$ is ...

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### almost huge embeddings and stationary correctness

Suppose $\kappa$ is an almost huge cardinal. Using the characterization of Theorem 24.11 in Kanamori's book, one can show that if $j : V \to M$ is an embedding derived from an almost-huge tower of ...

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### Is there an $L$ like inner model for $\sf Z$?

Godel proved the consistency of the axiom of choice with the axioms of $\sf ZF$ by showing that given any model of $\sf ZF$, there is a definable class which satisfies $\sf ZFC$.
The proof uses a lot ...

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### Reinhardt cardinals and iterability

Work in $ZF$. Let $j:V\to V$ be a non-trivial elementary embedding which is iterable, so that we can iterate it and form models $M_\alpha, \alpha\in ON,$ with $M_0=V,$ and elementary embeddings ...

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### Countable choice in $L(\mathbb{R}^*_G)$

Let $\lambda$ be a singular strong limit cardinal and let $G \subset \text{Col}(\omega,\mathord{<}\lambda)$ be a $V$-generic filter. Let $\mathbb{R}^*_G = \bigcup_{\alpha < \lambda} ...

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### Does $\mathsf{fReR}_0$ prove the existence of the cartesian product of two sets

$\mathsf{fReR}_0$ is the set-theoretical system whose axioms consist of:
(1) Axiom of extensionality: $\forall z\in x\ (z\in y)\wedge\forall z\in y\ (z\in x)\rightarrow x=y$
(2) Axiom of empty set: ...

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### Can (how) one distinguish germs of continuous functions by a countable set of params?

Continuous functions can be distinguished by their values at say rational points of [0 1].
Germs of analytic functions can be distinguished by derivatives at a point.
So in both cases we see ...

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### A question on Gandy-Jensen system and the rudimentary functions

Let $\mathrm{R}_0,\cdots,\mathrm{R}_8$ be the following functions:
$\mathrm{R}_0(x,y)=\{x,y\}$
$\mathrm{R}_1(x,y)=x-y$
$\mathrm{R}_2(x)=\bigcup x$
$\mathrm{R}_3(x,y)=x\times y$
...

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### On $V$-decisive and weakly homogeneous forcings

Suppose that $\Bbb P$ is a forcing in $V$, we say that $\Bbb P$ is $V$-decisive if whenever $\varphi(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ is a statement in the language of forcing, and $u_1,\ldots,u_n\in V$ then $1_{\Bbb ...

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### Canonical functions in set theory and their applications

Given regular cardinal $\kappa>\omega,$ we can define the canonical functions $f_\alpha: \kappa\to \kappa,$ for $\alpha<\kappa^+.$
Some of their properties are presented in Chapter 22 of the ...

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### About the hypothesis of Zorn's lemma

The proofs I know of Zorn's lemma give the following refinement:
Let $(X,<)$ be a partially ordered set such that every well-ordered
subset of $X$ has an upperbound. Then $X$ has a maximal ...

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### The continuum hypothesis for packing shapes without overlapping

Consider the finite cross $C$ (=union of line segments $\overline{(0, -1)(0, 1)}$ and $\overline{(-1, 0)(1, 0)}$) and the unit half-circle $H$. It is easy to see that we may pack continuum-many ...

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### Can the Cohen forcing collapse cardinals?

Let $\kappa$ be a regular cardinal, and let $\mathbb{P} = Add(\kappa,1)$ be the standard forcing notion for adding a new subset of $\kappa$ using partial function from $\kappa$ to $2$ with domain of ...

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### proof that “small” sets in an extension by iterated forcing already appear in an earlier stage

In Kunen's book (introduction to independence proofs, ) the following lemma is proved (chapter 8, lemma 5.14):
Assume that in M, $\alpha$ is a limit ordinal,
$( ( \mathbb{P}_\xi : \xi \leq \alpha) , ...

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### Is it possible to formulate the axiom of choice as the existence of a survival strategy?

Consider the following situation:
There is an infinite set $G$ of giraffes.
A lion comes and announces a set $C$ of all possible colours and an infinite cardinal $\kappa$.
The hungry lion ...

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### non(Meager) in Random times Random extension

Suppose the least size of a non meager set of reals is $\kappa$. Is it still $\kappa$ after forcing with Random $\times$ Random?

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### Recursively Pointed Sacks Forcing and Preserving $\omega_1$

Let $\mathbb{P}$ denote recursively pointed Sacks forcing. This is forcing with recursively pointed perfect trees ordered by inclusion. A tree $T \subseteq {}^{<\omega}2$ is recursively pointed if ...

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### Discrete subsets in the topology of pointwise convergence vs. metrisability

While reading Arkhangel'skii's Topological function spaces, I encountered an unexpected application of Martin's Axiom. This is Theorem II.5.20:
Assume $\mathsf{MA}+\neg \mathsf{CH}$. Let $X$ be a ...

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votes

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### How to change the successor of a singular with a Woodin?

I'm looking for references on how to change the successor of a singular cardinal from "more or less" minimal assumptions. If possible, then without adding bounded subsets to the singular either.
In ...

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### Consequences of ZFC+“$|x|\lt|y| \rightarrow |2^x|\lt|2^y|$”

This question stems from http://mathoverflow.net/a/6594/22332 and really is summarized in the title: Has there been any research on the power of $|x|\lt|y| \rightarrow |2^x|\lt|2^y|$? It seems like it ...

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### Consistency of Weak Diamond with a Weak Version of Martin's Axiom

If $S \subset \omega_1$ is stationary, then the weak diamond principle $\Phi(S)$ states that for any $F: 2^{<\omega_1} \to 2$, there is a $g: \omega_1 \to 2$ such that for all $f: \omega_1 \to 2$, ...

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### Another question on Borel sets and projections

Let $A$ be a (bounded) Borel set in $R^n$. Then we know that its projection $A_1$ on $R^{n-1}$ does not have to be Borel. But does $A_1$ have the following property?
Let $\mu$ be a given ...

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### Forcing is intuitionistic

The main idea of why it´s necessary a generic filter $G$ to extend a countable transitive $\epsilon$-interpretation (not necessarily a model) $M$ is given by the condition (for which $G$ being a ...

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### Erdős cardinals and $0^\sharp$

It is well-known that if the Erdős cardinal $\kappa(\omega_1)$ exists, then $0^\sharp$ exists, but what if $\kappa(\lambda)$ exists for a limit ordinal $\omega_1^L\leq \lambda<\omega_1$? Does this ...

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votes

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### A Question Regarding the Powerset Size Axiom

Consider the the Powerset Size Axiom, that is, the following:
(PSA) ($\forall$x,y) |x|$\lt$|y|$\Rightarrow$$2^{|x|}$$\lt$$2^{|y|}$.
Does there exist a class $\mathscr M$ of models of ZFC such that ...

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### Iterated ultrapowers of L

If there exists a measurable cardinal, we can generate a sequence of iterated ultrapowers $\{Ult_U^\alpha(V)\}_{\alpha\in ON}$. If $0^\sharp$ exists, i.e. if there exists an elementary embedding ...

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### Does existence of $\omega_1$ subset of reals imply $\omega_1$ choice for subsets of reals?

Suppose there exists a subset of $\Bbb R$ which has cardinality $\omega_1$. Is it then necessarilly true that for every collection of $\omega_1$ subsets of $\Bbb R$ there exists a choice function?
I ...

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### Is Every New Real in the Silver Extension a Silver Generic Real?

Let $\mathbb{V}$ denote Prikry-Silver forcing. That is, $\mathbb{V}$ is forcing with partial functions $\omega \rightarrow 2$ with coinfinite domain or forcing with uniform trees.
Let $\dot x$ ...

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### Explicit examples of undetermined games

Suppose we have a game between two players in which they take alternating turns. The game can have finite length, length $\omega$ or any transfinite number of steps (however, I'm not concerning games ...

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### On the definition of the $\alpha$-iterable cardinals

I am reading the paper Ramsey-like cardinals II by Victoria Gitman and Philip Welch (Journal of Symbolic Logic, vol. 76, no. 2. pp. 541-560, 2011) and maybe I am missing something.
According to the ...

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### Boolean Valued Models of PA

O.K, a massively naive question. I've never really studied any non-standard models of PA before. I was just wondering if there's ever been any attempt to use the kind of Boolean valued model theory ...

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### Is $\mathbb{Z}^{\omega}$ ever the union of a chain of proper subgroups each isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}^{\omega}$?

Recall that the covering number $cov(B)$ is the least cardinal $\kappa$ such that $\kappa$ meagre sets cover the real line. Andreas Blass and John Irwin http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~ablass/bb.pdf ...

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### The impact of large cardinals in mathematics [closed]

What are the main applications of large cardinals in ordinary mathematics, and what is the philosophy behind using them. In particular:
Question 1. What is the philosophy behind accepting large ...

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### cardinality of perfect sets in generalized Baire space

I've been unable to find an answer to the following question in the literature
on generalized descriptive set theory. Consider Baire space $\kappa^{\kappa}$
where $\kappa$ is inaccessible. The basic ...

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### Preservation Results for Iterations of Non-Proper Forcing

Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a forcing with the following properties: Let $G \subseteq \mathbb{P}$ be filter generic over $V$, then there exists $A \in V[G]$ such that $V[G]$ thinks $A$ is countable and $A ...

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### What is the best way to construct an Aronszajn Tree?

What is the best definition of Aronszajn tree? And, what is the best proof that it exists?
So I write the question to learn more about Aronszajn trees, any further detail is my intention to ...

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### If every nonseparable metric space contains a sequence of subsets with no convergent subsequence, does the Continuum Hypothesis hold?

If every nonseparable metric space contains a sequence of subsets with no convergent subsequence, does the Continuum Hypothesis hold?
The answer is negative, and in the interests of self-contained ...

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### On a weak tree property for inaccessible cardinals

Suppose that $\kappa$ is inaccessible and consider a tree of height $\kappa$ whose levels have size strictly below some cardinal $\gamma < \kappa$. Does this type of tree always have a ...

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### Is $\mathbb{R}$ a $\mathbb{C}$-module without AC?

Assuming ZFC. We can make $(\mathbb{R},+)$ into a nontrivial(scaler multiplication is not identicaly zero) $\mathbb{C}$-module.
Now my questions are?
0.Is it consistent with $ZF$ that $\mathbb{R}$ is ...

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### A Question Regarding Weak Diamond

In Assaf Rinot's survey article "Jenson's diamond principle and its relatives", he proves the following fact:
Fact 2.5:For every stationary set S, $\Phi_{S}$...entails that no ladder system ...

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### higher-order reflection

In the first-order context, "reflection" of a formula $\varphi(x)$ below $\kappa$ refers to the the following situation:
There are many ordinals $\alpha<\kappa$ such that for all $a \in ...

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### Can $V\neq\text{HOD}$ if every $\Sigma_2$-definable set has an ordinal-definable element?

This question arises from an issue arising in user38200's recent question concerning models of set theory in which every definable set has a definable element. In my answer to that question, with ...

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### Is it consistent with ZFC (or ZF) that every definable family of sets has at least one definable member?

I consider definability to mean one of either cases:
Definability without parameters (in the language of set theory), or
Definability from ordinals and a real (in the same language).
So my ...