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Consistency Strength of “HC is elementary in V[G]”

Let $P$ be the Levy-collapse of the ordinals, so $P$ is a class forcing notion that makes every ordinal countable. Note that since $P$ is weakly homogeneous, for any formula $\phi(\overline{a})$ ...
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Sacks minimality without choice

The usual argument for the minimality result for Sacks forcing uses choice. Theorem (Sacks): Let $s \subseteq \mathbb S_\kappa$ be generic for the forcing to add a Sacks subset to $\kappa$, where $\...
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Is it consistent with ZFC that no nontrivial forcing notion has automatic mutual genericity?

A nontrivial forcing notion $\newcommand\Q{\mathbb{Q}}\Q$ exhibits automatic mutual genericity, if whenever $G,H\subseteq\Q$ are distinct $V$-generic filters (existing, say, in some forcing extension ...
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Elementary chains in forcing extensions of $M_1$

Let $M_1$ be the canonical inner model with one Woodin cardinal $\delta$. Now suppose that $\mathbb{P}$ is a forcing notion of size $< \delta$, which preserves $\omega_1$ and that $G$ is a generic ...
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$V$ as a $HOD$ of its class generic extension

By an old result of Roguski, The theory of the class $HOD$, any model $V$ of $ZFC$ has a class generic extension $V[G]$ such that $HOD$ of $V[G]$ equals $V$. This result is also stated and generalized ...
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(A little bit) Beyond the E-recursive

The E-recursive functions are a particular generalization of classical recursion theory to the entire set-theoretic universe, $V$. They are defined via a schemes: see http://www.math.harvard.edu/~...
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A strengthening of Chang's conjectures

In the Handbook of Set Theory, Foreman has (essentially) the following proposition (3.9): Suppose $\kappa_n>...>\kappa_0$ and $\lambda_n>...>\lambda_0$ are regular cardinals and $(\...
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Is Extensionality needed for the incompleteness of very weak set theories?

$ST$ is the weak set theory built upon identity theory and containing the axiom for empty set, the axiom for adjunction and the axiom for extensionality. It is known that $ST$ interprets ...
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PCF conjecture and fixed points of the $\aleph$-function

Recently Moti Gitik refuted Shelah's PCF conjecture, by producing a countable set $a$ of regular cardinals with $|pcf(a)| \geq \aleph_1.$ See his papers Short extenders forcings I and Short ...
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Can one take roots of rank-into-rank embeddings infinitely many times?

If $\lambda$ is a cardinal, then let $\mathcal{E}_{\lambda}$ be the set of all elementary embeddings from $V_{\lambda}$ to $V_{\lambda}$. If $j,k\in\mathcal{E}_{\lambda}$, then define $j*k=\bigcup_{\...
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A kind of anti-Ramsey result

In contrast to classic results for arithmetic progressions of arbitrary length in one set at least of any finite partition of IN, it is easy to construct a partition in two sets of integers A and B ...
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A question regarding an analogue of the Kleene $T$-predicate for Koepke's ordinal computability

Does Koepke's notion of ordinal computability admit an analogue of the Kleene $T$-predicate? If so, is the existence of such a $T$-predicate independent of $ZFC$? Also, if one assumes the existence ...
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By replacing the Laver tables with nearly distributive fake Laver tables, can one produce algebras where the period of 1 grows fast?

I am now generalizing the notion of the classical Laver table and the fake Laver table to a larger class of algebras. A sequence of algebras $(\{1,...,2^{n}\},*_{n})_{n\in\omega}$ is said to be a ...
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How distributive are the fake Laver tables?

The Laver table $A_{n}$ is the unique algebra $(\{1,...,2^{n}\},*)$ such that $x*1=x+1$ for $1\leq x<2^{n}$, $2^{n}*1=1$, and $x*(y*z)=(x*y)*(x*z)$. Let's now replace the Laver table $A_{n}$ with ...
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How may we define a bijection from $\wp(\mathbb{Q})$ to $\mathbb{R}$ in $ZFC$? [closed]

Some expressed difficulty understanding that there are more members in $\mathbb{R}$ than in $\mathbb{Q}$ according to classical set theories because there between all real numbers is a rational number....
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The cofinality of $(\mathbb{N}^\kappa,\le)$ for uncountable $\kappa$?

For a partially ordered set $P$, a set $A\subseteq P$ is cofinal if for each element of $P$ there is a larger element in $A$. The cofinality of $P$, ${\rm cof}(P)$, is the minimal cardinality of a ...
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Two questions about the “grasp” cardinal function

For a topology $\mathcal{T}$ on a set $S$, where $\mathcal{T}$ does not have a finite base, I define the grasp $g(\mathcal{T})$ to be the least infinite cardinal $\kappa$ such that $\mathcal{T}$ has a ...
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On Hamkins' answer to a problem by Michael Hardy

Based on a post by Michael Hardy and Hamkins' answer to it Andreas Blass, Will Brian, Joel Hamkins, Michael Hardy and Paul Larson introduced a new cardinal characteristic of the continuum $\mathfrak{...
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On the Axiom of Choice for Conglomerates and Skeletons

Say that $\mathcal{X}$ is a conglomerate if $\mathcal{X} = \{X_i: i \in I\}$, where each $X_i$ and $I$ are classes. The Axiom of Choice for Conglomerates is the statement: Whenever $\mathcal{X}$ and $\...
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Characterization of $L[T_{2n+1}]$ as a direct limit of mice

I am asking for a reference request/proof sketch for the result of Steel that characterizes $L[T_{2n+1}]$ as a direct limit of mice. Given that both $L[T_{2n+1}]$ and $M_{2n}$ have a $\Sigma_{2n+2}$ ...
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Set theoretic issue of localization of abelian categories

For a small abelian category in which every object is also a set, consider its localization with respect to a Serre subcategory (thus a quotient category), is it true that under this localization ...
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Where do uncountable models collapse to?

Suppose $T$ is a complete first-order theory (in an finite, or at worst countable, language). Given any model $\mathcal{M}\models T$ of cardinality $\kappa$, we can ask whether $\mathcal{M}$ can be ...
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Woodin on Posner-Robinson for the hyperjump and sharp

The Posner-Robinson theorem states that, if $X$ is noncomputable, there is some $G$ such that $X\oplus G=G'$; that is, even though genuine jump inversion only works above $0'$, every (nontrivial) $X$ ...
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Can you have many independent reals?

Working in $\sf ZFC$, is it provable, or at least consistent (say, over $L$), that you have $\aleph_1$ forcings, $\Bbb P_\alpha$ such that: $\Bbb P_\alpha$ is c.c.c. $\Bbb P_\alpha$ adds a real ...
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“Nicely” strong measure zero sets

This question is essentially an expanded version of the unanswered half of Two strengthenings of "strong measure zero". A set $X$ of reals is strong measure zero if, for any $f: \omega\...
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Is every ordinal potentially definable?

It is easy to see that, if $V\models\alpha>\omega_1^{CK}$, then $\alpha$ is not recursive in any forcing extension of $V$. The argument goes as follows: The relation "$\Phi_e=r$" is $\Pi^0_2$. ...
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Large cardinals arising from alternate set theories

My question is whether there are model-theoretic large cardinal axioms associated with $NFU$ - or more generally, with set theories other than $ZFC$. Large cardinal properties generally come in one ...
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Idea behind the proof of consistency of club filter of $\omega_1$ is ultrafilter + ZF + DC

I've been trying to understand Radin Forcing and some of its applications, one of which is the use of it to prove the consistency of ''Club filter of $\omega_1$ is an ultrafilter + ZF + DC''. However, ...
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Forcings that are not equivalent to Levy collapse

Assume GCH and that $\kappa$ is a regular uncountable cardinal. Let $\mathbb{P}$ be a separative, $<\kappa$-directed closed, nowhere trivial, $\kappa^+$-cc poset of size $\kappa^+$. Must $\mathbb{...
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A question regarding forcing in $NGBC^{-f}$+$BAFA$

Suppose one has a model $M$$\vDash$$NGBC^{-f}$+BAFA. Does there exist a (class) forcing extension $M[G]$$\vDash$$NGBC^{-f}$+$BAFA$ that has a submodel $N$$\vDash$$NGB^{-f}$+$BAFA$+$\lnot$$AC$? Can ...
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Which partitions of $[0,1]$ are collection of level sets of a real continuous function?

Let $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ be given. The level sets of $f$ (ie the collection of all sets of the form $\{x\in[0,1]:f(x)=y\}$, for each fixed $y\in[0,1]$) partition the domain of $f$. I am curious for set ...
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Prime ideals containing the finite members of ${\cal P}(\omega)$

Let ${\frak P}$ denote the collection of prime ideals containing the finite members of ${\cal P}(\omega)$, and order ${\frak P}$ by set inclusion. What is the cardinality of ${\frak P}$, and what's ...
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Can $L$ be thin?

I have recently been wondering if the following is consistent with ZFC: For every infinite ordinal $\alpha$: $|V_\alpha\cap L|=|\alpha|$. Intuitively, this states that for $L$ is very "thin", in ...
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Boolean algebras and free filters generated by chains

Suppose $\mathbf{B}$ is a complete Boolean algebra with an infinite domain $B$. Suppose $\mathbf{B}$ is atomic (i.e. every element is the supremum of some set of atoms). This algebra contains the co-...
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From interpolation to separation

Lusin's separation theorem states that, if $A$ and $B$ are disjoint analytic subsets of a Polish space, then there is a Borel set $X$ separating them ($A\subseteq X$, $B\cap X=\emptyset$). Craig's ...
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Does Borel's proof for existence of normal numbers make an essential use of axiom of choice?

A normal number is a real number whose infinite sequence of digits in every base $b$ is distributed uniformly in the sense that each of the $b$ digit values has the same natural density $\frac{1}{b}$, ...
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A meager subgroup of the real line, which cannot be covered by countably many closed subsets of measure zero?

Is there a ZFC-example of a subgroup $H$ of the real line $\mathbb R$ such $H$ is meager, has zero Lebesgue measure, but cannot be covered by countably many closed subsets of measure zero in $\mathbb ...
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$\kappa$-support iterations of $<\kappa$-strategically closed forcing

Let $\kappa$ be an uncountable regular cardinal, and suppose that $\langle \mathbb{P}_\alpha,\dot{\mathbb{Q}}_\alpha:\alpha<\delta\rangle$ is a $\kappa$-support iteration of $<\kappa$-...
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Homogeneity of a variant of Prikry forcing

Prikry forcing is easily seen to be cone homogeneous (for any $p, q \in \mathbb{P}$, there are $p' \leq p, q' \leq q$ and an isomorphism $\Phi: \mathbb{P}/p' \simeq \mathbb{P}/q'$); in particular for ...
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Why should we believe in the axiom of regularity?

Today I started reading Maddy's Believing the axioms. As I knew beforehand, it includes some discussion of ZFC axioms. However, I really hoped for a more extensive discussion of axiom of foundation/...
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A variant of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry and a weak form of the Continuum Hypothesis in models where all sets of reals are Lebesgue measurable

Consider the following variant of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry, $\mathsf{AS}$, which will be denoted $A_{< 2^{\aleph_0}}$: given any function $f$ from $\mathbb{R}$ into the families of of subsets ...
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Cardinality of definable sets of reals

Throughout this question we assume ZFC. If CH holds, then the following is obvious: (S) Every definable infinite subset of $\mathbb R$ has size either $\aleph_0$ or $2^{\aleph_0}$. (It's true ...
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A question regarding a common critique of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry

(In what follows, Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry is simply the following: ($A_{\aleph_0}$) :( $\forall$$f$: $\mathbf R$ $\rightarrow$$\mathbf R_{\aleph_0}$)($\exists$$x_1$,$x_2$)($x_2$$\notin$$f$($x_1$...
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Antirandom reals

This is a crossposting of http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1446602/anti-random-reals, which has not gotten any answers; after thinking about the problem, I've become more convinced that it ...
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Two strengthenings of “strong measure zero”

A set $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}$ is strong measure zero if, for every sequence $(\epsilon_i)_{i\in\mathbb{N}}$ of positive reals, there is a sequence $(I_i)_{i\in\mathbb{N}}$ of open intervals covering $X$...
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Who needs RCS iterations?

According to this paper of Chaz Schlindwein, any countable support iteration of semi-proper forcings is semi-proper. This seems like a breakthrough simplification, and I wonder why it is not more ...
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Ordering of large cardinals by cardinality

Let Type A and Type B be two types of large cardinals from, say, Cantor's Attic (http://cantorsattic.info/Upper_attic) Now assuming that ZFC + Type A + Type B is consistent (ie, both Type A and Type ...
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When does $HOD^{V[G]} \subseteq V$?

Assume that $\mathbb{P}\in HOD$ is non-trivial. It is well-known that if $\mathbb{P}$ satisfies some homogeneity properties, then $HOD^{V[G]} \subseteq V$, where $G$ is $\mathbb{P}$-generic over $V$. ...
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Pontryagin dual of the surreal numbers?

Has any work been done on the Pontryagin dual of the surreal numbers (suitably topologized)? I have not been able to find anything and am not sure if this is still unknown. Alternatively, has this ...
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almost disjoint ladder system on $\omega_2$

Suppose $\langle s_\alpha : \alpha \in \omega_2 \cap \mathrm{cof}(\omega_1) \rangle$ is a sequence such that each $s_\alpha$ is an increasing cofinal map from $\omega_1$ to $\alpha$. Is it possible ...