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Does every set of reals contain a measure-zero set of the same cardinality? Does it contain a meager set of the same cardinality?

This question arises from an issue in my post on Ashutosh's excellent question on Restrictions of the null/meager ideal. Question 1. Does every set of reals contain a measure-zero subset of the same ...
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Consistency strength of being strong cardinal and indestructible under collapses

What is the consistency strength of the following statement: $\kappa$ is a strong cardinals and it is indestructible under $Col(\kappa, <\theta),$ where $\theta> \kappa$ is some fixed ...
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Implications between different covering properties of spaces

Let $X$ be a set. A set ${\cal C}\subseteq {\cal P}(X)$ is said to be a cover of $X$ if $\bigcup {\cal C} = X$ and $X\notin {\cal C}$. If ${\frak U}$ and $\frak{W}$ are collections of covers of a ...
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Does stationary reflection imply Mahloness?

Suppose $\kappa$ is strongly inaccessible and every stationary subset of $\kappa$ reflects. Must $\kappa$ be Mahlo? Remarks: It is possible for every stationary subset of $\kappa$ to reflect, but ...
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Can we always add sets without collapsing cardinals or adding [very] bounded sets?

Given a model of $\sf ZFC$, and an infinite ordinal $\alpha$. Can we prove that there is always a cardinal $\kappa$, and a forcing $\Bbb P$, such that: $\Bbb P$ does not add sets of rank ...
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The status of 'the consistency of NF relative to ZF'

One of the responses to my Mathoverflow question No. 122658 hinted that a proof (or the outline of a proof) of the consistency of NF relative to ZF was on the horizon and was to be presented at a ...
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Collapsing the cardinals between two singular cardinals

Question 1: Is it consistent that there is a forcing notion collapsing $\aleph_{\omega\cdot 2}$ to $\aleph_\omega$ without collapsing $\aleph_\omega$ or $\aleph_{\omega\cdot 2 + 1}$? If the ...
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Class forcings and elementary embeddings

In the Hamkins-Kirmayer-Perlmutter paper "Generalizations Of The Kunen Inconsistency", they prove the following theorem: "Theorem 7: In any set forcing extension $V[G]$, there is no nontrivial ...
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Transcendental distance sets

Define a set $S \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ as a transcendental distance set if the distance between any pair of distinct points of $S$ is transcendental. For example, $S = \{ k \, \pi \;\mid\; k=1,2,\ldots ...
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$\alpha$-minimal degrees for singular $\alpha$

An important question in $\alpha$-recursion theory is whether there is a minimal $\alpha$-degree at $\alpha=\aleph_\omega.$ Question 1. Who first introduced the above question, and where can I find ...
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A question of Erdős

In the following paper (pages 122-23), Erdős asks if there is a constant $c > 0$ such that every subset $A$ of plane of area more than $c$ contains the vertices of a triangle of unit area. Is this ...
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Are there discontinuities in the large cardinal hierarchy?

Suppose that $\Phi(x,y)$ is a formula in the language of set theory so that for each natural number $n$, the axiom $\exists x\Phi(n,x)$ is a large cardinal axiom (for example consider $n$-huge ...
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Singularizing forcing of “small” cardinality?

Can there be a large cardinal $\kappa$ and a forcing of size $\kappa$ that makes $\kappa$ a singular cardinal? The motivation is that the standard Prikry forcing does not have a dense set of size ...
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Constructing an $\omega_1$-sequence of functions that almost extend all previous functions

I want to construct a sequence of functions $$f_\alpha: \alpha \rightarrow \omega,\ \alpha < \omega_1$$ such that for all $\alpha < \omega_1$ the following holds: $f_\alpha$ is injective. ...
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What sort of cardinal number is the Löwenheim-Skolem number for second-order logic?

In their paper "On Löwenheim-Skolem-Tarski numbers for extensions of first order logic", Magidor and Väänänen make the following statement: "For second order logic, $LS(L^{2})$ ...
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A question related to Woodin's $HOD$ conjecture

Recall that an $\kappa$ is $\omega$-strongly measurable in $\text{HOD}$ if there exists $\lambda < \kappa$ such that $(2^{\lambda})^{\text{HOD}} < \kappa$ and such that there is no partition of ...
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Diagonalizing against a non stationary set of functions

Suppose $\kappa$ is regular uncountable (assume $2^{< \kappa} = \kappa$ and $\kappa$ is weakly Mahlo if needed). Is the following true? For every sequence $\langle f_i: i \to 2 \mid i \in A ...
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Showing a filter with a certain property on the power set of $\mathbb{Z}$ is a one point filter

Let $\mathcal{P}_0(X)$ the Power set of $X$ without the empty set and let $\dot{x}:=\{A\subseteq X: x \in A\}$ the one point filter generated by $x$. Furthermore let $$ \mathcal{A} := \{ f \in ...
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Vopenka's Principle for non-first-order logics

(For simplicity, the background theory for this post is NBG, a set theory directly treating proper classes which is a conservative extension of ZFC.) Vopenka's Principle ($VP$) states that, given any ...
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Set theories that do require the existence of urelements?

I am looking for an axiomatic set theory that not only admits the existence of urelements/atoms (via two-sortedness or an additional unary predicate) but requires it, e.g. by an axiom like "for each ...
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Posets preserving stationary subsets of $\omega_1$ and no new $\text{cof}(\omega)$ ordinals, but without countable covering property

What are some examples of posets $\mathbb{P}$ which have the following properties? It's OK if the definition uses large cardinals or some other hypothesis. $\mathbb{P}$ preserves stationary subsets ...
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Measurability and Axiom of choice

In some situations, you need to show Lebesgue-measurability of some function on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and the verification is kind of lengthy and annoying, and even more so because measurability is "obvious" ...
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A question regarding extendible cardinals and a result of M. Magidor

The following definitions and Theorems come from M. Magidor's paper "On the Role of Supercompact and Extendible Cardinals in Logic" (Israel J. Math., Vol. 10, 1971): "Definition: Logic is called ...
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Is every real a member of some CTM?

I read somewhere about the hyperuniverse of countable transitive models of ZFC (http://www1.maths.leeds.ac.uk/maloa/lecturenotes/RW3%20Munster/friedman.pdf). It states an assumption, namely that every ...
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Why is the set-theoretic principle $\diamondsuit$ called $\diamondsuit$?

A shallow answer would just point to theorem 6.2 in Jensen's 1972 paper "The fine structure of the constructible hierarchy", where Jensen introduces this property. Or was this symbol used already ...
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Plausibility argument for a measurable cardinal

The following question is not mathematically precise but perhaps of some philosophical interest. A typical plausibility argument for assuming the existence of inaccessible cardinals goes as follows: ...
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References for Forcing with Side Conditions

I'm looking for some good references about Forcing with Side Conditions, including expository papers that explain the main ideas with some details in order to give me a fairly clear insight of those ...
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Well-ordered reference

I'm wondering if there is a standard reference for the following straightforward facts about well-orderings. (They are quite easy to prove, I just need a handy/standard reference.) Let $(S,<)$ ...
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What axioms are used to prove Godel's Incompleteness Theorems?

I understand Godel's Incompleteness Theorems to be statements about effectively generated formal systems, which basically makes them theorems about algorithms. This is cool, because despite being ...
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Subsets of $\mathbb{N}$ whose lower density respects complements

The lower density of $A\subseteq\mathbb{N}$ is defined to be $\lambda(A)=\lim\text{inf}_{n\to\infty}\frac{|A\cap\{1,\ldots,n\}|}{n}$. We set $${\cal C} = \{A\subseteq \mathbb{N}: ...
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A question of Erdos on entire functions

At the end of the following paper, Erdos asked if there is a family $F$ of entire functions of size continuum such that for every $z \in \mathbb{C}$, $\{f(z) : f \in F\}$ has size less than continuum. ...
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Does the critical sequence for subalgebras of elementary embeddings with finitely many generators have order type $\omega$?

Suppose that $\lambda$ is a cardinal. 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 ...
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Freedom of speech in scientific discussions - An invitation to more tolerance in Scientific debates [migrated]

I hope this post enjoys some tolerance, and don't get closed or put on hold immediately. I believe that freedom of speech in scientific discussions is one of the key values which enriches the debates ...
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preserving saturated ideals

A reliable source made the following claim: Suppose CH there is an $\omega_2$-saturated ideal on $\omega_1$. Then this is preserved by $\mathrm{Add}(\omega_1,\omega_2)$. Question 1: How do you ...
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Can there be a global linear ordering of the universe without a global well-ordering of the universe?

This question arose in the answers to Asaf Karagila's question Does ZFC prove that the universe is linearly orderable?. The answer there was that one can have a ZFC model with no global linear ...
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If C is a closed, unbounded subset of Ord, are the sets generated by the new class of ordinals Ord restricted to C, a Universe?

Given any universe, and some closed unbounded subset of Ord, is it possible toy generate a universe in the following way: Restrict Ord to a target club. Then generate all look the sets necessary to ...
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Preserving $\omega_1$ is Inaccessible to the reals

$\omega_1$ is inaccessible to the reals if and only if for all $x \in {}^\omega\omega$, $\omega_1^{L[x]} < \omega_1$. The question is if $\omega_1$ is inaccessible to the reals in $V$ and ...
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Avoiding countable subgroups of a group homeomorphic to the Cantor space

The following question is motivated by the paper [Brian, Mislove, Every compact group can have a non-measurable subgroup]. A positive solution to a variation of the following problem implies a ...
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What is the significance of having Prime Ideal Theorem in models for failure of Axiom of Choice? [migrated]

Prime Ideal Theorem says: PIT: Every ideal on a Boolean algebra can be extended to a prime ideal. It follows from Axiom of Choice but is weaker than it. In many cases I saw that people check ...
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Ref. request: Additive probability measure on $\mathcal P({\bf N})$ supplies subset of $\mathbf R$ without Baire property

ZFC proves, among the other things, the existence of a (finitely) additive probability measure $\theta: \mathcal P(\mathbf N) \to \mathbf R$ on the power set of $\mathbf N$ such that $\theta(X) = 0$ ...
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Open coloring axiom vs. CH

Is there a simple, direct proof that the open coloring axiom contradicts CH (straight from the definitions, no machinery allowed)? The separable metric spaces version of OCA, if that helps. Edit: ...
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Knaster Tarski theorem, example needed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knaster%E2%80%93Tarski_theorem Let $L$ be a complete lattice and let $f : L \to L$ be an order-preserving function. Then the set of fixed points of $f$ in $L$ is also a ...
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Why does inner model theory need so much descriptive set theory (and vice versa)?

I am curious about how much descriptive set theory is involved in inner model theory. For instance Shoenfield's absoluteness result is based on the construction of the Shoenfield tree which ...
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Sierpinski sets and extensions of Lebesgue measure

I am duplicating an old problem from stackexchange: Suppose that every countably generated sigma algebra extending the Borel sigma algebra on $[0, 1]$ admits a measure extending the Lebesgue measure ...
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$\mathbb{P}_{\kappa}$ forces non$(\mathcal{M})$=cov$(\mathcal{M})=\kappa$

Let $\kappa$ be an uncountable regular cardibnal. Consider the finite support iteration $(\langle \mathbb{P}_{\alpha}\rangle _{\alpha \leq \kappa},\langle \mathbb{\dot{Q}}_{\alpha}\rangle _{\alpha ...
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Finitely generated group with $\aleph_0<X_G<2^{\aleph_0}$ normal subgroups?

Let $X_G$ be the number of normal subgroups of a group $G$. Are there examples of finitely generated groups $G$ where it is consistent to have $\aleph_0<X_G<2^{\aleph_0}$ normal subgroups? Also ...
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Just a little absoluteness might be cheaper?

Absoluteness is a wonderful thing, but expensive consistency-strength wise. My question is, when can we get large amounts of absoluteness in specific situations for much cheaper? Specifically, fix a ...
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Generic $\mathbf{\Sigma}_3^1$-absoluteness for class forcings

In the paper "Generic Absoluteness" by Bagaria and Friedman (http://www.logic.univie.ac.at/~sdf/papers/bagfried.pdf) it is shown that in ZFC generic $\mathbf{\Sigma_3^1}$-absoluteness is false for ...
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Topological tameness beyond the Gandy-Harrington topology

The Gandy-Harrington topology on $\omega^\omega$ is the topology generated by all lightface $\Sigma^1_1$ sets; that is, all sets which are continuous-in-the-usual-sense images of $\omega^\omega$. ...
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Forcing as a replacement of induction and diagonal arguments

Let me give some examples motivating the question. The use of forcing instead of induction: For this consider Cantor's theorem: Theorem 1. Any two countable dense linear orders $I, J$ without end ...