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How many elementary equivalent models are unifiable by ultrapower?

Definition. A class $\mathcal{C}$ of pairwise elementary equivalent $\mathcal{L}$-structures is unifiable by ultrapower if there is an index set $I$ and an ultrafilter $F$ on it such that $\forall ...
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Can the structure of an ultrafilter determine the structure of its ultrapower?

Usually we work with ultrafilters as pure sets without any structure. Q1. Is there any important notion of structure on an ultrafilter? Q2. Is there any non-trivial notion of structure on ...
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Ultrapowers of ultrapowers

Suppose that you have some structure $S$, and you want to construct an ultrapower of cardinality $\kappa$ to obtain $S^*_\kappa$. Then, say you want to construct a new ultrapower from $S^*_\kappa$, ...
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Shelah's proof that proper forcing preserves P-points

In Proper and Improper forcing, VI.5; Claim 5.1 part 1 is the following: If $F$ is a P-point in $V$, $P$ is a proper forcing notion and $\Vdash_P `` F$ generates an ultrafilter" Then the ultrafilter ...
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In $L$, does there exist a definable non-principal ultrafilter on $\mathbb{N}$

The axiom of constructibility $V=L$ leads to some very interesting consequences, one of which is that it becomes possible to give explicit constructions of some of the "weird" results of AC. For ...
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Extending a Ramsey filter

We take filter to mean filter on $\omega$ containing all cofinite sets. We say a filter $F$ is Ramsey if ZERO does not have a winning strategy in the following infinite game between the two players ...
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A special c.c.c forcing notion and adding minimal generic reals

This question is related to my question "Forcing with c.c.c forcing notions, Cohen reals and Random reals". A natural way to answer Prikry's conjecture is to build a c.c.c. forcing notion which adds ...
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Does an ultrapower of an Aronszajn tree have an $\omega_{1}$-branch?

Throughout this question, I shall let $A^{\mathcal{U}}$ denote the ultrapower of a structure $A$ by an ultrafilter $\mathcal{U}$. Suppose that $T$ is an Aronszajn tree and $\mathcal{U}$ is an ...
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Character of normal ultrafilters

The character of an ultrafilter $U$, denoted $\chi(U)$, is the minimal size of an $A \subseteq U$ such that $(\forall x \in U ) (\exists y \in A) y \subseteq x$. This cardinal characteristic has been ...
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Is there a truth approximation on a‎ cumulative hierarchy‎‎‎‎?

‎‎‎Note ‎to ‎the ‎following ‎well known theorem:‎ Theorem (1): ‎If ‎‎$‎‎\kappa‎‎$ ‎be a ‎‎"measurable" ‎cardinal ‎and ‎‎$‎‎‎\mathcal{F}‎$ be a‎ ‎"non-principal ‎$‎‎‎\kappa‎$-complete normal‎" ...
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Is the product of ultrafilters cancellative?

Suppose that $\mathcal{U},\mathcal{V}$ are ultrafilters on sets. Recall that $\mathcal{U}\leq_{RK}\mathcal{V}$ (here we say $\mathcal{U}$ is Rudin-Keisler less than or equal to $\mathcal{V}$) iff for ...
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Idempotent ultrafilters and the Rudin-Keisler ordering

Short version: what can we say about the place of idempotent ultrafilters in the Rudin-Keisler ordering? Longer version: If $U$, $V$ are (nonprincipal) ultrafilters on $\omega$, then we write ...
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ultrafilter characterisation of huge cardinals

A cardinal $\kappa$ is huge iff there is $\lambda>\kappa$ and a $\kappa$-complete normal ultrafilter on $P_{\leq \kappa}(\lambda)$, or, equivalently, on the set of families of subsets of $\lambda$ ...
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Kadison-Singer problem in exotic Hilbert spaces

The Kadison-Singer problem is considered in relation to the separable Hilbert space: KS: Does every pure state on the diagonal (atomic) masa of $B(\ell_2)$ has a unique extension to $B(\ell_2)$? ...
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Extending complete filters

Suppose $\kappa$ is a measurable cardinal and let $\mathcal{F}\subset\wp(\kappa)$ be a $\kappa$-complete non-principal filter. Can we extend $\mathcal{F}$ to a $\kappa$-complete ultrafilter? My ...
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special extremally disconnected spaces with only finite isolated points

We Know that a cardinal $\kappa$ is measurable if there is a set $X$ with cardinal $\kappa$ and a {0,1}-measure $\mu: P(X) \rightarrow ${$0,1$} so that for all $x \in X$, $\mu(x)=0$ and $\mu(X)=1$. ...
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How much $\beta \mathbb{N}$ is homogenous?

Let $p,q\in \beta \mathbb{N}\setminus \mathbb{N}$. Must always the spaces $\beta \mathbb{N}\setminus \{p\}$ and $\beta \mathbb{N}\setminus \{q\}$ be homeomorphic? If no, can we for each point $p\in ...
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Determinacy and definable ultrafilters

It is a simple consequence of AD that there are no non-principal ultrafilters on $\omega$: for $U$ an ultrafilter on $\omega$, consider the game $G_U$ where players I and II play natural numbers $x_0$ ...
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Characterization of Stone-Cech compactifications

Suppose I have an infinite discrete topological space $X$ of cardinality $\kappa$. Then I know some things about the Stone-Cech compactification, $\beta X$: it is Hausdorff and compact but not ...
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Existence (or non) of “definable” ultrafilters

This is a question which I suspect has an absurdly easy answer, but I'm not seeing it. Let $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle:\omega^2\rightarrow\omega$ be your favorite pairing map (for me, this is the ...
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Lattice of differences between ultrafilters

Consider two ultrafilters, $U$ and $V$, on the same cardinal $\kappa$. Let $D(U, V)=\lbrace X\subseteq \kappa: X\in U-V\rbrace$; clearly $D(U, V)$ is a lattice under $\subseteq, \cap, \cup $ since the ...
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Mathias forcing with Ramsey ultrafilters, and Cohen reals [closed]

Edit/update: One reason this question never received an answer is because it was founded on a faulty premise! The Blaszczyk-Shelah paper I mentioned below does not prove that Mathias forcing with a ...
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Ultrafilter and contracting maps

I was trying to construct some element with specific properties in an ultraproduct and it boils down to a question which seems relatively natural but leaves me perfectly clueless. ...
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An Extender is a Generalization of an Ultrafilter?

I'm not sure whether this belongs here or on math stackexchange, but I'll give a try here. I've heard that an extender is a generalization of an ultrafilter. This is not to say that an ultrafilter ...
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Ultrafilters over vector spaces

Perhaps my question is naive, but let me try. Take a (real or complex) vector space $V$ and consider an ideal $\mathcal{I}$ of subsets of $V$ with the following property (call it (*)): for each ...
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Boolean Prime Ideal Theorem and non-principal ultrafilters

Somewhat related to my other question Existence of non-principal ultrafilters on sets, is it known whether it is consistent with ZF that every infinite set has a free (non-principal) ultrafilter, but ...
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Existence of non-principal ultrafilters on sets

Is it known to be consistent with ZF that there is no non-principal ultrafilter on any infinite set? (Feel free to use your favorite interpretation of "infinite" in this context. If infinite just ...
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An ultrafilter is a set of subsets containing exactly one element of each finite partition: reference request

There are probably dozens of ways of defining "ultrafilter". The definition I've seen most often involves first defining "filter", then declaring an ultrafilter to be a maximal filter. But there's ...
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Destroying the P-filter-property

It is known that if a forcing notion is proper, then every P-filter will generate a P-filter in the generic extension (see, e.g., Shelah, Proper and Improper Forcing, VI.5) On the other hand, if we ...
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How “much” does (Grigorieff) forcing destroy an ultrafilter?

Introduction. I recently revisited Shelah's model without P-points and I was wondering how "badly" Grigorieff forcing destroys ultrafilters, i.e., what kind of properties can survive the destruction ...
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Is every p-point ultrafilter Ramsey?

A non-principal ultrafilter $\mathcal{U}$ on $\omega$ is a p-point (or weakly selective) iff for every partition $\omega = \bigsqcup _{n < \omega} Z_n$ into null sets, i.e each $Z_n \not \in ...
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Does a generic normal measure extend the club filter?

This question is related to this one. The setup is as follows: In $V$, $\kappa$ is supercompact and $\mathbb{P} = \mathrm{Coll}(\kappa, \aleph_2)$ is the Levy collapse. $G$ is $(V,P)$-generic, and ...
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Normal measures on $P_{\kappa }(\lambda )$ extend the club filter

This is (a variation on) exercise 20.4 in Jech's "Set Theory." Let $j : V \to M$ witness $\lambda$-supercompactness of $\kappa$, and consider the normal measure $U$ on $P_{\kappa}(\lambda)$ ...
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Questions on ultrafilters

Hi, I know that there are models in ZFC where don't exist p-points, but I can't find (neither on internet) a proof that I understand, some of you could help me please? Another question: I know that ...
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Reference Request: Independence of the ultrafilter lemma from ZF

I'm looking for references for the following facts concerning the ultrafilter lemma (~ "there exist non-principal ultrafilters"): The ultrafilter lemma is independent of ZF. ZF + the ultrafilter ...
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Is the Rudin-Keisler order of ultrafilters linear?

Is the Rudin-Keisler order of ultrafilters linear? Is it a well ordering?
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cardinality of local bases in the non-standard reals

Given a index set $S$ together with a ultrafilter $\mu$ on $S$ (such that no set of cardinality $< |S|$ has measure $1$). Let the ordered field $\mathbb{R}(S,\mu)$ denote the ultrapower of ...
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Ultrafilters containing the image of a filter

Suppose $f:X \to Y$ is a map of sets and $F$ a filter on $X$ such that its image filter is contained in an ultrafilter $G$ on $Y$. Can I find an ultrafilter $H$ on $X$ whose image is $G$? If this ...
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Ultrafilters and automorphisms of the complex field

It is well-known that it is consistent with $ZF$ that the only automorphisms of the complex field $\mathbb{C}$ are the identity map and complex conjugation. For example, we have that ...
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Ultrafilters containing a principal filter

If X is a set and A is a subset of X containing at least two elements, then certainly for any element $a \in A$, the principal ultrafilter of $a$ contains the principal filter of A (which is NOT an ...
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Behavior of externally-infinite elements in ultrapowers of $\langle HF,\epsilon\rangle$

Consider the structure $\langle HF,\epsilon\rangle$ (the hereditarily finite sets with the epsilon-relation). An ultrapower of this structure will have externally-infinite elements -- elements not ...
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Non-principal ultrafilters on ω

I thought I had heard or read somewhere that the existence of a non-principal ultrafilter on $\omega$ was equivalent to some common weakening of AC. As I searched around, I read that this is not the ...
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How can an ultrapower of a model of ZFC be “ill-founded” yet still satisfy ZFC?

My understanding (please correct me if I'm wrong) is that if you have some transitive set M which is an $\epsilon$-model of ZFC, and you take an ultrapower of it using an approprate ultrafilter, you ...
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A question on ultrapower

Suppose $\kappa_0$ is a measurable cardinal and $\mu_0$ is a normal measure on $\kappa_0$. $M_1$ is the transitive collapse of $Ult(V,\mu_0)$, $j_{0,1}:V\rightarrow{M_1}$ is the elementary embedding ...
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Definition modifications without choice

What definitions or equivalencies between definitions for standard set theory objects (such as large cardinals) do not hold or do not carry through in the expected manner to the world without choice? ...
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Controlling Ultrapowers

Say I start with some a transitive model of a large fragment of ZFC (say enough to run Łoś' Theorem externally) and a specific set x∈M. Now let's say I'm going to pick some M-ultrafilter U on x. ...