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### “Transitivity” of the Stone-Cech compactification

Let $\beta \mathbb{N}$ be the Stone-Cech compactification of the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$, and let $x, y \in \beta \mathbb{N} \setminus \mathbb{N}$ be two non-principal elements of this ...

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### Can There be Rudin-Keisler Immediate Sucessors?

There are several well-studied orderings on the set $\omega^*$ of ultrafilters on the natural numbers. Three popular ones are $\le_i$ for $i = 1,2,3$. We define $\mathcal U \le_i \mathcal V$ to mean ...

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### Description of $\big(\ell^\infty(\mathbb N)\big)^{\!*}$ via ultrafilters

Let $\beta\mathbb N$ is the set of ultrafilters on $\mathbb N$ and $\mathscr F\in\beta\mathbb N$. Assume that $l_{\mathscr F}\in\big(\ell^\infty(\mathbb N)\big)^{\!*}$ is the functional which assigns ...

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### Representation of the elements of $c_0^\perp$ as integrals over ultrafilters

Let
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X=\big\{\varphi\in\ell_\infty^{\,*}(\mathbb N) : \varphi(\{a_n\})=0\,\,\text{whenever $a_n\to 0$}\big\}.
$$
If $\varphi_{\mathscr F}(\{a_n\})$ is the limit of $\{a_n\}$ with respect to the ...

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### Does Łoś's theorem imply choice given a free ultrafilter?

In the paper "Łoś's theorem and the boolean prime ideal theorem imply axiom of choice" Howard has shown that Łoś's theorem and the boolean prime ideal theorem imply axiom of choice. At the end of the ...

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### When can you canonically extend an ultrafilter after forcing?

Suppose that $V$ is a model of $\sf ZFC$, and fix some regular $\kappa$, say $\omega_1$ for practical purposes.
Let $\cal U$ be an ultrafilter on $\omega_1$ in $V$ which is non-principal and even ...

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### What is the name for a Banach space property closed under ultraproducts?

In Banach space theory, a super-property is a property of a Banach space that is preserved under ultrapowers. (Update (2015-09-28): The property must also be closed under isometric embeddings.) ...

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### Embedding $\beta\mathbb{N}$ into a product of Cantor sets

Let us consider $\beta\mathbb{N}$, the Stone-Czech compactification of the natural numbers (where we do not take $0$ to be a natural number, so the only idempotent elements are nonprincipal ...

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### Are ultralimits the Gromov-Hausdorff limits of a subsequence?

Let $(M_i,p_i)$ be a sequence of $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifolds with lower Ricci curvature bound $-1$. Fix a non-orincipal ultrafilter and let X be the ultralimit of the sequence.
Does there ...

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### Are irrational multiples of central sets again central?

Let me begin by giving the relevant definitions. A set $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ is said to be central if and only if there exists a topological system $(X,T)$ (with $X$ a compact metric space, $T$ a ...

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### Ultralimit versus partial limit

Let $\omega$ be a nonprincipal ultrafilter on $\mathbb N$.
A standard construction gives an $\omega$-limit, say $x_\omega$, for any bounded sequence $(x_n)$ of real numbers.
Namely, there is unique ...

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### Comparing cardinalities of the spectrum of two masas in $B(H)$

If I imagine that (the self-adjoint part of) a C*-algebra $A$ represents the algebra of observables of some quantum system, then certain perspectives on algebraic quantum theory would ask me to ...

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### Is it possible that all ultrafilters are determined by the meet-semilattice of sub-ultrapowers?

Suppose that $\mathcal{Z}$ is a filter on a set $X$. Let $\Pi(X)$ denote the lattice of all partitions of the set $X$. Then $(\Pi(X),\wedge)$ is a meet-semilattice where
$P\wedge Q=\{R\cap S|R\in ...

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### Expressing a value related to an infinitary relation through ultrafilters

Let $U$ be a set. I denote $\mathfrak{A}$ the lattice of filters on $U$ ordered reverse to set theoretic inclusion of filters. I denote $\bigvee$ and $\bigwedge$ correspondingly the supremum and ...

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### Lowering from filters to ultrafilters for an infinitary relation

Let $U$ be a set. Let $N$ be a (possibly infinite) index set. Let $f$ be an $N$-ary relation on $U$ (that is $f$ is a set of functions $N\rightarrow U$).
I denote $\mathcal{L}\in \upuparrows f ...

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### Spaces of filters

This question arose more from curiosity than from an actual problem. There are situations when you embed some space $X$ in a set of filters on $X$, which inherits properties of $X$ or has even better ...

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### Ultrafilters of weight $\aleph_2$ in Sacks model

It is well-known that in Sacks model there are P-points and even Ramsey ultrafilters, but what the usual (i.e. findable in the literature) proofs for these facts do is proving that ground model ...

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### Ultraproduct of Forcing Extensions & Forcing Extension of Ultraproduct

Notation:
$M[{\mathbb{P}}:G]$ denotes the forcing extension of $M$ by $\mathbb{P}$-generic filter $G$.
$\prod_{\mathcal{F}}\langle M_i~|~i\in I\rangle$ denotes the ultraproduct of models using the ...

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### Preservation of ultrafilters by Sacks forcing

It is well-known that, if $p$ is a Ramsey (selective) ultrafilter on $\omega$, then after adding a Sacks real $p$ remains an ultrafilter (well, it's really the upwards closure of $p$ the one that's an ...

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### Connections between ultrafilters in topology and logic

I have a some-what vague question. It seems to me that there are two main ways in which ultrafilters (on a set) can be used. One is in topology. The notion of an ultrafilter converging to a point is ...

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### Ultrafilter-based Fourier-Walsh-like Functions

Here is a (little wild) question about Boolean functions with countably many variables and a wild analog for Fourier-Walsh functions and analysis based on them.
Let $x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n,\dots$ be ...

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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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### Commutative algebras whose bidual is commutative

Let $k$ be a commutative ring and $A$ a commutative $k$-algebra. Call $D(A) := \mathrm{Hom}_k(A,k)$ the dual of $A$ as a $k$-module, and $DD(A) := \mathrm{Hom}_k(D(A),k)$ the dual of the latter. Let ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### What is known about the krull dimension of an ultrapower ring?

Let $R$ be a ring, $F$ a free ultrafilter on a set $X$ which is not countably complete, and $R_F$ the ultrapower of $R$ with $R \not\cong R_F$. The following two results are from a masters thesis ...

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### Stone-Cech compatification and ultrafilter [closed]

I have been studding about compatification of a topological space $X$. But I have low understanding about the Stone-Cech compatification, specially construction of the Stone-Cech compatification on ...

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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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### Why does CH imply that there is a unique ultrapower of $\mathbb{N}$?

I've read these words: "How many ultra products $∏_Uℕ$ exist up to isomorphism, where $U$ is a non-principal ultrafilter over $ℕ$? If continuum hypothesis(CH) holds, then obviously just one ..."
i ...

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### When can we “displace” an ultrafilter limit with another limit?

Let $\cal A$ be a Banach algebra, $\cal U$ be a free ultrafilter, and $\phi$ be a character. Let ${(w_{\alpha})}_{\alpha}$ be a net in $(\cal A)_{\cal U}$, and suppose that for every $(a_i)\in (\cal ...

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### How much are reduced powers different?

Given two infinite sets $X$ and $I$, and a filter ${\cal F}$ on $I$, one defines as usual the equivalence relation $\approx_{\cal F}$ on $X^I$ and obtains the reduced power $Y = X^I / \approx_{\cal ...

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### Double ultrapower of the hyperfinite $II_1$-factor

Let $\omega$ be a free ultrafilter on the natural numbers and $R$ be the hyperfinite $II_1$-factor (the definition of $R$ is recalled in the comments).
Question: Does there exist another free ...

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### an elementary substructure of a natural numbers ultrapower

Hi
I'm looking for an elementary substructure of a natural numbers ultrapower with a free ultrafilter over a numerable set also must not be isomorphism between the elementary substructure and any ...

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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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### Construction of a maximal ideal

Hello,
Let R denote the ring of continuous functions defined on the real line, let I in R be the ideal consisting of functions with compact support. Obviously, I is not maximal, and by Zorn's Lemma ...

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### How much do idempotent ultrafilters generate in terms of semigroups?

It is known that the set of ultrafilters on, say, the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$, can naturally be endowed with the structure of a compact topological left semigroup (which fails to be anything ...

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### Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{Z}$ with Fürstenberg Topology

The Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{N}$ as a discrete space has been extensively studied and can be represented using ultrafilters.
Consider $X=(\mathbb{Z},\mathcal{T})$, where $\mathcal{T}$ ...

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### Are all countable, nonstandard models of arithmetic given by ultrapowers?

Countable models of PA fall into two categories: the standard one $(\omega, S)$ and the nonstandard ones (all the rest). The only way I've seen to construct a nonstandard model is through taking an ...

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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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### Compactness-like property for universal generalization?

Hi all! I have the following problem. Suppose I have a sequence of models $M_1,M_2,...$, all of which have the same countable domain (call it $D$). $x_1,x_2,...$ is a well-ordering of $D$. $\phi(x)$ ...