# Constant $f:[\mathbb{N}]^2\to \{1,2\}$.

Let $[\mathbb{N}]^2$ denote the set collection in size $2$. Now, let $f:[\mathbb{N}]^2\to \{1,2\}$.

How can one show that, if we fixing some $n\in \mathbb{N}$, then there exist infinite set $R_1\subseteq {\mathbb{N}-\{n\}}$ such that $f$ is constant on sets of the form $\{n,r_1 \}$ where $r\in R_1$ .

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 What is "set collection in size $2$"? If you mean the set of unordered pairs, then $\binom{\Bbb N}2$ (pronounced $\Bbb N$ choose $2$) would be a more understandable notation. – Marc van Leeuwen Nov 15 '12 at 14:20

Fixing $n\in\Bbb N$, there are infinitely many $r\in\Bbb N\smallsetminus\{n\}$, and so infinitely many sets $\{n,r\}$ with $r\in\Bbb N\smallsetminus\{n\}$. Now, each $\{n,r\}$ is mapped to either $1$ or $2$. If there were only finitely many $\{n,r\}$ mapping to $1$ and only finitely many $\{n,r\}$ mapping to $2$, then since a union of two finite sets is finite, we would only have finitely many $\{n,r\}$ to begin with, which we've already seen is not the case. Hence, there are infinitely many $\{n,r\}$ mapping to $1$ or there are infinitely many $\{n,r\}$ mapping to $2$.
If there are infinitely many $r$ such that $f$ maps $\{n,r\}\mapsto 1$, then we let $$R_1=\left\{r\in\Bbb N:\{n,r\}\in f^{-1}\bigl(\{1\}\bigr)\right\}.$$ Otherwise, we let $$R_1=\left\{r\in\Bbb N:\{n,r\}\in f^{-1}\bigl(\{2\}\bigr)\right\}.$$
Actually, $R_1 = \{r:\{n,r\}\in f^{-1}(\{1\})\}$, isn't it? $f^{-1}(\{1\})$ is not a subset of $\mathbb N$ – Thomas Andrews Nov 15 '12 at 14:07
@17SI.34SA: Because there are infinitely many $r\in\Bbb N\smallsetminus\{n\}$, and so there are infinitely many sets $\{n,r\}$ with $r\in\Bbb N\smallsetminus\{n\}$. All of these sets are mapped to either $1$ or $2$, but if only finitely many map to $1$ and only finitely many map to $2$, then there can be only finitely many to begin with (since the union of two finite sets is finite). – Cameron Buie Nov 16 '12 at 17:37