This tag is for questions about cardinals and related topics such as cardinal arithmetics, regular cardinals and cofinality. Do not confuse with [large-cardinals] which is a technical concept about strong axioms of infinity.

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Looking for a problem where one could use a cardinality argument to find a solution.

I would like to find an exercise of the type: Find some $x$ in $A\setminus B$. Solution: since $A$ is uncountable and $B$ is countable such $x$ exists...
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What's “the catch” in this question?

I am solving old exam questions and I came across this question: Let $\langle A_n \mid n < \omega\rangle$ disjoint sets such that $\bigcup_{n < \omega}A_n = \mathbb{R}$. Prove that there ...
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Do the real numbers and the complex numbers have the same cardinality?

So it's easy to show that the rationals and the integers have the same size, using everyone's favorite spiral-around-the-grid. Can the approach be extended to say that the set of complex numbers has ...
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Tightness and countable intersection of neighborhoods

The following is a problem a colleague has encountered. He would like to know whether the following conjecture is right, wrong, or neither: Let $X$ be a topological space of countable tightness ...
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Existence of a sequence that has every element of $\mathbb N$ infinite number of times

I was wondering if a sequence that has every element of $\mathbb N$ infinite number of times exists ($\mathbb N$ includes $0$). It feels like it should, but I just have a few doubts. Like, assume ...
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Infinite sets and their Cardinality

(I am a 13 year old so when you answer please don't use things that are TOO hard even though I actually can understand quite complex stuff) I was studying Infinite sets and their cardinality (not in ...
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Cardinality of the infinite sets

Consider the following problem: Which of the following sets has the greatest cardinality? A. ${\mathbb R}$ B. The set of all functions from ${\mathbb Z}$ to ${\mathbb Z}$ C. The ...
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axiom of choice: cardinality of general disjoint union

I have this exercise involving the axiom of choice, but I don't understand where it's needed: Let $(X_i)_{i \in I}$ and $(Y_i)_{i \in I}$ be pairwise disjoint sets with $|X_i| = |Y_i|$. Prove, using ...
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Is it possible that $2^n=3^n$ for some Dedekind-finite cardinal $n\gt0$?

Is it possible that $2^n=3^n$ for some Dedekind-finite cardinal $n\gt0$? I think the question speaks for itself, but let me try and satisfy the "quality standards" algorithm by padding it. Yes, I ...
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A “reverse” diagonal argument?

Cantor's diagonal argument can be used to show that a set $S$ is always smaller than its power set $\wp(S)$. The proof works by showing that no function $f : S \rightarrow \wp(S)$ can be surjective ...
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Why does $\omega$ have the same cardinality in every (transitive) model of ZF?

As in the title: Why does $\omega$ have the same cardinality in every (transitive) model of ZF? I've been thinking about this for some time now. Can someone show me how to show this by showing me a ...
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Does $\mathcal P ( \mathbb R ) \otimes \mathcal P ( \mathbb R ) = \mathcal P ( \mathbb R \times \mathbb R )$?

Obviously the answer's yes if I replace $\mathbb R$ by a countable set. If $\mathbb R$ is replaced by a set $X$ having a greater cardinality, then the diagonal $\{ (x,x) , \ x\in X\}$ is not in the ...
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Is the cardinality of uncountable $G_{\delta}$ set of $\mathbb{R}$ equals the cardinality of the continuum?

It is known that closed sets of $\mathbb{R}$ satisfies continuum hypothesis, that is, every closed subset of $\mathbb{R}$ is either countable or of the cardinality of the continuum. Is the ...
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cardinal exponentiation, $k^{<\lambda}$

I have the following well-known exercise in cardinal arithmetics: If $\kappa, \lambda$ are cardinals such that $\lambda$ is infinite, then $\kappa^{<\lambda}$ equals the supremum of the ...
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Are injections harder to find than surjections?

Given two finite sets $A$ and $B$ with $|A|<|B|$ There are more functions from $B$ to $A$ than from $A$ to $B$ except when $|A|=1$ or $|A|=2,|B|=3,4$. See here for proof. It is also true there are ...
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The largest number system

If my number set construction memory doesn't fail me (I'll edit if errors are pointed out), we start out with Peano's axioms to get to $\mathbb{N}$, and in the need of an additive inverse for its ...
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Simple example of uncountable ordinal

Can you make a simple example of an uncountable ordinal? With simple I mean that it is easy to prove that the ordinal is uncountable. I know that the set of all the countable ordinals is an ...
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Is the class of cardinals totally ordered?

In a Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleph_number#Aleph-one I encountered the following sentence: "If the axiom of choice (AC) is used, it can be proved that the class of cardinal ...
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What's the cardinality of all sequences with coefficients in an infinite set?

My motivation for asking this question is that a classmate of mine asked me some kind of question that made me think of this one. I can't recall his exact question because he is kind of messy (both ...
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Does taking the power set give you the “next biggest cardinal”

I know that if you take the power set of a set, it has a higher cardinality. Therefore there are an infinite number of them as $P^{n}(\mathbb{N})$(the nth power set of the naturals) Let's say $$C_{n} ...
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What does Martin's Maximum imply for $P(\mathbb{R})$?

Prompted by this question: of course Godel's constructibility axiom implies that $P(S)$ is minimal for any set $S$ and so handily answers the question of the size of the power set of the continuum in ...
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Could someone explain aleph numbers?

I am having trouble understanding aleph numbers. I understand $\aleph_0$ is a countable infinity, but after that, I'm lost. What are $\aleph_1,\aleph_2,\aleph_3$, etc. to $\aleph_n$? Is there an ...
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Why infinite cardinalities are not “dense”?

What tells us that the structure of the cardinals is "discrete"? I'm not using the words "discrete" and "dense" with their formal meanings. Maybe I have this confusion because I'm using concepts ...
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Is the axiom of choice needed to show that $a^2=a$?

A comment on this answer states that choice is needed for the statement that $a^2=a$ for all infinite cardinals $a$. In Thomas Jech's Set Theory (3rd edition), his theorem 3.5 proves this statement ...
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Cardinality of the Union is less than the cardinality of the Cartesian product

Suppose I have two collections of sets, $\{A_i\}_{i \in I}$ and $\{B_i\}_{i \in I}$. It is given in the problem that $$\mathrm{card}(A_i) < \mathrm{card}(B_i) \text{ for all }i \in I $$ I want to ...
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What is the cardinality of a set of all monotonic functions on a segment $[0,1]$?

What is the cardinality of a set of all real monotonic functions on a segment $[0,1]$? Does it really matter that functions are monotonic?
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Can we conclude $\prod_{\kappa \in Crd, \kappa=1}^{\kappa<\aleph_\alpha}\kappa=2^{\aleph_\alpha}$ in ZFC?

In complex analysis, there is a function called Euler's Gamma function. Whenever given a positive integer $n+1$, it will return $n!=\prod_{i=1}^{i < n+1}i$. I'm not sure if there is similar ...
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Cardinal equality question

The question contains 2 stages: 1. Prove that ${\aleph_n} ^ {\aleph_1} = {2}^{\aleph_1}\cdot\aleph_n$ This one is pretty clear by induction and by applying Hausdorf's formula. 2. Prove ...
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Proof of non-existence of non-principal $\kappa$-complete ultrafilter

Let $\lambda$ be a cardinal. I would like to prove that for all cardinals $\lambda < \kappa \leq 2^\lambda$, there can't be a $\kappa$-complete non-principal ultrafilter on $\kappa$. Here is my ...
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For every $n < \omega$, $\aleph_n^{\aleph_0} = \max(\aleph_n,\aleph_0^{\aleph_0})$

I have proved that if $\aleph_n \leq \aleph_0^{\aleph_0}$, then $\aleph_n^{\aleph_0} \leq \max(\aleph_n,\aleph_0^{\aleph_0})$. Clearly $\aleph_n \leq \aleph_n^{\aleph_0}$ and $\aleph_0^{\aleph_0} \leq ...
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Cardinality of the set of open functions?

I was wondering what is the cardinality of the set $ \{ f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} \mid f \text{ is open } \} $ (i.e., $f(U) \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ is open for all open $U$). There are at least $c = ...
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A simple bijection between $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{R}^4$ or $\mathbb{R}^n$?

How to form a bijection from $(0,1]$ to $\mathbb{R}$: $$f(x) = \left\{\begin{array}{ll} 2-\frac{1}{x}&\text{if }x\in(0, .5]\\ \frac{2x-1}{1-x}&\text{if }x\in(.5, 1]. \end{array}\right.$$ ...
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Are there non-equivalent cardinal arithmetics?

‎Generalizing a concept in mathematics is always a problematic situation. In most cases there are several ways to generalize a notion and it is not easy to decide if a particular generalization is ...
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Do an infinite set and its double have the same cardinality? [duplicate]

My question was inspired by this answer. Suppose $A$ is an infinite set. Does its double, $A\times\{0,1\}$, always have the same cardinality? In my head I quickly spotted a simple proof that the ...
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cardinality of set of all real continuous functions [duplicate]

Could somebody explain to me how to prove that the cardinality of all real continuous functions is $c$ ? The first problem is that I don't know how to show that each real continuous function $f: X ...
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Partition of N into infinite number of infinite disjoint sets?

Is it possible to have a countable infinite number of countable infinite sets such that no two sets share an element and their union is the positive integers?
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A question about the cardinality of the set of all the bijections from $M$ to itself

$M$ is a set.We denote the set of all the bijections from $M$ to itself by $K$.Is the cardinality of $K$ larger than the cardinality of $M$?
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Implications of continuum hypothesis and consistency of ZFC

I've been a bit confused whilst doing some reading. I think the confusion arises because I am trying to read Wikipedia on topics without being able to work along. Anyway, I have read that, of course, ...
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What is $\aleph_0$ powered to $\aleph_0$?

By definition $\aleph_1 = 2 ^{\aleph_0}$. And since $2 < \aleph_0$, then $2^{\aleph_0} = {\aleph_1} \le \aleph_0 ^ {\aleph_0}$. However, I do not know what exactly $\aleph_0 ^ {\aleph_0}$ is or how ...
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What questions become answerable/computable given an uncountable character set?

Having reached the concluding portion of my first course in real analysis, one subject that I feel was not adequately addressed was the issue of cardinalities. This is a subject I was interested in ...
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Bijection between $\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{Z}\times\dots$ and $\mathbb{R}$

Is there a bijection between $\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{Z}\times\dots$ for countably infinitely many $\mathbb{Z}$'s and $\mathbb{R}$? That is, is $\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{Z}\times\dots$, repeated ...
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Fractional cardinalities of sets

Is there any extension of the usual notion of cardinalities of sets such that there is some sets with fractional cardinalities such as 5/2, ie a set with 2.5 elements, what would be an example of such ...
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Cartesian Product of Two Countable Sets is Countable

How can I prove that the Cartesian product of two countable sets is also countable?
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Does deleting a subset of an infinite set that has strictly smaller cardinality leave the cardinality of the infinite set unchanged?

Is it a theorem of ZFC that if $X \subseteq Y$, $|X| < |Y|$, $Y$ is infinite, then $|Y \setminus X|=|Y|$?
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Can proper classes also have cardinality?

In some set theories such as ZF+GAC, in which GAC is global axiom of choice, the Von Neumann universe $V$ bijects to $Ord$, the class of ordinals. It suggests us that proper classes may also have ...
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Sequence of surjections imply choice

I am reading a paper where a side remark said that if a sequence $\langle g_\beta\colon\omega\to\beta\mid\beta<\omega_1\rangle$ is a sequence of surjections then $\omega_1$ is regular. I have ...
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What would a world where $\mathsf{CH}$ is false look like?

My question is a little more specific than the title may lead to believe. In the article The set-theoretic multiverse (J.D. Hamkins), the author writes the following: [...] the continuum is ...
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Question about the order of a Stationary subset of $ \kappa$

Greets I'm trying to prove one part of exercise 8.14 of Jech's "Set Theory", namely that if $o(k)\geq k$, then $k$ is weakly inaccessible, where $\kappa$ is regular; $o(\kappa)$ is defined as ...
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powers of singular cardinals

I am trying to solve the following two problems: 1) if $\beta <\omega_1$, $2^{\aleph_1}<\aleph_{\omega_1}$, and $\aleph_\alpha^{\aleph_0} \leq \aleph_{\alpha +\beta}$ for a stationary set of ...
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Non-existence of a surjection $\aleph_n \to \aleph_{n+1}$, without the axiom of choice

Firstly, let's establish what exactly I mean by these symbols. Let $\omega_0 = \{ 0, 1, 2, \ldots \}$, where $0, 1, 2, \ldots$ are the usual von Neumann representations of the natural numbers. Let $n$ ...