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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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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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Proving the Cantor Pairing Function Bijective

How would you prove the Cantor Pairing Function bijective? I only know how to prove a bijection by showing (1) If $f(x) = f(y)$, then $x=y$ and (2) There exists an $x$ such that $f(x) = y$ How would ...
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Can an infinite cardinal number be a sum of two smaller cardinal number?

Let $\kappa$ be an infinite cardinal number. My question is whether there are $\lambda$ and $\mu$ such that both $<\kappa$ but $\lambda+\mu=\kappa$? If AC holds, then the answer is definitely NO....
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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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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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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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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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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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Constructing a Banach space of cardinality $\beth_{\omega+1}$

This is related to yesterday's question Constructing a vector space of dimension $\beth_\omega$; it's the next exercise (I.13.35 (a)) in Kunen's Set Theory. Let $B_0 = \ell^1$ and let $B_{n+1} = ...
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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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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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AC iff $P(\delta)$ can be well-ordered for all $\delta\in{\bf On}$ [duplicate]

I'm trying to do the following exercise: Exercise. Assume ZF. Then AC is equivalent to the statement that $P(\delta)$ can be well-ordered for all $\delta\in{\bf On}$. I'm struggling with the ...
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About singular $\beth_{\alpha}$ for limit ordinals $\alpha$

Why are there cofinitely many regular cardinals of type $\beth_{\beta}$ below any given singular $\beth_{\alpha}$, if $\alpha$ is a limit ordinal?
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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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Cardinality of the Euclidean topology and the axiom of choice

It is relatively straightforward to prove that the Euclidean topology has the same cardinality as the space itself. I have sketched a proof below. The proof seems to rely quite heavily on the axiom of ...
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Why do we distinguish between infinite cardinalities but not between infinite values?

More specifically, why are we "allowed" to denote $|\mathbb{N}|<|\mathbb{R}|$ but not $\sum\limits_{n\in\mathbb{N}}1<\sum\limits_{r\in\mathbb{R}}1$? Can we distinguish between "countable ...
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How to prove cardinality equality ($\mathfrak c^\mathfrak c=2^\mathfrak c$)

How do I prove this cardinality equality:$\mathfrak c^\mathfrak c=2^\mathfrak c$ I have failed to prove this after lots of trail - but I am certain it's true How can I prove this?
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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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Is the logarithm of $\aleph_0$ infinite?

In classical mathematics $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_1$, right? So if $2^x=\aleph_0$, what does $x$ equal? In other words, can we define a logarithm for $\aleph_0$, and what should it be. Is it infinite? ...
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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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Cardinality != Density?

I was in a discussion where I argued that the density of two sets of the same cardinality could be different in respect to the infinite range of non-negative integers. Does cardinality imply that any ...
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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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mahlo and hyper-inaccessible cardinals

Wikipedia states that a Mahlo cardinal is hyper-inaccessible, hyper-hyper-inaccessible, etc. Is this a characterisation of Mahlo? If not what about "alpha = hyper^alpha-inaccessible" with the obvious ...
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Showing a cardinal is regular

I've been thinking about this question, but to no avail and I've got to ask. How to show that for $\kappa\geq\aleph_0,$ $\mu=\min\{\lambda: \kappa^{\lambda} > \kappa\}$ is regular? If I wanted a ...
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Monotonic “Subfunction”

Let $f$: $\mathbb{R}\longrightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be an arbitrary function. Must there exist $E\subseteq\mathbb{R}$ of size continuum, such that $f$ restricted to $E$ is monotonic? I guess this ...
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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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Number of well-ordering relations on a well-orderable infinite set $A$?

Given a well-orderable infinite set $A$, can we always say that the set $$\left\{R\in A\times A:\langle A,R\rangle\, \text{is a well-ordering}\right\}$$ has cardinality $2^{|A|}$? How much Choice is ...
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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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Does $\operatorname{card}(X) < \operatorname{card}(Y)$ imply $\operatorname{card}(X^2) < \operatorname{card}(Y^2)$ without choice?

I looked to see if this question was already posted, but did not find anything. Please let me know if this is a duplicate. Assume $X, Y$ are infinite sets such that there is an injection $X \to Y$ ...
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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 follows:...
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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 $n$ ...
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For an infinite cardinal $\kappa$, $\aleph_0 \leq 2^{2^\kappa}$

I'm trying to do a past paper question which states: $$ \text{For all infinite cardinals $\kappa$, we have } \aleph_0 \leq 2^{2^\kappa}. $$ I'm supposed to be able to do this without the axiom of ...
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Why we use $\mathrm{Fn}(\kappa\times\lambda,2,\lambda)$ to force $2^\lambda\ge\kappa$ instead of $\mathrm{Fn}(\kappa\times \lambda,2)$

I am reading Kunen's Set Theory and I learn that, $\operatorname{Fn}(\kappa\times\omega,2)$ forces $2^{\aleph_0}\ge|\kappa|$, where $$\operatorname{Fn}(I,J,\lambda)=\{p:p\text{ function},\,\...
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weak consequence of GCH

Can ZFC prove that there is a regular uncountable cardinal $\kappa$ such that $2^{<\kappa} < 2^\kappa$? Note, if the answer is no, it would require a strong global violation of SCH, so large ...
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Characterizing categories by size

Usually one distinguishes five classes of categories by size, and there are examples for all of them: finite categories locally finite categories small categories locally small categories large ...
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Why should the union of such a family of sets have cardinality $\aleph_1?$

Let $\mathcal A$ be a family of infinite countable sets which is linearly ordered by inclusion and such that $\bigcup\mathcal A$ is uncountable. I have to prove that $|\bigcup\mathcal A|=\aleph_1.$ I ...
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$V=L[A]$ implies GCH for $A\subset \aleph_1$

On page 14 of the introduction to Vol. II of Gödel's collected works: By a slightly more difficult argument one can show that GCH continues to hold if $V=L[a]$ and $a\subseteq\aleph_1$. Does ...
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Examples of sets whose cardinalities are $\aleph_{n}$, or any large cardinal. (not assuming GCH)

One of the answers to this question indicates that large cardinals are useful for destructive testing of set theory. That aside, and not assuming GCH, are there any sets known that have a cardinality ...
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$(\beth_{\omega})^\omega=\beth_{\omega+1}$

I'm trying to show that $(\beth_{\omega})^\omega=2^{\beth_\omega}$. This is an exercise in Kunen where he suggests to encode subsets of $\beth_\omega$ with functions from $\omega\rightarrow\beth_\...
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Why is this cardinal regular?

I have the following problem in front of me. Show that if $\kappa$ is the least cardinal such that $2^\kappa>2^{\aleph_0},$ then $\kappa$ is regular. I've scribbled this: Suppose $$\kappa=\...
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Instance of Continuum Hypothesis implying cardinal inequality

I'm currently trying to solve Exercise 5.27 of Jech's Set Theory (3rd Millennium ed.), viz: If $2^{\aleph_1}=\aleph_2$, then $\aleph_{\omega}^{\aleph_0} \ne \aleph_{\omega_1}$. The presumption ...
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Can all Power Sets be Limit Cardinals?

Is it possible to create a model of ZFC, so that the cardinality of each power set is a limit cardinal (as opposed to GCH where they are always successor cardinals)? Take for example the following ...
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What is the standard proof that $\dim(k^{\mathbb N})$ is uncountable?

This is my (silly) proof to a claim on top of p. 54 of Rotman's "Homological algebra". For $k$ an infinite field (the finite case is trivial) prove that $k^\mathbb{N}$, the $k$-space of functions ...
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Taking away infinitely many elements infinitely many times [duplicate]

This is a somewhat hand wavy question but I'm not sure how to ask it more precisely. If we have a countably infinite sequence (or set), can we take away infinitely many elements from the sequence ...
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Are there fewer reals on $(0, 1)$ than on $(1,\infty)$?

I know that the cardinality of the sets of real numbers $(0, 1)$ and $(1, \infty)$ are equal. So what is the fallacy in this argument? For every real on $(0, 1)$, we can add any integer $n$ to it ...
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How do we prove the existence of uncountably many transcendental numbers?

I know how to prove the countability of sets using equivalence relations to other sets, but I'm not sure how to go about proving the uncountability of the transcendental numbers (i.e., numbers that ...
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Show that open segment $(a,b)$, close segment $[a,b]$ have the same cardinality as $\mathbb{R}$

a) Show that any open segment $(a,b)$ with $a<b$ has the same cardinality as $\mathbb{R}$. b) Show that any closed segment $[a,b]$ with $a<b$ has the same cardinality as $\mathbb{R}$. ...
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cardinality of the set of $ \varphi: \mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ such that $\varphi$ is an increasing sequence

I know that the set of functions $ f:\mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ is uncountable, but what if we consider only $f$ such that $f$ is increasing? I want to know if this set is countable D: and also the case ...