Model theory is the study of (classes of) mathematical structures (e.g. groups, fields, graphs, universes of set theory) using tools from mathematical logic. Objects of study in model theory are models for formal languages which are structures that give meaning to the sentences of these formal ...

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Reflexive reduct of preorder

Suppose P is a preorder on a set S, a reflexive and transitive relation. Suppose we subtract from P the identity relation and get a relation Q on S. Is the class of all such relations a first-order ...
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Saturated models and $\kappa=\kappa^{<\kappa}$

Do not assume GCH. Can you characterize the cardinals $\kappa$ such that every theory $T$ with an infinite model has a saturated model of cardinality $\kappa$? I guess these are the cardinals such ...
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Ordered field of rationals axiomatizable

Is there a set of sentences in the language of ordered fields whose models are precisely the rationals and any ordered field isomorphic to them?
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Definable valuation ring

If $(K,v)$ is henselian and $O_v$ is $\phi$-$\text{definable}$, why do I have that if $L\equiv K$ (in the language of ring) then $L$ admits a non-trivial henselian valuation ring? I understand if ...
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What is the real meaning of Hilbert's axiom of completeness

According to Greenberg's book of geometry it is sufficient to consider the axiom of Dedekind along with Hilbert's axioms (except of course for the Archimedian Principle and his Axiom of Completeness) ...
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Models of infinite groups and 'Group-like' objects

Let $G$ be an infinite group, and for simplicity, we will assume that $G$ is also countable. Now, with $G$ in mind, we construct a new language $L_G=\{f_{a_i\_},f_{\_a_i}:a_i\in G\}$ where ...
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Complete extensions of a consistent theory

I understand that I need to use compactness but somehow can't finish it. Suppose $L$ is a language and $T$ a consistent $L$-theory with only finitely many logically inequivalent complete extensions. ...
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Relative Identity vs Set Theory

The last complete, but unpublished, paper by the late Tom Etter titled "Three-Place Identity" purports to prove that all of mathematics can be expressed in terms of relative identity. In his own ...
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Is every reduced $k$-algebra all of whose residue fields are $k$ finitely generated?

Let $k$ be a field (of characteristic zero if you want). Let $A$ be a reduced $k$-algebra with the property that for every prime ideal $\mathfrak{p}$ of $A$ the natural homomorphism $k \to A/ ...
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What is the degree of a real closure of an ordered field?

Given a subfield $F$ of $\Bbb R$, let the real-closure of $F$ be the smallest subfield of $\Bbb R$ which is real-closed and extends $F$. Since the theory of real-closed fields is complete, this is in ...
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show that a horn sentence is preserved under a direct product.

show that a horn sentence is preserved under a direct product. If $\varphi$ is a horn sentence and $\mathfrak{A}_i, i \in \text{I}$ is a model for $\varphi$ namely $\mathfrak{A}_i \vDash \varphi$ ...
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Is algebra needed to really understand and/or enjoy model theory?

What are the desirable pre-requisites to be able to learn model theory well? In particular, it seems that connections to algebra are used heavily especially as examples. I would like to know if a ...
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Indiscernibles and colorations.

Let $L$ be a language, and $(X,\leq)$ be a total order contained in an $L$-structure $\frak{A}$. Now if we denote by $[X]^n$ the set of $n$-sized sequences in $X$ and consider a set $\Gamma$ of ...
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Difference between elementary submodel and elementary substructure

This is a really "elementary" question, forgive the pun. What is the difference between an elementary submodel and an elementary substructure (in first-order Logic)? Sincere thanks for help.
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Proving that every submodel of DLOE is an elementary submodel

Let $A$ and $B$ be models of the theory of Dense Linear Orders without Endpoints such that $|B| \subset |A|$. I'm trying to prove that $B$ is an elementary submodel of $A$. Using Tarski-Vaught test I ...
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Homogeneous models in a strongly minimal theory

I am trying to prove that every infinite model of a complete strongly minimal theory T is homogeneous. Clearly, if $k:M \to M $ is a partial elementary map with $|k|<|M|$ and $M$ is a model of ...
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On proving the zero-one-law for first order logic

I'm trying to understand the proof of the zero-one-law for first order logic as provided in (Ebbinghaus-Flum, 1995). It goes as follows: Let $\tau$ be a relational signature. Let $r\in\mathbb{N}$, ...
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Gödel's Completeness Theorem and logical consequence

At the end of a long process of "rumination" on "old" math log textbooks, I've found the "missing link" - from my personal point of view - between some issues I've raised in the previous months : (i) ...
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How Many Countable Models of the successor function

Consider the successor function (s(x)=x+1), $T_{S}$ to be the set of axioms given by; S1: ∀xy[s(x)=s(y)→x=y] (injective) S2: [s(x)≠0] (never 0) S3: ∀x[x≠0→∃y[s(y)=x]] (everything bar 0 is in image) ...
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Non-standard model of arithmetic and Gödel's theorem [closed]

This is a cross-post of a question asked on History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange. I've read Skolem's paper on his non-standard models of the arithmetic ("Über die ...
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Construction of an elementary extension satisfying $Th(\mathcal{M}) \cup S$ where $S(x)$ is an arbitrary set of formulas

Let $S(x)$ be a set of $\mathcal{L}$-formulas (containing at most the free variable $x$). Is there an elementary extension $\mathcal{N}$ of $\mathcal{M}$ such that $\mathcal{N} \models Th(\mathcal{M}) ...
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Structuralist slogans

I am afraid to make a bad impression by misusing this forum but I am looking for as-many-as-possible mathematically inspired formulations and references to one (sometimes vague) idea. The idea is ...
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Models of the successor function

I would like to ask a few questions about models of the succesor function (s(x)=x+1), intact that is a bit vague, consider $T_{S}$ to be the set of axioms given by; S1: $\forall xy[s(x)=s(y) ...
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Deductive closure of sentence $\forall x \forall y F(x,y) \stackrel{.}{=} F(y,x)$ in language $\mathcal{L}$ is undecidable.

$\mathcal{L}$ is the language that contains a single binary function symbol $F$. In the earlier parts of this question, we were told to take the $\mathcal{L}$-structure $\mathcal{M}$ with universe ...
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In what sense of “structure” do group homomorphisms “preserve structure”?

It is commonly said that group homomorphisms "preserve the structure of the group", e.g., from Wikipedia: The purpose of defining a group homomorphism as it is, is to create functions that ...
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Models and signatures for propositional logic

The following is a bit long, so I collected my questions at the end, but as this is the only opportunity I get for feedback I would appreciate it if anyone could also point out where I've gone astray ...
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Axiomatizability in monadic second-order logic

For my thesis in finite model theory I'm considering some basic classes of structures, and I want to show in which logical systems they can or cannot be axiomatized. I now consider the class ...
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About the proof of a test for quantifier elimination.

I've been reading D. Marker's book on Model theory. In the part dealing with quantifier elimination there's a corollary I've been trying to prove without any luck: Corollary 3.1.6 Let $T$ be an ...
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Is there a 'largest' second-order categorical axiomatization of set theory, extended from ZFC2

While it's possible to obtain categorical second-order axiomatizations of set theory by extending ZFC2 with additional axioms (see [1]), these axioms seem somewhat arbitrary (e.g. adding an axiom that ...
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Every theory eliminates quantifiers in an appropriate definitional expansion?

I need to prove that every theory eliminates quantifiers in an appropriate definitional expansion. For this, consider: let $T$ be a theory in language $L$. Consider the following expansion of the ...
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Characterization of superstability

In a stable theory every global type $p$ is invariant (= non-forking) over ${\rm acl^{eq}}(A)$ for some set $A$. Is there a characterization of superstability and/or $\omega$-stability in terms of the ...
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If for any $M' \subseteq M$ there is an embedding of $M'$ into a $Mod(T)$, then there is an embedding of $M$ into $Mod(T)$.

I need to prove that, for $M$ a given $L$-structure and $T$ be a theory in the language $L$. Show that if for any finitely generated substructure $M'$ of $M$ there is an embedding of $M'$ into a model ...
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Some exercises on Models in First Order Logic [closed]

So these are some practice exercises for a Math Logic exam, I can't get a hold on how to do these. Semantically what does T = Th(N) represent? And how do I go about constructing a model A for T, ...
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Non isolated types of $\mathcal M$ cannot be isolated in $\mathcal N \succ \mathcal M$?

Suppose $a \in M$ realizes a non-isolated type over $\emptyset$, and let $\mathcal N \succ \mathcal M$, furthermore let $|\mathcal M| = \aleph_o$ while $|\mathcal N| = \aleph_1$. Is it true that the ...
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What is the stone space $S_n(T)$ for a theory with infinitely many equivalence classes, each class infinite?

Let $L$ be the (first-order) language with one binary relation symbol $E$, and $T$ be the $L$-theory asserting that $E$ is an equivalence relation with infinitely many classes, each of which is ...
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Characterization of totally categorical theories

I have what I am sure is a trivial question, but I can't seem to answer it for myself. In model theory, there is a theorem of Hrushovski which shows that if T is a totally categorical theory (i.e., T ...
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Proof verification for structure construction

This question is from Enderton's mathematical logic. Question 8 sec 2.5 pg 146. It says assume the language that has $\forall$ and P, where P is a two place predicate symbol. Let A be the structure ...
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K is finitely definable if it has a finite support

I tried to prove that, but without a succes: Prove that K is finitely definable if and only if it has a finite support. *support of a set of assignments K is a set S that contains the atomic ...
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Exercise $ 3.4.15 $ of David Marker’s “Model Theory”.

I was reading David Marker’s Model Theory and came upon the following problem in Chapter 3. Setting Let $ \mathcal{M} $ be a saturated $ \mathcal{L} $-structure. A definable subset $ X \subseteq M ...
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Union of definable sets

I tried to prove this question but without a success: Let $K_1$ and $K_2$ be definable sets, prove that $K_1\cup K_2$ is definable. What I tried to do is to assume: $K_1=Ass(X)=\{ v|v \vDash X \}$ ...
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Union of definable sets is a definable set [duplicate]

I tried to prove this question but without a success: Let $K_1 \text{and } K_2$ be definable sets, prove that $K_1∪K_2$ is definable. What I tried to do is to assume: $K_1=\text{Ass}(X)=\{v\mid ...
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Examples and applications of homogeneus models in model theory.

Does anyone know any specific examples or applications of homogeneus models, to model theory or any other branch? For example, an application would be that prime models are isomorphic in a countable ...
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How can the axioms (and primitives) of Tarski's axiomatization of $\Bbb R$ be independent?

While reading through this Wikipedia page about Tarski's axiomatization of the reals, a particular bit of text jumped out at me: Tarski proved these 8 axioms and 4 primitive notions independent. ...
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Sequence of indiscernibles in a theory with an equivalence relation with infinitely many equivalence classes

Let $\mathcal L$ be a language with a single binary relation $E$, and the theory $T$ where $E$ an equivalence relation with infinitely many equivalence classes, each of which is infinite. Are its ...
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Show that if $T$ is not $\aleph_0$-categorical then $T$ has a non-atomic model of size $\aleph_1$

Exactly as the title stated: Show that if $T$ is not $\aleph_0$-categorical then $T$ has a non-atomic model of size $\aleph_1$ Would like some pointers on how to proceed.
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What is satisfiable by a reduct of a model is satisfiable by the original model (and vice versa)?

My professor told me that any formula that is satisfiable by a reduct of a model is satisfiable by the model it is a reduct of, and vice versa (as long as the formula is interpretable on the ...
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What is the theorem that shows that second-order logic is the ceiling of model characterization?

I was reading this blog posting and the following claim was made: ...[T]here's tricks for making second-order logic encode any proposition in third-order logic and so on. If there's a collection ...
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Multiplicative reducts of fields an elementary class?

Consider the multiplicative reducts of fields, that is fields except the addition operation is removed. We are considering the signature {*}, where * is an operator of arity 2. Is that class an ...
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Category of $\mathcal{L}$-structures

Given a purely relational language $\mathcal{L}$, the set of $\mathcal{L}$-structures forms a category under the definition of homomorphism found here. Call this category ...