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Non analytic ideals on $\omega$

I would like to gather examples of NON analytic ideals on $\omega$. However, I have found nothing in the books and papers I have consulted. Could anyone tell me some reference/s?
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Proof that the finite product of nonempty sets is nonempty without axiom of choice from ZF

How do you prove that for $X_{i} \neq \emptyset$, $i \in \{1,...,n\}$ that $\prod_{i=1}^{n} X_{i} \neq \emptyset$ only using the ZF axioms but not the Axiom of Choice? I would like to see a rigorous ...
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Proving that if $A\leq_c B$ then $\chi(A)\leq_o \chi(B)$

By Hartog's Theorem we knoe that for every set $A$ There is a definite operation $\chi(A)$ which associates with each set $A$, a well ordered set $\chi(A) = (h(A),{\leq_{\chi(A)}}),$ such that $h(A) ...
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Does the open mapping theorem imply the Baire category theorem?

A nice observation by C.E. Blair1, 2, 3 shows that the Baire category theorem for complete metric spaces is equivalent to the axiom of (countable) dependent choice. On the other hand, the three ...
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Connection beween closure property in forcing and preservation of $H_{\kappa}$

I would like to know about the relation between closure property of forcing notions and preservation of hierarchy of hereditary small sets, $\langle H_\lambda \mid \lambda\in \mathrm{Card}\rangle$, at ...
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Understanding proof of Hartogs’ Theorem on Set Theory

I'm trying to understand the proof of the Hartogs’ Theorem on page 100 of this book. My especific question is: If we have for each set $A$ $$\mathrm{WO}(A)=\{ (U,\leq_{U}) \, | \, U\subseteq A \, ...
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Condition to be a prewellordering.

I'm trying to do the problem 7.17 on th book Notes of Set Theory of Moschovakis. First I will define what is a prewellordering: A prewellordering on a set $A$ is any relation $(\lesssim) ⊆ A×A$ ...
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Infinite connected graph such that every vertex has finite degree

Let $G=(V,E)$ be an connected graph with $|V| \geq \aleph_0$ such that $\text{deg}(v)$ is finite for all $v\in V$. Does this imply that $|V|=\aleph_0$?
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Injections from all ordinals into a set $X$

We are working in $\mathsf{ZF}$. Let $X$ be a set. Let $A$ be the class of all injections $f: \alpha \to X$ for arbitrary ordinals $\alpha$. I am quite sure that, in fact, $A$ is a set, since if ...
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Does $A\times A\cong B\times B$ imply $A\cong B$?

This is similar to What does it take to divide by $2$? about $(A\sqcup A\cong B\sqcup B)\Rightarrow A\cong B$ which is valid in $\textsf{ZFC}$ by using cardinalities and also in $\textsf{ZF}$ by some ...
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Determining a charge through subsets

A charge is a finitely additive set function $c: \mathcal{P}(\mathbb{N}) \to [0, 1]$ such that $c(\mathbb{N}) = 1$ and $c(\{n\}) = 0$ for every $n \in N$. Here $\mathcal{P}(\mathbb{N})$ is the set of ...
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Is this the real definition of an ordinal number?

I have to prove that if $\alpha$ is ordinal and $\beta \in \alpha$ then $\beta$ is oridinal. To do this I wanted to prove that for every $x\in\beta$, $x\in\alpha$. This seems like it should be true, ...
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Question about the foundation of mathematics [duplicate]

I have studied mathematical logic and set theory as an undergraduate. I studied mathematical logic (propositional and predicate logics) before set theory. When I studied mathematical logic, I was a ...
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In preparation forcing and large cardinal textbooks

Everybody in set theory refers to texts like Kunen, Jech and possibly Halbeisen's books as elementary references for forcing. Also Drake and Kanamori's books are well-known references for large ...
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How to understand the regular cardinal? [closed]

How to understand the regular cardinal? Could someone give me some examples?
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Prove that every totally ordered set has a well-ordered cofinal subset

I thought this was easy until I realized that for a set to be well-ordered, EACH of it's non-empty subsets must have a least element. Let $A$ be a non-empty totally ordered set. Let $x_0$ be some ...
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In an infinite dimensional real inner-product space , can any non-null orthogonal set of vectors in the space can be extended to an orthogonal basis?

Let $V$ be an infinite dimensional real inner-product space , then is it true that any non-null orthogonal set of vectors in the space can be extended to an orthogonal basis ? Or at least is it true ...
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Set theory by Julia Robinson

I used to have a set theory textbook downloaded free from the internet. I lost my laptop in the airport of a city in Eastern Europe, and it was not found (or perhaps “not found”) by the airport ...
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Trouble understanding elementary embedding proofs

Here are two pretty standard results about elementary embeddings that I don't understand. (1) Let $\pi:V \to M$ be a non-trivial elementary embedding with $M$ a transitive class. Let ...
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Recommended books/articles for learning set theory

What is the recommended reading for thoroughly learning set theory? I'm currently studying Kunen's book [1]. But what then, and in what order? One needs to learn large cardinals, inner models and ...
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Iterated ultrapowers with arbitrary measures are well-founded

An iterated ultrapower of an inner model $M$ is a sequence $\langle M_\gamma:\gamma\leq\lambda\rangle$ such that $M_0=M$, $M_{\gamma+1}$ is a class of $M_{\gamma}$ using a measure in this model, and ...
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I can't find the mistake in this argument (Cofinality and König's theorem)

I have some trouble explaining this apparent contradiction: we know that given $k>\aleph_0$ an infinite cardinal, $\mu=cof(k)$ is the minimum cardinal such that $k=\sum_{i\in \mu} k_i$ where ...
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Counterexample to the Hausdorff Maximal Principle

The Hausdorff Maximal Principle states: Every partially ordered set $\left(X,\leqslant\right)$ has a linearly ordered subset $\left(E,\leqslant\right)$ such that no subset of $X$ that properly ...
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Why aren't valid higher order logic sentences recursively enumerable in full semantics?

It's said (proven in some reduction to the Gödel–Rosser theorem?) that second order logic and higher fails to be complete for full semantics; that is there isn't any semi-algorithm for determining if ...
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Category of all categories vs. Set of all sets

In naieve set theory, you quickly run into existence trouble if you try to do meta-things things like take "the set of all sets". For example, does the set of all sets that don't contain themselves ...
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Prove that a statement or its negation follows from ZFC

There are several problems which have been shown to be unprovable in ZFC. Has there ever been a case of the opposite? That is, has it ever been proven for some statement $\varphi$ that $\text{ZFC} ...
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How does Ulam's argument about large cardinals work?

I am looking for either a reference, a proof, or a suitable proof sketch that can explain Ulam's original argument about measure theory and measurable cardinals. Here is the result I am looking for: ...
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When should I be doing cohomology?

Background: I'm a logic student with very little background in cohomology etc., so this question is fairly naive. Although mathematical logic is generally perceived as sitting off on its own, there ...
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What are disasters with Axiom of Determinacy?

It is well-known that Axiom of Choice has several consequences which might be viewed as counter-intuitive or undesirable. For example, existence of non-measurable sets or Banach-Tarski Paradox. H. ...
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Uses of ordinals

Are there any interesting theorems outside of set theory that use ordinals in their proofs? The only example I know of is Goodstein's theorem, and I haven't been able to find anything else. In other ...
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Are objects built by a generic filter which is not in the ground model necessarily out of the ground model?

Let $G$ be a $\mathbb{P}$-generic filter over a ground model $M$ of ZFC and $G\notin M$. Are all objects built by this generic filter necessarily out of the ground model $M$? Particularly is limit of ...
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What set theory or foundation of mathematics is most commonly used by applied mathematicians in the private sector? [closed]

In terser words, what set theory or mathematical foundation applied is the most economically productive outside of academia?
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Partition of $\mathbb{R}^+$ into two semigroups

Can the semigroup $(\mathbb R^+ ,+)$ be partitioned into two semigroups? I have been trying but haven't found anything, please help.
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About Set Theory Axioms [duplicate]

The axiom of Replacement Scheme implies separate axiom. I can not show this lemma. Does someone have any idea about it?
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If there monomorphisms $f : A \rightarrow B$ and $g : B \rightarrow A$ then there is an isomorphism $h : A \rightarrow B$

Consider the following set theoretical result of Schröder-Bernstein-Cantor: Let $A$, $B$ be sets. Assume we have injections $f : A \rightarrow B$ and $g : B \rightarrow A$. Then there exists a ...
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Addition on well ordered sets not-commutative by showing $[0,1) +_o \mathbb{N} =_o \mathbb{N} \neq_o \mathbb{N} +_o [0,1)$

My goal is to show that addition on well ordered sets are non-commutative by showing that, $[0,1) +_o \mathbb{N} =_o \mathbb{N} \neq_o \mathbb{N} +_o [0,1)$ Some definitions (let A and B be ...
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Is Zorn's lemma necessary to show discontinuous $f\colon {\mathbb R} \to {\mathbb R}$ satisfying $f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)$?

A UC Berkeley prelim exam problem asked whether an additive function $f\colon {\mathbb R} \to {\mathbb R}$, i.e. satisfying $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$ must be continuous. The counterexample involved ...
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Can you equip every vector space with a Hilbert space structure?

Suppose that we have a vector space $X$ over the field $\mathbb F \in \{ \mathbb R, \mathbb C \}$. Question: Does there exist a Hilbert space $\widehat X$ over $\mathbb F$ such that $\widehat X$, ...
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Is the anti-foundation axiom considered constructive?

In the area of theoretical computer science that I am interested in, constructive mathematics is of practical interest because it gives algorithms that can be implemented on a computer. However, ...
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Difference between a set and a class

I don't understand the difference between a set and a class. The definition which I studied is: A set $A$ is a class such that there exists a class $B$ such that $A \in B$. But isn't it always true ...
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Order type of real analytic monotonic functions ordered by eventual domination

Let $\mathcal F$ be the set of all functions $\mathbb R^+\to\mathbb R$ that are: real analytic on $\mathbb R^+$, monotonic on $\mathbb R^+$, and having derivatives of any order that are also ...
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Questions of Hechler forcing

Shows that Hechler forcing adds Cohen real. A suggestion please. Can you tell me reference Hechler forcing.
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Notation about cardinals

Does a cardinal $\mathcal{k}$ such that $2^\mathcal{k}=k^+$ have any special name? I never encountered any name for this property, but I think it is possible they have one.
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How to show that the class of singletons, and the class of all ordered pairs are proper classes?

I need to prove that the class of all one element sets is a proper class and also that the class of ordered pairs of the form $\langle x,y\rangle=\{\{x\},\{x,y\}\}$ is a proper class. I can assume ...
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what does “a wff f(x, y)” mean exactly? (context: transfinite recursion)

I'm currently working through Herbert B. Enderton's book "Elements of set theory". I have a question concerning notation in logic, of which I know the basics but in which I'm not that firmly grounded. ...
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Axiom of Choice: What exactly is a choice, and when and why is it needed?

I'm having trouble understanding the necessity of the Axiom of Choice. Given a set of non-empty subsets, what is the necessity of a function that picks out one element from each of those subsets? For ...
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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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Simple (even toy) examples for uses of Ordinals?

I want to describe Ordinals using as much low-level mathematics as possible, but I need examples in order to explain the general idea. I want to show how certain mathematical objects are constructed ...
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characterization of well-founded subclasses that are Zermelo-Fraenkel universes

Let $V$ be the universe. Elements of $V$ are called sets. A function is a relation $F$ such that for every $x$, there is at most one $y$ such that $(x,y)$ is in $F$. If $x$ is a set, $F''(x)$ is ...
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Background & Advice for a self-learner of Descriptive Set Theory

A rather straight to the point soft-question: What kind of background should have somebody who wants to study properly descriptive set theory? More specifically, how much analysis should she/he ...