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Polychromatic colorings

These are lectures notes of two talks Dani Livne gave in our Infinite Combinatorics seminar. I did not take notes in real-time, hence, all possible mistakes here are due to myself. Recall that a function $f:A\rightarrow B$ is said to … Continue reading

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Universal binary sequences

Notation. Write $\mathcal Q(A):=\{ a\subseteq A\mid a\text{ is finite}, a\neq\emptyset\}$. Suppose for the moment that we are given a fixed sequence $\langle f_\alpha:\omega\rightarrow2\mid \alpha\in a\rangle$, indexed by some set $a$ of ordinals. Then, for every function $h:a\rightarrow\omega$ and $i<\omega$, we … Continue reading

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Syndetic colorings with applications to S and L

Notation. Write $\mathcal Q(A):=\{ a\subseteq A\mid a\text{ is finite}, a\neq\emptyset\}$. Definition. An L-space is a regular hereditarily Lindelöf topological space which is not hereditarily separable. Definition. We say that a coloring $c:[\omega_1]^2\rightarrow\omega$ is L-syndetic if the following holds. For every uncountable … Continue reading

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Open coloring and the cardinal invariant $\mathfrak b$

Nik Weaver asked for a direct proof of the fact that Todorcevic’s axiom implies the failure of CH fails. Here goes. Notation. For a set $X$, we write $[X]^2$ for the set of unordered pairs $\{ \{x,x’\}\mid x,x’\in X, x\neq … Continue reading

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Gabriel Belachsan (14/5/1976 – 20/8/2013)

רק כשעיני סגורות, עולם נגלה לפני

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PFA and the tree property at $\aleph_2$

Recall that a poset $\langle T,\le\rangle$ is said to be a $\lambda^+$-Aronszajn tree, if it isomorphic to a poset $(\mathcal T,\subseteq)$ of the form: $\emptyset\in \mathcal T\subseteq{}^{<\lambda^+}\lambda$; Write $\mathcal T_\alpha:=\{\sigma\in\mathcal T\mid \text{dom}(\sigma)=\alpha\}$; for all $\alpha<\lambda^+$, $\mathcal T_\alpha$ has size $\le\lambda$, … Continue reading

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A Kurepa tree from diamond-plus

Recall that $T$ is said to be a $\kappa$-Kurepa tree if $T$ is a tree of height $\kappa$, whose levels $T_\alpha$ has size $\le|\alpha|$ for co-boundedly many $\alpha<\kappa$, and such that the set of branches of $T$ has size $>\kappa$. … Continue reading

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The S-space problem, and the cardinal invariant $\mathfrak b$

Recall that an S-space is a regular hereditarily separable topological space which is not hereditarily Lindelöf. In a previous post, we showed that such a space exists after adding a Cohen real. Here, we shall construct one from an arithmetic … Continue reading

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An $S$-space from a Cohen real

Recall that an $S$-space is a regular hereditarily separable topological space which is not hereditarily Lindelöf. In this post, we shall establish the consistency of the existence of such a space. Theorem (Roitman, 1979). Let $\mathbb C=({}^{<\omega}\omega,\subseteq)$ be the notion of … Continue reading

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Forcing with a Souslin tree makes $\mathfrak p=\omega_1$

I was meaning to include a proof of Farah’s lemma in my previous post, but then I realized that the slick proof assumes some background which may worth spelling out, first. Therefore, I am dedicating a short post for a … Continue reading

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