[FOM] 192:Order Invariant Statement

Harvey Friedman friedman at math.ohio-state.edu
Mon Oct 27 10:05:24 EST 2003

October 25, 2003
Harvey M. Friedman

Let N be the set of all nonnegative integers. We say that R containedin N^2k
is strictly dominating if and only if for all x,y in Nk, R(x,y) implies
max(x) < max(y).

We write R[A] for {y in Nk: therexists x in A such that R(x,y)}.

We write A U. B for A U B provided A,B are disjoint; undefined otherwise.

The following is yet another variant of what I have called the
complementation theorem. I prefer the new name.

UNIQUE PARTITION THEOREM. Let k >= 1 and R containedin N^2k be strictly
dominating. There exists A containedin Nk such that A,R[A] partitions Nk.
I.e., A U. R[A] = Nk. Furthermore, A is unique.

FINITE UNIQUE PARTITION THEOREM. Let k,p >= 1 and R containedin [0,p]k be
strictly dominating. There exists A containedin [0,p]k such that A,R[A]
partitions [0,p]k. I.e., A U. R[A] = [0,p]k. Furthermore, A is unique.

Since A is unique, we have no control over A. If we want even modest control
over A, we need to weaken the equation A U. R[A] = [0,p]k.

We now give such a Proposition, which exerts a little bit of control over A,
at the cost of weakening the equation. We will simply say that a particular
number is missing from the coordinates of all elements of A. The equation is
replaced by an assertion that

A U. R[A] is large.

To accomplish this in an explicit fashion, we bring in the well known notion
of order invariance.

We say that x,y in Nk have the same order type if and only if for all i,j in
[1,k], xi < xj if and only if yi < yj.

We say that R containedin [1,t]k is order invariant if and only if for all
x,y in [1,t]k, if x,y have the same order type then x in R if and only if y
in R. 

The order invariant images of A are the images R[A], where for some d, R
containedin Nd+k is order invariant.

PROPOSITION 1. Let k,p >= 1 and R containedin [1,2^p]^2k be strictly
dominating and order invariant. There exists nonempty A containedin
[1,2^p]k, without 2^2^2^8k - 1, such that A U. R[A] meets every nonempty
order invariant image of Ak x {(1,2,4,...,2^p)} contained in [1,2^p]k.

The number 2^2^2^8k is crude, and will be examined at a later time.

Proposition 1 is provably equivalent to the consistency of ZFC + {there
exists a k-Mahlo cardinal}_k. Note that Proposition 2 is explicitly Pi01.


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