Potential continuity of colorings

Archive for Mathematical Logic 47 (6):567-578 (2008)
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Abstract

We say that a coloring ${c: [\kappa]^n\to 2}$ is continuous if it is continuous with respect to some second countable topology on κ. A coloring c is potentially continuous if it is continuous in some ${\aleph_1}$ -preserving extension of the set-theoretic universe. Given an arbitrary coloring ${c:[\kappa]^n\to 2}$ , we define a forcing notion ${\mathbb P_c}$ that forces c to be continuous. However, this forcing might collapse cardinals. It turns out that ${\mathbb P_c}$ is c.c.c. if and only if c is potentially continuous. This gives a combinatorial characterization of potential continuity. On the other hand, we show that adding ${\aleph_1}$ Cohen reals to any model of set theory introduces a coloring ${c:[\aleph_1]^2 \to 2}$ which is potentially continuous but not continuous. ${\aleph_1}$ has no uncountable c-homogeneous subset in the Cohen extension, but such a set can be introduced by forcing. The potential continuity of c can be destroyed by some c.c.c. forcing

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