By Pierre Simon

The examine of NIP theories has bought a lot realization from version theorists within the final decade, fuelled via functions to o-minimal buildings and valued fields. This booklet, the 1st to be written on NIP theories, is an advent to the topic that might entice somebody attracted to version conception: graduate scholars and researchers within the box, in addition to these in within sight components akin to combinatorics and algebraic geometry. with no living on anybody specific subject, it covers the entire easy notions and offers the reader the instruments had to pursue study during this sector. An attempt has been made in every one bankruptcy to provide a concise and stylish route to the most effects and to emphasize the main worthwhile principles. specific emphasis is wear sincere definitions, dealing with of indiscernible sequences and measures. The suitable fabric from different fields of arithmetic is made obtainable to the philosopher.

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Stable embeddedness. 1. Let (x) be a partial unary type over ∅. We say that (x) is stably embedded if for every formula φ(x1 , . . , xn ; b), b ∈ U, there is a formula (x1 , . . , xn ; z) and d ∈ (U ) such that φ(x1 , . . , xn ; b) and (x1 , . . , xn ; d ) agree on tuples of realizations of (x). The following observation is a standard compactness argument. 31 ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ 32 3. 2. If (x) is stably embedded, then one can choose the formula (x1 , . . , xn ; z) in a way that it depends only on φ(x1 , .

Assume that the formula φ(x; y) has SOP as witnessed by a sequence (bi : i < ). Then the formula (y1 , y2 ) = ∀x(φ(x; y1 ) → φ(x; y2 )) defines a preorder for which the sequence (bi : i < ) forms an infinite chain. Now assume that the formula (x1 , x2 ) defines a preorder. Let E be the equivalence relation given by x1 Ex2 ⇐⇒ |= (x1 , x2 ) ∧ (x2 , x1 ). Then induces a definable partial order on the sort of E-equivalence classes which has infinite chains if does. Finally, assume that E is a definable equivalence relation and (u1 , u2 ) defines a partial order with infinite chains on the sort of E-equivalence classes.

We assume NIP throughout this chapter. 1. 1. Let (It : t ∈ X ) be a family of sequences and A a set of parameters. We say that the sequences (It : t ∈ X ) are mutually indiscernible over A if for each t ∈ X , the sequence It is indiscernible over A ∪ I=t . 2. Let (It : t < α) be a family of sequences and A a set of parameters. Inductively construct It realizing the EM-type of It over AI