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September 2012 Term extraction and Ramsey's theorem for pairs
Ulrich Kohlenbach, Alexander P. Kreuzer
J. Symbolic Logic 77(3): 853-895 (September 2012). DOI: 10.2178/jsl/1344862165


In this paper we study with proof-theoretic methods the function(al)s provably recursive relative to Ramsey's theorem for pairs and the cohesive principle (COH).

Our main result on COH is that the type 2 functionals provably recursive from RCA0 + COH + Π01-CP are primitive recursive. This also provides a uniform method to extract bounds from proofs that use these principles. As a consequence we obtain a new proof of the fact that WKL001-CP+COH is Π02-conservative over PRA.

Recent work of the first author showed that Π01-CP + COH is equivalent to a weak variant of the Bolzano—Weierstraß principle. This makes it possible to use our results to analyze not only combinatorial but also analytical proofs.

For Ramsey's theorem for pairs and two colors (RT22) we obtain the upper bounded that the type 2 functionals provable recursive relative to RCA002-IA + RT22 are in T1. This is the fragment of Gödel's system T containing only type 1 recursion—roughly speaking it consists of functions of Ackermann type. With this we also obtain a uniform method for the extraction of T1-bounds from proofs that use RT22. Moreover, this yields a new proof of the fact that WKL002-IA + RT22 is Π03-conservative over RCA002-IA.

The results are obtained in two steps: in the first step a term including Skolem functions for the above principles is extracted from a given proof. This is done using Gödel's functional interpretation. After this the term is normalized, such that only specific instances of the Skolem functions are used. In the second step this term is interpreted using Π01-comprehension. The comprehension is then eliminated in favor of induction using either elimination of monotone Skolem functions (for COH) or Howard's ordinal analysis of bar recursion (for RT22).


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Ulrich Kohlenbach. Alexander P. Kreuzer. "Term extraction and Ramsey's theorem for pairs." J. Symbolic Logic 77 (3) 853 - 895, September 2012.


Published: September 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 13 August 2012

zbMATH: 1254.03112
MathSciNet: MR2987141
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2178/jsl/1344862165

Primary: Primary: 03F10, 03F35, 03B30; Secondary: 05D10

Keywords: cohesive principle , conservation , proof mining, functional interpretation , Ramsey's theorem

Rights: Copyright © 2012 Association for Symbolic Logic


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