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Which interesting theorems in TCS rely on the Axiom of Choice? (Or alternatively, the Axiom of Determinacy?)

Mathematicians sometimes worry about the Axiom of Choice (AC) and Axiom of Determinancy (AD). Axiom of Choice: Given any collection ${\cal C}$ of nonempty sets, there is a function $f$ that, given a ...
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Results in Theoretical CS independent of ZFC

I'm going to ask a quite vague question, since the borderline between theoretical computer science and math is not always easy to distinguish. QUESTION: Are you aware of any interesting result in CS ...
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Applications for set theory, ordinal theory, infinite combinatorics and general topology in computer science?

I am a mathematician interested in set theory, ordinal theory, infinite combinatorics and general topology. Are there any applications for these subjects in computer science? I have looked a bit, and ...
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The state of art for sunflower system

I am interesting in the sunflower system and its applications in computer science. Given a Universe $U$ and a collection of $k$ sets $A_i$ is called a k-sunflower system if $A_i \cap A_j = Y $ for ...
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Universal and existential types

I'm trying to wrap my head around the concepts of universal and existential types but everywhere I look, I see either logical or operational intuitions (or implementations) (e.g. TAPL book by B. ...
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