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528. Donald Brower, Cameron Donnay Hill
On Weak Elimination of Hyperimaginaries and its Consequences

Submission date: 30 October 2012.


We analyze the notion of weak elimination of hyperimaginaries (WEHI) in simple theories. A key observation in the analysis is a characterization of WEHI in terms of forking dependence -- a condition we dub dependence-witnessed-by-imaginaries (DWIP). Generalizing results of [1] and [3], we show that in a simple theory with WEHI, forking and thorn-forking coincide. We also show that, conversely, the equivalence of independence and thorn-independence is (almost) sufficient for WEHI. Thus, the WEHI and the statement independence = thorn-independence are morally equivalent. As a further application of our technology, we demonstrate stable forking for 1-based theories of finite SU-rank that have WEHI.

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