Uniformization and Skolem Functions in the Class of Trees

by Lifsches and Shelah. [LeSh:573]
J Symbolic Logic, 1998
The monadic second-order theory of trees allows quantification over elements and over arbitrary subsets. We classify the class of trees with respect to the question: does a tree T have definable Skolem functions (by a monadic formula with parameters)? This continues [LiSh539] where the question was asked only with respect to choice functions. Here we define a subclass of the class of tame trees (trees with a definable choice function) and prove that this is exactly the class (actually set) of trees with definable Skolem functions.


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