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A ModelTheoretic Approach to Ordinal Analysis
 Bulletin of Symbolic Logic
, 1997
"... . We describe a modeltheoretic approach to ordinal analysis via the finite combinatorial notion of an #large set of natural numbers. In contrast to syntactic approaches that use cut elimination, this approach involves constructing finite sets of numbers with combinatorial properties that, in no ..."
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. We describe a modeltheoretic approach to ordinal analysis via the finite combinatorial notion of an #large set of natural numbers. In contrast to syntactic approaches that use cut elimination, this approach involves constructing finite sets of numbers with combinatorial properties that, in nonstandard instances, give rise to models of the theory being analyzed. This method is applied to obtain ordinal analyses of a number of interesting subsystems of first and secondorder arithmetic. x1. Introduction. Two of proof theory's defining goals are the justification of classical theories on constructive grounds, and the extraction of constructive information from classical proofs. Since Gentzen, ordinal analysis has been a major component in these pursuits, and the assignment of recursive ordinals to theories has proven to be an illuminating way of measuring their constructive strength. The traditional approach to ordinal analysis, which uses cutelimination procedures to transfor...