We consider the class of VC-minimal theories, as introduced by Adler in . After covering some basic results, including a notion of generic types, we consider two kinds of VC-minimal theories: those whose generating directed families are unpackable and almost unpackable. We introduce two new decompositions of definable sets in VC-minimal theories, the layer decomposition and the irreducible decomposition, which allow for more precision than the standard Swiss cheese decompositon with regard to parameters. Finally, after introducing a slight generalization of the classical notions of forking and dividing, we prove that in any VC-minimal or quasi-VC-minimal theory whose generating family is unpackable or almost unpackable, forking of formulae over a model M is equivalent to containment in a global M -definable type, generalizing a result of Dolich on o-minimal theories in .
|Contributor||Julia Knight, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Joseph Flenner, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Peter Cholak, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Sergei Starchenko, Committee Chair|
|Degree Level||Doctoral Dissertation|
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