Computability theory a.k.a. recursion theory.

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density of undeciability

Consider a function $f:\mathbb{N} \to \{0,1\}$ whose is defined in terms of some universal Turing machine $U$. If $U$ halts when given $x$ as input then $f(x)=1$, otherwise $f(x)=0$. Clearly the ...
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Exact catchup point between SGH and FGH of ordinals?

An ordinal hierarchy is a way to assign a function $f_{\alpha} : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ to each (recursive) ordinal $\alpha$. The corresponding functions are expected to be monotone and ...
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is determining an unknown CFL from intersection of two CFLs decidable?

this problem was asked over a week ago on cs.se now with 7v and no answers so far, ie still "open". (there are many somewhat related problems/near variants re CFLs but its not obvious how to reduce it ...
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Proof of undecidability not by reduction from the halting problem

The usual way of proving undecidability is by reduction from a RE-complete problem such as the halting problem, validity in first order logic, satisfiability of Diophantine equations, etc. It is ...
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Turing-complete computation models on graphs

There are many Turing complete computation models and new ones are devised all the time. I am looking for Turing-complete computation models based on graphs?
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What is the simplest computational model for which the emptiness problem is undecidable?

What is the simplest computational model for which the emptiness problem is undecidable? Emptiness problem for a computational model (e.g. finite state automaton, alternating pushdown automaton, ...
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Problems with efficient solution except for a small fraction of inputs

The halting problem for Turing machines is perhaps the canonical undecidable set. Nevertheless, we prove that there is an algorithm deciding almost all instances of it. The halting problem is ...
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How can I compute knots?

Is there a documented way to compute knots? (circumferences embedded in a 3-dimensional Euclidean space). I mean, a datatype to represent them, and an algorithm to determine if two instances of the ...
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Is every recursive language recognized by a mortal Turing machine?

We say that a Turing Machine $M$ is mortal if $M$ halts for every starting configuration (in particular, the tape content and initial state can be arbitrary). Is every recursive language recognized by ...
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Is the class of primitive recursion functionals equivalent to the class of functions which Foetus proves to terminate?

Foetus, if you have not heard of it, can be read up on here. It uses a system of 'call matrices' and 'call graphs' to find all 'recursion behaviors' of recursive calls in a function. To show that a ...
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What are natural examples of non-relativizable proofs?

As I understand it, a proof that P=NP or P≠NP would need to be non-relativizable (as in recursion theory oracles). Virtually all proofs seem to be relativizable, though. What are good examples of ...
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Simulation of deterministic turing machines

What are the best known upper and lower bounds for simulating t steps of certain models of deterministic turing machines (1 tape, 1 tape with read only input tape, 2 tape, multi tape, with/without ...
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How to make the Lambda Calculus strong normalizing without a type system?

Is there any system similar to the lambda calculus that is strong normalizing, without the need to add a type system on top of it?
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Intersection between context-free and context-sensitive language decidability [closed]

I'm trying to find a formal proof of the following fact: Given a context-free language, say $L_1$, and a context-sensitive language, say $L_2$, it is NOT decidable if their intersection is empty ...
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Lovasz Theta as a short certificate

Lovasz Theta Function provides short proof for the question, "is the Shannon Capacity of a graph($\Theta(G)$) greater than $r\in\Bbb R$?" if the answer is NO when $r$ is above a certain value (this ...
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Foundational textbook(s) for Complexity and Computability on Real Numbers

It would be extremely helpful if someone can suggest foundational textbooks on Recursive Analysis (Computability over Reals) which explains connections between Computability and the Topological ...
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Arithmetic Analogues of P versus BPP

In the arithmetic hierarchy, is there an analog of $P$ versus $BPP$? Particularly is there a notion of randomness there? If there is no such analogy, why is randomness in the resource bounded case ...
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research on systematically attacking multiple instances of undecidable problems

this question is inspired by a recent popular question [1] on a boundary relating to decidable and undecidable problems (ie open problems in this area), a sort of counterpoint. there are at least ...
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Geometric Interpretation of Computation

Being from Physics, I have been trained to look into a lot of problems from a geometrical point of view. For example the differential geometry of manifolds in dynamical systems etc. When I read the ...
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Is it possible a recursive compression algorithm based on L-systems or a variant?

According to the Internet, there's a way to get an L-system's rules by it's string, unfortunately I can't read it because it's behind a paywall. Question: If that paper is right, is it possible to ...
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Is there a generalization of the GO game that is known to be Turing complete?

Is there a generalization of the GO game that is known to be Turing complete? If no, do you have some suggestions about reasonable (generalization) rules that can be used to try to prove that it is ...
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A simple problem whose decidability is not known

I am preparing for a talk aimed at undergraduate math majors, and as part of it, I am considering discussing the concept of decidability. I want to give an example of a problem which we do not ...
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Is there any programming language in which any equivalent program has a unique, decidable normal representation?

Is there any programming language in which any equivalent program has a unique normal representation, and that normal representation is decidable? Is other words, suppose A and B are programs ...
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What kind of string is produced by successive application of argmax M

Fix a version of Solomonoff's universal distribution $\mathbf M$ and consider the following procedure for generating an infinite binary sequence $\omega$. Start with some $\omega_0$. Each subsequent ...
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Is an infinite incomputable sequence random wrt a computable measure?

Take an arbitrary infinite binary sequence $\omega$. The interesting case is when $\omega$ is not computable. Is there a computable (semi-)measure $\mu$ such that sequence $\omega$ is $\mu$-random in ...
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Is there computable function to compute each computable real number?

Recall that a computable real number is one which can be calculated to any precision, like $\pi$ or $e$. It does not matter that these numbers are irrational, computability is about being able to ...
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Is it decidable whether the langauge accepted by a reversal-bounded counter machine is deterministic?

I'm wondering if anyone can point me to either an algorithm or an undecidability proof for the following question: Given a non-deterministic reversal-bounded multicounter machine $M$, is there some ...
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Is meta-undecidability possible?

There are problems that are decidable, there are some that are undecidable, there is semidecidability, etc. In this case I wonder whether a problem can be meta-undecidable. This means (at least in my ...
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Computing Functions with Dynamical Systems

I was trying to make a set of differential equations "compute" some given function just like a Turing Machine does. Essentially, a given Turing Machine with an initial configuration (which includes ...
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n-approximable functions

I came across the following definition in a paper: We can extend the notion of an $n$-c.e. [n-computably enumerable] set to a notion that measures the number of fluctuations of a function as folows: ...
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Complete problems and universal simulator machines

I'm trying to get straight in my mind the relation between complete problems and universal simulator machines. Some notions of computability have universal machines (Turing-computability) and some ...
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how do you turn an algorithm for a decision problem into an algorithm for an optimization problem?

It is well-known, I believe, that theoretically, in quite a few cases, an algorithm that solves a decision problem can be turned into an algorithm that solves the corresponding optimization problem. ...
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Lower bound on number of oracle calls for solving $n$ instances of the halting problem

I encountered the following question, which is an easy exercise (spoiler below). We are given $n$ instances of the halting problem (i.e. TMs $M_1,...,M_n$), and we need to decide exactly which of ...
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About Inverse 3-SAT

Context: Kavvadias and Sideri have shown that the Inverse 3-SAT problem is coNP Complete: Given $\phi$ a set of models on $n$ variables, is there a 3-CNF formula such that $\phi$ is its exact set of ...
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Explanation of 1-generic to prove undecidability of halting problem

This question is about an answer in question Are there any proofs the undecidability of the halting problem that does not depend on self-referencing or diagonalization ? Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen ...
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Runtime of a TM enumerator

Is there a way to find out the time bound between 2 consecutive strings enumerated by a TM (the TM that decides this language is promised to run in linear time)? For simplicity let's say the string ...
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What is a reasonable representation/encoding of objects? [closed]

Question What is a reasonable representation of objects (for computability)? What is the criteria that we should apply to see if a representation is reasonable? This answer by Andrej suggests ...
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Is it possible to test if a computable number is rational or integer?

Is it possible to algorithmically test if a computable number is rational or integer? In other words, would it be possible for a library that implements computable numbers to provide the functions ...
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Combinators for the Primitive Recursive Functions

It is well-known that the S and K combinators are Turing Complete. Are there combinators that suffice to yield (only) the primitive recursive functions?
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Langton's ant highway conjecture and undecidability

I was recently reading about Langton's ant and the related conjecture which states that for every initial configuration, the ant eventually starts building a 'highway'. I also read that it has been ...
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Complexity results for Lower-Elementary Recursive Functions?

Intrigued by Chris Pressey's interesting question on elementary-recursive functions, I was exploring more and unable to find an answer to this question on the web. The elementary recursive functions ...
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Simply-stated restriction on imperative programming language that captures the elementary functions?

The language of while programs can express the computably enumerable functions. (This is true even if the only arithmetical operations on variables are, say, ...
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The relation of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems to the Church-Turing Thesis

This may be a naive question, but here goes. (Edit -- it is not getting upvotes, but nobody has offered a response either; perhaps the question is more difficult, obscure, or unclear than I thought?) ...
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Efficient asympotically universal predictors

A computable predictor is an algorithm $A$ computing a function $f_A : \{0,1\}^* \rightarrow \{0,1\}$. We regarding the function as providing a predicted continuation of a finite binary sequence. We ...
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Primitive Recursive Isomorphisms

What is the relationship between invertible primitive recursive functions (that is, a primitive recursive function that is an isomorphism) and all primitive recursive functions? Can every primitive ...
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Are randomly generated infinite patterns computable?

Fix a prefix-free universal Turing machine $U$. Consider the following random process*. The state of the process is a bit-string $s$, initialized with the empty string (say). Suppose the value of the ...
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A simple proof that decidability of typability in System F ($\lambda 2$) implies decidability of type checking?

Suppose we don't know Joe B. Wells's result from 1994 that both typability and type checking are undecidable in System F (AKA $\lambda 2$). In Barendregt's Lambda calculi with types (1992) I found a ...
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How to describe the set of “all computable functions” using Coq?

Would the set of all computable functions be just the set of all maps of the form f : forall n : nat, P n -> nat where ...
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Was Babbage's Analytical Engine really turing-complete?

According to literature, Babbage's Analytical Engine is turing-complete because it supports conditional branching: it can perform different operations depending on the sign of the result last ...
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Cell probe model vs transdichotomous ram

can someone explain me the difference between those two (cell probe model and transdichotomous ram)? In cpm I'm allowed to do computation for free, and complexity of algorithm is just a number of ...