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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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Delimiting the roots of a polynomial

Given a polynomial of degree $n$, namely, $y=a_nx^n + a_{n-1}x^{n-1} + \dots + a_1x + a_0$, with $a_i\in \mathbb{R}$, I would to know if it is possible to compute a rational number $K$ such that the ...
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Decidability of transcendental numbers

I have a question, whose answer is probably well known, but I can't seem to find anything meaningful after a bit of searching, so I would appreciate some help. My question is whether it is known that ...
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Concerning decidability of a problem on real numbers [closed]

This question is an outgrowth of a certain maths problem I've been thinking about. Suppose you use an oracle to represent a real number. The oracle is of the following form: you give it an integer ...
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Functions that typed lambda calculus cannot compute

I just want to know some examples of the functions that can be computed by the untyped lambda calculus but not by typed lambda calculi. As I am a beginner, some reiteration of background information ...
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Complexity of computing the discrete Fourier transform?

What is the complexity (on the standard integer RAM) of computing the standard discrete Fourier transform of a vector of $n$ integers? The classical algorithm for fast Fourier transforms, ...
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mean/integral, except where positive differences between values and “mean” are weighted differently from negative differences?

Given a curve $f(x)$ (for $x \in [0,1]$), and a line $y=a$, let $U$ be the total area below $f$ and above $a$, and let $L$ be the total area above $f$ and below $a$. If $L=U$, this means that $a ...
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Iterative algorithms in algebraic complexity (Blum-Shub-Smale-Model)

I know the Blum-Shub-Smale model. It is claimed to provide a theoretical framework for algorithms in real and complex algebra and analysis. A very general question: Most algorithms compromise of ...
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Using a Polynomial Time Algorithm for Upper Bound Recognition to Show Polynomial Time for Evaluation?

Let's say I had an optimization problem $$ \min_{x \in D} f(x) $$ Where $D \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and $f:\space D \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, and the minimum is said to exist. Imagine I had a ...
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What are the reasons that researchers in computational geometry prefer the BSS/real-RAM model?

Background The computation over real numbers are more complicated than computation over natural numbers, since real numbers are infinite objects and there are uncountably many real numbers, therefore ...
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How are real numbers specified in computation?

This may be a basic question, but I've been reading and trying to understand papers on such subjects as Nash equilibrium computation and linear degeneracy testing and have been unsure of how real ...
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What applications of Cantor space are there?

Are there well-established applications of the Cantor space ($2^\omega$) in computer science, other than those connected with computable real arithmetic? John Tucker's page Computation on Topological ...