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Computability theory a.k.a. recursion theory.

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An analogue of Scott continuity for infinite-time-Turing-computable functions

$\newcommand{\tb}{2_{\!\bot}}\newcommand{\tbO}{\tb^{\,\omega}}$Let $2 = \{0,1\}$ and $\tb = \{0,\bot,1\}$. Scott continuity is important for defining models of lambda calculus, a formalism for ...
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Are there more learnable but undecidable cases except the halting problem

Per request, I cross post the question here which is original from math.stackexchange In the ICML 1996 paper, On the Learnability of the Uncomputables, by Richard Lathrop, he proved that halting ...
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What are the application of Scott-Topology in theoretical computer science?

During a work I came across the Scott-Topology and I see that Scott-continuous functions show up in the study of models for lambda calculi. What I cannot understand is how this enrich the lambda-...
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Understanding the construction of an uncomputable function

The following is from Arora and Barak's "Computational Complexity." I think one does not have to read the second paragraph of the proof to answer this question. Theorem 1.10 There exists a ...
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How can I switch into computability theory when I am part way through my PhD in deep learning?

I am partway through my PhD studying deep learning. I chose it just because it's useful and would yield a lot of industry opportunities. However, I am really missing my previous coursework in ...
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Is having a particular form equivalent to being computable for functions on Church numerals?

In SKI-combinator calculus, consider the following function which reduces an expression (involving SKI and variables) to a canonical form: ...
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Expressive power of lambda-calculus with restricted application

Consider a syntactic restriction of the (untyped) $\lambda$-calculus in which an application cannot have another application as an immediate subterm. More precisely, restricted terms ($R,S,...$) and ...
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Why are some classes (ALL, ELEMENTARY, R, etc) badly behaved as oracles?

Some classes, such as ALL, ELEMENTARY, and R, are very badly behaved when used as oracles. For instance, all three of these classes trivially collapse P and EXP, even though (by the Time Hierarchy ...
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Detailed proof of Theorem 2.1 in Papadimitrou book (Multitape TM to SingleTape TM)

I want to know if anybody knows a detailed proof of Theorem 2.1 of Papadimitrou's book Computational Complexity. The theorem states "Given any $k$-string Turing machine $M$ operating within time $...
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Halting problem for finitary PCF

Is the halting problem decidable for finitary PCF? By "halting problem" I mean the problem of deciding whether a closed PCF term evaluates to bottom under the denotational semantics of PCF. ...
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Is there a fundamental link between Nash's equilibrium and Turing's halting problem?

Since Nash equilibrium exists, is there a computational analogue of this equilibrium point? I am trying to approach Nash equilibrium from computational point of view to see if the equilibrium point ...
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What is a known sequence for which being constant is not provable?

My question concerns the property of being constant for computable functions ${\mathbb N}\to \{0,1\}$, within any common framework $T$ strong enough to include Heyting arithmetic (and of course not ...
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What is the complexity class of higher-order primitive recursion?

Short and sweet: The complexity class of primitive recursive functions (WP) is PR (WP, Zoo). What's the complexity class of higher-order primitive recursion (WP)? The motivating context is simply that ...
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A variant of two-counter machine

I would like to show that the halting problem for some variant of two counter machine (Minsky machine) is undecidable: instead of "if c=0 goto i else goto j", there are "if c>d goto ...
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Is coRE closed under concatenation?

I know that RE is closed under union, intersection, and concatenation (but not complement). It is likewise easy to show that coRE is closed under union and intersection (but not complement). What ...
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Is BigInteger-based Brainfuck Turing Complete?

All of the proofs of Turing-Completeness I've found for Brainfuck rely on its cells being fixed-width integers that wrap around upon over/underflow. The "parent language" P'' on which ...
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Halting behavior of a randomly selected Turing machine?

Let $TM(k,2)$ be the set of Turing machines with $k$-states and $2$ symbols. Let $h(k)$ be the number of machines in $TM(k,2)$ that halt when run on the blank input. Is $\lim_{k \to \infty} \frac{h(k)...
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Is relativization statement-dependent or proof-dependent?

I'm relearning some computability theory, and have encountered the idea of relativization of results to arbitrary subsets of $\omega$ and the subtlety of figuring out what the correct relativized ...
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Where, if any, is there currently any research being done on the subject of ternary computers? [closed]

I had the experience several years ago of working with a team that had developed a ternary computing system. It ran out of funding and was abandoned but I felt it was ahead of its time. Currently, ...
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Proof and computational complexity

I couldn't find documents elaborating on this: if the Curry Howard correspondence is to be interpreted as establishing a strong relation between proofs and programs, should there not be a strong ...
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A proved computationally-irreductible function

In arXiv:1111.4121 and arXiv:1304.5247, Hervé Zwirn and Jean-Paul Delahaye propose a formal definition of computational irreducibility. Is there a (possibly artificial) function that can be proved to ...
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What is the difference between a model of computation and a programming language?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_of_computation includes sequential models, functional models and concurrency models. Sequential models include finite state machine, Turing machines, random access ...
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Is this variant of bitwise cyclic tag Turing-complete?

Cross-posted to MathOverflow. CT is an extremely minimalist programming language that can simulate arbitrary tag systems, and is therefore Turing-complete. A program consists simply of a string of 3 ...
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What is the meaning of 'uniform' in Blum's paper "On the Size of Machines"

In Blum's "On the Size of Machines" he uses the word 'uniform' in several places. For instance, in Theorem 1, he writes Let $f$ be any recursive function. Then there exists $i,j\in \mathbb{...
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Computability and continuity

Say $L_1$ and $L_2$ are computable languages. Let $f$ be a function $L_1 \rightarrow L_2$. Let $C$ be the statement, "if $l \subseteq L_2$ and $l$ is a computable language, the preimage $f^{-1}(...
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Are all computable functions monoidal from a category theory POV? [closed]

I have been studying some category theory only to understand the "why" behind the various categorical constructs we use ("borrow") in the world of functional programming. One of ...
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Is there a language of first-order logic such that every r.e. set is Turing-equivalent to some finitely axiomatizable theory in that language?

I hope that mathematical logic / recursion theory type questions are welcome here. I am sorry this question is so long and technical, but I believe that if you read it you will find that it is well-...
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How come Wikipedia says that Random Turing Machines can provide uncomputable output?

Wikipedia article mentioned : Hypercomputation The third paragraph starts off with: Technically, the output of a random Turing machine is uncomputable; however, most hypercomputing literature focuses ...
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What kind of computational model is the brain? [duplicate]

I was wondering what kind of computational model is the human brain (as it seems superior to a Turing machine). Another thing that should be a separate question, What would be a perfect computer model ...
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Complexity relative to the graph of the Busy-Beaver function

This question is inspired by the comments made on this other question that I asked, and by an attempt to provide an explicit example of a complexity question beyond the Turing degree $\mathbf{0}$. (...
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Has there been any development of complexity theory for other Turing degrees than 0?

(I'm not sure if this question is better suited for MathOverflow or here. I'll try here first, and move over to MO later if it appears to be more appropriate.) Complexity theory can be very broadly ...
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Given a program specification, S, what can be said about the size and efficiency of programs that exactly satsify S, with respect to the size of S?

Suppose we are given a program specification, $S$, and we want to reason about programs $P$ that satisfy $S$. One might like to think that if the specification is 'simple', the the program should be '...
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Logic of learning

Does Robust logic (Leslie Valiant), Default logic (Raymond Reiter) and Circumscription logic (John McCarthy) have any relation? I was Mathematician and Computer Science (dual degree undergraduate) ...
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Definition of Omega Jump [closed]

In the book Computability theory (Rebecca Weber) I stumbled about Exercise 7.1.24 with the definition of the omega jump. The book says: The omega jump of $A$, $A^{(\omega)}$ is the join of all $A^{(n)}...
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Non Turing-Complete Models, Conditional-Complete function?

I know well the distinction between the class of Partial Recursive Functions, and $\mu$-Recursive, i.e. the latter is Turing Complete and the former is equivalent to the LOOP-Program model of ...
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Is this a good definition of computability? [closed]

I still haven't found a good definition of computability. All the definitions are either too vague, or they delegate the definition to another loaded term like "anything that uses math to solve a ...
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Extended Church's thesis and internal parametricity

I am wondering if there is any known relationship between these 2 concepts in intensional MLTT as formulated here. Does $Internal\ parametricity \implies ECT$ hold? For forumlation of ECT see https://...
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Is the decidability of a language decidable? [closed]

Is there a Turing machine that takes a language as input and decides/semi-decides if it is a decidable language? Comments + answer say trivially the answer is yes; however, I'm wondering here would ...
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Turing meta-oracle

Let H(P) be some program that given P('s source code) computes whether or not P terminates, i.e. solves the halting problem. H only needs to terminate if P terminates. (This disallows solutions like ...
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Is there an alternative technique to define computable functions other than their definition on natural numbers? [closed]

I am not completely sure that why computable functions is defined as a subset of all functions from/to Natural Numbers, but as far as I know, computation comes from real (physical) world so ...
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Are there languages require many variables to achieve $\Sigma_n^0$ completeness?

The proof of Post's Theorem that I am familiar with assumes you have access to as many variables as you wish in your language. Matiyasevich's Theorem by contrast gives a $\Sigma_n^0$-complete formula ...
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Gödel-Numbering of the Context-Sensitive Languages

I would like to have a Gödel-numbering of the context-sensitive languages. Because there is no obvious syntactic distinction between LBAs and TMs, I cannot number the former in an immediate way. So I ...
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Uniform mortality problem for Turing Machines

Consider the following generalisation of the mortality problem for Turing Machines. Given a Turing Machine $M$. Is there a bound $k_M$ such that starting from any configuration $c$ machine $M$ ...
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Compactness of domino tilings

I've read in Lemma 2 of the paper 1 that if every square region of the plane admits a tiling, then the whole plain admits a tiling, but the proof is omitted. This sounds like a compactness property, ...
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how is time complexity defined in computational learning theory

In general, when we say an algorithm $A$ PAC learns $C$ in time $t$, we say $A$ takes time $t$ before outputting a hypothesis $h$, and the hypothesis can be evaluated (on every $x$) in time $t$. Now ...
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Why does the Placid Platypus function grow faster than any computable function?

I came across the Placid Platypus function $PP(n)$ today, defined as the minimal number of states needed for a turing machine that prints a string of $n$ ones and halts. This function is claimed to (...
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Is a binary sequence computable iff the Kolmogorov complexity of its initial segments is bounded?

Disclaimer: I am mostly unfamiliar with theoretical computer science, making it hard for me to navigate literature in the field. I ask the following out of curiosity. Background/Motivation: Coming ...
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Minimal information needed for determine some function

From calculus, we know that if someone has a continuous function $f$, it is enough to know $f$'s values on the rationals in order to know $f$ on the entire line. In some sense, a "countable amount of ...
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Solving the Halting problem for most inputs [closed]

Is it possible to solve the following version of the Halting problem : given any Turing machine and some input tape, the program should answer if this pair halts or not except possibly for one Turing ...
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Can two-tape read-only Turing machines recognize any recursive language?

Suppose that a $k$-tape read-only Turing machine receives its input on each $k$ tapes. It cannot write on the tapes, but it can move on them in both ways, even move off from the input. So for example, ...
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