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Computability theory a.k.a. recursion theory.

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Set of languages that can represent every c. e. languange

Could we find any set of languages $S$, such that it can represent every c. e. languange as it's union, intersection, complement, production(times of element ), and $S\subset X$, where $X\subseteq c.e....
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Can any c.e. language with infinite words be decomposed into infinite CFLs with infinite words?

Suppose $L$ is a computably enumerable language, can it be decompose into infinite CFLs with infinite words ? $$L=\bigcup_{L_i\in CFL }^{\infty}L_i$$ Second question: if it is possible that every $L$...
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Is there an inherently ambiguous language which can not be recognized by Deterministic LBA?

Is there inherently ambiguous language which can not be recognized by Deterministic LBA? For example, $L=\{wv: w,v=(x|y)^*, w=w^R,v=v^R\}$, is there any deterministc LBA that recognizes $L$ ?
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Is the relation decidable?

Given an ideal $I$ over $\mathbb{C}$ and P, a polynomial, is it decidable whether $P\in I$?
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Is Hartmanis-Stearns conjecture settled by this article?

The paper "On the computational complexity of algebraic numbers: the Hartmanis--Stearns problem revisited" by Boris Adamczewski, Julien Cassaigne, Marion Le Gonidec https://arxiv.org/abs/1601....
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Compressing information about the halting problem for oracle Turing machines

The halting problem is well-known to be uncomputable. However, it is possible to exponentially "compress" information about the halting problem, so that decompressing it is computable. More precisely,...
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Computability Theory prerequisites

What are the prerequisite disciplines for Computability theory? How much is Theory of Computation, Automata Theory, etc and how hard would it be studying it without those prerequisites?
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Is there algorithmic mathematical analysis?

There are algorithmic graph theory/number theory/combinatorics/information theory/game theory. Is there algorithmic mathematical analysis? According to wiki, mathematical analysis includes the ...
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Original proof that “almost all decision problems are uncomputable”?

Who gave the original proof that "almost all decision problems are uncomputable"? Any hint at the original paper appreciated, thanks!
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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 that we do not ...
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Small universal monotone Turing machines

This paper surveys small universal Turing machines. What are some examples of small universal monotone Turing machines, as described by Schmidhuber? Which of these are efficient (polynomial time) ...
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What are considered to be the most canonical and important consequences of the recursion theorem?

The recursion theorem in computability states that, for any computable map $f : \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ there exists $n \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $\varphi_{f(n)} = \varphi_n$, where $\varphi$ is a ...
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Question on Turings Dissertation *Systems of Logic based on Ordinals*, Axiomatic Properties [closed]

I have a question on Alan Turing's Dissertation Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals, a scanned copy you can find here, or rewritten in LaTeX here, and also a copy of the published version here (but in ...
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Relation between MDPs and non-deterministic finite automatons

I'm confused as to the relation (computability-wise) between markov decision processes and NFAs. Are finite state MDPs expressible as regular grammars? If so, are markov decision processes thus ...
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An alternative model of a probabilistic Turing machine [closed]

A probabilistic Turing machine operates with an additional tape of random bits, and its output is a random variable with some distribution over the random bits. Is it also useful to talk about the ...
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Is there a relativized form of Rice Theorem?

Suppose $P_1$ and $P_2$ are nontrivial semantic properties of Turing Machines, and suppose that $P_1\wedge P_2$ is nontrivial given $P_1$. Can one claim that $P_1\wedge P_2$ is undecidable given an ...
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Is simply typed lambda calculus equivalent to primitive recursive functions

It's well known that the computation models untyped lambda calculus and $\mu$-recursive function are equivalent in terms of computability (in fact they are both Turing complete.) It is also well known ...
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Which computational models support bigotous programs?

A bigotous program is a program which decides if its input is semantically equivalent to itself. Of course, this is impossible in a Turing complete language due to Rice's theorem. In fact, its pretty ...
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About the decidability of sets enumerated in non decreasing order

It is well known that a set of numbers enumerable in nondecreasing order is decidable. However, the typical proof, by cases on the finiteness of the enumerated set, is not constructive. In general, it ...
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A sequence wherein the Kolmogorov complexity of the terms does not increase

I am looking for an algorithm $A$ - which for any non-null input string $s_1$ produces a sequence $s_1, s_2...$ such that : It can be proved in some axiomtic system $S$ that: $\...
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Gap between $BB(n)$ and “second largest” $BB(n)$

If $HT(n)$ is the set of halting times of $n$-state Turing machines on a binary alphabet with empty initial tape, then $BB(n) = \max HT(n)$. What can we say about the second largest number in $HT(n)$...
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Where does the “intuitive” understanding of Kolmogorov complexity fails

Often, the Kolmogorov complexity of some string $x$ is defined as the length of the shortest program producing $x$, for example on wikipedia. So to give this more formal meaning, define $$ K'(x) := ...
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Is there a formulation of Rice's Theorem that does not involve admissible (or Gödel) numberings?

It is an easy task to devise an encoding for a computing formalism (such as Turing Machines) that has a function with fixed encoding. That is, the encoding is a numbering $\psi : \mathbb{N} \...
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Does the uncomputability of Kolmogorov complexity follow from Lawvere's Fixed Point Theorem?

Many theorems and "paradoxes" - Cantor's diagonalization, undecidability of hatling, undeciability of Kolmogorov complexity, Gödel Incompleteness, Chaitin Incompleteness, Russell's paradox, etc. -...
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Is there a result in computability theory that does not relativize?

I was reading Andrej Bauer's paper First Steps in Synthetic Computability Theory. In the conclusion he notes that Our axiomatization has its limit: it cannot prove any results in computability ...
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Enumerator for the language w#w^R? [closed]

I'm trying to build a Turing machine diagram for the language w#w^R, where w^R is the reverse of w, and w is a word made up of 0's and 1's. I'm trying to think of an algorithm but I can't think of ...
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Do there exist groups with word problems in arbitrary P-degrees?

It has been known for a long time that, given any r.e. Turing degree, there is a finitely presented group whose word problem is in that degree. My question is whether the same thing is true for ...
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Entscheidungsproblem vs. Unvollständigkeitssatz (soft question)

The first term is used by Hilbert in his 1928 work, but in Gödel's later work, the same thing is referred to as Unvollständigkeitssatz ("incompleteness theorem"). For today's German CS researchers, it ...
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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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In the context of regular languages, must the alphabet be finite?

In The Theory of Parsing, Translation, and Compiling, Volume I, Section 0.2.1 (p.15 / 1972), Aho and Ullman casually write that "[a]n alphabet need not be finite or even countable, but for all ...
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Characterisation of computability of partial functions from infinite words into finite words by functions with prefix-free domain

The following is taken from K. Weihrauch, Computable Analysis, page 21. The notation $f : \subseteq A \to B$ means a partial function. By $\Sigma^{\omega}$ and $\Sigma^{\ast}$ we denote the set of ...
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Are there decidable problems for which for no algorithm we can give time bounds?

Are there decidable problems such that for no algorithm which solves the problem we can give a time bound as a function of the length n of the input instance? I arrived at this question because I was ...
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About the origin of the names “immune” and “simple”

I have been wondering for a while about the origin of the names "immune" and "simple". I also posed the same question to Andrea Sorbi, who in turn involved a few more colleagues in the discussion. ...
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A definition of computable numbers that requires to “wait an infinite amount of time” to get the correct result; how to make this precise

Consider the following definition: A number $x \in \mathbb R$ is computable, if there exists a (one-tape) Turing machine which (running infinitely long) writes the binary expansion of $x$ onto its ...
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Importance of irrational numbers in computer science

Computers can only deal with a few rational numbers. Why is it important as a computer scientist to deal with irrational numbers?
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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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Realizability theory: difference in power between Lambda calculus and Turing Machines

I have three related subquestions, which are highlighted by bullet points below (no, they could not be split, if you are wondering). Andrej Bauer wrote, here, that some functions are realizable ...
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Writing universal recursive function [closed]

Is there a short explicit construction of an universal recursive function? All definitions I have seen involve numbering of Turing machines in some way, which is possible yet seems hard and ...
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What is the largest complexity class that a non-Turing complete proof assitant, like Coq, can achieve? [duplicate]

Given that all functions in Coq will terminate, it cannot cover the entire $RE$. So what is the class it can achieve? Is it $R$?
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Maximum computational power of a C implementation

If we go by the book (or any other version of the language specification if you prefer), how much computational power can a C implementation have? Note that “C implementation” has a technical meaning:...
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What's the simplest noncontroversial 2-state universal Turing machine?

I'm wanting to encode a simple Turing machine in the rules of a card game. I'd like to make it a universal Turing machine in order to prove Turing completeness. So far I've created a game state ...
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Succinct complete problems in DTIME(EXP(EXP(…)))

I understand complete problems for $EXPTIME$ or $NEXPTIME$ formulated as succinct instances of e.g. $NP$-complete problems such as $3-SAT$. On input $x$, one efficiently computes a circuit $R(x)$ such ...
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Formal definition of Turing Completeness [closed]

Wikipedia states: In computability theory, a system of data-manipulation rules […] is said to be Turing complete or computationally universal if it can be used to simulate any single-taped Turing ...
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Is there any relationship of hardness between the two problems?

Assuming F(x,y,D) is a function, and we can evaluate it in polynomial time with input x, y and D. Consider the problem P1: With D as input, computes $(x^*,y^*)=argmax_{(x,y)}F(x,y|D)$ where x and y ...
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Notions of Computability at Higher Type III

I've recently found a very nice survey paper called "Notions of Computability at Higher Type" by John R. Longley. The paper says it is part of a 3-part series, with the 3rd concerning non-extensional ...
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Are there any known problems that require potential nontermination to solve? [closed]

Apart from problems that specifically have to do with Turing machines, like "Simulate a Turing Machine with the given description", are there any problems that require Turing-complete potentially ...
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Could you explain to me the reduction? [closed]

I am looking at the following solved exercise: I haven't really understood at the reduction the part that we construct for each number $a_i$ a package of measurement $(\frac{4}{A}a_i, 5,3)$. Why do ...
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Can all mathematical operations be encoded with a Turing Complete language? [closed]

In High School Computing I was taught the Structured Program Theorem - that you could implement any mathematical operation using: Sequence Selection Iteration After completing a Computer Science ...
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Finding a finite model

I know that the question "does a first order formula $\phi$ have a model" is undecidable in general. Could anyone give me a link or a book which give the answer for finite models. If I have a first ...
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What is the relationship between tail recursion with other recursions? [closed]

I'm rather confused by the recursion theory. From the link, the recursion theory was formed by Dedekind, Gödel and some other famous mathematicians. There are the following types of recursion. But ...