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Computability theory a.k.a. recursion theory.

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What is the simplest universal unidimensional interaction net system?

The Interaction Combinators are possibly the simplest multidimensional system of interaction nets that is Turing-complete. What about interaction nets with only 2 ports - 1 principal, 1 auxiliary? ...
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Programming languages for efficient computation

It is impossible to write a programming language that allows all machines that halt on all inputs and no others. However, it seems to be easy to define such a programming language for any standard ...
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In regards to the tautologies of a polynomially-bounded propositional proof system

In the book 'Logical Foundations of Proof Complexity', co-authored by Stephen Cook, the following definition is given: A proof-system $F$ is said to be polynomially-bounded if there is a polynomial p(...
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Can a computer simulate itself as part of a simulated world?

Let's say you build a computer that will calculate the state of all atoms in the Universe at certain future point in time. Because the Universe is, by definition, everything that exists (and anything ...
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Applicability of Church-Turing thesis to interactive models of computation

Paul Wegner and Dina Goldin have for over a decade been publishing papers and books arguing primarily that the Church-Turing thesis is often misrepresented in the CS Theory community and elsewhere. ...
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A word anticorrespondence problem

A problem instance is a finite list of 4-tuples $(\alpha_1, u_1, v_1, \beta_1), ..., (\alpha_N, u_N, v_N, \beta_N)$, where $\alpha_i, \beta_i \in X$ come from a finite set, and each $u_i,v_i \in A^*$ ...
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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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Are there any open problems concerning decidability? [duplicate]

I am learning computability theory. I am just interested to know some famous problems (Formally languages) whose decidability is in question.
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Are there any propositional proof systems which are not Cook-Reckhow proof systems?

An abstract proof system is a polynomial time function $f$ whose range is equal to the set of tautologies. If $\tau$ is a tautology, then an $f$-proof of $\tau$ is any value $\pi$ such that $f(\pi) =...
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A variant of the tiling problem

A classic tiling problem with Wang tiles has the form: Given $n$ tiles $T=\{t_1,...,t_n\}$ and some constraints $H,V\subseteq T\times T$, is there a way to tile a $w\times h$ rectangular grid with $...
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Applications of “Seemingly Impossible Functional Programs”

What are some practical applications (existing or potential) for Martin Escardo's "Seemingly Impossible Functional Programs"? For starters, here are a few from: Alex Simpson’s Lazy functional ...
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Proof software for Primitive Recursive Arithmetic

Primitive Recursive Arithmetic is a critical foundational system in mathematics at large, and all the more so in areas studying constructive reasoning and/or computability such as Theoretical Computer ...
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Can interaction combinators implement any interaction net efficiently?

It is widely known that interaction combinators can implement any interaction net. My question is, can they do so efficiently? I.e., is it possible to prove that there is no interaction net system ...
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What is the difference between non-determinism and randomness?

I recently heard this - "A non-deterministic machine is not the same as a probabilistic machine. In crude terms, a non-deterministic machine is a probabilistic machine in which probabilities for ...
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Polynomial-time reductions between undecidable languages

The Turing degree $\mathbf{0}'$ is defined as all languages Turing-equivalent to the halting problem. In fact any recursively enumerable language is polynomial-time reducible to the halting problem. ...
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Proof for multiplicative dominance of universal probability distribution

I'm looking for the proof of the Leonid Levin theorem that states that the universal prior distribution function multiplicatively dominates all other functions of its type. The original article is ...
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Computing the DAG of a program given source code or AST

I've seen many papers on scheduling components or tasks once a DAG for the program is known, either by user-input or by domain restriction (i.e. all cross shaped 5-pt stencil codes have a known DAG). ...
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(False?) proof for computability of a function?

Consider $f(n)$, a function that returns 1 iff $n$ zeros appear consecutively in $\pi$. Now someone gave me a proof that $f(n)$ is computable: Either for all n, $0^n$ appears in $\pi$, or there is ...
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An example where smallest normal lambda term is not fastest

Let the $size$ of $\lambda$-terms be defined as follows: $size(x) = 1$, $size(λx.t) = size(t) + 1$, $size(t s) = size(t) + size(s) + 1$. Let the complexity of a $\lambda$-term $t$ be defined as the ...
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Simple version of Wang's tessellation problem

I'm reading about Wang's tessellation problem and the text mentions a simpler version: If we consider a finite set of tiles $W_{n}=\{w_{1},...,w_{n}\}$ where $n$ is bounded then the claim is that now ...
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The halting problem in computational models weaker than Turing machines

What are the main results and/or literature on the (self) halting problem for other machines than Turing machines? Alternatively, what would be the right keywords or tags to search for it. I am ...
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What functions can System F not compute?

In this wikipedia article on Turing Completeness it states that: The untyped lambda calculus is Turing complete, but many typed lambda calculi, including System F, are not. The value of typed ...
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What are the limits of computation in this universe?

I understand that Turing completeness requires unbounded memory and unbounded time. However there is a finite amount of atoms in this service thus making memory bounded. For example even though $\pi$...
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What is the “nearest” problem to the Collatz conjecture that has been successfully resolved?

I am interested in the "nearest" (and "most complex") problem to the Collatz conjecture that has been successfully solved (which Erdos famously said "mathematics is not yet ripe for such problems"). ...
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Information-theoretic Diffie-Hellman

The following non-standard description of Diffie-Hellman is entirely my own, by which I mean that I came up with it having not read about it anywhere else beforehand. In Diffie-Hellman Alice and Bob ...
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Is there a non Turing-complete model of computation whose halting problem is undecidable?

I cannot think of any such model, maybe some form of typed lambda calculus? some elementary cellular automaton? This would almost disprove Wolfram's "Principle of Computational Equivalence": ...
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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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Undecidable Single Programs [closed]

So the halting problem basically states that there cannot exist any finite length algorithm for automatically verifying if other finite length algorithms terminate. But suppose I start listing out ...
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Formalized priority argument

A priority argument, an important proof technique in recursion theory, was introduced by Friedberg and Muchnik, to solve Post's Problem, i.e., the existence of two r.e. sets that do not Turing reduce ...
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Proof for Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable using reductions

I am looking for a proof that Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable using a reduction from another uncomputable problem. The common proof is a formalization of Berry's paradox rather than a reduction, ...
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Turing degree of Solomonoff semi-measure

We define the Solomonoff semi-measure $m$ on finite strings $x$ by $$m(x) = \sum_{p: U(p) = x} 2^{-l(p)},$$ where $U$ is a universal prefix Turing machine, $U(p) = x$ means $U$ outputs $x$ on input $...
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To what extent can an algorithm predict the time complexity an arbitrary input program?

The Halting problem states that it is impossible to write a program that can determine if another program halts, for all possible input programs. I can, however, certainly write a program that can ...
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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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What can you do with a moving knife besides cutting a cake?

In the fair cake-cutting, two different computational models are used: A discrete model, in which the algorithm issues queries to the players and proceeds according to their replies; A continuous ...
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Results about computability power or limitations of shared read/write registers

I want to know more results about the computability power or limitations of shared $\texttt{read/write}$ registers/objects in distributed/concurrent computing theory. Two typical examples are: [1]. ...
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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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Why study type theory?

After reading the literature on type theory (especially the constructive kind - CTT) I'm left wondering "why" should one study type theory, specifically within the confines of "computing" in general? ...
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Can differential equations be classed into their own complexity classes?

Problems have been, as a whole, classified, thanks to Computational Complexity. But, in differential equations, is it possible to classify differential equations depending on their computational ...
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How exactly does lambda calculus capture the intuitive notion of computability?

I've been trying to wrap my head around the what, why and how of $\lambda$-calculus but I'm unable to come to grips with "why does it work"? "Intuitively" I get the computability model of Turing ...
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Was bombe machine turing complete?

In the recent movie called The Imitation Game, there is a affirmation that Turing was building his theoretical machine. That machine is the Bombe Machine. Is this machine really equivalent to a Turing ...
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Representation as sum of unit fractions: primitive recursive?

Consider the following ternary relation $R\subseteq\mathbb{N}^3$: $(p,q,m)\in R$ iff $p,q>0$ and there is a set $S\subseteq \{\frac{1}{n}:n\in\mathbb{N}, n\geq 1\}$ such that $|S|=m$ and $\frac{...
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Why has hypercomputation research died down?

I see a lot of research on hypercomputation in the 1990's, but in more recent years there seems to be little work on the topic. Is it true that research in this area has died down? If so, what could ...
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Where can I find the proof of the theorem and what is the computational complexity of the computably isomorphic map?

"any two representations of reals which are acceptable are actually computably isomorphic",please see here for reference where may proof of this theorem be found, and what is the the computational ...
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How do models of hypercomputation overcome the Halting Problem?

Hypercomputation refers to models of computation that are not possible to simulate using Turing machines. (Hypercomputers are not necessarily physically realisable!) Some hypercomputers have access ...
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How to judge the definition of computational complexity of reals is natural or suitable?

As we know, definition of computational complexity of algorithm is almost without controversy, but the definition of computational complexity of reals or the computation models over reals is not in ...
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Is it decidable that a computable analytic function over $\mathbb{R,C} ,$ equals $0$

Is it decidable whether a computable analytic function $f(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ over $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{C}$ in a semi-algebraic or semi-analytic domain is identically zero? Is there any algorithm? ...
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Fixed points in computability and logic

This question has also been posted on Math.SE, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1002540/fixed-points-in-computability-nd-logic I hope it is ok to also post it here. If not, or if it is too ...
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How high are the higher types that appear in practice?

This is admittedly a rather naively put and vague question, and I'm not sure how much more specific I want or can make it, but I'll try. By "practice" I mean surely in actual programming practice (of ...
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Complexity of Tensor Rank over an Infinite Field

A tensor is a generalization of vectors and matrices to higher dimensions and the rank of a tensor also generalizes the rank of a matrix. Namely, the rank of a tensor $T$ is the minimum number of rank ...