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Help understand why FOL wff are enumerable, but FOL is undecidable

I am very new to this. I am trying to understand some basics about what kinds of enumerations in FOL are possible, and which are not. If you accept that FOL is defined in terms of a finite number of ...
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Can you see that the Linz Halting Problem proof contains a fatal flaw?

Applying a Simulating Halt Decider to the Linz Halting Problem Proof When a simulating halt decider correctly simulates N steps of its input it derives the exact same N steps that a pure UTM would ...
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Nondeterministic Turing Machines as deciders, versus NP and co-NP

While preparing a class, I stumbled over a point that I could not elucidate. Explaining it requires a few step. Deciding vs Recognizing: A Turing machine $M$ decides a language $L$ if whenever $s\in ...
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Does the Linz Ĥ applied to ⟨Ĥ⟩ correctly transition to its final reject state? [closed]

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Undecidability of games with limited hidden state

Surprisingly, approximate win probability for one-player games with randomness and 3 bits of hidden state (in addition to non-hidden state; rational transition probabilities) is uncomputable. Question:...
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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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Decidability of the complexity of decision problems

This might be a question that is related to some of the existent questions on the topic in the title, but I still find some answers either not full, or the topic still slightly different (maybe due to ...
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Is there a well-defined notion of an “R/poly” complexity class?

This would be the complexity class of all problems that are decidable in finite time with a polynomial length advice string that can be arbitrarily hard to compute. But potentially undecidable without ...
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Decidability of Mixed-Integer Semidefinite Programs

Semidefinite programs (SDP) have an "efficient" solution, as a convex problem, by e.g. the ellipsoid method; but this comes with standard caveats as the output can be exponentially long (...
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Halting problem proofs that do not utilise self-reference or diagonalization

Are there any proofs of the Halting problem that do not involve any self-reference, and diagonalization (or any diagonal argument) whatsoever? All the duplicate questions I have come across end up ...
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Algorithmically determining proof complexity for Frege systems?

I apologize if this falls wildly short of research level - I am just learning the very basics of proof complexity and lack any real logic background. Let $F$ be a Frege proof system (a finite complete ...
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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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Oracle-Decidability of Algebraic Independence

Consider numbers $x_1,...,x_n\in \mathbb{R}$ given by TMs $M_1,...,M_n$ such that $M_i$ approximates $x_i$ to an arbitrary precision (by allowing it to run longer and longer). I am interested in the ...
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How to solve an unification problem on $\mathbb{N}$?

Usually, the unification problem for two given terms $t$ and $s$ is to find a substitution $\theta$ such that $\theta t = \theta s$, which is equal to finding the certain $\langle x_1 , \cdots , x_n \...
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Tenth Hilbert problem on interval arithmetic

What is the decidability status of Hilbert's Tenth problem interpreted over interval arithmetic? In details, let $p\in\mathbb{Q}[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ be a Diophantine polynomial. The problem is that of ...
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Decidability of diophantine equations over {=, +, gcd}

It is well-known that polynomial diophantine equations are undecidable (Hilbert's 10th problem): that is, given a quantifier-free formula over the language $\{=, +, \cdot, 1\}$ (of equality, addition, ...
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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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Decidability of regular partition construction given its existence

Let $G = (N,T,P,S)$ be a context-free grammar where $T,N$ are sets of terminals and nonterminals respectively, $P$ contains all the productions of the grammar, and $S \in N$. If we know that $G$ is LL(...
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Can the halting problem be solved probabilistically? [closed]

Let $H$ be the halting oracle, meaning that $H$ is a function on pairs of strings such that $H(P,X) = 1$ iff $P$ halts on $X$. A probabilistic program is a program that has (oracle) access to a random ...
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Show that minimal CFG is undecidable via mapping reduction

Actually the problem below is an exercise in Sipser's textbook (Problem 5.36). However, from my perspective, it is not so trivial so that I post this question on this site instead of CS.SE. The ...
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Deciding whether an arbitrary context-free grammar generates a deterministic push-down automata?

I know that it's undecidable whether an arbitrary context-free grammar is ambiguous, but is it decidable whether that grammar is deterministic? I can't find the answer to this question anywhere on the ...
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Dependence of decidability on the encoding of Turing machines

Let $f : \{0, 1\}^* \to \{0, 1\}^*$ be a computable function. Given any encoding $\left<M\right>$ of Turing machines over binary (i.e., a function from the set of Turing machines to the set of ...
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Deciding whether a 2nfa halts on every input on every branch

A 2nfa is a nondeterministic finite automaton that can move its head left or right on the input tape, or not. Is the following language known to be decidable? $$ \textit{H}_{\mathsf{2nfa}} = \{ \...
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Is this a proof that diophantine equation solutions can't be bounded by power towers?

From this 2017 paper on upper bounds for solutions to diophantine equations: Conjecture 1. If a system of equations S ⊆ Bn has exactly one solution in positive integers x1, . . . , xn , then x1, ....
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Decidability of rank-k polymorphism vs. System F

There's a paper by Kfoury from 1992, "Type Reconstruction in Finite Rank Fragments of the Second-Order $\lambda$-Calculus", that proves that type inference for Curry-style rank-$k$ polymorphic lambda ...
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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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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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A simple decision 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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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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What notable automaton models have polynomially-decidable containment?

I'm trying to solve a particular problem, and I thought I might be able to solve it using automata theory. I'm wondering, what models of automata have containment decidable in polynomial time? i.e. if ...
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Is there an algorithm that finds the forbidden minors?

The Robertson–Seymour theorem says that any minor-closed family $\mathcal G$ of graphs can be characterized by finitely many forbidden minors. Is there an algorithm that for an input $\mathcal G$ ...
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Post correspondence problem for finite monoids

The Post correspondence problem has the following version for finite monoids: Input: a finite monoid $M$ and a finite list $(m_1,m_1'),\ldots, (m_n,m_n')$ of pairs of elements of $M$ Question: is ...
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Is equivalence of unambiguous context-free languages decidable?

It is well known that the equivalence problem is undecidable for general context-free languages. However, all proofs of this fact that I am aware of seem to involve some ambiguous context-free ...
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Petri net termination

Termination is the following problem. Input: a Petri Net with initial marking Output: "yes" iff there exists an infinite firing sequence. The naive algorithm in the case of bounded nets for example ...
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How can you state how abstract interpretation gets around Rice's Theorem succinctly?

At this question, abstract interpretation has a nice in-depth look. However, I'd like someone to clearly and very precisely state how abstract interpretation takes the result of Rice's Theorem over ...
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Enumerating decidable languages

[The assumption in this question is wrong. It is possible to enumerate exactly the decidable languages with semideciders.] Lets say we have a TM $M_E$ enumerator that writes out codes of TM's on a ...
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Deciding reachability under iterated independent polynomial mapping

For any $1\leq i\leq m$, $f_i: \mathbb{Q}\rightarrow \mathbb{Q}$ is a polynomial mapping over $x_i$, where $\mathbb{Q}$ is the set of rationals. For $\vec{a}_0=(a_1, \cdots, a_m)\in \mathbb{Q}^m$, we ...
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Is Buchberger's algorithm or Wu's method valuable theoretically when we have the Tarski–Seidenberg theorem?

Is Buchberger's algorithm or Wu's method valuable theoretically when we have the Tarski–Seidenberg theorem? In other words, could the Tarski–Seidenberg theorem subsume Buchberger's algorithm and Wu's ...
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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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Proof that the theory of rationals is convex

In Example 10.12 of the book The calculus of computation by Bradley and Manna, it is said The theory of rationals is convex, as it is convex in a geometric sense. How does the geometric sense of ...
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Proof of decidability of type checking of calculus of (co)inductive constructions?

I often see it asserted that type checking is decidable for CIC, but I haven't seen it proven. Is there a good paper (or simple demonstration) of this?
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Deciding whether a unary context-sensitive language is regular

It is a well-known result that the question Does a context-free grammar generate a regular language? is undecidable. However, it becomes decidable on a unary alphabet, simply because in this case,...
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Turing Machine restrictions that render halting decidable

If one restricts Turing Machines to a finite tape (i.e., to use bounded space $S$), then the halting problem is decidable, essentially because after a number of steps (which can be calculated from the ...
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Decidability of existential first-order theory of reals with exponential

The first-order theory over the reals as an ordered field with polynomials is decidable with doubly exponential complexity. However, if we additionally allow the exponential function, that is $e^x$ ...
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Global satisfiability in LTL

In propositional linear temporal logic (LTL) over $\mathbb{N}$, it is decidable whether a formula $\varphi$ is satisfiable from time point 0. Is it known to be un/decidable to check the ...
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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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FSM transducer sequential composition decidability

this is a followup/ sequel to this recent question which was answered, this one presumably significantly harder. consider a deterministic FSM transducer $F$ and its mapping $F(x)$ of an input word $x$....
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Is it decidable to determine if a given shape can tile the plane?

I know that it is undecidable to determine if a set of tiles can tile the plane, a result of Berger using Wang tiles. My question is whether it is also known to be undecidable to determine if a single ...
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Is algebraic dependency decidable?

A set of numbers $S=\{x_1,...,x_n\}$ is said to be algebraically dependent if there exists a (multivariate) polynomial $p$ with coefficients in $\mathbb Q$ whose roots contain $x_1,...,x_n$ (or a ...