Questions about Turing computability and recursion theory, including the halting problem and other unsolvable problems. Questions about the resources required to solving particular problems should be tagged (computational-complexity).

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Unpacking the Diagonal Lemma

I am studying from Boolos' Computability & Logic (3rd edition). I need help unpacking what the Diagonal Lemma states, and understanding its proof. The Diagonal lemma is formalized on page 105 from ...
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Formal statement of theorem about perfect numbers?

I cannot seem to find the formal statement of the theorem if there are infinite perfect numbers in Wikipedia or online. I searched this site but the closest is the generalization of perfect numbers ...
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Infinite finitely branching recursive tree with no path whose graph is $\Delta^0_2$

I am trying to construct an example of a infinite, finitely branching, recursive tree $T$ such that none of its paths has a graph which is $\Delta^0_2$. I denote the set of paths of $T$ by $[T]$. I ...
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How to compute isomorphism $V \simeq V^{**}$ (in Haskell)?

Since there is a canonical isomorphism between vector space $V$ and his dual dual space $V^{**}$, $\dim V \in \mathbb N \;$, I want to write it as a Haskell function. This function is going to have a ...
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constructive ordinal and $\Delta^1_1$ predicate

Everything I know on this subject comes from Sacks book : "Higher recursion theory" Let $\mathcal{O^Y}$ be the set of codes for ordinals constructive in $Y$. We should have the result that $A ...
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combinatory basis for head reduction

Consider combinatory calculi that don't have tail reduction. So there may be combinators $x$, $y$ and $z$ such that $y\to z$ but $xy\nrightarrow xz$. We can still write every combinator as a ...
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Effective complexity of $\leq_T$

Remember that we say for $\alpha,\beta$ in $\omega^\omega$, that $\alpha\leq_T \beta$ if $\alpha$ is recursive in $\beta$. Is $\leq_T$ a $\Sigma^1_1$ set, as a subset of $\omega^\omega\times ...
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Proving the free occurrence of a variable is primitive recursive

Show that FreeOcc$(m,n,i)$, which holds when $m$ is the godel number of a wff $\varphi$ and the $i^{th}$ symbol of $\varphi$ is a free occurrence of the variable $x_{n}$, is primitive recursive. ...
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Example of sets $A, B$ such that $A', B'$ are Turing equivalent but $A, B$ are not.

I have been wondering if the following statement is true, $$ A\equiv_TB\iff A'\equiv_TB' $$ where $A, B\subseteq\omega$ and $A'$ denotes the Turing jump of $A$. I have been able to show ...
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the set of sentences (i.e. closed formulas) of first-order logic and the Chomsky hierarchy

The set of well-formed formulas (wffs) in first-order logic (FOL) is decidable, because it's straightforward to translate the standard recursive syntax rules into a context free grammar, and all ...
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Non-recursive subset which is recursively enumerable

What is an example of recursively enumerable subset of the natural numbers which is not recursive?
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“direct” ways in which a non-computable number is used?

I was wondering whether non-computable numbers are ever of "direct" use ? I understand they are immensely useful indirectly, because we need them to do analysis in the real numbers for instance. ...
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Showing a set $\Sigma^0_n$ subset of $\mathbb{N}$ is $\Sigma^0_n$-complete

This is both a general and specific question in basic computability theory. Broadly speaking, I am not very comfortable with showing whether or not a subset of $\mathbb{N}$ is $\Sigma^0_n$ (or ...
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Relationship between $\Sigma_{1}$ and $\Pi_{1}$ functions (Logic)

I am working on the following homework problem for a logic class on Godel's incompleteness theorems and the following question is asked. Is the converse of Theorem $13.1$ true? Explain. Theorem ...
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Help on two exercises about computability theory

In Cooper's book, I can't think out the solutions of two exercises. 1.show that there exists a simple set S contains the set of all even numbers. 2.show that each creative set is contained in some ...
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Are total recursive functions recursively enumerable?

In quite some literature I found that primitive recursive functions are recursively enumerable (r.e.), but total recursive ones are not. Then, what set do they belong to? I am asking since I learned ...
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Why do $\omega$-models of subsystems of $\mathsf{Z}_2$ satisfy full induction?

Richard Shore, in his 2010 paper in the Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 'Reverse Mathematics: The Playground of Logic', writes that Obviously, if an $\omega$-model $\mathcal{M}$ (those with $M = ...
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Halting problem and universality

Sorry this might be a layman question, but I could not find any information on this. Is the fact that there exists no Turing machine that can solve the halting problem equivalent to the existence of ...
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Are some numbers more computable than others?

As I understand it (layman alert), the definition of computable numbers is binary: either a number is or is not computable. Is it meaningful to imagine a function telling how computable (or ...
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Is Entscheidungsproblem in Co-RE? And Proof if it is.

As I study through, I learned that Entscheidungsproblem has a negative answer. Then I came to wonder whether the problem is in Co-RE. If it is, can anyone show me the proof? Thanks.
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Can we implement $\omega^{CK}_1$ using $\omega^{CK}_1+1$ as an oracle?

Let $\omega^{CK}_1$ denote the least non-recursive ordinal. Suppose we have an unknown well-ordering of $\mathbb{N}$ of the order type $\omega^{CK}_1+1$ as an oracle. Is it possible to write an ...
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Numbers which are “Provably Difficult to Compute”?

We recall that a computable number $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ satisfies the following: there exists a computable function $f$ such that, given any positive rational error bound, $f$ outputs a rational ...
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Size bound on regular expression describing language of an $n$-state deterministic automaton

The class of languages that can be recognised by some deterministic finite automaton is the same as those described by some regular expression. I evoked this well-known fact in class when discussing ...
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how can we categorize m-complete languages of RE (recursive enumerable, re-complete)?

is there any hierarchy for many-one complete languages of re (re-complete languages)? how can we propose a categorization for these languages? depending on what measures?
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Determining the density of roots to an infinite polynomial

Consider a polynomial defined by its roots: \begin{equation} P(z; \mathbf{S}) = \Pi_{\theta_j \in \mathbf{S}} (z - \exp({2 \pi i \theta_j}) ) \end{equation} where $\mathbf{S}$ is a set of numbers. ...
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A question on context-free languages from Sipser's computation book

I'm trying to learn some computability theory, and I came across a question in Sipser's book that I can't figure out. The exercise asks to show that there is an algorithm which will accept a ...
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RACs can solve the halting problem?

I was reading something which said: Less conventional is the Rapidly Accelerating Computer (RAC) whose clock accelerates exponentially fast, with pulses at (say) times $1-2^{-n}$ as n tends to ...
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Non-universal Turing machines

Is it possible to have two (or more) non-universal Turing machines labeled $A_1$ and $A_2$, such that if $f(A_i)$ is the set of functions computable by $A_i$, and S={every computable function} then ...
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Constructing a TM from a grammatically computable function

I have a grammatically computable function $f$, which means that a grammar $G = (V,\Sigma,P,S)$ exists, so that $SwS \rightarrow v \iff v = f(w)$. Now I have to show that, given a grammatically ...
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Example of a number that is not the limit of a computable sequence

Let's define a real number as computable iff there's an algorithm that can generate a sequence with the number as its limit (turing machine or any of the equivalent programming models). Not all real ...
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Is the Collatz conjecture in $\Sigma_1 / \Pi_1$?

Prompted by some of the comments on this question, I'm wondering if anything is known about the place of the Collatz Conjecture in the arithmetic hierarchy. More specifically, is Collatz known to be ...
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Finding General Expression from recursion

I am trying to find a general expression from a recursion. Here it goes: $(x+i)P_i = (i+1)P_{i+1} + \frac{x}{2} P_{i-1}$ $i$ goes from $0$ to $S$. How can I calculate a generic $P_i$ in terms of ...
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Composition of a system with desired properties

Given the sets $K_1=\{\{a_0,b_1\},\{a_1\},\{b_0\}\}$. $K_2=\{\{c_1,c_0,d_0,e_1\},\{d_1\},\{e_0\}\}$ $K_3=\{\{f_0,f_2,g_0,h_1\},\{f_1,f_3,g_2,h_3\},\{b_1\},\{b_3\},\{c_0\},\{c_2\}\}$ Every item of ...
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Is there constructive proof of the fact that every recursive set $A \ne \varnothing$ is recursively enumerable in non-decreasing order?

Every proof I've read about this fact considers two cases: $A$ - finite and $A$ - infinite but this is undecidable. So, is there constructive proof?
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What would an “algebraic axiomatization of the partial recursive functions” be?

Hartley Rogers in his "Theory of recursive functions and effective computability" (page 55 in the first edition) writes "What resemblance types are also isomorphism types? A final answer to this ...
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Is Turing completeness monotone with respect to Cook reductions?

I think the post title is relatively clear assuming I worded it correctly, but since I was thinking of a specific example: The language of Boolean expressions is Turing complete; Does this imply that ...
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is a semirecursive (recursively semidecidable) set enumerable?

I'm getting confused. According to Computability and Logic fifth edition, semirecursive = recursively semidecidable, and according to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recursive_set , ...
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Irrationality measure of the Chaitin's constant $\Omega$

What is known about irrationality measure of the Chaitin's constant $\Omega$? Is it finite? Can it be a computable number? Can it be $2$?
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Definition of a computable (or recursive) set

I am new to computability theory, but I understand the usual definition of a "computable set" S when S is a subset of the natural numbers. Is there a notion of "computable set" that doesn't involve ...
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Partial recursive functions as products of sets of total recursive functions?

Let C be a collection of two or more total recursive functions. Define ϕ(x) as the function which is undefined if any two members of C give different values for x as input, and whose output is the ...
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The set of arithmetical numbers

Define $x\in\mathbb{R}$ to be arithmetical number if the set $\{\langle p, q \rangle \in \mathbb{Z}^2 : \frac{p}{q} < x\}$ is an arithmetical set. Define $x\in\mathbb{C}$ to be arithmetical number ...
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Are there any R-complete problems?

Many complexity classes have complete problems. For example, NP has the NP-complete problems (using polynomial-time reductions), and RE has some RE-complete problems like the halting problem (using ...
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Computability of “isomorphism existence” between special cubic number fields

Let $a$ be a rational number such that the polynomial $P_a=X^3-X-a$ is irreducible, let $\alpha_{a}$ denote a root of $P_a$ and let ${\mathbb K}_a={\mathbb Q}(\alpha_{a})$. Similarly, let $b$ be a ...
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Is there a dense subset of $\mathbb{R}^2$ with all distances being incommensurable?

Is there a set $S$ of points on the real plane $\mathbb{R}^2$ such that: there is a point belonging to $S$ in any neighborhood of every point of $\mathbb{R}^2$ (so, $S$ is dense) and ratio of any ...
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What is the fastest growing total computable function you can describe in a few lines?

What is the fastest growing total computable function you can describe in a few lines? Well, not necessarily the fastest - I just would like to know how far an ingenious mathematician can go using ...
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Existence of a normal computable infinite pseudorandom sequence

Is there any computable infinite pseudorandom sequence of 0's and 1's which have been proven to be normal?
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Does the $k$th forward difference of Radó's $\Sigma$ eventually dominate every computable function?

Let $\Sigma$ be Radó's Busy Beaver function, and let $\Delta[\Sigma]$ denote the forward difference of $\Sigma$, such that $\Delta[\Sigma] \ (n) = \Sigma(n+1) - \Sigma(n)$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$. ...
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Does method exist to solve Diophantine/Algebraic equation with nearest integer variable?

Can anyone kindly tell me if there is a method (other than trial and error) to solve equations of the form below: $$x^2 + x - 35 - 35[(x^2)/35] = 0$$ where $x$ is an integer and $[y]$ denotes the ...
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Can this version of the halting problem be solved?

I think the halting problem is not a result regarding computability, but rather expressiveness or restrictiveness. It's like asking a computer to prove $0=1$ or color a planar graph using only $3$ ...
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Is an abstract machine Turing-complete if it can simulate itself?

For instance, in programming languages it's common to write an X-in-X compiler/interpreter, but on a more general level many known Turing-complete systems can simulate themselves in impressive ways ...