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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There exist uncomputable integer numbers?

This question came from the answer I've given to the question An easy example of a non-constructive proof without an obvious "fix"?. Rereading my answer I had some doubt about the ...
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Diophantine equations and Hilbert's 10th Problem, how did MRDP do it?

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the Wiki explanation of MRDP's (Matiyasevich, Robinson, Davis, Putnam)'s Theorem, which explains that Hilbert's 10th problem is unsolvable. The MRDP ...
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Decidability of given languages

Given are the following languages: $L_1 = \{0\}\\ L_2 = \{w \in \{0,1\}^{*} | L(M_w) = \{0\}\}\\ L_3 = \{w \in \{0,1\}^{*} | M_w \text{ stops at all entries }\} \\ L_4 = \{w \in \{0,1\}^{*} | ...
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Does stay put TM recognizes same languages as standard TM

I am reading this text book and it says that stay put turing machine recognizes the same languages as regular turing machine by just adding transition functions (without adding any new states or ...
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Prove that $\{ww^R\#ww^R\}$ is not context free

I need to prove that $L = \{ww^R\#ww^R \; | \; w \text{ is in } \{a,b\}^*\}$ is not context free. I have tried using the pumping lemma for this. For $w=a^pb^pb^pa^p\#a^pb^pb^pa^p$. I have two cases ...
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turing machine with exactly 42 states / state that is visited at least 42 times

I am trying to solve the following problems: Proof wether the following problems are decidable/undecidable: Given turing machine M: Does M have exactly 42 states? Given turing machine M: Does M ...
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Recursively enumerable sets are domain of partial recursive functions

My definition of recursively enumerable set is that it is the language recognized by some Turing machine. I want to show that this definition is equivalent to "a r.e. set is the domain of some ...
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Computable function with noncomputable set of fixed points

I'm looking for a computable function $f: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ such that the set of fixed points $\mathcal{F}_f = \{ e \in \mathbb{N} \mid f(e) \sim e \} = \{e \in \mathbb{N} \mid \forall x \in ...
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Applications of computer science to mathematics

I have been introduced to algorithms, computability and computational complexity (as part of my minor in CS). What are some mathematical topics that I can tackle with the new perspectives I ...
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Let $Q$ be an undecidable subset of $\mathbb{N}$ created by diagonalization. What's the problem with this “algorithm” for computing $Q$?

This is exercise 11 from Hodel, An Introduction to Mathematical Logic, section 1.7. I'm new to computability, so I'm not sure if I got things right. Define the set $Q$ as follows: first, let ...
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Set which has a finite bounded string length

I am trying to work on a proof. I know that using diagonalization argument, we can prove that set of languages over an alphabet is countable. But I am trying to prove that set of all languages over ...
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Existence of T-Vitali sets…

As I understand it Turing degrees are defined as the equivalence classes of sets under the equivalence relation defined by $x \sim y$ iff $x$ is Turing reducible to $y$ and $y$ is Turing reducible to ...
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Most “simple” $\mu$-recursive function that is not primitive recursive

Maybe the most prominent example of a $\mu$-recursive function that is not primitive recursive is the Ackermann function. But writing it out as a $\mu$-recursive function ("breaking it all the way ...
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True or false? If $\eta$ is an explicitly defined incomputable number, then no formal system can pin down the value $\eta$ to arbitrary precision.

Let $\eta$ denote an explicitly defined incomputable real number (the bounty text is faulty, and does not mention incomputability of $\eta$). Then I think that no (recursively ennumerable) formal ...
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Currying syntax clarification - how to work through an example of currying?

I understand currying from a computer science background, so I'm happy explaining currying with a before and after example in specific languages, eg, in Java ...
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Why are all computable functions representable in PA?

I'm trying to understand the proof of the first incompleteness theorem, and more specifically, the diagonal lemma. Suppose $GN(x)$ is the Gödel Number of a formula $x$. The first step of the diagonal ...
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Computability of determining whether an expression equals zero

Suppose we are given an expression composed of integers,$ +, *, -, /,$ elementary functions $(exp, sin, cos, tan)$ and their inverses (and for simplicity, assume each argument to these functions is in ...
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There is a subset of positive integers which no computer program can print

It's said that a computer program "prints" a set A ($A \subset \mathbb N$, positive integers.) if it prints every element in A in ascending order (Even if A is infinite.). For example, the program can ...
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Is there an incomplete Turing degree that is not r.e.?

$\exists A \in \mathcal{P}(\mathbb{N}). (A \lt_T 0' \land \neg \exists B \in \Sigma_1. A \equiv_T B)$? In words: does there exist a subset of natural numbers that is Turing reducible to the halting ...
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two way infinite turing machine?

A Single tape turing machine is generally unbounded to right and starts from left. Read/write head moves to right from left after consuming a symbol. But what if we make left side unbounded too and ...
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Well defined uncomputable numbers.

For any prefix-free universal computable function $F$ with domain $P_F$, the Chaitin’s constant $$ \Omega_F=\sum_{p\in P_F}2^{-|p|} $$ is a number $\in [0,1]$ and seems "well defined". But this ...
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Is the limit of a recursive sequence of recursive ordinals itself a recursive ordinal?

Is the limit of a recursive sequence of recursive ordinals itself a recursive ordinal? If so, is there a nice proof of this?
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Diagonalization

So off and on I've been studying basic recursion theory and I've realized that, at least when restricted to the basic stuff I've been learning, recursion theory is essentially the study of uses of ...
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Example for 2 disjoint languages that cannot be separated by a decidable language

Question: Let A, B be languages such that A ∩ B = ∅. Say that a language C separates A and B if: A ⊆ C and B ⊆ $C^c$. Describe two languages A, B ∈ RE, that cannot be separated by any C, such that C ∈ ...
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program which it's power is equal to LBA

Can anyone give an opinion about this matter: what is the smallest program which it's power is equal to LBA Turing machine(Linear bounded automata are acceptors for the class of context-sensitive ...
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Infinite sets having no RE subsets

I'm back trying to learn recursion theory on my own. I'd like to prove the following result: There exists an infinite set having no infinite R.E. subset. Constructive comments are appreciated. Proof: ...
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What is a simple proof that something is np complete that does not use np completeness of something else?

What is a simple proof that something is NP complete that does not use NP completeness of something else? Every proof seems to reduce to something else being NP complete.
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A mathematically mature introduction to Turing Machines and Computability [reference-request]

In the computer science course for mathematicians held at my university Turing Machines have been presented very briefly. So much so that I didn't quite get why they are relevant to mathematics. I did ...
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Help understanding a 'reversing a string' Turing Machine

I am having a bit of a confusion understanding some transitions in a Turing Machine. Its an example from Introduction to Languages and the Theory of Computation by John C. Martin. I've attached the ...
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Is chess Turing-complete?

Is there a set of rules that translates any program into a configuration of finite pieces on an infinite board, such that if black and white plays only legal moves, the game ends in finite time iff ...
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An “uncountable” Turing Machine?

A proof of the insolubility of the halting problem is a diagonalization, which I'm sure most of you have seen. I am not very familiar with set theory, but it strikes me as similar to Cantor's proof of ...
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let A be a $2\times 2$ matrix . Then the smallest number $n\in \mathbb N$ such that $A^n=I$ is

let A be a $2\times 2$ matrix $\begin{pmatrix} \sin \frac \pi {18} & -\sin \frac {4\pi} {9}\\ \sin \frac {4\pi} {9}&\sin \frac \pi {18}\end{pmatrix}$. Then the smallest number $n\in \mathbb N$ ...
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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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Can differential calculus (limits, integrals, derivatives) be encoded in lambda calculus?

I am wondering, if the Church-Turing thesis holds (all effectively calculable functions are computable by Turing machines/lambda calculus) and I can compute the limit of a function by hand, what is ...
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Turing Machine That Accepts Machines With Undecidable Languages

So I'm reviewing my Computability notes for my final, and I understand how reduction arguments work, but I'm having trouble framing one for the following Turing machine: Undecidable TM = { ⟨M⟩ | L(M) ...
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Turing invariance on large sets

Definition: A function $f: 2^{\omega} \rightarrow 2^{\omega}$ is Turing invariant if $x \equiv_T y \rightarrow f(x)\equiv_T f(y)$. Question I (under $ZFC$): Let $f: 2^{\omega} \rightarrow 2^{\omega}$ ...
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Are there undecidable problems for which a solution has been found?

I mean are there examples of problems that have been proven to be undecidable, in the sense that it would not be possible to devise a deterministic computer program that outputs a solution for an ...
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could a machine $\mathfrak{D^+}$ be made to produce $\beta$ so the diagonal argument could be used on computable numbers?

I was reading Turing's paper "On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem" and while reading $\S\ 8$ (his proof that computable numbers are enumerable) and his proof that ...
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Prove a set is not recursive / recursively enumerable

I have two sets B which is recursively enumerable and is not recursive, and A which is recursive. Is $A-B$ recursive and / or recursively enumerable? What about $B-A$? $B-A$ is obviously recursively ...
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complexity question regarding whether it is decision problem

When self teaching complexity theory and seeing arguments that were made online. I get some confusion. In the class, we classify problems into P: can be computed polynomially NP: given a claimed ...
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Recursion theory text, alternative to Soare

I want/need to learn some recursion theory, roughly equivalent to parts A and B of Soare's text. This covers "basic graduate material", up to Post's problem, oracle constructions, and the finite ...
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Find a $w$ such that $wxy = xyy$

Let $n,m \in \mathbb{N} \cup \{*\}$ and define $$nm = \begin{cases} \varphi_n(m) &\mbox{if } \varphi_n(m) \mbox{ converges} \\ * & \mbox{otherwise, including } * \in \{n,m\} \end{cases}$$ ...
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Is universality decidable?

Is there a turing machine which can take any other TM T as input and decide whether T is a universal turing machine?
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Relationship between the Turing Machine and RAM Models

Could you tell me which is the relationship between the Turing Machine and RAM Models??
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Primitive recursive definition of the “divisibility” relation

Let $$d(x,y)= \begin{cases} 1, &\text{if }x\text{ is divisible by }y \\ 0, &\text{otherwise.} \end{cases}$$ How can I define $d(x,y)$ in terms of just the basic primitive recursive functions ...
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Is it decidable that any two computable function over reals $ f(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)\equiv g(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$

Is it decidable that any two computable function over reals or over sphere of complex $ f(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)\equiv g(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ ?
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Question regarding the arithmetic hierarchy notation used in the corollary of Post's theorem

A set $B$ is $\Delta_{n+1}$ if and only if $B \leq_T \emptyset^{(n)}$. More generally, $B$ is $\Delta^C_{n+1}$ if and only if $B \leq_T C^{(n)}$. This is from ...
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Are these two notions of “computable function” the same or related?

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semicomputable_function, we have: "If a partial function is both upper and lower semicomputable it is called computable." Is this the same kind of "computable ...
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Proving non-regularity of a language

How can I prove $L = (01^n2^n | n\geq 0)$ is not regular? Would it be sufficient to say that $01^p2^p$ is in $L$ and by pumping lemma, $01^p2^p$ can be written as $xyz$ such that $|y|>0, ...
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Turing machine that modifies each cell that contains a certain input one time at most

If I have a single tape turing machine running on some input $x$, where it modifies each part of the tape with $x$ one time at most...would the TM be decidable? Any advice or guidance appreciated; ...