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What properties of busy beaver numbers are computable?

The busy beaver function $\text{BB}(n)$ describes the maximum number of steps that an $n$-state Turing machine can execute before it halts (assuming it halts at all). It is not a computable function ...
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Reference on standard types

This question is about what I presume is a basic construction in type theory. The finite types are defined as follows: 0 is a finite type; if $\sigma, \tau$ are finite types, then so is ...
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Elementary references on Robinson Arithmetic, Prim. Recursive fns etc.

I'm in the middle of revising my freely available and much-downloaded introductory notes Gödel Without (Too Many) Tears. (They are a sort of cut down version of part of my Gödel book, and I'm ...
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Fixed points in computability and logic

I asked this question on CS.SE, too: http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/27322/fixed-points-in-computability-and-logic I would like to understand better the relation between fixed point ...
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An Undecidable but not Universal Turing Machine?

I have seen many examples of universal Turing machines, all of which are undecidable due to the undecidability of the halting problem. I have also seen proofs that certain really small Turing ...
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How is the Kleene normal form theorem for $\Sigma^1_1$ relations proved in RCA0?

All of the following concerns Simpson's Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic (2nd ed.). In the notes subsequent to lemmas VII.1.6 and VII.1.7 (pp. 245–246), Simpson remarks that both lemmas are ...
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Is it decidable whether the iterates of a polynomial map are bounded?

Let $f:\mathbb{Q}^n\to \mathbb{Q}^n$ be a polynomial map with rational coefficients. Let $p\in \mathbb{Q}^n$. Is there a known algorithm that given this data determines whether or not the iterates ...
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Is the measure induced by the Mandelbrot set computable on rational rectangles?

Is there a computable function that, given a positive rational number $\epsilon$ and a rectangle with rational corners $A$ returns a number $f(A,\epsilon)$ such that $|\mu(A \cap ...
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algorithm for solving diagonal quadratic equations over real or complex numbers

I found the following statement in the paper http://www.math.uni-bonn.de/~saxena/papers/cubic-forms.pdf (page 22, in the middle): For $\mathbb F\in\{\mathbb R, \mathbb C\}$ and $b, a_i\in\mathbb ...
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Whats the connection between Turing machine and First order logic?

Today in my Computing class i came across the theorem which states that., If language $L$ and $\Sigma^*\setminus L$ are recursively enumerable then L is recursive (total turing machine). Which looks ...
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Induction on Primitive Recursive Function

The set $F_{n}$ of primitive recursive function symbols of arity $n$ can be defined inductively as: \begin{align} & Z, \text{Succ} \in F_{1} & \\ &\pi_{j}^{n} \in F_{n} \quad \text{for ...
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Simplifying Relations in a Group

Let $K$ be the group generated by four elements $x_1,\cdots,x_4$ with relations that any simple commutator with repeated generator is trivial; for example, $[[x_2,[x_1,x_3]],x_3]=1$. As I have asked ...
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How to derive Church-Kleene ordinal

Crossing-out: (How does one prove the existence of Church-Kleene ordinal? Also, why is it labeled as $\omega_1^{CK}$? And why is it first ordinal not hyperarithmetical, and is the first admissible ...
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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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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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How to find the shortest path of a graph in a turing machine

I'm reading about Turing machine and I saw some examples as: Let $M_{1}$ a Turing Machine and the language $B = \{w\#w \vert w \in \{0,1\}^{*}\}$, We want $M_{1}$ to accept if its input is a member of ...
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Kleene normal form : elementary?

The Kleene normal form explains there are primitive recursive functions $T$ (a predicate indeed) and $U$ such that for any computable function $\phi_n$, and for any $x\in\mathbb N$ : ...
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Challenge on Some Definition on Formal Language & Recursive & Automata

We know set A is countable if A is finite or in a one-to-one mapping to natural numbers. Suppose $\Sigma$ be an arbitrary finite alphabet. I summarize my inference: a) Each arbitrary Language on ...
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Decidability of a language

Let $C$ be a conjecture about natural numbers. Let $$S = \{n\in N: n > m \text{ where $m$ is the first number found for which $C$ is false} \} $$ Is $S$ decidable? If $C$ is true for all ...
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Computable models of ($\omega$, <) without computable isomorphism

I read somewhere that "it is easy" to construct a computable presentation for the model ($\omega$, <) so that any computable isomorphism between this construction and the usual presentation of ...
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Generating interesting random TMs

To get a more intuitive understanding of the halting problem I want to generate some random TMs and see how they behave, what some heuristics can tell about them, etc. The problem is that, if I ...
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Bijection of simple set

Let $X$ is simple set (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_set) $Z \subset X$ is infinite recursive set. $Y = X$ \ $Z$. How to prove that there is a computable bijection $f$ that $x \in X ...
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Clarification of the argument for the set of total recursive functions not being recursively enumerable?

I read that the set of partial recursive functions is recursively enumerable while the set of total recursive functions is not. Isn't the set of total recursive functions a proper subset of the set of ...
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Ackermann function is not primitive recursive

The function of the Ackermann function is defined as $$ A_{0}(y)= y+1$$ $$ A_{x+1}(0)= A_{x}(1)$$ $$ A_{x+1}(y +1)= A_{x}(A_{x+1}(y))$$ I want to show that the function of ackermann is primitive ...
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Check that constructed recursive function proves that set is recursive.

Let $\forall\exists$-formula be any formula that looks like $\forall x_1...\forall x_m$$\exists y_1...\exists y_n \phi$, where $x_1...x_m, y_1...y_n$ - variables, $m,n \ge 0$ , $\phi$ - unquantified. ...
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Eager vs. lazy interpretation of recursive functions

One of the ways of defining the set of recursive functions is to define first a language $L$ by induction in the following way: $\mathsf{Z}^1 \in L$; $\mathsf{S}^1 \in L$; $\mathsf{P}^n_k \in L$ for ...
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Acceptable numbering of partial computable functions required to be one variable?

Soare in a yet unpublished textbook (I happened to be in a class taught by one of his former graduate students where we were field-testing a rough draft of his new textbook) Computability Theory and ...
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Prove that $\{(x,y): W_x\text{ and }W_y\text{ are recursively separable}\}$ is $\Sigma_3$-complete

Prove that $\{(x,y): W_x\text{ and }W_y\text{ are recursively separable}\}$ is $\Sigma_3$-complete This is a question from Soare's Recursively Enumerable Sets and Degrees. I have little idea how ...
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How to show Simp. and Creat. are $\Sigma^0_2$-Hard

Let Simp={$e:W_e$ is simple} and Creat={$e:W_e$ is creative} I'm having troubles showing these sets are $\Sigma^0_2$-Hard, ie that any $\Sigma^0_2$ set can be many-one reduced to them. I've already ...
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Unsolvability Degree in Turing's Proof 1

I have read that there is some debate over the exact origin of the Halting argument, which begins with Kleene and Davis in the 1950s [Copeland 2004]. Motivated by this I want to clarify the Degree of ...
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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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Further question on “uncountable” Turing Machine

Having read An "uncountable" Turing Machine? I have further questions that I don't believe it addressed. (I'm a programmer, not a mathematician so I apologize if this is stupid or the ...
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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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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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$n^{\text{th}}$ digit of $\sqrt{2}$ decimal representation is primitive recursive function

An exercise from Maltsev's "Algorithms and recursive functions". Problem: Let $\sqrt{2} = a_0,a_1a_2\dots a_n\dots$ be the decimal representation of $\sqrt{2}$. Show that the function $f(n) = a_n$ ...
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Question about Computability

Q:Suppose $U(n,x)$ is Gödel Universal Function, show that there is $n$ such that $U(n,x)=n+x$ for all $x$ I did some proof but I am mot sure if I am right. Let's consider a computable binary function ...
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An algorithmic approach to constructing the real numbers

To specify a real number, we can describe a rule which, given any rational number, tells you whether it's Too Big or Too Small. The rule should be self-consistent, in the sense that if $a$ is Too Big ...
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Decidability involving functions

I'm trying to figure out how to resolve this exercise. $$ \Sigma = \{a,b\} $$ is a set while $$ \mathcal{P}(\Sigma^*) $$ is the partition of sigma star. I have a function f: $$ f: ...
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Proof that Finite Turing Machine is reducible to Regular Turing Machine

I know that Finite Turing Machine and Regular Turing Machine are undecidable through Rice's theorem, but I may find a reduction among them? Finite TM = {< M > | L(M) is finite on {a}} Regular TM ...
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Is a set $\{ e \in \mathbb{N} | \#\{x \in \mathbb{N} | \phi_e(x) \downarrow \} = \#\mathbb{N}\}$ computable?

Denote every partial computable function $f$ with its Godel number $e \in \mathbb{N}$ by $\phi_e$. Then let the halting set of $\phi_e$ be $W_e=\{x \in \mathbb{N} | \phi_e(x) \downarrow \}$ where ...
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Is this proof for the undecidability of $\beta$-normalisation in $\lambda$-calculus valid?

The proofs I have so far seen for the undecidability of $\beta$-normalisation all make use of Gödel numbering in order to first prove the more general Scott-Curry theorem. As an exercise, I have tried ...
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“Building blocks” for computable functions

In an (otherwise very enlightening) answer to another question of mine the question came up What functions are allowed as building blocks for computable functions? I was astonished that there ...
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Meaning of Biinterpretability.

I'm reading this paper: http://www.math.cornell.edu/~shore/papers/pdf/hyp9.pdf and I am struggling with the meaning of Biintereptability, to quote the paper A degree structure $D$ is ...
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Is the Mandelbrot set computable?

This is a weakened version of Is the measure induced by the Mandelbrot set computable on rational rectangles? ; Given a (computable, or rational) rectangle in the complex plane, is it computable ...
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Efficient algorithm for calculating the tetration of two numbers mod n?

I'm trying to study the algebraic properties of the magma created by defining the binary operation $x*y$ to be: $ x*y = (x \uparrow y) \bmod n $ where $ \uparrow $ is the symbol for tetration. ...
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Directed Hamiltonian Reduction

The reduction function given by Richard Karp in 'Reducibility among combinatorial problems' for Directed Hamiltonian Cycle $\leq_{p}$ Undirected Hamiltonian Cycle goes as follows : for input $G = ...
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Range/Image of a Non-Decreasing Total Recursive Function is Recursive

How do I show that the range of a non-decreasing, total-recursive function is recursive? I've made reference to this question, but the method used there is not clear to me. My attempt: Let $f$ be ...
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Show $f(x)$ is partial recursive using the

So I want to show that the function $f(x)=0 $ if $x$ is even and not defined otherwise, is partial recursive using the $\mu$ operator (bounded search function, which is partial recursive). Plan is to ...
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Showing the class of all recursive sets is recursively enumerable.

Correct? Proof: Let D = {$A_i$ |$A_i$ is a recursive set$\}$. Take $z \in D$. Thus $z = A_i$ for some $i\in N$. Then: $\exists{f}$ such that for any choice of $A_i$ $\in$ D: $f(x) = 1$ if $x ...
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A turing machine which computes the same language as a “stay put” turing machine

Im not sure I really understand how stay put machines work. I know they are just like turing machines but with states. So they can "stay put". But what confuses me is when you define a FSA for a ...