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What turmite runs the longest before becoming predictable?

When looking at 2D Turing machines, many of them eventually become predictable. For example, Langton's Ant, the champion 2-color 1-state turmite, develops a highway after 10,000 steps. Predictable ...
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Show that minimal CFG is undecidable (Sipser 5.36)

Question: Say that a CFG (context-free grammar) is minimal if none of its rules can be removed without changing the language generated. Let $MIN_{\text{CFG}}$ = $\{\, \langle G \rangle$ | $G$ is a ...
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What Constitutes a Pattern

Mathematics is often referred to as the "study of patterns." What I'm wondering is whether there is somehow a technical way to describe a pattern. For the length of this question let's assume that ...
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Designing a turing machine for primality check.

I am designing some turing machines, so far I have made Binary Addition and subtraction. Now I've been thinking that what if turing machine can check if the number is prime or not. Lets suppose we ...
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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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Maths, esp. Godel, and poetry

At the risk of being an interloper: I'm a poet with a bit of mathematical training. Right now I've got a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a collection (loosely) based on the ...
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Proving a language is not recognizable

I have the following question that I just want to verify I have done correctly. Let $L$, $L_1$, $L_2$ $\subseteq \Sigma^*$ such that $L = L_1 \cup L_2$, and $L_2$ is decidable. Prove that if $L$ is ...
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Are the derivatives of the Busy Beaver function positive?

Let $BB:\mathbb Z_{\ge1}\to\mathbb Z$ be the Busy Beaver sequence, usually called the Busy Beaver function, as defined in terms of Turing machines in Section 1.3 of this text of Aaronson and Yedidia. ...
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How are weakly universal Turing machines actually defined?

For what I know, the definition of a universal Turing machine is something along the lines of the following (of course, details might vary from source to source): A Turing machine $M$ is called ...
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Find Pi number using Turing Machine

What is the most convenient and fast way to find first $n$ binary digits of $\pi$ using Turing Machine?
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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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Probabilistic Turing machines as random variables

A probabilistic Turing machine (PTM) is informally described as a non-deterministic Turing machine such that ''the next movement'' is chosen with a certain probability. Suppose that the input of a PTM ...
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Prove that $\overline{L}$ is not recognizable by showing that $B_{TM} \le_m L$

$\textbf{Problem}:$ $L$ = $\{\langle M \rangle$ | $M$ is a Turing machine over $\{0, 1\}$ such that for some $x \in \{0,1\}^*$, $M$ does not halt on input $x\}$. $B_{TM}$ = $\{ \langle M \rangle$ | ...
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Blanks in the Tape of a Turing Machine

I used to have a lot of trouble with Turing Machines, primarily because I thought that in-between input symbols on the tape, one could have an arbitrary number of blanks, so every input would need to ...
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Equivalence of Turing Machines and Lambda Calculus

Based on the Church Turing Thesis, we conjecture that Turing Machines are the "correct," model of computation. It is well known that they are equivalent to the Lambda Calculus, another model of ...
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$K(xy)\leq K(x)+K(y) +c$?

Could anyone show that for any $c$, some strings $x$ and $y$ exist, where $K(xy)>K(x)+K(y)+c$? Here $K(x)$ is the Kolmogorov complexity. I already know that $K(xy) \leq 2K(x) + K(y) +c$ and $K(xy) ...
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turing machine decidable description for the language

L = { | R is a regular expression that produces at least one word in {a, b} * which contains a symbol exactly 3 times} ...
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Are languages that contain the empty string Turing-Decidable?

Given a language that is Turing-Decidable, if you add the empty string to the language then is the new language Turing-Decidable? I am very confused at this problem because from my understanding the ...
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Reducability and decidability language

i am new to this course called Theory of Computation. And my teacher asked to solve this ... i dont know how to do it... please help Consider the langauge L_inf : A turing machine M belongs to L_inf ...
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Turing machine ( exponentiation )

How do I design Turing machine for exponential function $a^x$? I found this explanation http://philpapers.org/archive/LEMATM , but its too complicated. Could someone tell me please, is there another ...
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Prove that exists undecidable subset of $\{1\}*$

Hello my dear friends! I have following problem: Prove that exists undecidable subset of $\{1\}*$ The problem is that I don't know how to start. In real I don't what does it mean undecidable set ?
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prove that language is not decidable (string and reverse)

Prove that $T=\{\langle M\rangle\mid M \text{ is TM that accepts $w^R$ iff it accepts $w$}\} $ is not decidable. I have no idea how to start. Help me, please
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Why does a certain turing machine only accept regular languages?

why does a single tape turing machine, which can not write on the part of its tape containing the input, only accept regular languages? I am asking this because this question is being opposed to me ...
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Dual Turing Machine Simulation

(1) Define a Turing Machine that simulates a Dual Turing Machine (DTM)?. A dual Turing Machine is defined as a Turing Machine with 2 heads and 2 tapes. At every step, the DTM can read from either ...
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BusyBeaver growth: “simple” proof

I just try to prove that $BB(n)$ (BusyBeaver-Function) grows faster than any other computable function. Maybe someone can check the proof? $f(n)$ is a computable function which grows to infinity: ...
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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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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 ...
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Extended PDA vs TM

We studied in class that PDA is less powerful than TM. My question is: Extended PDA : for every $\alpha,\beta \in \Gamma \cup \{\epsilon\}$, $\sigma \in \Sigma \cup \{\epsilon\}$, $q,r \in Q$, $w ...
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Oracle Turing machine - $E_{\text{TM}}$ and $PCP$.

$$E_{\text{TM}}=\{\langle M\rangle|M\text{ is a TM and $L(M)=\emptyset$}\}.$$ $E_{\text{TM}}$ is undecidable $$PCP=\{\langle P\rangle|P\text{ is an instance of the Post Correspondence Problem with a ...
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Primitive recursive and Turing machines

Can someone give me a hint or the start of a possible proof for the following theorem: A function $f: \mathbb{N}^r \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ is primitive recursive if and only if there is a ...
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(2,5) Turing Machine implemented with chess pieces

I recently came across a (limited) reference to a (2,5) Turing machine implementation that can be represented using chess pieces on a 2D board. I know it is possible to implement a UTM using ...
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Is the language that consists of machine configurations whose language is a subset of even palindromes semi-decidable?

Let $PAL = \{ww^R\ | w\in\{0,1\}^*\}$. Then let $A = \{\langle M\rangle \ | \textit{M is a Turing Machine and } L(M)\subseteq PAL\}$ Is A semi-decidable (Turing recognizable or recursively ...
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Time constructible, non-time constructible functions

A function T:N→N is time constructible if T(n)≥n and there is a Turing Machine M that computes the function x↦└T(|x|)┘ in time T(n). (└T(|x|)┘ denotes the binary representation of the number ...
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A question about the analogy between formal systems and Turing machines

It is well known the analogy between formal systems and Turing machines. If I am not wrong, you can code any formal system of language L in first order logic into a Turing machine, and there is a ...
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Turing Machine question, this is NOT HW

I was having a hard time understanding and solving this question that wants me to show the final tape and figuring out if whether or not the turning machine accepts it or not. I have a list of 20 ...
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Would adding a stack to a 2-stack Turing machine allow it to recognize more languages?

I don't think it should because a third stack would be superfluous. The machine could just reuse the first stack after it uses the second right? I'm just beginning to learn about Turing machines, so ...
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Tag systems to cyclic tag systems and turing completeness

Consider the 2-tag system Alphabet: {a,b,c} Production rules: a --> bc b --> a c --> aaa and stating words aaa...a halts. on ...
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Are these functions computable - Understanding computable functions

There is a theorem in computability theory which states: B.Cooper: If $A\subseteq N$ is computable, then $A$ is also computably enumerable. In the proof of this theorem -which is an ...
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How to derive Turing Machine language?

Say you're given a TM (Turing Machine) $M = (Q, \Sigma, \Gamma, \vdash, \sqcup, \Diamond)$ and given the partial $\delta$: $$\begin{array}{c|cc} ...
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Is the Antikythera Mechanism Turing-Complete?

Is the following Turing-complete? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism As in, it possible to perform all of the operations of a Turing-machine, albeit with finite memory, with this ...
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simple questions on $TM$s runs lengths

Is it possible that the number of running steps in $TM$ that runs on word $w$ will be $0$? Is it possible that the number of running steps in $TM$ that runs on the empty word $\epsilon$ will be ...
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Prove that a certain intrinsic property of Turing machines is not decidable

Can anyone help me to prove that the following language is nod decidable? $$ A=\{\langle\,M,w,q\,\rangle\mid M \text{ is a $TM$ , $w$ is a word, $q$ is a state in $M$ and while $M$ runs on $w$ it ...
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Classifying languages

I'm working on understanding what kind of languages are decidable, recognizable, and co-recognizable. I came across this problem that I think will really help me but I'm still quite unsure of how to ...
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Prove uncountability of set L that L and L' neither of which is recursively enumerable.

How do I prove that the set of all languages L on alphabet {0,1} that neither L or L' are recursively enumerable, is uncountable? Proving uncountability can be done through diagonalization like the ...
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Turing machine macro notation

This is an example from the book Automata, Computability and Complexity by Elaine Rich. Macro language is defined as follows: (screenshot from the book) And these are the steps mentioned : Scan ...
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Prove by printing turing machine that RE closed under iteration

I do not know what is the formal name of printing turing machine in english, maybe "counter machine". This machine prints a whole language without any input. for example: counter machine that counts ...
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Is there a universal Turing machine on arbitrary number of input variables?

I know that for every $n \geq 1$ there is a partial recursive (p.r.) function $\phi^{(n+1)}_{z_n}(e,x_1,...,x_n)$ such that $\phi_{z_n}^{(n+1)}=\phi_e^{(n)}(x_1,...,x_n)$, where $\phi_e^{(n)}$ is the ...
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all recursive functions are turing computable

I'm studying with the book computability and logic(boolos). In chapter 5, the theorem is proved, indirectly, by showing that (recursive => abacus) & (abacus=> turing). But I want to prove ...
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Designing a Turing machine for Binary Division

I'm trying to design a TM to binary divide 2 numbers. The best approach I've found is the method: division as repeated subtraction, but I don't know if there's a fastest way or an easier way. ...
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How to compute the solution for this linearized diffusion-reaction system (separation of variables)?

Let $\Omega=(0,a), a>0$ and functions $u(x,t), v(x,t)\in\mathbb{R}$. Consider the diffusion-reaction system $$ \partial_tu=\Delta u+\gamma f(u,v)\text{ for }x\in\Omega,t>0\\\partial_t v=d\Delta ...