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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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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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Do there exist a pair of 'orthogonal' non-halting Turing machines?

I'll explain what I mean by orthogonal, which is probably a poor choice of words on my part. Given two Turing machines $\lambda $ and $\tau$,and two inputs $i$ and $j$. lets say $\tau(i) \preceq ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DTM that halts on a minimum one input

I am trying to show that this is Turing Recognizable. The language A, that is a DTM that halts on a minimum of one input. My justification is that of course it is because, you just need to check ...
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Generalizing equal turing machine problem

I know that $EQ_{TM} = \{<M_1,M_2> | L(M_1)=L(M_2)\} \notin RE \cup CO-RE$ Can I generalize and say that $L' = \{<M> | L(M) = C \} \notin RE \cup CO-RE$ Where C is the language of any ...
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Turing Machine Membership problem and how to prove its undecidable

ATM = {$<m, w>$ | M is a Turing Machine that accepts string w}. How can I prove that ATM is undecidable? Here's what I have so far: Any decidable problem is accepted by a Turing Machine. It ...
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inverse proof of closed under union

I am being posed the following question: given are languages $L_1, L_2, L_3 $ and $ L_4$. $L_1$ is a decidable language and $L_2$ and $L_4$ are both recognizable languages. Considering $L_1 = L_2 ...
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Direct Reduction, Turing machine and a DFA

I have been reading and I am trying to understand the reduction when it comes to truing machine. This is how I understand it: it means that it reduces problem A into problem C. But I am not quite sure ...
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Prove that language $X$ is not decidable

$$X =\{\langle M, w\rangle \mid\text{$M$ has one tape and never modifies portion of the}$$ $$\text{tape that contains the input $w$}\}$$ And my proposition: Let $@$ will be character such that there ...
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determining whether a turing machine

For $i\in \mathbb{N}$, define $L_i :=${$ ⟨M⟩ |$ On input $101$ M halts after at most i steps} For any fixed i the language $L_i$ is decidable as if there is no end state up to the i$^{th}$ position ...
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To prove a language is not recursive

Prove the language $$L_1=\{\sigma\in\{0,1\}^*|\sigma \text{ codes a TM which accepts at least one word }\}$$ is not recursive. I think it has something to do with $$L=\{\sigma\in\{0,1\}^*|\sigma ...
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Is the problem of determining the complement of of a given language decidable?

By which I mean, given Turing machines M and N, is determining whether L(N) is the complement of L(M) decidable or not? My instinct is that it is undecidable, but I'm unsure of how to make a formal ...
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Show the following languages are not recursive

Show that the language $$L = \{ M : M \text{ is a Turing Machine that halts on input $M$ } \} $$ is not recursive. Show that the language $$ L = \{M : M \text{ is a Turing Machine such that $L(M)$ ...
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Problem with tracing computation from Turing Machine

Transition Function of TM M start_state: q final_state: qf R denotes move right L denotes move left S denotes stop I traced the computation but not sure if it is exactly correct my problem is ...
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Non-deterministic multiplication algorithms

Are there any algorithms for non-deterministic Turing machines that can compute the decision problem $mn=x$ (where $m=O(n),x=O(n^2)$) faster than the equivalent deterministic algorithm? Equivalently, ...
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Showing that Turing-recognizable languages are closed under union

I'm reading "Theory of Computation" by Michael Sipser and I've encountered a solution (provided by the book) that I don't understand. The question: Show that the collection of Turing-recognizable ...
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Design a Two-Tape Turing Machine which generate Palindrome

For e.g I have a String on a tape, $Blank|1|0|1|0|Blank$. Now I have to Use two tape and Reverse this string into second tape. First tape =$Blank|1|0|1|0|Blank$. ...
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Turing machine notation question.

I'm a bit confused on some of the notation being used for turing machines in one of our exercises in class. The question gives us a string α ϵ {0,1}* and the function int(α) that changes a binary ...
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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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Turing's Corrections on his 1936 paper On computable Numbers

On Turing's proof of the "Lemma 1" (If $\ S_{1}\,$ appears on the tape in some complete configuration of$\ M\,$,then$\ Un(M)\,$is provable) He states that we are unable to deduce$\ F^{n+1} \to ...
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is it in fact impossible to construct a machine which can know if a macine ever prints a character?

In $\S\ 8$ of his paper "On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem" Turing uses his proof that $\mathfrak{D}$ (a machine which given the S.D. of another machine ...
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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 ...