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Are surjectivity and injectivity of polynomial functions from $\mathbb{Q}^n$ to $\mathbb{Q}$ algorithmically decidable?

Is there an algorithm which, given a polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Q}[x_1, \dots, x_n]$, decides whether the mapping $f: \mathbb{Q}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{Q}$ is surjective, respectively, injective? -- And ...
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Busy Beaver modulo 2

There is well-known Rado's "Busy Beaver" sequence — the maximal number of marks which a halting Turing machine with n states, 2 symbols (blank, mark) can produce onto an initially blank two-way ...
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Where does the deterministic simulation of non-deterministic ω-Turing machines fail?

An $\omega$-Turing machine is just a usual Turing machine $T=(Q,\Sigma,\Gamma,\delta,q_0,F)$ where $Q$ is the finite set of states, $\Sigma$ is the input alphabet, $\Gamma\supset\Sigma$ is the tape ...
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$\mu$-recursive definitions for the complexity classes P, NP, etc

The standard complexity classes such as P, NP are usually defined using Turing Machines. In finite model theory those classes can be defined via the classical first-order/second-order logics. I am ...
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Problem to a solution

Consider an NP hard problem $\frak P$ which takes an input of length n $\frak P$ can be solved partially by a factor $ p_i = p(n,i)\in$ [0,1)... by a polynomial time algorithm $\mathcal A(i)$ ...
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Interaction-based approximation for HP-complete λ-theory?

We are looking for a proof or counter-examples for the following hypothesis. Two combinators $M$ and $N$ are solvable and equivalent in the HP-complete sensible $\lambda$-theory iff either $$ \exists ...
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Nontrivial, partially uncomputable function

is there any example of function which is computable on some set and uncomputable on other set? That is for example function f(n) which is computable on some (finite, or for example for even numbers) ...
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A computability-theoretic preorder on reals

My question is about a fairly artificial preorder on functions from $\omega$ to $\omega$, which for simplicity I'll call "reals." For $r, s\in {}^\omega\omega$, write $r\le_E^*s$ if for each real $f$ ...
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What new primitive recursive functions are needed to reconcile Turing time complexity with Gödel time complexity?

Let me begin with an example. Consider the computable function $f(x) = 2x$. A Turing machine can implement this function in $O(|n|)$ steps: simply walk to the end of the input string, write a $0$, ...
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About infinite subset of halting probability and 1-random set

Let $\Omega$ be the halting probability (see (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaitin's_constant) and R. Downey, and D. Hirschfeldt (2010), Algorithmic Randomness and Complexity for reference). If A is ...
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Game of Chess and axiomatic systems [closed]

Consider a deterministic, perfect information, abstract strategy, finite game , with absurdly large state space, say ...chess Q1 Is the game translatable to an axiomatic system? Q2 Can all ...
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Random infinite sequence : Can machines generate truly random sequences. [closed]

Test : "A True Random Sequence Source and a computer producing a certain sequence of numbers are kept in separate rooms and judges try to tell them apart by conducting a series of tests on the ...
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Are sums of sequences decidable?

Suppose that $f,g$ are rational functions with integer coefficients such that $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}f(n)$ and $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}g(n)$ both converge. Is it decidable whether ...
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Random infinite sequences

An Algorithm/Turing machine Produces a symbol from a finite alphabet, and continues doing so infinitely. Another algorithm gets a copy of this symbol, ...
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What is the Arithmetical complexity of determining whether a 2-ary computable predicate has exactly one infinite column

Let $W_e$ be the $e$th computably enumerable set in a standard enumeration. For $A\subseteq \omega$, let $A^{[i]}:=${ $ a : \langle a,i\rangle \in A$}. What is the arithmetical complexity of {$e : ...
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Question about undecidable consequences of Con, learnability and arithmetical complexity of logical consequence

Let$\:$ $T=\{\varphi \in \Pi_1: PA+Con(PA) \vdash \varphi\:\:and\:\: PA\nvdash \varphi \}$. $\:$By the facts presented here Are undecidable consequences of Con recursively enumerable? by Andreas ...
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What can be done with computability logic that previous logic systems can't?

I've been reading a lot about computability logic lately and I'm superficially aware that it unifies classical, intuitionistic and linear logics. What I'm seeking to know is: Can computability logic ...
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Computability complexity of the first-order theory of arithmetic?

Hello, It's well known that Kleene's O is $\Pi^1_1$-complete. Does the same thing go for the first-order theory of arithmetic? (I'm talking specifically without set quantifiers---the theory of ...
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Is deciding whether a Turing machine *provably* runs forever equivalent to the halting problem?

Assume for this question that ZF set theory is sound. Now consider the language "PROVELOOP," which consists of all descriptions of Turing machines M, for which there exists a ZF proof that M runs ...
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Lawvere's fixed point theorem and the Recursion Theorem

Building off of Qiaochu's comment on my answer to a previous mathoverflow question, I would like to know: can the Recursion Theorem, $$\forall e\exists k[\Phi_e\text{ is total }\implies ...
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Is the equivalence between a $\Sigma^0_1$ and a $\Pi^0_1$ formula defining the same recursive set provable in a sufficiently strong arithmetic ?

Let $A$ be a recursive set. $A$ is recursively enumerable, so $A$ may be defined by a $\Sigma^0_1$ formula, i.e. by $\exists \overrightarrow{a} \phi (\overrightarrow{a}, n)$, where $\phi$ contains no ...
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First order consequence of a combinatorial principle

(Base theory $RCA_0$)The principle says there exists a function g such that g dominates any X-recursive function for any X in the model. i.e. For any $f\le_T X$, $\exists b\in M$ such that ...
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Are the two meanings of “undecidable” related?

I am usually confused by questions of the type "could such and such a problem be undecidable", because as far as I know there are two distinct possible meanings of "undecidable". I regard the ...
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Reference for original paper (but translated to English) of Matiyasevich's proof of Fibonacci relation being Diophantine?

Hello. I am a maths undergraduate. I am doing a project about history of mathematics. I am looking for the original solution to Hilbert's 10th problem, or at least the theorems that is accessible to ...
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Savings property: A transformation which turns nonnegative martingales into uniformly integrable ones

Background I work in a subfield of computability theory called algorithmic randomness. We have been using martingales as long as probability theory (going back to work of von Mises). However, since ...
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Smallest base to reach partial recursive functions as a closure of unbound search

It is customary to define the class of partial recursive functions by taking the set of primitive recursive functions $PR$ and taking closure over unbound search operation. Do we need the "whole" set ...
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Does an existence of large cardinals have implications in number theory or combinatorics?

Does an existence of large cardinals have implications in more down-to-earth fields like number theory, finite combinatorics, graph theory, Ramsey theory or computability theory? Are there any ...
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Can all programs reducible to ones with only arithmetic operations on inputs be simulated with polynomial overhead by arithmetic machine?

I failed to get an answer at http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/364061/can-all-programs-reducible-to-ones-with-only-arithmetic-operations-on-inputs-be, so I am asking here. In ...
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A question about primitive recursive functions

I have a question about primitive recursive functions. Maybe it's trivial, if it is I will move it into math.stackexchange. Is there a primitive recursive function $f$ which is a bijection of $N$ ...
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Categories of recursive functions

I have a couple of conjectures on recursive functions, that I feel must have been proved or refuted by someone else, but I don't know where to look. In short: 1. The primitive recursive functions ...
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Reverse mathematics below RCA

I'm sure this is a fairly basic question, but I can't seem to find a solid answer: My primary question is: Is there a reasonably nice subsystem of second-order arithmetic corresponding essentially to ...
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Godel on recursion-theoretic hierarchies

At the end of his excellent article, "The Emergence of Descriptive Set Theory" (http://math.bu.edu/people/aki/2.pdf), Kanamori writes: "Another mathematical eternal return: Toward the end of his ...
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Grzegorczyk-hierarchy, growth-rate and functions with finite image

Grzegorczyk-hierarchy divides primitive recursive functions in distinct classes with respect to their growth-rate. It seems that the higher we go the hierarchy, the more tools we have to define ...
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Indices of r.e. sets

The last part of the paper Located Sets and Reverse Mathematics [Journal of Symbolic Logic 65 (1999), 1451–1480] by Giusto and Simpson involves a proof as follows: Given $A$ an effectively ...
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Disjoint sets of fixed points 2

Let $\phi$ be an acceptable programming system. For every recursive function $f$, let $(f)=\{x:\phi_x=\phi_{f(x)}\}$ the set of fixed points of $f$. Now, let $S$ be a set and suppose that there exist ...
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New research on coding in reverse mathematics?

Coding is obviously a fundamental tool in reverse mathematics, and practitioners take care to both demonstrate the correctness of their coding mechanisms and point out their limitations. Harvey ...
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Size-limited oracles

I am interested in complexity of algorithms which have access to the following peculiar sort of oracle: Suppose that an invocation of an algorithm f with an input of size n has access to an oracle ...
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Looking for a copy of Leo Harrington's unpublished notes on the first nonprojectible ordinal

Sometime around 1975, Leo Harrington wrote a set of notes, apparently 13 pages long, entitled Kolmogorov's $R$-operator and the first nonprojectible ordinal. I do not know how widely they were ...
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$\Sigma_1^0-COH$?

In reverse mathematics, $COH$ is a statement that there is a cohesive set for any uniform array of sets. Here uniform array of sets means that there exists a set $B$ such that $x\in B_e ...
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Complexity of winning strategies for open games (for open player)

If $G\subseteq\omega^{<\omega}$ is a computable clopen game, then $G$ has a winning strategy which is hyperarithmetic $(\Delta^1_1)$, by an inductive ranking process. The key observation here is ...
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Computable images of differences of r.e. sets

Suppose f is a computable function from a recursively enumerable set U to the natural numbers and that L,K are r.e. subsets of U. Is f(L-K) a difference of r.e. subsets? The motivation comes from ...
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Can a Hamkins infinite time Turing Machine with infinite Super Turing jumps (from higher type oracles) get the power to decide $\Sigma_1^2$ sets?

Hamkins showed that his infinite time Turing machine has the power to decide some $\Delta_2^1$ sets. I wonder if some modifications of the machine could be made to reach level $\Sigma_1^2$ sets, or, ...
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Cohesive sets with degree below some non-high 1-generic degrees?

Terminology: Cohesive sets: $A\subset \omega$, for each recursively enumerable set $W_e$, either $A\cap W_e$ is finite or $A\cap(\omega\setminus W_e)$ is finite. Non-high degrees: Degree $a$ such ...
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Disjoint sets of fixed points

Let $\phi$ be an acceptable programming system. For every recursive function $f$, let $(f)=\{x:\phi_x=\phi_{f(x)}\}$ the set of fixed points of $f$. Now, suppose that $f$ and $g$ are recursive ...
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Recursive relation using successor function

What is the recursive relation for H(m)=2^(m^2) using successor function recursive relation for multiplication: mult(x,0)=0; mult(x,S(y))=add(x,mult(x,y)) recursive relation for addition: add(x,0)=x; ...
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Automorphism group of the Turing degrees

It is conjectured that the automorphism group of the Turing degrees, $Aut(\mathcal{D})$, is trivial. However, to the best of my knowledge, the current state-of-the-art is that $Aut(\mathcal{D})$ is ...
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When do substructures have computable copies?

Say that a class $\mathcal{C}$ of countable first-order structures in some finite signature has the effective substructure property if $\mathcal{C}$ is closed under isomorphism and whenever $A\in ...
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Polynomial-time algorithm to compare numbers in Conway chained arrow notation

I am looking for a polynomial-time algorithm which, given a character string containing two numbers in Conway's chained arrow notation for large numbers, indicates whether the first number is less ...
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Ensuring nonempty lightface Borel sets have elements via theories of second-order arithmetic

This question is an outgrowth of this MathSE question: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/276068/members-of-lightface-borel-sets. A Borel set $X\subseteq 2^\omega$ is a member of the smallest ...
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Definition of HYP in $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$?

The structure $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}$ consists of only HYP sets (I believe) and HYP in this structure is the same as the actual hyperaritmetic sets. Now if I move to the structure $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$ ...