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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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### 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 $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$ ...

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### $\omega$-models of $\mathbf{\Sigma^1_1}-DC$ and $\mathbf{\Delta^1_1}-CA$

So what is needed to demonstrate something (say like $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}[a]$ is a $\omega$-models of $\mathbf{\Sigma^1_1}$-$DC$ or $\mathbf{\Delta^1_1}$-$CA$? It's not like I don't understand what the ...

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### Notion of independence of Turing degrees

I've been thinking for a while about different ways two Turing degrees might be "independent" of each other (from the point of view of computability theory). The simplest such notion would be to say ...

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### Weak classes of diophantine functions

From a well-known work(s) by Putnam, Davis, Robinson and Matiyasevich, we know that every partially recursive function is diophantine.
Now it seems a natural question to ask: can we say something ...

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278 views

### Status of the Isomorphism problem for automatic groups?

I only ask because I don't know how to look for the answer.

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### How would one characterize a PR-complete language?

The complexity class $PR$ is the set of all formal languages that can be decided by a primitive recursive function. Is there any language $l$ known to be complete for this class, i.e., for every ...

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**1**answer

209 views

### Various notions of Turing reduction for partial functions

If $f$ and $g$ are partial functions $\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$, define six preorder relations $f \preceq g$ as follows:
$f \mathop{\preceq_{\mathrm{S}}} g$ ("$f$ is strict/Sasso reducible to $g$") ...

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### Groups generated by 3 involutions

Let $r(m)$ denote the residue class $r+m\mathbb{Z}$, where $0 \leq r < m$.
Given disjoint residue classes $r_1(m_1)$ and $r_2(m_2)$, let the class transposition
$\tau_{r_1(m_1),r_2(m_2)}$ be the ...

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351 views

### Recursively enumerable sets as range sets of functions in Grzegorczyk-hierarchy

It is well known that recursively enumerable sets can be defined (among many other equivalent alternatives) as the range sets of primitive recusive functions (except for the trivial case of the empty ...

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**1**answer

269 views

### The equality problem between conjugate group elements

The Novikov--Boone Theorem, which is perhaps the archetypal local unsolvability result in group theory, states existence of a finitely presented group whose word problem is recursively unsolvable. ...

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### Second-order undecidability

Hi,
The idea of undecidability in computability theory seems to be along the lines of:
There can't be an effective procedure, that decides all instances of input, but a single instance can still be ...

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votes

**1**answer

318 views

### A question about recursively enumerable sets of rational numbers

Let (Q*,<) denote the ordered set in which the elements of Q* are just the positive rational numbers
less than 1 and "<" is the ordering relation of the ordered field (of all rational numbers) ...

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307 views

### Various definitions of recursion from ordinal machines

Background: I'm trying to get an intuitive understanding of α-recursion and related concepts in higher recursion theory. Once nice book is Peter Hinman's Recursion-Theoretic Hierarchies, available ...

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### Alternate proof of van de Wiele's theorem in E-recursion

Hello, all
I'm currently trying to understand $E$-recursion theory, which is a generalization of classical recursion theory to arbitrary sets. One of the difficulties I'm having with understanding ...

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**1**answer

814 views

### Deciding equivalence of regular languages

Given two regular expressions $R$ and $S$ on an alphabet $\Sigma$ it is possible to decide their equivalence as follows:
build two finite automata $M_R$ and $M_S$ such that $L(R) = L(M_R)$ and $L(S) ...

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### The set of $\Delta_1$ indices

Is the set of Godel numbers of $\Delta_1$ formulae itself $\Delta_1$ definable (i.e., computable)?

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### Companion of the pointclass of inductive sets

This question is about the notion of a companion for a Spector class, as defined in Moschovakis's book Elementary Induction on Abstract Structures.
I am interested in Spector classes on $\mathbb{R}$, ...

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**1**answer

425 views

### Fast-growing hierarchy and Turing machines

Is it possible to get an estimate of the size of a Turing machine computing $f_\alpha(n)$, for a given $\alpha$ (I am especialy interested in moderately large $\alpha$ like the ordinal of ...

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**2**answers

224 views

### Computability of finding roots in holomorphic functions.

Consider a holomorphic function $f: S \to \mathbb{C}$ where $S$ is a path connected open subset of $\mathbb{C}$ (not necessarily simply connected). Is it then possible to determine if $f$ contains a ...

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**1**answer

833 views

### Can a string's sophistication be defined in an unsophisticated way?

This question is about sophistication, a way of measuring the amount of "interesting, non-random information" in a binary string, which was proposed by Kolmogorov and others in the 1980s. I'll define ...

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**2**answers

530 views

### Minimal degree of polynomial vanishing on the variety of small degree.

My question is assume that we know that the degree of some irreducible variety is small does it possible to conclude that there exists polynomial of small degree vanishing on this variety.
Let us ...

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votes

**1**answer

362 views

### Turing-Complete Cellular Automata and Sym(Z)

Does there exist a Turing complete, cellular automata with universe and alphabet $\mathbb{Z}$ such that the only allowable configurations are permutations of $\mathbb{Z}$? Formally, consider $\tau : ...

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### Satisfiability problem for FOL[<,R]

Let FOL[<,R] be the fragment of first-order logic enriched with two relational symbols < and R and the first-order axioms that say:
< is a strict partial order and R is an irreflexive and ...

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votes

**1**answer

261 views

### Proof of the existence of hyperimmune-free degrees

In Classical Recursion Theory Vol.I by P.Odifreddi, section V.5 on the Tree Method, the proof for the existence of hyperimmune-frees involves the construction of a series of trees.
Some definitions ...

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**3**answers

324 views

### Existential quantification over regular predicates

A regular language over an alphabet $\Sigma$ is a subset of the set of all words over $\Sigma$ that can be accepted by some finite automaton. A regular language identifies a certain property of ...

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216 views

### Reference for a “recursive” fragment of infinitary logic?

Does anyone know of any texts or papers out there concerning properties of the fragment of $ \mathcal{L}_{\omega_1, \omega} $ in which the only admissable infinite conjunctions are those which are ...

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### Algorithmically unsolvable problems in topology

This question is inspired by a paper by B. Poonen that appeared on the arxiv some time ago: http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.0299. The paper gives a sample of algorithmically unsolvable problems from various ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Is there an algorithm that can “reverse engineer” a Regular Expression?

Given a Regular language (represented as a black box to which one can apply inputs and get 0/1) Is there an algorithm that can find a finite deterministic automaton that produces that language?

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### computational complexity of primitive recursive functions

If we have a rewrite system for primitive recursive functions, which simplifies each term according to how the function was defined, then what is the computational complexity of this calculation? That ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

317 views

### Diagonalization and classes of computable functions

Fix a standard effective listing $(\phi_e)_{e\in\omega}$ of the partial computable functions from $\omega$ to $\omega$. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a class of computable total functions $\omega\rightarrow ...

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votes

**1**answer

402 views

### Probability that a Turing machine will nontrivially reduce a real

For a fixed Turing machine $\Phi_e$, what is the probability that it will reduce a given real to some less complex, yet still non-computable real?
More precisely: It is known that the set of reals ...

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votes

**2**answers

347 views

### Representation of μ-recursive functions

Can every μ-recursive function be defined using a single instance of the μ operator applied to a primitive recursive function?
According to Wikipedia, any μ-recursive function can be expressed as the ...

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**5**answers

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### How large is TREE(3)?

Friedman, in http://www.math.osu.edu/~friedman.8/pdf/EnormousInt112201.pdf, shows that TREE(3) is much larger than n(4), itself bounded below by $A^{A(187195)}(3)$ (where $A$ is the Ackerman ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Countable admissible ordinals

Jensen claimed that for any finite increasing sequence countable admissible ordinals $\omega= \alpha_0<\alpha_1\cdots <\alpha_n$, there is a real $x$ so that, for each $m\leq n$, $\alpha_m$ is ...

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**0**answers

102 views

### Is a parametric family which is universally consistent for multiple quantiles impossible?

Suppose I am dead-set on using Bayesian inference on independent and identically distributed data, but I'm lazy and insist on using a parametric likelihood function come what may. I'd be reassured to ...

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**1**answer

291 views

### Higher computability : Constructive ordinal and $\Delta^1_1$ predicates

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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**2**answers

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### Busy Beaver - Proof for BB(2) = 4

Hi,
I need to prove the above claim.
I can show that $BB(2)\ge 4$ by building a turing machine,
but how can i show that $BB(2) \le 4$?
Searched a lot over the web, and saw that Rado proved it in ...

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**0**answers

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### Difference between lambda-calculus with well-formed formulas vs properly-formed formulas

In S.C. Kleene's 1935 paper "$\lambda$-definability and recursiveness," he proves that all $\lambda$-definable functions are general recursive in the Herbrand-Godel sense and vice-versa. However, the ...

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votes

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### Kleene's fixed point theorem on recursive subsets of computable functions

I have a question about the possibility to apply/restate the Kleene fixed point theorem on recursive subsets of computable functions. I don't know if this is trivial and/or if related questions have ...

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votes

**1**answer

463 views

### Infinite monkeys computing … triangle area?

I wonder if it is possible to specialize the question:
(a) What is the probability that a random Turing Machine program
will halt?, to: (b) What is the probability that a random Turing Machine
...

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### What is the computational-complexity-theoretic analogue of computable inseparability? For example, if P is not NP, are there disjoint NP sets with no separation in P?

Disjoint sets $A$ and $B$ are computably inseparable, if there
is no computable separating set, a computable set $C$ containing $A$ and disjoint from $B$. The
existence of c.e. computably inseparable ...

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votes

**1**answer

646 views

### Does every feasible partial order relation on the natural numbers extend to a feasible linear order relation?

It is well known that every partial order on a set can be extended
to a linear order on that set. That is, for every partial order
$\lhd$ on a set $X$, there is a linear order $\prec$ on $X$ such
that ...