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Are limits decidable? Should definitions be decidable? [on hold]

This question is about the Turing computability of the $\epsilon-N$ definition of a limit of an infinite sequence $S$. First, a proposition: There cannot exist a Turing Machine $M$ which, given a ...
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Oracle queries asked in parallel

Definition: Assume that $\phi(q)$ is of the form $\exists y \leq 2^{p(n)} \varphi(q,y)$, where $p$ is a polynomial and $n = |q|$ (i.e. $n$ is the length of the binary representation of $q$). Then a ...
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Recent progress on the busy beaver problem? [closed]

Has there been any progress on the Busy beaver problem in the last few years? It seems like there hasn't been much work done on the problem since 2010. Is there anything amateurs can do to solve the ...
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$\alpha$-minimal degrees for singular $\alpha$

An important question in $\alpha$-recursion theory is whether there is a minimal $\alpha$-degree at $\alpha=\aleph_\omega.$ Question 1. Who first introduced the above question, and where can I find ...
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recursively enumerable sets [closed]

A set $S$ said to be recursively enumerable if There is an algorithm that enumerates the members of $S$. That means that its output is simply a list of the members of $S$: $s_1$, $s_2$, $s_3$, ... . ...
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Is an explicit $c$ known to lead to a noncomputable Julia set?

Braverman & Yampolsky have shown that there exist noncomputable Julia sets, i.e., there exist $c \in \mathbb{C}$ such that the Julia set of $f(z) = c + z^2$ is not computable. "A set is ...
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The problem of finding the first digit in Graham's number

Motivation In this BBC video about infinity they mention Graham's number. In the second part, Graham mentions that "maybe no one will ever know what [the first] digit is". This made me think: Could ...
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Computability of Brauer groups

A friend of mine and I were talking about computable algebra, and this question came up. The answer may already be known, but I couldn't find it with Google: Suppose I have a countable field, $k$. ...
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Topological tameness beyond the Gandy-Harrington topology

The Gandy-Harrington topology on $\omega^\omega$ is the topology generated by all lightface $\Sigma^1_1$ sets; that is, all sets which are continuous-in-the-usual-sense images of $\omega^\omega$. ...
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Analogue break down between complexity theory and computability theory

Motivated by my post, Is there a program for theory of incompleteness in NP, much of NP-completeness theory has been heavily influenced by computability theory for which we were successful in proving ...
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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 ITTM recognize a non-measurable set?

Throughout the question ITTM refers to Hamkins' infinite Turing machines, though I will be interested in results related to stronger models. Recently I was wondering, is it consistent that there is ...
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Induction and nonstandard halting times of standard machines

For a nonstandard model of enough arithmetic - say, $\mathcal{N}\models I\Sigma_1$ - we can define the set of halting times of standard machines relative to $\mathcal{N}$: ...
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Minimal degrees of structures

For this question, a structure means a first-order structure in a computable language with domain $\omega$; a copy of a structure $\mathcal{A}$ is a structure $\mathcal{B}\cong\mathcal{A}$. Given a ...
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Continuous functions and 2-bushy trees

The following problem was asked by Joe Miller in the fall of 2010 at a bar in Madison. A subtree $T \subseteq 4^{< \omega}$ is $2$-bushy if for some node $\sigma \in T$, every node above $\sigma$ ...
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“Rice (like) Theorem” for primitive recursive functions?

As primitive recursive (PR) functions seem to be so important (see for instance Kleene normal form Theorem) we may expect that many decision questions related to PR functions are undecidable. ...
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Decidability of $x^3+y^3+z^3 = c$

I wondering if it is known whether the following problem is algorithmically decidable or undecidable by Turing machines: given an integer c, determine if there are integers $(x,y,z)$ such that ...
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Constructing hard inputs for the complement of bounded halting

If there is always a hard input for the complement of bounded halting, can that input be constructed? More precisely, suppose that for any deterministic TM $M$ accepting $$ ...
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Total conditional complexity

By $C(|)$ denote conditional complexity. By $CT(|)$ denote total conditional complexity. For every n there exist two strings $x$ and $y$ of length $n$ such that $C(x|y) = O(1)$ but $CT(x|y) \ge n $. ...
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Seeking reference to result in this talk by Voevodsky [duplicate]

In this presentation by Vladimir Voevodsky [1], he mentions a result that there is a formula over the natural numbers with a single free variable such that one can prove that there is no algorithmic ...
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Degree of unsolvability of finding a open approximation to a Borel set, given its Borel code

It is well known that every Borel set has the property of Baire. That is, for every Borel set $B$, there is an open set $U$ and a sequence of dense open sets $D_n$ such that for every $x\in \cap_n ...
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A decision problem for clones

E. Post proved that there are only countably many clones on a two-element set (classes of operations closed under superposition and containing all projections). All these clones are finitely ...
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Finding the largest integer describable with a string of symbols of predefined length

(This question is motivated by the reading of the article Large numbers and unprovable theorems by Joel Spencer, which can be found at ...
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Can you decide whether the commutator subgroup of a f.p. group is f.g?

Is the following algorithmic problem known to be decidable/undecidable? Input: a finite group presentation $P$. Decide: is the commutator subgroup of the group presented by $P$ finitely generated?
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Inverse Ackermann Function

The inverse Ackermann function is defined over the natural numbers as follows: ($[x]$ means that we round up x to the nearest integer, while $\log^*$ is the iterated log function discussed here: ...
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A (“Rice-like”) conjecture about the decidability of primitive recursive (PR) problems

Question: is the conjecture below true? Consider decision problems in which the instance is (the PR index, definition, or LOOP program of) a primitive recursive function. Denote the PR function (with ...
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Hamkins infinite time Turing machines: dovetailing ordinal time

It is claimed in the Hamkins and Lewis founding article "Infinite time Turing machines" (proof of the gap existence theorem 3.4) that for $\omega$ steps of a computation of a machine performing a ...
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Computer software for periods

Kontsevich and Zagier define a period as an integral of a rational function (over $\mathbb{Q}$) defined on a $\mathbb{Q}$-semialgebraic set. They conjecture that if two periods are equal, then the ...
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Word problem for fundamental group of submanifolds of the 4-sphere

Given any finitely-presented group $G$, there are a few equivalent techniques for constructing smooth/PL 4-manifolds $M$ such that $\pi_1 M$ is isomorphic to $G$. For most constructions of these ...
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A question on many-one reducibility

Let $\phi_0,\phi_1,\phi_2,\ldots$ be an acceptable programming system. For each $x\in\mathbb{N}$, let $W_x$ the domain of $\phi_x$, and let $K=\{x\in\mathbb{N}:W_x\neq\emptyset\}$. Is there a ...
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What is known about the boundary between Richardson's theorem and the Tarski-Seidenberg theorem?

Tarski proved that equalities and inequalities in can be decided over $\mathbb{R}[x].$ Richardson proved that adding composition with the sine and exponential functions caused the problem to become ...
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Computable Categories in the most direct sense?

While there is a lot of work in category related to notions of realizability and computability, etc... I've failed to find work on categories that are computable in the sense of having object and ...
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Is there a nontrivial maximally recursive function? [closed]

Say that a (recursive) function $f:\Bbb N\rightarrow\Bbb N$ is maximally recursive if, for all $n\in\Bbb N$, the value $f(n+1)$ can be calculated only by first knowing $f(n)$. A rather trivial example ...
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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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The topos for forcing in computability theory

My understanding is that forcing (such as Cohen forcing) can be described via a topos. For example this nlab article on forcing describes forcing as a "the topos of sheaves on a suitable site." My ...
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Decidability of diophantine equation in a theory

Given a theory $T \subseteq \operatorname{Th}(\mathbb{N})$, define the decision problem $D_T$ as follows: Given a polynomial $p$ with integer coefficients and variables $\bar{x}$, decide whether ...
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Recent trends in effective analysis

The references listed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computable_analysis have all been published 30-15 years ago. Are the approaches which these references expose still up-to-date and relevant to the ...
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What is the probability that a randomly chosen number from set of c.e.number is period(number)?

What is the probability that a randomly chosen number from the set of c.e.numbers is period(number)? What is the probability that a randomly chosen number from the set of computable numbers is ...
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Succinctly naming big numbers: ZFC versus Busy-Beaver

Years ago, I wrote an essay called Who Can Name the Bigger Number?, which posed the following challenge: You have fifteen seconds. Using standard math notation, English words, or both, name a single ...
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On certain representations of algebraic numbers in terms of trigonometric functions

Let's say that a real number has a simple trigonometric representation, if it can be represented as a product of zero or more rational powers of positive integers and zero or more (positive or ...
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TM and abstract algebra

Usually, during lectures Turing Machines are firstly introduced from an informal point of view (for example, in this way: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_machine#Informal_description) and then ...
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Is there a pairing function from countable ordinals to $\mathbb N$? [closed]

It is well-known that there is a computable pairing function $<\ >:\mathbb N^2\to \mathbb N$. Let $X$ be some reasonable class of countable ordinals ($\omega_1^{CK}$, $\epsilon_0$, ...
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Why relativization can't solve NP !=P?

If this problem is really stupid, please close it. But I really wanna get some answer for it. And I learnt computational complexity by reading books only. When I learnt to the topic of relativization ...
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Is forcing computable?

By results similar to Tennenbaum's theorem we know that there exist no computable models of $ZF$. But suppose we are given, as a sort of oracle, access to some model of $ZF$ (e.g. we can make oracle ...
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Is there a known primitive recursive upper bound on the nth “Zhang prime”

(This question is pure curiosity. Feel free to close it if you feel it is not appropriate for mathoverflow.) In 2013 Zhang showed that there are infinitely many pairs of primes which are less that ...
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TCAs (total combinatory algebras) with oracles

Is there a natural, non-trivial example of a TCA (total combinatory algebra, cf. pca) with a natural notion of an oracle?
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Counting path generating sentences in a specific formal language

Given a formal grammar of a language or an Turing machine of the language, can we count the path that generating sentences of the language? For example, we know that if the grammar is context-free ...
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Is below every cohesive set a 1-generic?

A set $X$ is called cohesive for $(R_i)_{i\in \mathbb{N}}$ if it is infinite and for each $i$ we have $X\subseteq^* R_i$ or $X\subseteq^* \overline{R_i}$. (Where $X\subseteq^*Y$ means that $X$ is ...
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Prove existence of different programs printing each other code

How to prove that there exist two different programs A and B such that A printing code of B and B printing code of A without giving actual examples of such programs? Update: We could prove via ...
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Busy beaver function vs low Turing degrees

Let $BB(n)$ denote busy beaver function. It's well known that $BB(n)$ dominates all computable functions (I'm quite certain it includes partial computable functions too). However, I was wondering if ...