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### Can we compute every definable number with knowledge of the halting problem?

Suppose we knew the answer to the halting problem, and the halting problem for this new system with the old halting problem solved. And so on. Would this allow us to compute every definable number?

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### a variant of the Kleene tree

The (a?) Kleene tree is a computable (a.k.a. decidable) sub-tree of the full binary tree with no computable path. It is well-known.
I need a variant. (For those in the know, I need a c-bar which is ...

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### “Partial-computably isomorphic” sets

For $A,B \subseteq \mathbb{N}$, define $A\sim B$ when there exist partial computable functions $f,g\colon \mathbb{N}\rightharpoonup \mathbb{N}$ such that $f$ is defined at least on all of $A$ and $g$ ...

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### Between mu- and primitive recursion

It is well known that primitive recursion is not powerful enough
to express all functions, Ackermann function being probably the best
known example.
Now, in the logic courses (that I have had look ...

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### Finding limit-nondecreasing sets for certain functions

This is a question that arose a while ago in work with Damir Dzhafarov on some pieces of reverse mathematics. As far as I know, it has no deep significance; however, it feels like the sort of thing we ...

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### What is the relationship between Turing Machines and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem?

In this article, Scott Aaronson talks about using Turing Machines for proving the Rosser Theorem.
What is the relationship between the numbering that Gödel used in his proof of incompleteness and ...

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### Time Hierarchy Theorem and P vs NP

One obvious strategy for proving P not equal to NP would be to show that there is some problem in NP which is hard for a time class strictly containing P (the origin of this question is the recent ...

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### Distribution of definable integers

Consider the distribution of all formulas of length less then n which define an integer in PA.
So for instance f(7,n)=number of formulas of length less then n which output 7.
Or the number of steps ...

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### Can we use this symbol? [closed]

We consider the ring $\mathbb{C}[e^{\lambda x} \mid \lambda \in \mathbb{C}]$ and the language $L=\{+, \cdot , \frac{d}{dx} , 0, 1\}$.
The ring consists of elements of the form $$\sum_{i=0}^N ...

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### Is it possible to make an algorithm that could predict the likelihood that a program will halt?

Today I began to read about computability theory. I do not even have an elementary understanding of the topic but it certainly got me thinking. I know there is there is no 'one-for-all' algorithm that ...

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### Is the positive existential theory undecidable?

Could you tell if the positive existential theory of $\mathbb{C}[e^{\mu x} \mid \mu \in \mathbb{C}]$ is undecidable in the language $\{+, \cdot , \frac{d}{dx} , 0, 1, e^x\}$ ?
How can we prove the ...

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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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### Did Bishop, Heyting or Brouwer take partial functions seriously?

The partial μ-recursive functions which may or may not be provably total seem to have some direct relation to the initial motivations for intuitionistic mathematics. (Following Kronecker, one ...

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### Is there an easy decision algorithm for the inhabitation problem for simple types?

Consider the basic system of simple types usually known as $TA_\lambda$. One can prove that (as a consequence of the Subject Reduction Property and the fact that any typable term is strongly ...

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### Are compact topological $n$-manifolds recursively enumerable?

Earlier this year it was asked on MO, "Are there only countably many compact topological manifolds?" Thanks to Cheeger and Kister, the answer is yes. On the other hand, Manolescu recently debunked ...

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### Can a stochastic Turing machine output a consistent extension of PA with positive probability?

Suppose that we interpret the output tape of a Turing machine as an assignment of true or false to all sentences of PA, taking the $n$th output bit as the truth value of the sentence with Goedel ...

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### Comparing really big numbers

Is there an intractability theorem that says that in any sufficiently rich system for defining really big numbers, there will be two numbers for which it's very, very, ... very difficult to decide ...

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### List of finitely presented groups with undecidable word problem

Is there any reasonably updated list of (representative) examples of finitely presented groups with undecidable word problem?
By "representative" I mean "avoiding obvious redundancy", i.e. examples ...

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### Effectively non-recursiveness of some sets

A set $A$ is completely productive if there exists a computable function $f$ such that for every $e$, $f(e)\in (A-W_e)\cup (W_e-A)$. A set is effectively non-recursive if it is r.e. and its ...

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### Does the notion of provably total function depend on the chosen representation?

A typical definition of "provably total function in a theory $T$" goes like this (paraphrased from Odifreddi, Classical Recursion Theory II):
A function $f : \mathbb{N}^n \to \mathbb{N}$ is ...

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### Rice-like Theorems

Let $\varphi$ be an acceptable programming system. Consider the set $S=\{x\in\mathbb{N}:\varphi_x=\varphi_{x+1}\}$. By using Rogers' Fixed Point Theorem (RFPT) it can be proved that $S$ is a ...

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### (A little bit) Beyond the E-recursive

The E-recursive functions are a particular generalization of classical recursion theory to the entire set-theoretic universe, $V$. They are defined via a schemes: see ...

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### A reference for “Borel Sets and Circuit Complexity”

Is there any pdf version of M.Sipser's "Borel Sets and Circuit Complexity" or , since I am unable to get this paper, is there other reference closely related to theory in that paper?

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### What class of probability distributions do probabilistic turing machines induce? [closed]

What class of probability distributions is induced by the class of probabilistic turing machines? Is there a precise characterization?

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### Complexity classes for BSS machines

Given a first-order structure $\mathcal{S}$, a Blum-Shub-Smale machine on $\mathcal{S}$ is essentially a Turing machine where
Cells on the tape can hold arbitrary elements of $\mathcal{S}$.
The ...

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### Can we find minimal-diameter metrics without computability?

A beautiful argument by Nabutovsky and Weinberger (see http://math.uchicago.edu/~shmuel/fractal.ps) shows that, if $M$ is any smooth compact manifold of dimension $\ge 5$, then the diameter functional ...

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### Can there be computable non-standard models of PA in a weaker sense?

By Tennenbaum's theorem, in the usual sense of computability for models,
neither addition nor multiplication can be computable in a non-standard model of PA.
Weak version:
Can addition or ...

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### Woodin on Posner-Robinson for the hyperjump and sharp

The Posner-Robinson theorem states that, if $X$ is noncomputable, there is some $G$ such that $X\oplus G=G'$; that is, even though genuine jump inversion only works above $0'$, every (nontrivial) $X$ ...

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### Antirandom reals

This is a crossposting of http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1446602/anti-random-reals, which has not gotten any answers; after thinking about the problem, I've become more convinced that it ...

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### Is DNC/DNR stronger than “prompt” non-computability?

We propose a (probably not new) definition. Let $\varphi_e$ be an effective enumeration of the partial computable functions.
A total function $f$ is promptly non-computable (PNC) [or promptly ...

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### Non null Turing antichain

This interesting question resulted from a query of Mushfeq: In ZFC, can we find a non null set of pairwise Turing incomparable reals?

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### Computability of prime difference function

Consider the following function $f: \omega\to \{0,1\}$:
Set $f(n) = 1$ if for all $k\in \omega$ there are prime numbers $p,q > k$ such that $n = p-q$; and set $f(n) = 0$ otherwise.
(Trivially, if ...

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### Can non-computable real numbers be defined without making use of any notions from computability theory

I am not sure if this type of question is appropriate for "mathoverflow.net", but I will take the chance. Are there any examples of (well-known or interesting) problems in geometry which ask for the ...

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### Analogy of $\omega$-models in constructive mathematics

I apologize that this question is a bit vague, however that is partially the point.
In subsystems of second order arithmetic, one considers $\omega$-models, these are models of $\mathsf{RCA}_0$ whose ...

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### The least admissible above a dominating real

Let $\mathbb{P}$ be the usual forcing which adds a dominating real: conditions in $\mathbb{P}$ are pairs $(p, f)$ with $p:\omega\rightarrow\omega$ finite partial and $f:\omega\rightarrow\omega$ total, ...

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### Is every computable real primitively recursively computable?

Let N be the set of all positive integers and let P(n),Q(n) be a pair of general recursive mappings of N into itself such that for all pairs h,k of distinct positive integers, the absolute value of ...

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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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### Precise interpretability strength of $\mathcal P_{DF}(\omega)$ and $L_{\omega_1^{CK}}$

I am curious about the relationship between the definable power set of $\omega$ and the $\omega_1^{CK}$th level of the constructible sets $L$.
In short, $\omega_1^{CK}$ is the least nonrecursive ...

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### Undecidability of the existential theory

Do you know if I can find the proof that the existential theory of $\mathbb{Z}$ with the structure of addition , divisibility and the relation $(\exists s \in \mathbb{Z})m=np^s$ is undecidable, ...

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### floating point representation via the perspective of TTE/computable analysis

Floating point numbers are not compatible with the usual theory of type 2 theory of effectivity (TTE), and not even the real-RAM model; there are functions that are computable in one model but not ...

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### Is every pair of writable reals one-tape-ITTM-computable?

I've been reading this paper, in which authors prove that not all ITTM-computable functions $\Bbb R\rightarrow\Bbb R$ are 1-tape-computable, but if we put some restriction on the output of the ...

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### Undecidable set of problems [closed]

Is there some set of problems, for which determining if given problem is decidable or not is itself undecidable?

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### Is every non-empty $\Delta_0$ set provably the range of some primitive recursive function?

Suppose $A(x)$ is a $\Delta_0$ formula defining a non-empty set of natural numbers. It's an easy theorem that there is a primitive recursive function $f:\mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that ...

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### Aren't “oracle machines” unsound concepts? [closed]

From Wikipedia (bold emphasis at the end is mine):
In complexity theory and computability theory, an oracle machine is an abstract machine used to study decision problems. It can be visualized as ...

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### Are limits decidable? Should definitions be decidable? [closed]

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 ...