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Theory of mnemonics [on hold]

Even for the typical most skilled (human) number theorist it is hard to reproduce only the first 10 digits of $\pi$ in moderate speed (without physically reading them off). On the other hand there ...
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reference on aperiodicity and cluster [on hold]

From this image: I believe there is a message relating those clusters drawn in picture and aperiodic tiling. Does anyone have some reference on this? Thank you :)
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When are two algorithms essentially the same? [on hold]

Inspired by Blass/Dershowitz/Gurevich's paper When are two algorithms the same? (which was referenced in another context here) I tried to boil down the question to the following situation: Consider ...
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What is the relation between the length of period of simple continued fraction expansion of quadratic algebraic numbers $\sqrt{A}$ and the integer $A$

What is the relation between the length of period of simple continued fraction expansion of quadratic algebraic numbers and the integer As we know,$\sqrt{2} = [1;2,2,2,2,…]$; while $\sqrt{14}= ...
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What does a Turing machine compute? [closed]

I suspect that it might be necessary to define for a Turing machine how its inputs and outputs are to be interpreted in order to be able to say e.g. that a Turing machine $T$ computes an arithmetical ...
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Rationale behind an requirement on Turing machines

Hopcroft and Ullman's definition of a Turing machine seems to be standard. This definition defines a Turing machine to be a 7-tupel $T = \langle Q,\Gamma,b,\Sigma,\delta,q_0,F \rangle$ obeying some ...
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What are the most attractive Turing undecidable problems in mathematics?

What are the most attractive Turing undecidable problems in mathematics? There are thousands of examples, so please post here only the most attractive, best examples. Some examples already appear on ...
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How to define the input of computable function or Turing machine over real numbers

Computation or computability over $\mathbb{N}$ can be extended to computation or computability over $\mathbb{R}$ or even computation or computability over $\mathbb{C}$.The following is a formal ...
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A possible minimal aperiodic set of corner Wang Tile

From one of my previous question Aperiodic set of corner Wang Tile (although it is put on hold), I realize there is a systematic way to construct aperiodic corner type of Wang tile from edge type ...
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Aperiodic set of corner Wang Tile [closed]

There is quite some reference on aperiodicity of the edge-type of Wang Tile. But I could not yet find aperiodic corner type of Wang Tiles... Could someone provide me some instances (better with ...
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Definability of arithmetic functions and relations

Motivation: Many "weak" arithmetic functions and/or relations ("relations" for short) are equivalent with relations explicitly definable by relations which were recursively defined by them beforehand ...
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Linkage between homotopy equivalence and identification of algorithms

I vaguely recall that someone says there is linkage between homotopy equivalence and identification of algorithms which may be isomorphic or morphism or something like that,the algorithm may be ...
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A Simple Uncomputable Function? [migrated]

Let F denote a computable function which takes an integer and returns an integer. Is "checking whether F has a finite null space" computable (using an algorithm which works for any F)? I believe ...
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(reference request) Chaitin's constant is incompressible

I've been looking for a full, detailed proof that Chaitin's constant is incompressible, i.e. there is a universal constant $c$ such that every program writing first $n$ digits of $\Omega$ has length ...
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The word problem of the free left distributive algebra on one generator

A left distributive algebra is a set $A$ together with a binary operation, $\cdot$, satisfying $a\cdot(b\cdot c)=(a\cdot b)\cdot(a\cdot c)$. One important example of left distributive algebras arises ...
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Both NP-hard but different [closed]

What's the fundamental difference between the Knapsack problem and the travelling salesman (TSP) problem both of which are NP-hard, while the reality is that TSP could be solved much much faster?
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Are lightface \Delta-1-1 classes of reals describable with hyperarthmetic formulae?

I'd appreciate if someone could check my reasoning. Suppose $S$ is a lightface $\Delta^1_1$ class of reals. I want to argue that there is a computable $\Delta^0_\alpha$ formula $\phi(Y)$, for ...
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Does forcing with recursively pointed perfect trees add a Turing degree that is minimal over $V$?

A tree $T$ on $\omega$ is recursively pointed if it is recursive in each of its branches. We can consider a variant of Sacks forcing where the conditions are recursively pointed perfect trees ordered ...
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Infinite decreasing sequence by the Turing jump

I saw in Wikipedia the existence of an infinite sequence of Turing degrees $\bf{a_0}, \bf{a_1}, \dots$ such that $\bf{a}_{i+1}' \leq_T \bf{a}_i$ where $\bf{a}_{i+1}'$ is the Turing jump of $\bf{a}_i$. ...
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Some types of diophantine equations and their decidability

The MDRP theorem – which answers Hilbert's tenth problem in the negative – says: There is no algorithm for determining whether an arbitrary diophantine equation has a solution. In ...
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What set theoretical questions could never be answered by Turing machines of arbitrary cardinality?

Let us assume that there are Turing machines of arbitrary cardinality, by that I mean they can have input tapes of any arbitrarily high cardinality and compute for a number of steps also of ...
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Martin-Löf randomness relative to a $\Delta^0_2$-representation of a real

I have a question which I already asked on a more specialized site (http://logicblogfrontend.hoelzl.fr/), but perhaps M.O. will allow me to reach a wider range of experts. Suppose that $X$ is ...
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Randomness about coefficients of series

$B\subset \mathbb{N}\bigcup \{0\}$ is finite and not empty, infinite series:$$f(x)=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}a_i x^i,a_i \in B$$ Now $f(x)$ is rational or has a natural boundary. Now,the question :if ...
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Does Turing determinacy imply full determinacy?

The axiom of Turing determinacy is a weakening of the full axiom of determinacy, $AD$, in which only games with payoff sets which are $\equiv_T$-invariant are demanded to be determined. In "Turing ...
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Transfinitely extending $\sf PA$ — can we get stronger than $\sf ZFC$?

Let $\sf PA$ denote the theory of natural numbers with constants $(0, 1)$ and binary operators $(+,\times)$ based on the first-order predicate calculus with equality, having the following axioms, ...
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Higher recursion theory and reverse mathematics: What is to $\Pi^1_1-CA_0$ as $RCA_0$ is to $ACA_0$?

There is an extremely rich and well-understood analogy between "recursively enumerable" and "$\Pi^1_1$" - indeed, this is the starting point of metarecursion theory, and $\alpha$-recursion theory in ...
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Only admissibles start gaps in clockable ordinals

This is a question about ITTM model introduced by Hamkins et al. In this paper it is proven that no admissible ordinal is clockable, so it either starts or lies within a gap in clockable ordinals. I ...
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Essential incompleteness via diophantine formulas?

Work in the first order language of number theory, consisting of the symbols $\mathbf{0}$, $\mathbf{S}$, $\boldsymbol{+}$, and $\boldsymbol{\cdot}$, and let $Q$ denote Robinson's arithmetic. By a ...
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Uncountable time Turing machines

When writing with a friend of mine today we came up with idea of extending ITTM concept of Hamkins and Kidder. First of all, I am familiar with one of Hamkins and Lewis results saying that every ...
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An established proof in Wang Tile which I doubt

When I was reading the paper: Wang, Hao. "Notes on a class of tiling problems." Fundamenta Mathematicae 82.4 (1975): 295-305. from http://matwbn.icm.edu.pl/ksiazki/fm/fm82/fm82119.pdf I could not ...
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Demuth's theorem in set theory

I am quite sure the following fact must have been known for set theorists, though I could not find it anywhere. If $r$ is random over $L$ and $x\in L[r]\setminus L$, then there must be some real ...
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How feasible is it to prove Kazhdan's property (T) by a computer?

Recently, I have proved that Kazhdan's property (T) is theoretically provable by computers (arXiv:1312.5431, explained below), but I'm quite lame with computers and have no idea what they actually ...
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Infinite time game of life

Today in a talk with a friend of mine I had an idea of extending cellular automatons to transfinite working time. I know it has already been considered, but, as far as I can tell, GoL extended to ...
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References regarding a connection between recursion theory and sheaves

In Manin's A Course in Mathematical Logic for Mathematicians, he defines (p.201) a structure $(\mathcal{E},R)$ given an enumerable set $E \subset (\mathbb{Z}^+)^n$ by: $\mathcal{E}$ is the set of ...
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Necessity of omega-models in second order arithmetic

Are there examples of independence results over subsystems of true second order arithmetic that cannot be established using omega-models? To rule out trivial examples, let us assume that the base ...
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How to select a subset of points from a universal to minimize the distance from outside to inside?

Here is the detailed problem. I have a set of N points in K-dimension space, called U, and I want select M points of them, called S. For each point p in U, we define the distance from p to S as $$ ...
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Let Abit$(x,y,n)$ be the $n$th bit of Ack$(x,y)$ (the Ackermann function). Is the function “Abit” primitive recursive?

Example of "Abit": Ack$(2,3)=9=1001_2$ (base 2). Thus Abit(2,3,3)=1 (the leftmost bit of $1001$. The index of the rightmost bit is 0) Question 1: Is the function "Abit" primitive recursive (PR)? ...
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Conjecture of a subset of Wang tile which might be decidable

From the two papers proving the undecidability of Wang tile in 1966 by Berger and in 1971 by RM Robinson, the tiles used in proving undecidability has a general common feature: The left color and ...
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Are there natural, small, and total recursive functions that are not primitive recursive?

In a sense the Ackermann function is not primitive recursive (PR) because it grows too fast. Are there total recursive, not PR, small functions? Using a diagonal argument, we may define a total ...
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Why isn't this a computable description of the ordinal of ZF?

In a previous MO question, I was told by several commenters that (a) it's known that there exists a computable ordinal $\alpha_{ZF}$ that "encodes the strength of ZF set theory" (i.e., a least ...
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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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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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Is this property equivalent to Lusin's property (N) for continuous functions?

A function $F:[0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ satisfies Lusin's (N) property if for every measure zero set $A\subseteq [0,1]$, $F(A)$ has measure zero. (This includes the assertion that $F(A)$ is ...
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Graph theoretical representation of Wang Tile

We note that for one dimensional tiling problem of Wang Tile could be represented by a graph. Each cycle on the graph represents a periodic solution. However, is there a well established counter-part ...
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Which distributions can you sample if you can sample a Gaussian?

Explicitly: You have a computer that is able to pick a real number at random according to the normal distribution: $\mathcal{N}(0,1) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}e^{-x^2/2}$. Which distributions can this ...
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Basis of periodic tiling of Wang tile

Given a set of Wang tile, Given 3 periodic tiling: A, B, C We define 3 vector F[A], F[B], F[C] each vector correspond to the appearing frequency of each type of tiles in the tiling. Now, we ...
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Are there proofs of Rice Theorem without using the undecidability of some problem?

Most proofs of Rice theorem seem to be based on the undecidability of the halting problem. They are "reduction-based". Are there "direct" elementary proofs, perhaps based on diagonalization? I think ...
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Is rule 30 Turing complete? Is there a proof that it isn't?

It is well known that the elementary cellular automaton known as rule 110 is Turing complete. Its cousin rule 30 also produces complicated behaviour. When I read Wolfram's a New Kind of Science (in ...
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relationship between corner tile and edge tile of wang tile

It is clear that any corner type of Wang Tile could be converted to edge type of Wang Tile by defining the edge color according to the corner color. However, could we convert edge type of Wang Tile ...
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practical algorithms for np complete problems

Inspired by: Conjecture on NP-completeness of tesselation of Wang Tile up to finite size And the practicality of this topic (solving tessellation on a lattice): coloring in lattice Computational ...