# Tagged Questions

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### Self-similarity in the theory of computability

Let $M = w_0w_1... \in \{0,1\}^*$.
For any computable function $f$ define $M_f = w_{f(0)}w_{f(1)}...$
Let for any computable strictly increasing function $f$ there is continuous
computable mapping ...

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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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### Can We Decide Whether Small Computer Programs Halt?

The undecidability of the halting problem states that there is no general procedure for deciding whether an arbitrary sufficiently complex computer program will halt or not.
Are there some large $n$ ...

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### About “natural proof” of Razborov and Rudich

The famous "Natural Proof" paper ,http://www.cs.umd.edu/~gasarch/BLOGPAPERS/natural.pdf , of Razborov and Rudich gives a barrier for any proof that try to separate P and NP. It mainly shows that if ...

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### Why is there no product type in simply typed lambda-calculus?

Consider simply typed $\lambda$-calculus that has only the unit type as primitive. We would like to encode the product and the sum types. An encoding of the product type in the untyped ...

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### Is there any track for proving $D=NP$, besides showing that $D$ has polynomial-bounded universal quantifiers?

Background
By the MRDP theorem, every for every recursively enumerable set $S$, there exists a Diophantine polynomial $p$ such that
$$x \in S \iff \exists y_1, \dots, y_n \in \mathbb{N} \text{ such ...

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### Kolmogorov complexity is the strongest noncomputable function

Yury I. Manin says that Kolmogorov complexity (in some nontrivial sense) is the strongest noncomputable function ("Колмогоровская сложность... невычислима... она во многих интересных смыслах ...

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### What Turing-Complete models of computation carry a notion of time complexity that “agrees” with that of Turing Machines?

Certain models of computation are technically Turing-Complete, but cannot feasibly simulate a Turing Machine within the usual time constraints we hope for. One example of this is Godel's recursive ...

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### unbounded complexity

If a language L is decidable, does that imply that the is a computable function f such that L is in O(f(n)) ?
For example what would be the complexity class of the language of "provably halting ...

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### Where should I learn about Kolmogorov complexity of overlapping substrings?

I would like to know more about the relationship between the Kolmogorov complexity of a string and that of its substrings. The relation that up to an additive constant, $K(x,y) = K(x) + K(y\ |\ x, ...

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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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### 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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### What new primitive recursive functions are needed to reconcile Turing time complexity with Godel 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### How many cpus needed to check a 100 million digit prime number efficiently? [closed]

If I had access to potentially unlimited CPUs and wanted to quickly check 100 million digit numbers for primality using a map-reduce architecture, how many CPUs would be necessary? Each of the mapped ...

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### Given a PDA M such that L(M) is in DCFL construct a DPDA N such that L(N) = L(M)

Is it possible to construct an algorithm which takes as input a pushdown automaton $M$ along with the information that the language accepted by this automaton $L(M)$ is a deterministic context-free ...

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### “Simpler” statements equivalent to Con(PA) or Con(ZFC)?

Given any reasonable formal system F (e.g., Peano Arithmetic or ZFC), we all know that one can construct a Turing machine that runs forever iff F is consistent, by enumerating the theorems of F and ...

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### final step(s) for a proof that a function is not primitive recursive

My function is $f:\mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N},\ f(n)=2\uparrow ^n 3$ , the Ackermann(-Péter) function, with the second argument fixed to 3 (and "$\uparrow$" the Knuth up-arrow), which I believe ...

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### A Query regarding the Halting Problem (Omega): Halting Probability for Given Input Size

I was studying the Halting Problem in context of the Probability and had a few doubts regarding it. Hope someone could help me out.
I am aware of the probability of a Random program halting on a ...

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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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### post correspondence problem variant

Is there an algorithm which takes as input two lists of words $v_1,...,v_n$ and $w_1,...,w_n$ over an alphabet $X$ and decides if there is an infinite sequence $(k_i)$ where $1 \leq k_i \leq n$ for ...

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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 $M$ accepting coBHP={$\langle N,x,1^t\rangle|\langle ...

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### post correspondence problem

I have read a couple of proofs for the undecidability of the post correspondence problem, but neither reference gave a concrete example of two lists of words over a fixed alphabet such that the ...

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### Aren't “oracle machines” unsound concepts?

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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### Structure theorems for Turing-decidable languages?

Languages decidable by weak models of computation often have certain necessary characteristics, e.g. the pumping lemma for regular languages or the pumping lemma for context-free languages. Such ...

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### What are the limits of non-halting?

It's easy enough to build Turing Machines that don't halt. But how complex can we make these? For example, suppose a machine has access to its state transition table and can write to it like a C ...

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### Why is Kleene's notion of computability better than Banach-Mazur's?

In this post about the difference between the recursive and effective topos, Andrej Bauer said:
If you are looking for a deeper explanation, then perhaps it is fair to say that the Recursive Topos ...

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### What is a universal function?

This question stems from Dick Lipton's recent blog post on the Axiom of Choice. I asked there but got no takers. I promise I'm not an inept Googler, but I couldn't find a satisfactory answer. I ...

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### Prove a function is primitive recursive

Hey,
I'm taking a course in computability theory, but I'm struggling with primitive recursion. More specifically we are often asked to prove that some arbitrary function is primitive recursive, but I ...

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### Alive dynamical system

Intuitively, one can say that a dynamical system is alive if one can build a universal Turing machine inside.
So, Conway's Game of Life is alive and shift space should be dead.
I fail to make this ...

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### Why is every finite set Diophantine?

I understand that every finite set is recursively enumerable, as I see that one could just encode each element of some finite set on a Turing Machines tape, and then have the machine check each member ...