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Is equality of terms for “real” numbers with roots, logarithm, exponential, sin, cos, and other trigonometric operations decidable with a Turing-machine?

If yes, how? Also, I know you can't do it for arbitrary statements about real numbers, but that's not what I'm asking, and by "real" numbers, I mean the numbers constructible from 1, -, /, and the ...
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How to draw Archimedean-Galileo spiral?

It is known that some plane curves can be drawn with a tool. For instance, I heard at a web site that Archimedes created his spiral in the third century B.C. by fooling around with a compass and ...
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Are there sampNP-intermediate problems?

This questions is approximately cross-posted from theoretical computer science stackexchange Ladner's theorem establishes that if $\mathsf{P} \ne \mathsf{NP}$ then $\mathsf{NPI} := \mathsf{NP} ...
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SAT and Arithmetic Geometry

This is an agglomeration of several questions, linked by a single observation: SAT is equivalent to determining the existence of roots for a system of polynomial equations over $\mathbb{F}_2$ (note ...
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A Multiplicative version of McDiarmid's Inequality like the one of Chernoff-Hoeffding Bounds

McDiarmid's Inequality basically says the following: Let $X_1, X_2, X_3, \ldots, X_n$ denote independent random variables and $f$ is a function of $n$ real arguments. If changing the value of the ...
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Non-uniform complexity of the halting problem

This question is approximately cross-posted from Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange: http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/14445/complexity-of-the-halting-problem What can be said ...
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Is there research on the notion of co-accessibility?

I want to start off with a disclaimer that I am only a mathematical amateur. Please forgive me for ignorance or any non-standard nomenclature I use here :) Let's start off with some context. Let X ...
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fast approximate k-nearest neighbors in high dimensions?

Hi, I've been scanning the literature trying to find an adequate approximate k-neighbour for my outlandish data set, but I remain stymied. Perhaps someone can help? The dataset is huge, both in ...
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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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A primal-dual (double) circle packing (coin graph) question

I know that any 3-connected simple planar graph with a designated outside face (outer face) has a primal-dual (double) circle packing (Brightwell-Scheinerman Theorem). Q1- But I am not sure whether ...
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The used symbols for equality and equivalence

Background: I am currently developing a general purpose programming language which allows formal verification (i.e. correctness proofs) of programs. During the development it came out that a lot of ...
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Definition of continuous functions in order theory

If we have a complete partial order (i.e. directed complete) I find frequently the following definition of a continuous function. A function $f:A\to B$ where $A$ and $B$ are cpos is called continuous ...
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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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hypergraph cartesian join operation (over same vertex set)

consider two hypergraphs $H_1 = (V, \mathscr{E}_1), H_2 = (V, \mathscr{E}_2)$ over the same vertex set $V$. am interested in what could be called a "cartesian join" operation building a new hypergraph ...
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What categories correspond to the typed lambda calculus with parametric types?

the unadorned typed lambda calculus correspond to the closed cartesian categories, but if we add in dependent or parametric types how are they then characterised?
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Groupoid interpretation of type theory

Hello, I read the paper on groupoid interpretation of type theory by Hofmann and Streicher and I have a question. According to the authors $Tm([[\text{Set}\:[\Gamma]\: ]])$ is the same as ...
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Counterexamples for this algorithm for recognizing lexicographic product of graphs?

Found a possible reduction from recognizing lexicographic product of graphs to 2SAT (since 2SAT is polynomial, the algorithm is polynomial). Can't prove completeness of the algorithm and since it is ...
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Exact Length Problem in a directed graph

I have a directed graph that consist of N^2 vertices (like a square) and each vertex is connected to at most 1 node (not bidirectional) and every connections have length 1. There are no cycles in the ...
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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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How much does a quantum oracle to find a needle in a haystack really cost?

Among the basic algorithms of quantum computations Lov Grover's result on quantum search stands out, both in regards to its intrinsic interest, and for its undisputable elegance. Grover's algorithm ...
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Higher categories as data structures

Still wading through higher category theory. I find the subject a bit intimidating, not so much for technical reasons, but because I lack sufficient intuition as to the motivation(s)/heuristics one ...
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Who introduced the concept of Primitive recursive functions?

I have thought that Gödel introduced the concept of Primitive recursive functions in his seminal paper "Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Principia Mathematica und verwandter Systeme" (I hope I ...
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Finding a database of representations as matrices

Sorry if this would be more appropriate as a stackoverflow and not a mathoverflow question, but I think it's more likely to be known in this community. There are plenty of places on the internet or ...
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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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Modelling the difficulty of mental calculation. [closed]

Are you aware of any work that tries to model the difficulty of evaluating a formula mentally (for your average, numerate, person, not a trained mental calculator)? For instance, evaluating an ...
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Is there any relationship between a tree(graph theory) and semi-metric?

suppose we have a tree(undirected) with $n$ vertices.The edges are weighted(distances). Is it possible to impose a semi-metric structure on the graph using these distances and adjacency matrix?
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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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anyone help me with this inequality

I'm have some difficulties in bounding the following inequality: I want to find a c as small as possible s.t. $$\sum_{i=1}^nx_i^4\sum_{i=1}^nx_i^2 -\sum_{i=1}^nx_i^6 \leq ...
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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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Büchi automata with acceptance strategy

I have already asked this question on cstheory.stackexchange, but without success. Maybe it is too close to an "open problem", although it is not a famous one. Anyway I try here, I can always remove ...
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Algorithm for satisfiability of inequalities.

I am looking for an algorithm for checking the satisfiability (with natural values) of a set of inequalities made of variables and natural numbers, for example: $u < v, u \leq z, 3 \leq v$. In ...
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Examples of Hamiltonian Cycle Problem / Traveling Salesman Problem in general grid graph form

I understand that there is a polynomial algorithm to solve TSPs that are in solid grid graph form (grid graphs without holes). I am particularly interested in the non-solid grid graph form of the ...
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Bezier Curves question

Hi everyone I have a fairly simple question about bezier curves: can you represent n bezier curves that have been continuously joined together by a single bezier curve of degree 3n? My instinct is ...
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#P version of SUBSET SUM

The decision version of the SUBSET SUM problem asks the following: Given a set of integers $S =$ {$a_1, ..., a_n$}, is there a subset $S'$ of $S$ such that the sum of the elements in $S'$ is equal to ...
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Universality of blind graph rewriting

Let us consider $S(M) = \{(f_0, f_1) | f_0, f_1: M \rightarrow M\}$, where $M$ is a finite set. Each element of $S(M)$ is equivalent to a finite directed graph with the set of nodes $M$, which has ...
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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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Algebraic structure generated by primitive graph operations

Let $M$ be a finite set, and $S(M) = \{(f_0, f_1) | f_0, f_1: M → M\}$. Each element of $S(M)$ can be considered as a finite directed graph with the set of nodes $M$, which has exactly two arrows ...
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Interesting conjectures “discovered” by computers and proved by humans?

There are notable examples of computers "proving" results discovered by mathematicians, what about the opposite: Are there interesting conjectures "discovered" by computers and proved by humans? ...
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symmetric difference of languages - both are in NP and coNP

I have this problem, Let $L_1,L_2$ be languages in $NP \cap co-NP$. I want to show that their symmetric difference is also in $NP \cap co-NP$. Like: $L_1 \oplus L_2$ = {x | x is in exactly one of ...
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Computer calculations in A_infinity categories?

Is there a good computer program for doing calculations in A-infinity categories? Explicit calculations in A-infinity categories are an important, useful, yet very tedious task. One has to keep ...
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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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Certain type of regular languages

Dear All, there is one type of regular languages, over $\{a,b\}$, which appear naturally in what I am studying, so if anybody could recognise them, or say any sort of their characterisation, that ...
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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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Arrangement of integers 1..k^2 in k*k grid to minimize energy function

Question arises from considering cache oblivious algorithms. What is the optimal way arrange the numbers $1$ to $k^2$ in a grid, to minimize to average difference between any two neighbouring ...
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Error correcting codes - basic question

Hi, I have a basic question regarding error correcting codes. Suppose I want to encode a finite information $F$ (say a finite string) into a string $x$ of $n$ bits ($n$ can be as large as you want), ...
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A programming language that can only create algorithms with polynomial runtime?

Has someone constructed a programming language that can construct all the algorithms in P, and no others? I'm interested in this restriction coming from the syntax naturally, as opposed to just being ...
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Graph Theory Conjectures [closed]

What are some important conjectures in graph theory that have been checked by computer up to order 11?
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compression of a Turing machine run sequence

consider a Turing machine with a set of states $s_n$ and alphabet symbols $a_n$. now consider a "run sequence" generated from a starting input in the following sense. the run sequence is defined as ...
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How to argue about state transitions?

Computing differs from math by its dependence on state changes, among other things. A program can be seen as a composition of state transitions, and it would be nice to have an inverse function to ...