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### Undecidable puzzles

There are plenty of popular NP-hard puzzles,
for example, generalized Sudoku ($n^2 \times n^2$-board), Flow (I cannot give a source for this), Minesweeper, etc.
Recently, I read a bit about aperiodic ...

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### Is the two variable fragment of arithmetic, i.e., theory of ($\mathbb{N}, + ,\times$), decidable?

Any references would be appreciated. Most places only address different vocabularies (e.g. a survey of arithmetical definability by Bes).

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### Deciding isomorphism between structures which interpret in the pure set

I am interested in the following decision problem:
Given descriptions of two relational structures $A,B$ which interpret in the pure set $\mathbb N=(\{0,1,2,\ldots\},=)$, decide whether $A$ and ...

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### Proving Richardson's theorem for constants

(I asked this a little over 3 months ago on math.SE, and when I initially re-asked here, no one had responded there. $\:$ After I re-asked here, Eric Towers responded there, since I had forgotten to ...

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### Is this theory decidable?

It is well-known that both Presburger arithmetic (by contrast with Peano arithmetic) and Tarski geometry are decidable. I was in the shower this morning and wondered whether there exists an elegant ...

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### Complexity of Deciding Feasibility of a system of linear inequalities over restricted variables

I am working out an interesting problem and would like some help with this particular sub problem:
Suppose we have a matrix $ M =\left\lbrace a_{ij}\right\rbrace $ of size $n\times m$ where $ ...

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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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### Is being rational decidable?

Given a real number uniquely defined by a finite system of equations and inequalities with rational coefficients involving the standard elementary functions only. Is it decidable whether this number ...

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### Show that the positive existential theory is undecidable

To show that the positive existential theory of $\mathbb{C}[t, e^{\lambda t} \mid \lambda \in \mathbb{C}]$ in the language $\{+, \cdot , ' , 0 , 1, t\}$ is undecidable we have to prove the following: ...

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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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### Recurrence relations with polynomial coefficients: an undecidable problem

I read once (somewhere) that solving a recurrence relation with polynomial coefficients, in the general case, is an undecidable problem. I can't remember the exact reference and I've been trying to ...

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### Relation between indexed languages (OI-macro or context-free tree) and scattered context languages

I'm not sure about the relation between indexed languages (generated by indexed grammars--Aho) and scattered context languages (generated by
scattered context grammars--J Hopcroft).
I think that ...

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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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### Positive existential theory of $(\mathbb{Z}; +, |_n)$

I am reading a paper and there is the following theorem:
Let $n$ be a fixed integer, and $n >1$.
Denote divisibility in $\mathbb{Z}[\frac{1}{n}]$ by $|_n$, thus for
all $x, y \in ...

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### Is tightness decidable?

Given a contact structure on a three-manifold, is there an algorithm to decide whether or not it tight?
For concreteness' sake, let's agree to represent the given contact three-manifold via an ...

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### Decidability of matrix algebra

Take multi-sorted first-order logic with equality, complex scalars, 1xn vectors, nx1 vectors, nxn matrices, addition and multiplication for each pair of sorts they make sense for, and hermitian ...

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### Algorithmic decidability of equality in the ring of periods

Suppose two elements of the ring of periods are given by their systems of polynomial inequalities with rational coefficients. Is there a known algorithm deciding their equality? Is it known if their ...

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### Decidability in Groups

This is not my area of research, but I am curious. Let $G=\left< X|R \right>$ be a finitely presented group, where $X$ and $R$ are finite. There are many questions which are undecidable for all ...

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### showing the subgroup membership problem is undecidable for $F_2 \times F_2$

Let $F_2$ denote the free group of rank 2. Does anybody have a fast proof that the subgroup membership problem is undecidable for $F_2 \times F_2$? I saw a really fast proof last semester that ...

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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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### 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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### Decidability of an Algebraic System in Real Numbers

Is there an algorithm to decide whether an algebraic system
\begin{gathered}
{f_1}({x_1}, \ldots ,{x_n}) = 0 \hfill \\
\vdots \hfill \\
{f_m}({x_1}, \ldots ,{x_n}) = 0 \hfill \\
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### Pseudo-decision procedures for first order arithmetic

I was reading this paper http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.117.2911&rep=rep1&type=pdf in which the author describes an algorithm, based on Groebner basis, ...

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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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### What do you do if you believe a problem is undecidable?

While the title of this question is subjective, I hope to make what I'm looking for quite concrete. The first, and main question is this: If you believe that a problem you are working on is formally ...

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### Decidability of first order theory of subclasses of posets

Is the first order theory of finite posets known to be undecidable?
Does anyone know a survey about such results?

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### Is the equational theory of commutative vN regular rings decidable?

I wanted to check whether $A(x,y):=\frac{xy}{x+y}$ is an associative operation in every commutative vN regular ring. Now $A(-1,A(1,1))=A(-1,\frac{1}{2})=1\neq 0 =A(0,1)=A(A(-1,1),1)$. On the other ...

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### Decidability of decidability

The questions I'm going to ask are non formal because they concern decidability of decidability, and I couldn't find any references on that after some quick searches. I hope that this thread is still ...

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### Are there standard examples of stable theories that are undecidable?

What is known about decidability of various first order theories studied in stable model theory, geometric model theory, o-minimality? For example, is there a natural example of an undecidable ...

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### Algorithm for determining when polynomial iteration is bounded?

Let $f: \mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$ be a polynomial map with rational coefficients. Let $p\in \mathbb{Q}^n$. Is there a known algorithm that given this data determines whether or not the iterates ...

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### Decidability of equality of expressions built using 1,+,-,*,/,^

Consider expressions built using number $1$, arithmetical operators $+, -, *, /$ and exponentiation ^ (in case of multiple values, the principal value is assumed, the same way as it implemented in ...

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### What is the generic complexity of First Order Predicate Calculus?

I suspect that it should be the same as that of the Turing machine halting problem, which wikipedia gives as GenP and attributes this result to Hamkins and Miasnikov, but I am not sure. Is the generic ...

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### For which Millennium Problems does undecidable -> true?

Three good answers were received — by Alex Gavrilov, Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen, and Terry Tao — and the bounty has been awarded (somewhat arbitrarily) to Alex Gavrilov.
The answers ...

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### Is compass and straight edge geometry complete?

Euclid's first three postulates are the basis of compass and straight edge constructions which are as complex as arithmetic.
The constructions themselves may be expressed as a formula with each of ...

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### Quantifier elimination vs decidability

Quantifier elimination is used as a technique to get decidability (e.g. $Th( \mathbb{N}, +)$ ) of theories, but typically one has to go over to some expansion. Are there examples of theories which are ...

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### Decidability of tiling R^2

Does there exist a closed curve, with finite area and finite circumference, of which it is undecidable (in an axiomatic system where it is constructable) whether it can tile the plane?
I know the ...

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### unique types and decidability

Suppose $\mathcal{M}$ is an infinite structure which has the property that every type that is realised is realised uniquely. Also assume that every element of $\mathcal{M}$ is definable but there is ...

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### What is the general feeling for Hilbert's 10th problem for Q?

We know that Hilbert's 10th problem for $\mathbb{Z}$ is undecidable. I was wondering whether there is a strong opinion in the mathematical community on the decidability of Hilbert's 10th for ...

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### Decidability of a matrix product being the identity

Given a finite set $S$ of $n\times n$ integer matrices, it is known
that for $k\geq 3$ it is undecidable whether some product of them
(allowing repetitions) is the zero matrix (called the mortality
...

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### The theory of two finite linear orders

My colleague Matthias Baaz is looking for a reference for the following question (or possibly theorem):
Let T be the "theory of pairs of finite linear orders". That is, consider all finite ...

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### Decidability of differential equations

Is there anything well-known about the algorithmic decidability of the satisfiability of an ODE $\dot{x}=f(x)$, $x: [0,1]\to R^n$ with an initial condition $x(0)=x_0$, given that $f(x)$ belongs to ...

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### Can aperiodic tilings be non-hierarchical? and confusion over domino problem

Anyone experienced with the undecidability of aperiodic tiling?
It's related to the halting problem which Turing proved was undecidable in the 30's and basically superimposes tiles onto other tiles ...

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### Decidability of equality of elementary expressions

In the following definition the term expression is to be understood as a finite tree built from formal symbols without any predefined meaning assigned to them.
Define the set $\mathcal{E}$ of ...

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### Is equivalence of functions built from nested exponentiations a decidable problem?

Let $\mathcal{E}$ be the minimal set of symbolic expressions (without any predefined meaning) such that
The symbol $x$ is in $\mathcal{E}$, and
If expressions $P,Q\in\mathcal{E}$, then the ...

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### Non-constructive proofs of decidability?

Are there examples of sets of natural numbers that are proven to be decidable but by non-constructive proofs only?

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### Is the field of constructible numbers known to be decidable?

By the field of constructible numbers I mean the union of all finite towers of real quadratic extensions beginning with $\mathbb{Q}$. By decidable I mean the set of first order truths in this field, ...

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### Recognizing parallelogram tilings from their vertex set

Suppose I have a tiling of the plane with parallelograms where the sides of the parallelograms come from a specified finite set of vectors. If I only have access to the vertices of this tiling I may ...

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### Is the first-order theory (with =) of real numbers with addition and multiplication complete and decidable?

Due to Andreas Blass's answer to my question "Is the feasibility of a system of nonlinear, non-convex equations (inequalities) decidable?", i have now investigated real closed fields (RCF), because i ...

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### Is the feasibility of a system of nonlinear, non-convex equations (inequalities) decidable?

I would like to know whether the following problem is decidable.
Is the system
$x^T Q_i x + r_i = 0 \mbox{ for } i = 1, ..., k$
$x^T Q_j x + r_j \neq 0 \mbox{ for } j = k+1, ..., t$
feasible, ...

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### Decide the limit of a decreasing sequence of real number

Given a bounded decreasing sequence of rational number $a_0,a_1,\cdots$, then we know that it has limit $a$. Suppose this sequence satisfy that $|a_k-a|<1/2^k$ for any $k$.
The sequence is given ...