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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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### 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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### 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 ...

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### Extend Lowenheim's decidability result to fragment of second-order logic

Since relational monadic first-order logic has finite model property, its SAT problem is decidable. In H.Behmann's paper, he extended this result to fragment of SOL where all predicates, free and ...

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### Could the Jacobian conjecture be undecidable?

Most of us know the Jacobian conjecture. Here's a version below for fixed positive integers $d$ and $n$:
$J(d,n)$: If $f: C^n \rightarrow C^n$ is a polynomial map of degree $d$, and if the Jacobian ...

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### Is the isomorphism problem for amenable groups decidable?

Is it algorithmically decidable if two finitely presented amenable groups are isomorphic?
Or slightly different:
Does there exist a family of amenable groups (indexed by natural numbers) for which ...

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### Decidability of periodic tilings of the plane

I'm interested in tilings of the plane by squares, with labels on the edges. It's well known that (1) the question "can one tile the plane with the following finite set of tiles?" is undecidable, and ...

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### (Un)Decidability of the root existence problem for functions with bounded domain

The problem whether a real function $f$ has a root or not is undecidable, given that $f$ is from a class of functions including polynomials and the sine function ...

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### Can one always Decide whether a Systems of Nonlinear Equations with Bilinear terms is Feasible?

I have come to a point in my PhD research were i need to prove that a particular decision procedure is decidable or not. And if i can solve the sub-problem described below, i shall have proved it. The ...

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### Is the question whether a FO formula F has a model of size k (k is a finite number) decidable?

Hi all,
can someone please tell me whether the question whether a FO formula F has a model of size k (where k is a finite number) is decidable?
Thanks in advance!
TL

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### Proving univariate polynomials (defined by sums, binomial coeffs, etc.) are nonnegative: is it 'routine'?

My colleagues and I are working on a project related to an old paper of C. Borell and we have boiled it down to the following problem:
Show, for all integers $1 \leq i \leq k$, that the univariate ...