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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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 open ...

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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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### 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 $x^3+y^...

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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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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 first ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 \\
\end{...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 $f(p),...

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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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### (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 (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=...

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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 $B$...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Relationship between computational undecidability and axiomatic undecidability

On surface, these seem two completely different class of problems. One class represent statements which can't be proved or disproved in an axiomatic theory. For example
One can write down a ...

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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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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 $ a_{ij}\...

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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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### 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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### 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 $\mathbb{...

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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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### 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 ...