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### Commutator problem vs conjugacy/word problem

For a finitely presented group $G$, generated by a finite set $A$, the commutator problem is the decision problem: given a word $w$ over the alphabet $A \cup A^{-1}$, can one decide if $w$ is a ...
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### Is decidability reducible to unique decidability (perhaps in multilinear polynomial situations)?

Given a Diophantine equation it is not decidable if it has integer solution. I. Is there a Diophantine set $\mathcal D_{unique}$ satisfying the properties every member in $\mathcal D_{unique}$ is a ...
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### Variation in decidability of diophantine equations with field extension

Let $O_k$ be the ring of integers in a subfield $k$ of $\overline{\mathbb{Q}}$. Let's call an equation $p(x_1, \dots, x_n) = 0$ where $p$ is a polynomial in $n$-variables $x_1, \dots, x_n$ with ...
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### Testing whether $e^x+ax^2+bx+c$ has a zero

What is the simple test with exponential polynomials to determine whether $$f(x)=e^x+ax^2+bx+c$$ has a positive zero? This was prompted by the question about discriminants here. We have an ineffective ...
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### The conjugacy problem for two-relator groups

Is the conjugacy problem for two-relator groups known to be undecidable? The word problem for two-relator groups is a famous open problem (appearing e.g. as Question 9.29 in the Kourovka notebook), ...
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### Do we have an algorithm for comparing $e^e$ with rationals?

Do we have an algorithm for comparing $e^e$ with rationals, with a known time to convergence? In a non-constructive sense, there obviously is an algorithm. If $e^e$ is some rational $q_0$, then we ...
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### Post correspondence problem: Busy beaver variant

The Post correspondence problem (Wikipedia link) is to decide for $k$ pairs of strings $$(a_1,b_1), (a_2, b_2), ..., (a_k,b_k),$$ if there exists a finite sequence of numbers $c_j, 0\le j\le j_\max$ ...
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### Reference request: Recent progress on the conjugacy problem for torsion-free one-relator groups?

I am aware that the Spelling Theorem of B. B. Newman implies that one-relator groups with torsion are hyperbolic, and thus have a solvable conjugacy problem. My understanding is that for one-relator ...
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### Undecidable definition of mathematical expressions?

I am arguing a bit on Facebook regarding the definition of a mathematical expression. Some argue that equations are not expressions (and there are a few possibly dubious online sources which states ...
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### Which Hilbert's 10th polynomials are known to have solutions?

The Diophantine equation $$x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = 42$$ was recently solved by Booker and Sutherland: Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved. Is there a clean partition of the form of those polynomial ...
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### Is Multilinear Hilbert's tenth problem version undecidable?

A multilinear polynomial $f\in\mathbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_t]$ has terms only of form $$b\prod_{i=1}^tx_i^{a_i}$$ where $a_i\in\{0,1\}$ and $b\in\mathbb Z$. Is there no general purpose algorithm for ...
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### Example of applying real quantifier elimination algorithm for polynomials

Sorry if any of this is unclear, or doesn't make much sense, I'm still trying to figure it out, a practical example such as this would likely help me understand better than anything else. I have read ...
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### Is equality of formulas with floor rounding or integer division decidable?

As far as I know, formulae involving rationals and basic arithmetic ($+$, $-$, $\cdot$ and $/$) have decidable equality. Is this still the case if we add floor rounding (or integer division)? Define ...
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### Compare my software's representation of exponential numbers and 0?

Suppose I have a real number $$x=\sum_{i=1}^n a_i e^{\lambda_i}$$ where $a_i,\lambda_i$s are complex algebraic numbers. Is there an algorithm to determine whether it is greater than 0 or less than ...
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### decidability of regularity of a language depending on representation

It is well known that many decision problems for regular languages are decidable. However, the proofs seem to rely on a witness of the regularity of said language, be it an automaton, a grammar, a ...
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### Two (probably) equal real numbers which are not proved to be equal?

Can someone give me a nice example of two computable real numbers which are believed but not proved to be equal? I never really understood the assertion that "the reals do not have decidable equality"...
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### Can we “invert” Diophantine equations such as $x^3+y^3+z^3=k$ in to halting probabilities for some universal Turing machine?

Following Pooten [1], Davis[2], Chaitin [3], and Ord and Kieu [4]: Is it possible that there is a polynomial $P$ of degree $d\le 4$, along with a prefix-free universal Turing machine $T$, such that ...
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### Do any finite predictions of Quantum Mechanics depend on the set theoretic axioms used?

I was wondering if any of the finite predictions of Quantum Mechanics depend on what set theoretic axioms are used. We will say that Quantum Mechanics makes a finite prediction about an experiment if,...
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### Decidability of S2S with real numbers

Is the theory of natural numbers and functions $ℕ → ℝ$ decidable under: - for natural numbers: $\mathrm{succ1}(n) = 2n+1$; $\mathrm{succ2}(n) = 2n+2$; equality - for functions: pointwise addition and ...
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### Subgroup membership problem for Noetherian groups

I am interested in the status of the subgroup membership problem (MP) for finitely presented Noetherian groups. That is, given a finite presentation $\langle X,R\rangle$ for a Noetherian group, \begin{...
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### Equality of combinations of exponentials and logarithms

Suppose I have some combination of exponentials, logarithms, and arithmetic operations on rational numbers. For example, $e^{e^{r_1} + \log r_2} - r_3$. Under what conditions does an algorithm exist ...
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### minimum size of undecidable quadratic diophantine problems

According to Matiyasevich, the existence of integer solutions of systems of polynomial equations with integer coefficients is undecidable. By introducing additional variables substituting factors of ...
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### The elementary theory of finite commutative rings

I have wondered the decidability of elementary theory of finite commutative rings. Since we know that the elementary theory of finite fields is decidable shown by J.Ax (The Elementary Theory of Finite ...
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### Is Calculus of Constructions type inhabitance semi-decideable?

I'm wondering if type inhabitance for the calculus of constructions is semi-decideable. I know the following: System F inhabitance and, correspondingly, second-order unification are semi-decideable ...
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### Is the equational theory of the variety of ternary self-distributive algebras decidable?

A ternary self-distributive algebra is an algebra $(X,t)$ that satisfies the identity $$t(u,v,t(x,y,z))=t(t(u,v,x),t(u,v,y),t(u,v,z)).$$ Is the equational theory of the variety of ternary self-...
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### Undecidable easy arithmetical statement

Is there a basic arithmetic statement which is known to be undecidable ? By basic arithmetic statement I do mean an easy statement in the spirit of the Collatz conjecture . By the way is there some ...
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### Deciding equality in free models of a (generalized) Lawvere theory

Let $F : \mathcal{C} \rightarrow \mathcal{D}$ be functor of Lawvere theories $\mathcal{C}, \mathcal{D}$ (i.e. cartesian categories where every object is isomorphic to some power of a chosen object) ...
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### Decidability and Cluster algebras

Recall the definition of a cluster algebra, which can be seen as a (possibly infinite) graph, where each vertex is a tuple of a quiver and Laurent expressions at some of the vertices of the quiver. ...
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### Is it decidable to check if an element has finite order or not?

Suppose we have a finitely presented group $G$ with decidable word problem. Is it decidable to check whether a given element $x\in G$ has finite order or infinite?
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### Are the terms of a linear recurrence integral?

Given rational numbers $a_1,\ldots, a_k$ and $u_0, \ldots, u_k$, let $(u_n)_{n \geq k}$ be the linear recurrence defined by $$u_n := a_1 u_{n-1} + \cdots + a_k u_{n-k}, \text{ for } n \geq k .$$ ...
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### Can we algorithmically contract loops in a simply connected space?

It is well-known that the question whether a given connected simplicial complex (or simplicial set) is simply connected, is algorithmically undecidable as it can model the word problem. Assuming ...
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### Understanding the paper: “Guarded Fixed Point Logic”

This question is specifically about the paper "Guarded Fixed Point Logic" by Gradel and Walukiewicz. Among other things they prove the decidability of the satisfiability problem for Fixpoint Loosely ...
Given a $d\times d$ complex matrix subspace $S$, we are asking whether there is some finite integer $n$ such that there exists a non-zero positive semi-definite matrix is orthogonal to $S^{\otimes n}$....