Questions about Turing machines, a theoretical model of mechanical computation capable of simulating any computer program.

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Lower space bound on a turing machine accepting palindromes

Let $$ PAL = \lbrace x \in \lbrace 0, 1, \# \rbrace^* | x = rev(x) \rbrace $$ How do I show that a turing machine deciding $PAL$ must use space $\Omega(\log n)$? I have a feeling that I need to use ...
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Decidability of empty intersection of two languages accepted by Turing machines

I am really struggling with determining the decidability of languages and cant figure out whether this problem is decidable or not. I have a language $\qquad\displaystyle L = \{ (R(M_1), R(M_2)) ...
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Can languages with infinite strings be recursively enumerable?

I am not 100% sure about the definition of recursively enumarable languages. Yes I know how are they defined: There has to exist a Turing machine that accepts all wrods of the language and halts but ...
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Is it possible to ever define $L(M)$ of a given Turing Machine, $M$?

In class, we were discussing creating a Turing Machine $M$ based on the set of input strings it should accept, i.e. define a Turing Machine that accepts only the input $\{ w\ \#\ w\ |\ w \in ...
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Why these restrictions on the input alphabet of Turing machines?

Recently, I am learning about the definition of Turing machine. When I read the following sentence: ``Each machine $M$ has a specified input alphabet $\Sigma$, which is a subset of $\Gamma$, not ...
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Extension of Rice's theorem

How can one prove that every nontrivial property of pairs of semi-decidable sets is undecidable? (This is an extension of Rice's theorem that "Every nontrivial property of the r.e. sets is ...
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How is Rice's theorem applicable to this decision problem?

I recently had a test in introduction to computability and I got the following question wrong. The question Input: A classical Turing machine $M$ with a 2-dimensional tape. output: Does there ...
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Does “output” always imply halting in computability?

$L = \{P : P(n)$ outputs $n^2$ for all $n \in N \}$ In questions of this nature, are we supposed to assume that "outputs" means "halts and outputs"? In modern programming languages, I can ...
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Strange TM Language on Definition [closed]

i prepare for Autotmata Course Final Exam. in one of lecture, our professor draw this Turing Machine, and wrote DELTA is Neutral element of TM. it'w wrote: Language of this TM is: {$W \in ...
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$L \in RE$ Question [closed]

I see a sentence in one final exam on automaton course. I have one problem: if we want to have a TM that halts for all word in L, it's enough to have L be R.E? or we should have R be R.E and ...
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Connection of “modern” runtimes and number of steps on a Turing machine

Why an evaluation of Turing machine efficiency is equal to the algorithm which is implemented by this machine and vise versa? For example, we can say that efficiency of merge sorting algorithm is ...
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How to simulate a bidirectional TM on a regular one with time factor four?

In Computational Complexity A Modern Approach, one claim says that if $f$ is computable in time $T(n)$ by a bidirectional TM $M$, then it is computable in time $4T(n)$ by a unidirectional TM ...
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Complexity of Sorting Integers on a Multitape Turing Machine

How expensive is sorting integers on a Multitape Turing Machine? The usual algorithms rely on indirect access, so how much does losing it cost us? Say we have $N$ integers from $[0, 2^B)$. It's not ...
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Prove that turing machines and the lambda calculus are equivalent

It is known that a turing machine and the lambda calculus are equivalent in power. I now want to try to prove this myself. I think proving that the lambda calculus is at least as powerful as a turing ...
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Intersection and partial quantity decidability [closed]

I'm still insecure in the section decidability (no proof needed, I want to divine it): X is decidable and Y is undecidable. Is the intersection of X and Y decidable or undecidable? X is decidable ...
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Can a transcendental number like $e$ or $\pi$ be compressed as not algorithmically random?

The related and interesting fields of Information Theory, Turing Computability, Kolmogorov Complexity and Algorithmic Information Theory, give definitions of algorithmically random numbers. An ...
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Describe a TM through denotation of the transition function

I'm trying to describe a TM through denotation of the transition function. Given is a TM that recognizes the language $$ L ={\{w\#w} \mid w \in {\{0,1}\}^*\} $$ over the input alphabet: $$ ...
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Are Boolean functions Turing complete

A Boolean function is a function $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}$. The boolean basis $(\vee,\wedge)$ is known to be Turing complete as it allows any sequence $s\in\{0,1\}$ to be flipped or to be left ...
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How to simulate a cellular automaton via a Turing machine

It is rather easy to see that every cellular automaton can be simulated by a Turing machine: We can simulate a cellular automaton with an appropriate C program and every C program can be simulated by ...
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Is there a connection between the halting problem and thermodynamic entropy?

Alan Turing proposed a model for a machine (the Turing Machine, TM) which computes (numbers, functions, etc.) and proved the Halting Theorem. A TM is an abstract concept of a machine (or engine if ...
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Confusion in Reducibility

In Sipser's Theory of Computation book, it is stated while reducing ATM to REGULARTM We let R be a TM that decides REGULARTM and construct TM S to decide ATM. Then S works in the following ...
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Having trouble with turing machine over language $L = \{0^n 1^m 0^n 1^m \mid m,n \geq 0\}$

I am having trouble giving the description of a Turing machine that goes for $L = \{0^n 1^m 0^n 1^m \mid m,n \geq 0\}$. What I have so far is: If we start with a blank, the string is empty and it ...
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Turing Decidable [closed]

M = (Q, Σ, Γ, δ, q1, qaccept, qreject), where Q ={q1, q2, qaccept, qreject}, Σ = {0, 1}, Γ = {0, 1, U}, and transition function δ is as follows: ...
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Undecidability instance on a “find a proof/disproof” machine

I'm following through the proof of the impossibility of the Halting problem for the umpteenth time. It all makes sense logically, but not intuitively. A question I got stuck on: Suppose we built the ...
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Can we recognize wheter a Turing machine is a decider?

Let $L=\{ \langle M \rangle \mid M \text{ is a Turing Machine which halts on all inputs}\}$. Is this a Turing-recognizable language? I guess that it is neither Turing-recognizable, nor ...
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Can we represent all computer programs as graphs?

I was thinking the other day, and it occurred to me that computer programs all seem to be representable as a graph (an abstract syntax tree for example), or, once common expressions are combined, an ...
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Proving a language is not decideable using a reduction from Busy Beaver?

I was given this function: $F(n)$ returns the smallest TM (measured in number of states) such that on input $\epsilon$, the TM makes at least $n$ steps before eventually halting ($n$ is a natural ...
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Turing-unrecognizable language - what TM does?

I have a problem giving "intuitive" explanation to turing-unrecognizable languages. We can prove that, say, ${\overline{A_{TM}}}$ is not turing-recognizable, because that would make ${{A_{TM}}}$ ...
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Can you recognize or decide if a Turing Machine has an infinite sized language?

That is, can you build a Turing Machine that, if given a Turing Machine as input, can decide (or at least recognize) if the inputted Turing Machine has an infinite number of strings in its language? ...
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Relation between RAM and Turing machine

Denote $D$ a set of finite sequences of integers. In Papadimitriou's "Computational Complexity" in theorem 2.5 it is proved that if a RAM program $\Pi$ computes a function $\phi$ from $D$ to integers ...
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What would show a human mind is/is not reducible to a Turing machine?

In computer science it is often assumed that a human mind can be reduced to a Turing machine. This is the assumption that underlies the field of artificial intelligence. However, it is an ...
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Inclusion of complexity classes (Deterministic Turing Machine)

I can't understand what my professor wrote about these inclusions concerning deterministic classes: $$ DTIME(f) \subseteq DSPACE(f) \subseteq \sum_{c\in\Bbb N}DTIME(2^{c(log+f)}) $$ I understood ...
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Turing machine with repeated strings

How would I go about making a Turing machine to accept the following language L? $$L = \{ www \mid w = \{0,1\}^* \text{ and } w > 0\}$$ I was thinking counting the number of symbols in the input ...
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Does the head of TM M ever move into cell x when processing Input I?

The question is whether this is recursive or not. I first thought that it wasn't but then I read this question which seems similar and is recursive. Is it decidable whether a TM reaches some position ...
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Is a Turing Machine that only takes strings of the form $0^*$ Turing Complete?

You have a Turing machine that only processes input on the form $0^*$. If it is given an input without 0's, it will simply halt without accepting or do anything else. Is it Turing Complete? The set ...
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Maximum number of configurations on a TM that decides the language $A_\text{NFA}$ [closed]

Consider a Turing Machine $M$ that decides the following language: $$A_{\text{NFA}} = \{ \langle N,w \rangle | N\text{ is an NFA and }N\text{ accepts }w \}.$$ Based on its input size, if $M$ wants to ...
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Alternate definitions of enumeration machines

In my textbook, enumeration machines are defined as possessing a special write-only output tape, which they can write characters to, but not move the head of. When they hit the print state, the string ...
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Can a Multi-Tape Turing Machine have an infinite number of tapes?

So if k is the number of tapes, is a multi-tape Turing machine allowed to have k = ∞ tapes. I'd assume not since this would give an infinite transition function?
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Deterministic Multi-tape Turing Machine construction

I'm trying to construct a deterministic multi-tape turing machine for the following language in order to show that $L$ is in $DTIME(n)$: $$L = \{ www \mid w \in \{a,b\}^+ \}$$ I'm not sure how to ...
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can a post machine have more than one accepting state?

I was searching through google and I couldn't find anything Can a post machine have more than one accepting state ? Yes or No ?
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How to find out what are accept, loop and reject in this Turing Machine? [closed]

I am trying to find out accept, loop and reject in this Turing Machine because it doesnt have any...I am not sure if I completely understand it but this is the turing machine I am talking about... ...
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Deciding the set of all Turing machines that halt in at most $k|x|$ steps $\forall x \in \Sigma^*$

Let $L = \{ <M> | M$ halts on every input $x$ in at most $200 * |x|$ steps $\}$. Is $L$ decidable? Recognizable? Given that membership in $L$ asserts something about $M$'s behavior on an ...
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Intersection/Union of recursively enumerable languages that aren't decidable?

For $L_1, L_2 $ and $L_1 \in RE $ and $ L_1\notin R$ and $L_2 \in RE $ and $ L_2\notin R$ I was asked to prove/disprove if the following can occur: $L_1 \cap L_2 \in R$ $L_1 \cup L_2 \in R$ $L_1 ...
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Showing that deciding whether a given TM accepts a word of length 5 is undecidable

I'm having trouble grasping this the concept of reductions. I found the solution and it looks like this: Assume that $M_5$ is a Turing Machine that can decide if a given Turing Machine $M$ accepts ...
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What is the formal description of a Turing machine?

I was asked to give a formal description of a Turing machine I have no experience with this, and was wondering what "formal description" entails.
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How do you prove that this TM decides a language that is undecidable? [closed]

In Sipser's Introduction to the Theory of Computation, there is an exercise that asks to prove $T$ decides $A_{TM}$, which is the language $$A_{TM} = \{ \langle M,w \rangle | M \text{ is a TM and $w ...
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Parsing Turing Machine

Have a question that requires me to write the rules for parsing a turing machine This is the question The PROBLEM involves writing a set of Turing Machine rules that will read and determine whether ...
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Can a Turing Machine have fewer states?

I am currently learning about Turing Machines, I am curious if a Turing Machine can have fewer states ? Can it be done like a Transition Graph where you can have multiple states at once ? I got ...
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how to draw a complement of a Turing Machine?

I am now pretty confident on how I would turn something into a Turing Machine. Now my question is how do you convert TM into a complement of a Turing Machine. From what I can remember in Finite ...