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What are the simplest examples of programs that we do not know whether they terminate?

The halting problem states there is no algorithm that will determine if a given program halts. As a consequence, there should be programs about which we can not tell whether they terminate or not. ...
17 votes
5 answers
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Are there any compression algorithms based on PI?

What we know is that π is infinite and quite likely it contains every possible finite string of digits (disjunctive sequence). I've seen recently some prototype of πfs which assume that every file ...
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Do proofs of $HALT$'s undecidability make it clear that it's practically relevant?

The proof of $HALT$'s undecidability usually goes like this: we assume the existence of a halting decider and incorporate it into a machine $D$ that takes a TM as input, runs it on its own encoding ...
182 votes
13 answers
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Why, really, is the Halting Problem so important?

I don't understand why the Halting Problem is so often used to dismiss the possibility of determining whether a program halts. The Wikipedia article correctly explains that a deterministic machine ...
18 votes
5 answers
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Regular languages that seem irregular

I'm trying to find examples of languages that don't seem regular, but are. A reference to where such examples may be found is also appreciated. So far I've found two. One is $L_1=\{a^ku\,\,|\,\,u\in \{...
9 votes
5 answers
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How to tell if a language is recognizable, co-recognizable or decidable?

If you have a language L, without doing any proofs, is there a way to tell if it's recognizable or co-recognizable or decidable? Basically any hints or tricks that can be used to tell. Or maybe the ...
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Why is $\{ w \in \Sigma^* : M_w[\epsilon]\downarrow \land |w| \leq 7\}$ decidable?

I get that the argument for this set $\{ w \in \Sigma^* : M_w[\epsilon]\downarrow \land |w| \leq 7\}$ to be decidable is that $|w|\leq7$ meaning it is a finite set and therefore it can be decided. ...
63 votes
6 answers
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If everyone believes P ≠ NP, why is everyone sceptical of proof attempts for P ≠ NP?

Many seem to believe that $P\ne NP$, but many also believe it to be very unlikely that this will ever be proven. Is there not some inconsistency to this? If you hold that such a proof is unlikely, ...
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2 answers
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How to prove P$\neq$NP?

I am aware that this seems a very stupid (or too obvious to state) question. However, I am confused at some point. We can show that P $=$ NP if and only if we can design an algorithm that solves any ...
2 votes
2 answers
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Are functions with a finite domain and codomain always computable?

I apologise if my following reasoning is flawed, but I cannot find the "bug" in it. Consider two finite subsets of $\mathbb{N}$, namely $A$ and $B$. The set of all functions $f:A\rightarrow ...
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(Un)computability of a restricted Halting Problem

Before I start with my question, I want to state some notation I am using. I fix some arbitrary but fixed enumeration of Turing Machines (TMs) and denote with $\Phi_i : \mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$ the ...
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1 answer
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Does there exist a undecidable infinite language with only a finite undecidable subset?

I know that there's no such thing as a finitely sized undecidable language. However, does there exist an undecidable language where a finitely sized set of undecidable elements are 'hiding among' an ...
8 votes
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If the Halting Problem was solvable, and we solved it, what would be its implications?

Perhaps a way to better understand the Halting Problem's importance is to know what would happen or what could be possible if this was solved. What would be the Halting Problem's implications in today'...
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1 answer
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Why Right-Division of regular language with RE\E language is regualr?

I think I can't understand the meaning of language being decidable. The next case makes no sense to me: Considering I have language L1 which is regular, and language L2 which is in RE\R (in ...
35 votes
6 answers
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Differences and relationships between randomized and nondeterministic algorithms?

What differences and relationships are between randomized algorithms and nondeterministic algorithms? From Wikipedia A randomized algorithm is an algorithm which employs a degree of randomness ...

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