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Why get this P=NP? What I am doing wrong?

As we know, all NP problems are decidable because there is a NTM that can solve them in polynomial time. To my knowledge, any NTM is equivalent to a DTM. Thus, if NP problems can be decided by a NTM e....
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A decidable language that can't be decided by a circuit ensemble of linear size

Let Size(O(n)) be the set of languages the can be decided by a circuit ensemble (a sequence of circuits C_i for every natural i s.t input size is i) such that every circuit's size is linear (in input ...
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Decide if some DFA is accepted

Given Some(DFA) = {|A is a DFA and L(A) is not empty and L(A) is not equal to Σ^(*)} Show Some(DFA) is decidable. I produced the following answer and wanted to check if I am correct T="On input ...
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Decidability of {M | M accepts some x in less than |x| steps}

Is this language decidable? {M | M accepts some x in less than |x| steps} It feels like it should be undecidable but I can't think of a good proof that isn't similar to that of Rice's theorem (which I ...
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Is the following language decidable?

Please confirm if my understanding of the below question, and my answer is correct. Is the following language decidable? Justify your answer. $L = \{\langle M_1,M_2\rangle \mid L(M_1) \cup L(M_2) = \...
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Proving a language is recursively enumerable

Prove that the following language is recursively enumerable: L = {<M,x> | Turing machine M enters the same configuration twice on input x} I have tried to construct a TM that maintains the ...
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Why we can reduce $A_{TM}$ to $ALL_{CFG}$, but we can not reduce $A_{TM}$ to $E_{CFG}$

If a $PDA$ can be constructed to check whether a string is not a computation history for a Turing Machine. Like in the proof of $ALL_{CFG}$ is not decidable. Then we can construct a $PDA$ that accepts ...
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Show that ALL DFA is decidable

I have been given the following problem and was wondering if my solution is correct (taken from the textbook exercise in the book Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Martin Sipser): Given $$\...
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If a language L over a finite alphabet A has both a subset and superset that are Turing-recognizable, does this make L Turing-Recognizable too?

"Let A be a finite alphabet, and let L1 and L2 be two Turing-recognisable languages over A such that L1 is a proper subset of L2, i.e. L1 ⊂ L2 but L1 ≠ L2. Let a language L over the alphabet A ...
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Reduction from $ALL$ to $DECIDE$

Let $DECIDE=${$<M> :\ M\ halts\ on \ all \ inputs$} and I wish to show its unrecognizable using a reduction from $ALL=${$<M> :L(M)=\Sigma ^* $} using a deterministic turing machine $R$ ...
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Mapping Reduction from HALT?

I've been given a task to determine whether L={〈M〉|M is a TM that loops on the input c (a constant)} is decidable. I can prove co-L is recognizable so I figured a reduction from HALT to co-L would ...
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A program that solves the Halting Problem for programs with N states

My question relates to the conclusions drawn from the Halting Problem. I understand that the Halting Problem proves that no program H(P,i) exists that determines if P(i) halts or not for P in general. ...
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Is the Turing machine the only framework to analyse limits of computation?

In Theory of Computation lessons, the limits of computation are usually analyzed within the framework of Turing machines, so if something isn't solvable with Turing Machine, then we consider this ...
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General rules to tell if a language is regular/CFL/decidable/recognizable

I've been looking online for quite some time for some 'general' rules on this. for example, there's a 'rule' that claims that if a language is like $$L={w\in {a,b,c}^* : count_\alpha (w) =count_\beta (...
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L is a recognizable undecidable language ,M is a Turing machine that recognizes L, does M reject or infinitely loop for s belonging to L-complement?

If $L$ is a decidable language, $M$ is a Turing machine that determines $L$. For $\forall s \in L$, M accepts, and for $\forall s \in \overline{L}$, M rejects However, my question is that If $L$ is a ...
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can a model of computation with infinitely many states be nontrivially decidable?

i'm trying to make a game in which the player faces an infinite (finitely specified) series of enemies and has to specify a strategy that provably defeats all of them (ie defeats enemy n in finite ...
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$L =$ { $\langle M \rangle$ | $M$ moves left on at least one input }

Is $L =$ { $\langle M \rangle$ | $M$ moves left on at least one input } decidable? What would the proof look like? Intuitively, I would say it's undecidable: We cannot predict if a given TM ever ...
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Prove that determining if a PDA has an infinite language is decidable

I have been given the following problem and was wondering if my solution is correct (taken from the textbook exercise in the book Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Martin Sipser): Given $$\...
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Is the "intersection" of the special Halting Problem with a language always undecidable?

I'm exploring the decidability characteristics of a particular language formed by the intersection of two languages, specifically in the context of the Halting Problem. The languages are defined as ...
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Why there can't be two instances of a "reverse" program in the Halting problem?

So in the halting problem, there is a program that reverses the output of a program that tells if the input program halts or runs forever(I'll call it the main program further). The whole paradox is ...
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What are the conditions necessary for a programming language to have no undefined behavior?

For context, yesterday I posted Does the first incompleteness theorem imply that any Turing complete programming language must have undefined behavior?. Part of what prompted me to ask that question ...
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Reduce A ∶= {x ∈ N ∣ x < 10} to Halting Problem on empty tape

I am preparing for an exam in computability and still learning about the idea of reductions. I found an interesting problem to start with and am curious if my approach is correct: Let H0 be the ...
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TMs can decide whether or not a string is a Palindrome, yet, the language called PALINDROMES is undecidable - why?

I came across this language, where M denotes a Turing Machine: PALINDROMES $:= \{M \mid M \text{ accepts strings which are palindromes}\}.$ It is proven to undecidable. And, I know one can construct a ...
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Does Turing machine move left on particular input?

We know that RE language is the collection of unrestricted grammar which is known as type-0 grammar that's why emptiness, finiteness of every RE languages is undecidable. My question is how I check ...
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Rice theorem could apply except RE language?

You know that Rice theorem is applicable to check decidability of RE language. Also we know that all regular, deterministic context free, context free, recursive languages are RE languages. $Q_1:$ So ...
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How much is decidability compromised within this restriction of the fixpoint combinator?

Though purely functional programming languages, such as Haskell, is commonly thought to have no side-effects, there is a caveat: Recursive calls may hang. I considered this to be undesirable, and ...
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Are the halting problem proofs refuted by software engineering?

Can D simulated by H terminate normally? The x86utm operating system based on an open source x86 emulator. This system enables one C function to execute another C function in debug step mode. When H ...
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How can decidability/semi-decidability/undecidability have impact on REAL life applications/examples?

How decidability/semi-decidability/undecidability has impact on REAL life applications/examples? I understand that it can be used for implementation of various algorithms but what else?
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If a language is undecidable, then its complementary language must also be undecidable?

Reference from here If a Language is Non-Recognizable then what about its complement? There exist complementary languages of unrecognizable languages that are recognizable, and there exist ...
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Unrecognizable languages must be undecidable?

A decidable language must be recognizable. Unrecognizable languages must be undecidable? I want to know more about the relation of undecidability and unrecognizability
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Is it computable to find the cardinality of intersection of two recursively enumerable sets?

I am well aware that recursively enumerable sets (which are subsets of $\mathbb N$) are closed under intersection. What is more interesting is whether or not the cardinality of the intersection is ...
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Turing-reducibility for guaranteed decider

The following exercise is taken from Theoretical Computer Science by Atiba. Use Rice's theorem to demonstrate that every decidable language is Turing reducible to some language that is already ...
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Is the infinite union of decidable languages decidable?

I am currently struggling with figuring out the following problem: Given decidable languages L1, L2, L3, L4, ... Is the infinite union of Languages L1, ...... decidable? I have an intution that it is ...
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Prove that $L = \{ \langle M \rangle | \text{ M is a PDA, L(M) contains at least 1 string w that } |w| \leq n \}$ is recursive?

Description Similar to the encoding of a Turing Machine, we can encode a Push-Down Automata. Denote $\langle M \rangle$ as the encoding of PDA M, and a natural number n, is language $L = \{ \langle M \...
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Show that Lu is m-reducible to the language L = {⟨M, x⟩ | M(x) terminates with an empty tape}

Question: Given a language L, L = {⟨M, x⟩ | M(x) terminates with an empty tape}, show that Lu is m-reducible to L by finding a computable function f: Σ* -> Σ*, where for every w, w ∈ Lu if and only ...
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Is it possible to determine if a 0-arity function [a program with no input] will always terminate

The halting problem concerns programs which take input. By framing the halting problem on the diagonal argument it is clear why this is so. What about programs with no input, constant functions. Can ...
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Are there any formal systems or programming languages in which its only possible to define functions that have inverses?

Consider an algorithm $f(x)$. Are there formal systems or programming languages that only allow $f(x)$ to be defined if $f^-1(x)$ exists?
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If predicate P is partially-decidable, is ¬P decidable, partially decidable or undecidable?

I was learning about decidability when I thought of this question: If P is partially decidable, is ¬P decidable, partially decidable or undecidable? I think it is Undecidable since if ¬P holds then P ...
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Language of Turing machines that go through some configuration infinitely many times on empty input

I've been going through some questions on old homework. Here was a question that confused me somehow. Question: Given a language $$L=\{\langle M\rangle\ |\ M \text{ is a Turing machine. } M \text{ ...
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Decidability of a context free Grammar

Say that a Context Free Grammar is red when it accepts every word of length 3 that begins with a, and extremely red when it accepts every word that begins with a. Is redness decidable? or Semi ...
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For any two languages A and B there exists J such that both A and B are Turing reducible to J

Here is the my attempt: Proof : Suppose $J = \{aa' \mid a \in A\} \cup \{bb' \mid b \in B\}$ such that $a'$ and $b'$ are the symbols that do not belong to any $w \in A \cup B$ and $a,b$ are strings. ...
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Prove that the problem of REGEX producing strings with 111 as substring is decidable

I have been given the following problem and was wondering if my solution is correct (taken from the textbook exercise in the book Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Martin Sipser): Given <...
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Prove that the problem of CFG producing epsylon is decidable

I have been given the following problem and was wondering if my solution is correct (taken from the textbook exercise in the book Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Martin Sipser): Given $$\...
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A language of natural numbers is decidable iff it is either finite or the image of some strictly increasing computable function

Suppose $L \subseteq \mathbb N$ such that, for the purpose of Turing machine computation, numbers in $L$ are represented by strings over the alphabet $\{0, 1\}$ in the standard binary notation. Prove ...
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Does description method matter in Rice’s theorem?

If $\mathcal{p}$ is a nontrivial property of formal languages, then $L_{\mathcal{p}} = \{ \langle M \rangle \mid L(M) \in \mathcal{p} \}$ is undecidable by Rice’s theorem. What if we describe ...
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Decision problem

Prove the following theorem Let A and B be two languages on an alphabet Σ. If A ≤p B and B ∈ P, then A ∈ P. Could anyone be able to prove it?
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Useless states in a PDA

I am trying to solve a problem in Sipser's Introduction to the Theory of Computation book, which reads: 4.22 A useless state in a pushdown automaton is never entered on any input string. Consider the ...
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Show that $ Y \subseteq A^*$ is decidable

Let A be a nonempty alphabet, $X ⊆ A^*$ a decidable set, and $Y ⊆ A^*$ be a semi-decidable set. We assume that $Y ⊆ X$ and that $X \setminus Y ⊆ A^*$ is semi-decidable. Show that then the set Y ⊆ A∗ ...
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If $L_1 \leq_m L_2$, and $L_2$ is decidable, is $L_1$ then decidable?

There is a lemma in our textbook that asks us to prove the following: If $L_1 \leq_m L_2$, and $L_2$ is decidable, then $L_1$ is decidable I tried proving this by saying that if $L_1 \leq_m L_2$, ...
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Can 3-SAT be recognized in less than exponential time?

Obviously it is an open question if $3$-SAT can be decided in a polynomial amount of time. But what results do we know about its recognizabilty? Can $3$-SAT be recognized in a polynomial amount of ...