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### What does it mean to prove the halting problem is undecidable "using arithmetization"?

In version gamma of the ACM/IEEE/AAAI Computer Science Curricula 2023, on page 50, one of the illustrative learning outcomes for the "Computational Models and Formal Languages" section of ...
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### Can you diagonalize a language out of CSL?

In recursion theory, it is possible to diagonalize a computable function out of the class of primitive recursive functions. Can you do the same with context-sensitive languages? I was thinking we ...
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### Understanding a black-box vs white-box simulation and relativization

I am trying to understand the relativization barrier from Baker Gill Solovay (BGS). About this barrier, I have heard that it only applies when using a black-box simulation. Hence, my question is, what ...
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### Proving FPT is strictly contained in XP

In their book Fundamentals of Parameterized Complexity, Downey and Fellows claim (in chapter 27.1) that $\mathrm{FPT}\subsetneq \mathrm{XP}$, and that this is a "basic result" that follows ...
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### What is the role of diagonalization in the proof of undecidability of the halting problem?

I'm trying to understand the proof of undecidability of the halting problem. Some resources give a short proof based on a proof by contradiction. There is no mention of diagonalization. But some ...
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### Hilbert's Hotel for guests with infinite string name

I was watching this video How An Infinite Hotel Ran Out Of Room, by Veritasium. The video says that it is not possible to fit names made of infinite strings of $\{A,B\}$. We know we can fit infinite ...
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### Prove Language Is Undeciable Using Diagonalization

I was given the following problem and told it has to be solved using diagonalization. However, I am confused as to why diagonalization would be the solution. Would the answer not be since L is ...
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### M does not accept [M] | 'Correction' of proof possible?

The language $D=\{[M]|M([M])=0\}$ is not decidable because of the following argument: Suppose there was a $TM \space M_D$ that decides $D$. Then if we gave $M_D \space [M]$, there would be two ...
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### Why is the language containing the Turing machines which only accept their own encoding not applicable to the diagonalization proof?

I saw this question and asked myself why the original problem is not solvable through diagonalization. Let $$L = \bigl\{\langle M \rangle \mid L(M) = \{\langle M\rangle\}\bigr\}$$ Take the complement \$...
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