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Questions concerning the Halting problem which is to decide whether a given a program halts on a given input.

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$L = \{ \langle M \rangle \mid M$ is a Turing machine and $\mathcal{L}(M)$ is decidable $\}$

$L = \langle M \rangle \mid M$ is a Turing machine and $\mathcal{L}(M)$ is decidable $\}$. How could I show this language is undecidable using the HALTing method? A language $L$ is undecidable if its ...
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Variations of the halting problem

Let $M$ be an arbitrary Turing machine and $w \in \{0, 1\}^{*}$ be a binary string. The language $\text{HALT} = \{\langle M, w \rangle : M ~\text{halts on input} ~w \}$ is undecidable by the famous ...
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The Halting problem proof is wrong?

First, let's see the pseudocode proof of halting problem: P(x) = run H(x, x) if H(x, x) answers "yes" loop forever else halt Then we have a ...
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Probabilistic halting problem

I'm a physics and math student working through Nielsen & Chuang's text on quantum computation and information. I don't have much experience in CS theory, so some of these exercises are confusing ...
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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][1] correctly explains that a deterministic ...
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Can we enumerate finite sequences which have no halting continuation?

Note: this question has been cross-posted to Math.SE, after about a week here. I am trying to deepen my understanding of the relationship between the Halting Problem and Godel's Completeness Theorem (...
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Halting problem in C++

The halting problem relies on the fluidity of Turing machines. That is, a string can represent a machine. Can you do the same for C++ on a modern computer? Let's see my first attempt. Let ...
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How to prove the language of Turing machines that run at most $4|x|^2$ steps is not recursive?

I am trying to prove that the language $$ L=\{M\mid M\text{ is a TM and for all }x\in \Sigma^*\text{ with }|x|>2, M\text{ on }x\text{ runs at most }4|x|^2\text{ steps}\} $$ belongs to Co-RE but ...
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Is halts-if-valid decideable?

I have a suspicion that Turing's famous proof that the halting problem is undecidable may not prove exactly what people assume that it proves. It may only prove that it is possible to limit the ...
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Reduction to proof undecidability of the problem: machine M and N accept infinitely many words

I am struggling with the following problem: Decide whether this problem is decidable or not: For two given Turing Machines M and N, there exists infinitely many words accepted by both machine M and ...
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How can I write a genetic programming algorithm, given that the Halting problem is unsolvable?

I am learning genetic programming and to practice I want to write a simple algorithm which evolves a program that solves a simple function (say, square root). I intend to represent programs as ...
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Is Halting problem only applicable to infinite languages

Is the halting problem, only applicable for infinite languages? I assume that if the language is finite, then we can search over all words?
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Can every Turing Machine be translated into a SAT formula?

For the proof of "Cook-Levin Theorem", for a Turing Machine $M$ that accepts a language $L \in NP$ and input $x \in \{0,1\}^*$, we can create a SAT Formula, that is satisfiable if and only if $M$ ...
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Is the halting problem solvable for NPDAs?

After the total silence in response to my last question, I am rethinking my assumptions. DPDAs are, of course, solvable, and I believe that their loops can be found in the manner I described in my ...
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Show that the following language is undecidable

$\{ M \mid M \text{ is a machine that runs in }100n^3 + 300\text{ time }\}$ I am currently stuck with this one. I thought of reducing HALT to M as the reduction seems legitimate to me: if the first ...
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Computability: Proving a predicate is not recursively enumerable

Let P(p) <=> for each x, comp(p,x) is defined. Can anyone explain to me how to prove that P is not RE (recursively enumerable) ?
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Detecting loops in NPDAs

I'm aware that the halting problem is solvable for PDAs, but I have recently discovered that I am wrong about how to actually do it. I used to think that you could detect an infinite loop by meeting ...
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Define the following problem as a language and prove that it is undecidable with a reduction from the halting problem.

...Knowing whether a Turing machine will ever output your name on the tape. The language is the set of all TMs that print your name. Reduce from HALT TM. I had this problem on my exam. From my ...
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Why is the halting problem decidable for LBA?

I have read in Wikipedia and some other texts that The halting problem is [...] decidable for linear bounded automata (LBAs) [and] deterministic machines with finite memory. But earlier it is ...
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Does solving all Halting problem instances 'in the limit' imply we solve an undecidable problem?

The recent Arxiv paper "Learning the undecidable from networked systems" attempts to construct a network of $N$ Turing machines$^1$ that can solve the Halting problem for any program of size $O(\log N)...
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Does Church-Turing thesis also apply to artificial intelligence?

By Church-Turing's thesis, it is impossible to design an algorithm to decide the halting problem. Does the word algorithm in this context include artificial intelligence or not, that is, does ...
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Misunderstanding Turing's Halting-Problem Argument

I just watched a video by Computerphile on the halting problem (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=macM_MtS_w4) . I’m having some difficulty understanding the argument as it is made. Let me explain it ...
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Enumerate over all halting Turing Machines?

I understand that it is possible to enumerate over all Turing Machines. My understanding of how this works is by fixing an encoding of natural numbers to TM descriptions, and then enumerating the ...
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Counter Machine (Halting Problem)

How can we show that Halting Problem for one-counter additive machines is decidable ?
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Halting Problem, Typed Version: A Headache

After many years, I have been revisiting the venerable old Halting Problem and the self-referential / diagonalization “party trick” that shows that there is no Turing Machine able to solve it. I was ...
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How is Turing's Solution to the Halting Problem Not Simply “Failure By Design”?

I'm having a hard time viewing Turing's solution to the Halting Problem as a logician, rather than as an engineer. Here is my understanding of the Halting Problem: Let $M$ be the set of all ...
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Would Schmidhuber's theories of everything be capable of performing hypercomputation?

Jürgen Schmidhuber pointed out that a simple explanation of the universe would be a Turing machine analogy programmed to execute all possible programs computing all possible histories for all types of ...
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Is determining if a Turing machine runs in constant time decidable if one assumes it halts?

As the title states, is determining if a Turing machine runs in constant time decidable if one assumes it halts? The decision problem, more formally: Given a Turing machine $M$ where it is assumed ...
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Prove that there exists a machine which decides an infinite subset of halting problem

We already know that $H:=\{\langle M,w\rangle | M$ halts on $w\}$ is undecidable, then how can there possibly be a machine that decides any infinite subset of $H$?
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Halting problem without input?

I'm only a layman therefore only discuss stuff naïvely. I read some introductory articles about halting problems with a scenario that if there were such a decider accessible to us, we should be able ...
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Why a TM with infinite states can decide the halting problem?

Assuming we have a model of TM with an infinite number of states. The domain and range of the transition function are also infinite. Given a description of a TM $M$ and a string $w$ how can we use the ...
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How to create model for a powerful language whose programs are guaranteed to terminate?

I'm creating a powerful regular expression matching system that can be augmented by adding small microprograms to deterministic finite automaton (DFA) states. The microprogram solves the big bang ...
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Recognizer for decidable language and words it doesn't halt on

Suppose we have a decidable language B (there exists some TM that decides it). Suppose we have another TM M which only ...
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Is it possible that the halting problem is solvable for all input except the machine's code?

This question occurred to me about the halting problem and I couldn't find a good answer online, wondering if someone can help. Is it possible that the halting problem is decidable for any TM on any ...
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Is this language recognizable?

Let $L = \{M: M\text{ halts on only one of 1100 or 0011 or 0011 or 1000}\}$. I'm trying to determine whether $L$ is decidable. I don't think it's even recognizable, but I'm not sure. Regardless, I ...
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How to prove that a problem is undecidable by using the Halting problem?

I cannot understand how to reduce the halting problem to a property to show that is undecidable. For example, I have this property of a Turing Machine and I have to prove if it's recursive or not: "...
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Halting problem with extra input

Can there be a function HALT(f, y) so that: There are some x such that f(x) halts iff there ...
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With a halting oracle, can tell whether something will have finite output?

A program can have finite output, yet still not halt. Example: 1: output "Yolo" 2: output "" 3: go to step 2 This only ever outputs "Yolo", despite never halting....
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Converse of halting problem

It is well known that if some computing apparatus is Turing-complete, then the halting problem is undecidable for that computing apparatus. However, is it true that if the halting problem is ...
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Is it possible to write a program that calculates an algorithm's time complexity? [duplicate]

Title is self explanatory. I have searched here on this site and haven't found any discussion about this. Is it somehow related to Turing's Halting problem (which is undecidable)?
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Human computing power: Can humans decide the halting problem on Turing Machines?

We know the halting problem (on Turing Machines) is undecidable for Turing Machines. Is there some research into how well the human mind can deal with this problem, possibly aided by Turing Machines ...
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Turing decider Halting Problem

Wiki and my classes Textbook defines a decider as: In computability theory, a machine that always halts—also called a decider (Sipser, 1996) or a total Turing machine (Kozen, 1997)—is a Turing ...
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Does Halts reduce to all other undecidable languages?

In a CS theory class I'm taking, we showed Halts was undecidable via a diagonalization argument. All other undecidable problems we looked at we either got by reducing Halts to them, or some chain of ...
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Prove that $H$ reduces to $H\varepsilon$

I have to prove that $H_\varepsilon = \{<M> \mid M\ \text{halts on input }\varepsilon\}$ reduces to $H$ (the halting problem). I am very confused how to PROVE it, I mean it is clear that we can ...
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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. ...
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Why did Alan Turing have to define computation before demonstrating undecidability?

It seems to me that Turing could've just presented the following argument: Theorem: Given a computational model $\mathcal{M}$ capable of conditional branching and indeterminate repetition the halting ...
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Prove if a property of a Turing Machine is decidable or not, how can I do it?

I cannot understand how to prove if a certain property of a Turing Machine M is decidable or not. For example, if a have this: (1.1) "M always halts within 100 steps" or this (1.2) "M recognizes ...
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Is there an impossibility to mechanically distinguish between sets and classes?

Assuming only computable functions, and in line with set theory, defining a "proper class" as a collection that is itself not allowed to be a member of a set. A "collection" is then defined as either ...
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does there exist for each program that produces a sequence, a program that returns true or false if a number is in the sequence?

let S be the set of all programs that take a natural number as input and return another natural as output. let M be the set of all programs that take a natural number as input and return true or false....
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Is Alan Turing's proof of the incomputability of halting problem invalid?

I fail to see a contradiction in the halting machine proposed by Alan Turing. Definition of halting machine Where H = all possible programs that terminates N = all possible programs that do not ...