# Questions tagged [rice-theorem]

Rice's Theorem states that any (non-trivial) property of Turing machines is undecidable.

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### Correct Turing machine representation for Rice Theorem proof

Consider the language L1. From Rice Theorem I know L1 is not decidable (i.e. undecidable). L1 = { R(M) | R(M) is a TM and 1011 ∈ L(M)} For example if I want to represent by diagram a TM $M_1$ ...
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### Why Rice theorem work for decidability?

Rice's theorem states: Every nontrivial property of recursively enumerable language is undecidable. I came across following problems, which Ullman's books say both are undecidable: Turing ...
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### Proving that Rice's theorem does not apply to a property

This is related to an assignment, but I would still appreciate help in formalising proof either through private message or on this topic. The question is about if Rice theorem applies to certain ...
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### Decidability of decision problems

Can somebody give intuition how to answer those questions? From one side I can say that most of them are undecidable because we can reduce the halting problem to them (or halting problem can appear ...
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### Rice Theorem - Problem to understand and apply it

I have struggle to understand the Rice Theorem. My understanding of Rice Theorem: The purpose of this Theorem is to proof that some given language L is undecidable iff the language has a non-trivial ...
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### How to determine if this problem is decidable?

I am currently stuck on the following problem: Given a WHILE-program P and the knowledge that all input variales are set to 0, is it decidable if a specific instruction is reached 1000 times? My ...
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### Rice's Theorem - usage on $DFA$ or $LBA$

I have read about Rice's Theorem on Sipser's book, and I think I understand it quite well. I understand that it can be used to show that a language is not decidable. However I am not sure about one ...
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### How to show that the complement of ATM $\leq_{m}$ L = {<M> : |L(M)| = 2}?

My original intention was to prove that $L = \{\langle M \rangle \mid |L(M)| = 2 \}$ is not turing recognizable but soon I realized that I could use the complement of ATM because the complement of ...
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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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### Rice's theorem applicable to the following language?

Let $L= \{\langle M \rangle \mid M \text{ halts on } \langle M \rangle \}$ be a language where $\langle M \rangle$ is the Code of the TM $M$. $L$ is undecidable. I've heard that I can't use Rice's ...
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### Language of TM is Undecidable

why is this Problem$$L = \{ \langle M\rangle \mid L(M) \text{ is undecidable}\}$$ undecidable? I thought if we know $L(M)$ the turingmaschine accepts all $x \in L(M)$, so $L(M)$ is in every case ...
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### proof of the rice's theorem

Let $P$ be any nontrivial property of the language of a Turing machine. Prove that the problem of determining whether a given TM’s language has property $P$ is undecidable. Proof:(This is from sipser'...
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### What is the Name of the Problem or Technique of Determining if a Line in a Program Will Execute

If I were to pose the question: "Given a program $P$ containing statement $X$, will $X$ be executed (given enough runs with all possible inputs)?" This strikes me of being a relative of the Halting ...
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### Trying to prove semidecidability of an undecidable language

I have been having a hard time understanding whether the set $S = \{ M \mid |L(M)| = 5 \}$ is semidecidable or not, where $M$ is a generic Turing Machine and $L(M)$ the language accepted by such TM, ...
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### Why is “accepted by Turing Machine with even number of states” a trivial property?

$$L = \left\{ \left< M \right>~\middle|~ \small{ \begin{array}{l} L(M)\text{ is recognized by a Turing Machine} \\ \text{having even number of states} \end{array} } \right\}.$$ Isn't $L$ same ...
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### Proving that a class of languages is a subset of RE for Rice Theorem

Consider language $L = \{<M> |L(M) \subseteq L(0(0\cup1)^*) \}$ where $<M>$ is a valid encoding of a turing machine. I know that the language is applicable for Rice Theorem. Now, I ...
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### The bounded halting problem is decidable. Why doesn't this conflict with Rice's theorem?

One statement of Rice's theorem is given on page 35 of "Computational Complexity: a Modern Approach" (Arora-Barak): A partial function from $\{0,1\}^*$ to $\{0,1\}^*$ is a function that is not ...
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### What is the definition of a property?

I have seen 2 answers in stackoverflow: A "trivial" property is one that holds either for all languages or for none. The property is trivial if it contains every TM, or if it is empty. My problem is:...
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### Is undecidability of TMs' properties a statistical statement?

We know (by Rice's theorem) that is it not possible to decide a non-trivial property of a given TM. We could say therefore that we cannot be sure at 100 percent that a given TM has a certain non-...
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### Rice's Theorem for Total Computable Functions

Fix a Gödel numbering, and write $\phi_n$ for the function coded by $n$. Rice's theorem states that if $P$ is the set of partial computable functions, and $A \subseteq P$, then the decision problem ...
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### Reduction without Rice's Theorem

How can I show that the following language is neither semi decidable nor co-semi decidable without using Rice's Theorem? Further for the following language, how would I show that it IS co-semi ...
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### RICE theorem applications

I am having some confusion in understanding RICE's theorem. It says every non trivial property of RE in undecidable. I need to understand when to apply RICE's theorem and when to not. Questions ...
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### How to determine enumerability after applying Rice's theorem?

To my knowledge, lots of languages can be classified as undecidable after applying Rice's theorem, for example {"M" | L(M) is regular}. But what I am not sure is, how to determine if a language is ...
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### Prove Undecidability: TM M enters each of its states on Input W?

Consider the following problem: given a Turing Machine $M$ and an input string $w$, does $M$ enter each of its states during its computation on input $w$? How to prove that the problem is undecidable?...
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### What is the meaning of undecidability in Rice Theorem?

Rice theorem says every non-trivial property of languages of Turing machines is undecidable. what is the meaning of undecidability here? is it semi-decidable? As an example the following language is ...
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### Using Generalized Rice's Theorem to Prove Decidability

I have a Turing Machine M with a binary alphabet {1,2} that accepts a language L(M) that has infinitely many strings that start with 1 and finitely many strings that start with 2. I'm trying to ...
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### Rice's Theorem: implication of having an undecidable property

I understand the assumptions that have to be true about a property or set of properties in a Turing machine description for Rice's Theorem to apply. But then what? If a set of Turing machines have ...
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### Rice's theorem vs Turing completeness

I would like to clarify this because I see some kind of contradiction between Rice's theorem and Turing completeness. This is the problem: In building an Universal Turing Machine to emulate another ...
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### What's a trivial property?

I have to show a property P is trivial. This problem has to do with Rice's Theorem, which I do not completely understand. Can someone explain the difference between trivial and non-trivial properties?...
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### Rice Theorem - What is non-trivial property? [duplicate]

Every nontrivial property of the recursively enumerable languages is undecidable. What exactly is nontrivial property?