# Questions tagged [undecidability]

Questions about problems which cannot be solved by any Turing machine.

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### $\{<M>: M \text{ is a finite automata and L(M) contains a word of form } a^ib^j\}$ is decidable?

How can we show that the language $K = \{<M>: M \text{ is a finite automata and L(M) contains a word of form } a^ib^j\}$ is decidable?
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### If $\text{NV}_{\text{TM}}$ is decidable, then $A_{TM}$ is decidable?

It seems that $\text{NV}_{\text{TM}} = \{〈N〉: N \text{ a Turing-Machine and } L(N) ≠ ∅\}$ is not decidable. Here is a proof: Suppose that $\text{NV}_{\text{TM}}$ is decidable with the Turing-Machine ...
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### Unrecognizability of $L(M_1) \cap L(M_2) = \emptyset$

Let's define a language $$C = \{ \{M_1, M_2\} \mid M_1, M_2 \text{ are TMs s.t. } L(M_1) \cap L(M_2) = \emptyset \}$$ We have to show that $C$ is unrecognizable. I am having trouble going on about ...
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### Many-one reductions between the set of true sentences and a particular arithmetical set

Never used this site before so not sure the best way to get help. However, I've been looking at many-one reductions in relations to sentences in logic. Let TH(N) = {ϕ : ϕ is a first order sentence ...
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### Understanding the union of an undecidable language with a finite or decidable language

I'm trying to prove that the language $L \cup A$ is undecidable, when the language $L$ is undecidable and the language $A$ is finite or decidable. This is confusing me because if $L$ were to be a semi-...
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### Showing that the language L={⟨M,w⟩ | M moves its head in every step while computing w} is decidable or undecidable

How would you go about showing that the language L={⟨M,w⟩ | M moves its head in every step while computing w} is decidable or undecidable? Intuitively speaking I think it is indeed undecidable because ...
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### Decidability of Turing machines and misconceptions on the halting problem

In an online discussion on Turing machines and decidability recently, I blatantly theorized that any problem about a specific single Turing machine must be decidable, the question of undecidability ...
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### Are there any existing problems that wouldn't be solvable with a halting oracle?

I understand that most problems are trivial if a halting oracle is available (or, I think equivalently, hyper-computation). However, applying the argument that shows the Halting Problem is impossible ...
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### What is the actual scope of the Halting Problem impossibility result?

Consider the Halting problem : No TM H exists which given any TM and input, decides whether that TM will halt on that input. The usual proof (informally) is that if such an H existed, then a function ...
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### Is the decision problem, for a Turing Machine are there any input strings rejected decidable?

Given a Turing Machine T, are there any input strings rejected by T. I need to decide whether this is decidable or recursively enumerable. I think it's undecidable, but I'm not sure how to prove it. ...
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### Are there undecidable languages which are well defined?

It would be a mess if the answer had to be NO after all these speculations and theorems about these languages but.. I am not conviced liar paradox is well defined. And Godël himself said his theorem ...
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### Let $f$ be a computable and injective function. Is $f^{-1}$ computable and injective?

So I just started learning about computability, undecidability and Turing machines. And I wonder if: Given a computable and injective function $f$, is $f^{-1}$ also computable and injective? I don't ...
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### Cryptosystems whose hardness depends on solving the halting problem?

There has been a lot of work on building cryptosystems whose general security guarantees are attached to famous complexity classes. This post Gives a list of some famous cryptosystems whose underlying ...
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### Decidable questions of undecidable problems

Even if there is no general algorithm to decide if any program will halt, but there could be properties or meta-questions about the programs that is decidable. For example, given program $A$ and a ...
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### Show that this language is undecidable

Given the language $K$ $=\{<M>$ where $M$ is a turing machine ( that is on the alphabet {0,1}) and $L(M)$ contains at least one word of form $0^k1^l$ with $k,l\geq 0\}$ I would like to know if ...
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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 ...
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### how does Kleene-Post show two languages that are not Turing reducible to each other?

I'm having difficulty understanding the proof of the Kleene-Post result. It purports to construct two languages that are not Turing reducible to each other, using a diagonalization argument. I've seen ...
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### reduction from ALLTM to ETM

I am trying to understand why this "proof" of ETM undecidability is wrong. ALLTM={ < M >|M is a TM, L(M)=∑*} ETM={< M >|M is a TM, L(M)=∅} We know that ALLTM is undecidable, lets ...
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### Deciding whether complement of context-free language is context-free

I need to find out if the following problem is decidable: Given a context-free language $L$, decide whether its complement $\bar{L}$ is also a context-free language. I am having trouble in defining ...
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### Does Rice's theorem apply to sequential logic circuits?

I am wondering if Rice's theorem (or something similar to that) applies also to sequential circuits. I.e. given any finite sequential circuit, can there be an algorithm that can formally verify any ...
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### Is decidability closed under the mapping f where f(a)=f(b)=0 and f(c)=1?

Consider the function $f$ that maps strings over $\{a, b, c\}$ to strings over $\{0, 1\}$ by replacing each $a$ by 0, each $b$ by 0, and each $c$ by 1. For example $f(cabbc) = 10001$. The function $f$ ...
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### Is undecidability contained in $PSPACE / o(exp(n))$?

It is not hard to show that $DSPACE(n+1)/2^n$ contains undecidability. But is it possible to make the advice string subexponentially long (while the machine is allowed to have any $poly(n)$ space) ...
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### Decide whether a polynomial has a root

Let $A$ be a ring such that all elements of $A$ are complex computable numbers. I'm interested in knowing whether the decision problem that asks, given $P\in A[X]$, if $P$ has a root in $A$ is ...
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### Proving the language of non-primes is in NP

I am learning about NP problems and found this problem in my textbook that I was not sure how to answer, and was looking for some help on how to start the question. Show the following language is in ...
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### Why is universality of CFG undecidable?

Let $\text{ALL-CFG} = \{\left<G\right> \mid G\text{ is a CFG and } L(G) = \Sigma^*\}$. I have understood the proof of ALL-CFG is undecidable, but I wonder why the following proof is not ...
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### EQtm is not mapping reducible to its complement

This is a problem from Sipser's book (marked with an asterisk). $EQ_{TM} = \{(\langle M \rangle, \langle N \rangle)$ where $M$ and $N$ are Turing machines and $L(M) = L(N)\}$ We know that neither \$...