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

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How to prove the emptiness of intersection of two context free languages is undecidable?

Where can I find a proof that the emptiness problem for the intersection of two context free languages is undecidable? I searched on the internet but could not find anything helpful. Do you maybe ...
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The problem of equivalence of a CFG and a RG? [duplicate]

Given a context-free grammar and a regular grammar, check whether they are equivalent. It's a fact that it's undecidable, but how could I prove it? I want to clarify that my question is not about ...
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Undecidability of checking whether all words can be generated from a context-free grammar?

I know it's undecidable, but how to prove it? Let me explain the problem clearer. The problem is not to check whether some given word can be generated, but whether ALL words are possible to generate ...
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A question about decidable and undecidable problems

Maybe this question is not very smart but I really wanna learn this thing. also, I need someone who is familiar with printing 42 problem and zero program problem. This is the context: Consider the ...
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How post correspondence problem is undecidable?

An undecidable problem is a problem that cannot have any algorithm to solve it. Post correspondence problem can be solved using a brute force approach. Then how can it be an undecidable problem?
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Is the proof for the undecidability of $A_{TM}$ still valid if we change certain parts?

i have a question based on a question i saw exists on the site, but with wrong information in it and no answer there, so i am reposting it with valid information(cited wrong from the book). on page ...
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How to prove the set of Turing machines that accept a string and its mirror is undecidable?

I'm trying to prove the undecidability of the following language. $$L=\{\langle M \rangle\mid M\text{ is a Turing machine and there is a string }w\\\text{ s.t. }M\text{ accepts }w\text{ and }M\text{ ...
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Proving language K is undecidable using the diagonalization method

I have a problem proving the following properties of given language K: $K = \{< M > | M\ accepts < M >\}$ I am trying to prove that language K is Turing-recognizable but undecidable ...
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One counter automaton as a function

We can associate a one counter finite automaton with a function $f:\Sigma^* \to \mathbb{N} \times \{0,1\}$, where $f(x)=(n,b)$ describes the state where the automaton terminates when fed an input word ...
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Effects of changes in the proof that $A_{\text{TM}}$ is undecidable

In the proof that $A_{\text{TM}}$ undecidable we use the following machine: $D =$ On input $\langle M, w \rangle$: Simulate $M$ on input $w$. If $M$ ever enters its accept state, accept. If $M$ ever ...
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Is it decidable whether a Turing machine M will reach state q on input s?

Given a turing machine $M$, one of its states $q$ and an input word $w$, will $M$ ever reach $q$ on $w$? As we are not given anything about the word length, I assume that we have a finite length word....
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Is the set of language decidable by some Turing machine computing in some given computable time bound decidable

Let $T : \mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ be some computable function. Then by $\mathcal C_T$ we denote the class of languages decidable by a deterministic Turing machine in at most $T(|w|)$ steps for an ...
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Why cannot we enumerate all Turing machines that have no fixed point?

The language $$ L_1 = \{w \in \{0, 1\}^\ast \mid \exists x \in \{0, 1\}^\ast\colon M_w(x) = x\} $$ ($w$ is an encoding of a DTM, $M_w$ is the respective DTM.) is not decidable, according to Rice's ...
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Proving a language as undecidable without using reductions

Let's say our Σ is 0 and 1. I want to disprove the following: There can be Turing Machines that accept only 1's, i.e. 1, 11, 111, etc. Therefore, all languages that have strings of 1's are ...
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Would any continuous model of the universe have/be based on hypercomputational laws?

I've read that when Turing-Church thesis is applied to the universe and physics, one of the three interpretations that we can use and is defended by some important physicists is that: "The universe ...
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Proof of undecideability that one state is reached before another

I'm trying to show that, for a deterministic Turing machine $M=(Q,\Gamma,\Sigma,\delta,q_0)$, the language $K$, which includes all of the words $w \in \Sigma^\ast$ where the calculation of $M$ on $w$ ...
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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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Is the infinite language unrecognizable in a Turing machine?

This question is building up on an older one, here. But now let's say we keep $Σ=\{0,1\}$. Is the TM that accept anys ($1^x \mid x \gt 0$) recognizable? That means 1, 11, 11111, 1111111, and so on ...
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Is the reverse of a closed under operation maintainable?

I'm looking at the following question from this handout: The class of decidable languages is closed under union My question is, does this hold in reverse? Is there a phrase for this? Basically, if ...
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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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A language which is neither r.e. nor co-r.e

First, consider $$L_\exists=\{\langle M\rangle \mid M \text{ is a Turing machine and accepts some input}\}$$ is RE. I tried to construct a Turing machine: ...
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Decidability of language of TMs which accept only their Gödel number [duplicate]

I am trying to prove that $L = \{\langle M \rangle \mid L(M) = \{\langle M \rangle \}\}$ is undecidable, where $\langle M \rangle$ is the code of the TM $M$, and $L(M)$ the language recognized by $M$....
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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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REC and RE under intersection

Would the intersection of a recursive language and a recursively enumarable language be recursive or recurisvely enumbarable or neither? Assume $L_{3}$ is the intersection of some language $L_{1}$ $\...
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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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Does undecidability violate Turing completeness? Shouldn't “complete” include “decidability”/convergence? [closed]

Does undecidability violate Turing completeness? Shouldn't "complete" include "decidability"? The halting problem: The halting problem is a decision problem about properties of computer programs ...
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Are $A$ and $B$ necessarily be decidable if $(A∩\overline{B})∪(\overline{A}∩B)$ is decidable and $A$ & $B$ being exhaustive?

I found the following question Suppose A and B are recursively enumerable languages such that $A∪B=Σ^∗$. Further, suppose $(A∩\overline{B})∪(\overline{A}∩B)$ is decidable. Which of the following ...
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Confusion about proof of undecidability of REGULAR TM in Sipser's book [duplicate]

in the book "Introduction to the Theory of Computation" by Michael Sipser there is an example of undecidable languages in which there is a language REGULR_TM which is described as follows : ...
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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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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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Why full Chomsky hierarchy is so detailed, if there are decidable recursive languages?

One can have a look on the Chomsky hierarchy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chomsky_hierarchy , especially the inset named "Automata theory: formal languages and formal grammars" at the bottom of the ...
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Why are not all recursive languages undecidable?

I learned that recursive language are decidable; correct me if I am wrong. However, I have found some arguments that seem to contradict this. These may or may not be correct; please let me know. If ...
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A set that is not recursively enumerable and not (K'≤ A)

Is there a set A such that it's not recursively enumerable and not(K'≤ A) ? where K' is complement of K= {n| φ n (n) halts} Thanks!
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PCP with commutative alphabet

Post's Correspondence Problem is known to be undecidable. A variant of PCP, namely PCP with partially commutative alphabets is also known to be undecidable. Is the following variant also known to be ...
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Reduce ATM to REGULAR_TM

Consider $\mathsf{REGULAR_{TM}} = \{\langle M \rangle \mid \text{$M$ is a TM and $L(M)$ is a regular language}\}$. Let $S$ be the following algorithm, which solves $\mathsf{A_{TM}}$: “On input $\...
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Is it decidable that a context free language contains a given regular language?

I've been asked to solve this problem, but I'm completely stuck now. Is the set $\{G \in\text{CFG} \mid L(G)\supseteq L(A) \}$ where A is DFA fixed beforehand decidable? I know I've to find a ...
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Halting problem of TM which recognize recursive languages is undecidable?

I am preparing for an exam and I came across this question in one of the tests. Halting problem of Turing machines which recognize recursive languages is undecidable. (True / False) The solution ...
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Relation between Undecidable problems and NP-Hard

I drew these pictures to check whether I comprehended the ideas of P, NP, NP Complete and NP Hard correctly. And then, I realized that it is not certain where undecidable problems should be placed. ...
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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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Context sensitive language is context free

Problem of determining whether a context sensitive language is context free is undecidable. How to prove it
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Decidability of factoring algebraic equations

Given an arbitrary algebraic equation, say for example the likelihood of the bernoulli distribution: $$\prod_{i}^{n}\theta^{x_i}(1-\theta)^{1-x_i}$$ And some arbitrary factorization constraints, say:...
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3-SAT wher each literal appears at most once [duplicate]

I'm currently following a course and we have to prove that a restricted version of the 3-SAT decision problem where each literal appears at most once is solveable in polynomial time. I think such a ...
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Whether language of all turing machines is decidable or undecidable or semi-decidable?

I recently came across this language: $L=\{<TM>| \text{TM accepts recursively enumerable languages}\}$ It was asked in the question to find out whether language L is decidable or undecidable. ...
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Can a CFG generate an accepting configuration? - or is there a turing-recognizable CFG language that is not decidable

I could not think of a way to concisely write down my question clearly, but I'd like to ask, from Sipser's book, $ALLCFG$ is an undecidable language (where $ALLCFG$ means that $G$ is a $CFG$ that ...
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Reduce ATM to the language of TM encodings where if the TM accepts w then the TM accepts ww

Today I did a test in my class, the trace was: Prove that the language $L =\{\langle M\rangle\mid \forall w \in \{0,1\}^\ast: M \text{ accepts }w\implies M \text { accepts }ww \}$, is undecidable ...
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Example for an undecidable language L such that L is reducible to its complement and vice versa

I am searching for an undecidable language $L$, such that $L \leq \Sigma^* \setminus L$ and $\Sigma^* \setminus L \leq L$, but I am not able to find a concrete language and reduction. Is there ...
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Prove that $L = \{a^i \;:\; (\exists x \in \mathrm{Lang}(M_i))\;[ xx \notin \mathrm{Lang}(M_i) ] \}$ not recursively enumerable [duplicate]

Past year paper question: Let $M_i$ denote the Turing machine with code $i$ using the alphabet $\Sigma=\{a,b\}$. Show that the following language is not recursively enumerable: $L = \{a^i \;:\; (\...
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Decidability of Turing Machine accepting exactly 14 words

Would you say that the following problem is undecidable? $$L_1 = \{\langle T \rangle \mid T \text { accepts 14 words}\}$$ My intuition says that this must be undecidable, and I want to try to reduce ...
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Is the language of all TMs accepting all strings starting with 010 decidable?

I am trying to figure out if this language is decidable: $$ \{ \langle M \rangle \mid \text{$M$ accepts all strings starting with 010}\}. $$ My intuition is that it is. Whatever string $w$ starts ...
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A,B decidable: proof that A\B is decidable too

For an assignment I have to proof that for two given decidable languages A,B, A\B is decidable too. My idea is as follows: If B is empty or doesnt have elements in common with A, then A\B is ...

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