# Recent questions tagged decidability 1
Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be arbitrary context free languages and $R$ an arbitrary regular language. Consider the following problems: Is $L(G_1)=L(G_2)$? Is $L(G_2) \leq L(G_1)$? Is $L(G_1)=R$? Which of the problems are undecidable? Choose the correct answer from the options given below: $(a)$ only $(b)$ only $(a)$ and $(b)$ only $(a)$, $(b)$ and $(c)$
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Given below are two statements: Statement $I$: The problem Is $L_1 \wedge L_2 = \phi$? is undecidable for context sensitive languages $L_1$ and $L_2$ Statement $II$: The problem Is $W \in L$? is decidable for context sensitive language $L$. (where $W$ is ... $II$ are false Statement $I$ is correct but Statement $II$ is false Statement $I$ is incorrect but Statement $II$ is true
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Which of the following are undecidable? $P1$: The language generated by some CFG contains any words of length less than some given number $n$. $P2$: Let $L1$ be CFL and $L2$ be regular, to determine whether $L1$ and $L2$ have common elements $P3$: Any given CFG is ambiguous or not. ... CFG $G$, to determine whether epsilon belongs to $L(G)$ $P2$ only $P1$ and $P2$ only $P2$ and $P3$ only $P3$ only
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Which of the following languages are undecidable? Note that $\left \langle M \right \rangle$ indicates encoding of the Turing machine M. $L_1 = \{\left \langle M \right \rangle \mid L(M) = \varnothing \}$ ... $L_1$, $L_3$, and $L_4$ only $L_1$ and $L_3$ only $L_2$ and $L_3$ only $L_2$, $L_3$, and $L_4$ only
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Consider the following statements. The intersection of two context-free languages is always context-free The super-set of a context-free languages is never regular The subset of a decidable language is always decidable Let $\Sigma = \{a,b,c\}.$ Let $L\subseteq \Sigma$ be the language of all strings in which either ... $(2)$ Only $(1),(2)$ and $(3)$ Only $(4)$ None of $(1),(2),(3),(4)$ are true.
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Say that a $CFG$ is minimal if none of its rules can be removed without changing the language generated. Let $MIN_{CFG} = \{\langle G \rangle \mid \text{G is a minimal CFG}\}$. Show that $MIN_{CFG}$ is $T-$recognizable. Show that $MIN_{CFG}$ is undecidable.
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Say that a variable $A$ in $CFG \:G$ is necessary if it appears in every derivation of some string $w \in G$. Let $NECESSARY_{CFG} = \{\langle G, A\rangle \mid \text{A is a necessary variable in G}\}$. Show that $NECESSARY_{CFG}$ is Turing-recognizable. Show that $NECESSARY_{CFG}$is undecidable.
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Let $X = \{\langle M, w \rangle \mid \text{M is a single-tape TM that never modifies the portion of the tape that contains the input$w$} \}$ Is $X$ decidable? Prove your answer.
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Consider the problem of determining whether a $PDA$ accepts some string of the form $\{ww \mid w \in \{0,1\}^{\ast} \}$ . Use the computation history method to show that this problem is undecidable.
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Prove that the following two languages are undecidable. $OVERLAP_{CFG} = \{\langle G, H\rangle \mid \text{G and H are CFGs where}\: L(G) \cap L(H) \neq \emptyset\}$. $PREFIX-FREE_{CFG} = \{\langle G \rangle \mid \text{G is a CFG where L(G) is prefix-free}\}$.
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Let $f(x)=\left\{\begin{matrix}3x+1 & \text{for odd}\: x& \\ \dfrac{x}{2} & \text{for even}\: x & \end{matrix}\right.$ for any natural number $x$. If you start with an integer $x$ and iterate $f$, you obtain a sequence, $x, f(x), f(f(x)), \dots$ ... problem. Suppose that $ATM$ were decidable by a $TM\: H$. Use $H$ to describe a $TM$ that is guaranteed to state the answer to the $3x + 1$ problem.
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Use Rice’s theorem, to prove the undecidability of each of the following languages. $INFINITE_{TM} = \{\langle M \rangle \mid \text{M is a TM and L(M) is an infinite language}\}$. $\{\langle M \rangle \mid \text{M is a TM and }\:1011 \in L(M)\}$. $ALL_{TM} = \{\langle M \rangle \mid \text{ M is a TM and}\: L(M) = Σ^{\ast} \}$.
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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 Turing machine's language has property $P$ is undecidable. In more formal terms, let $P$ be a language consisting of Turing ... any $TMs$. Prove that $P$ is an undecidable language. Show that both conditions are necessary for proving that $P$ is undecidable.
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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 Turing machine's language has property $P$ is undecidable. In more formal terms, let $P$ ... $M_{1}$ and $M_{2}$ are any $TMs$. Prove that $P$ is an undecidable language.
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A two-dimensional finite automaton $(2DIM-DFA)$ is defined as follows. The input is an $m \times n$ rectangle, for any $m, n \geq 2$. The squares along the boundary of the rectangle contain the symbol $\#$ and the internal squares contain ... . Consider the problem of determining whether two of these machines are equivalent. Formulate this problem as a language and show that it is undecidable.
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Define a two-headed finite automaton $(2DFA)$ to be a deterministic finite automaton that has two read-only, bidirectional heads that start at the left-hand end of the input tape and can be independently controlled to move in either direction. The tape of a $2DFA$ is finite and is just large ... $E_{2DFA}$ is not decidable.
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Give an example of an undecidable language $B$, where $B \leq_{m} \overline{B}$.
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Show that $A$ is decidable iff $A \leq_{m} 0 ^{\ast} 1^{\ast}$ .
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Let $AMBIG_{CFG} = \{\langle G \rangle \mid \text{G is an ambiguous CFG}\}$. Show that $AMBIG_{CFG}$ is undecidable. (Hint: Use a reduction from $PCP$ ... $a_{1},\dots,a_{k}$ are new terminal symbols. Prove that this reduction works.)
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Prove that there exists an undecidable subset of $\{1\}^{\ast}$ .
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In the silly Post Correspondence Problem, $SPCP$, the top string in each pair has the same length as the bottom string. Show that the $SPCP$ is decidable.
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Show that the Post Correspondence Problem is undecidable over the binary alphabet $\Sigma = \{0,1\}$.
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Show that the Post Correspondence Problem is decidable over the unary alphabet $\Sigma = \{1\}$.
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Consider the problem of determining whether a Turing machine $M$ on an input w ever attempts to move its head left at any point during its computation on $w$. Formulate this problem as a language and show that it is decidable.
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Consider the problem of determining whether a Turing machine $M$ on an input $w$ ever attempts to move its head left when its head is on the left-most tape cell. Formulate this problem as a language and show that it is undecidable.
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A useless state in a Turing machine is one that is never entered on any input string. Consider the problem of determining whether a Turing machine has any useless states. Formulate this problem as a language and show that it is undecidable.
Consider the problem of determining whether a two-tape Turing machine ever writes a nonblank symbol on its second tape when it is run on input $w$. Formulate this problem as a language and show that it is undecidable.