Logic seminar: Mushfeq Khan
Feb 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Sporadic Logic Seminar returns this week at a new place and time
(Fridays, 2:30, K404). This week Mushfeq Khan will speak:

Title: “The Homogeneity Conjecture”

Abstract: It is often said that the theorems and methods of recursion theory
relativize. One might go as far as to say that much of its analytical power
derives from this feature. However, this power is accompanied by definite
drawbacks: There are important examples of theorems and open questions
whose statements are non-relativizing, i.e., they have been shown to be
true relative to some oracles, and false relative to others. It follows
that these questions cannot be settled purely through relativizing methods.
A famous example of such a negative result is Baker, Gill, and Solovay’s
theorem on the P vs. NP question.

The observation that techniques based on diagonalization, effective
numbering, and simulation relativize led some recursion theorists (notably
Hartley Rogers, Jr) to formulate what became known as the “Homogeneity
Conjecture”. It said that for any Turing degree d, the partial order of
degrees that are above d is isomorphic to the entire partial order of the
Turing degrees. In 1979, Richard Shore refuted it in an elegant, one-page
article which will be the subject of this talk.

Mushfeq Khan: The Homogeneity Conjecture II
Feb 17 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Logic seminar: David Ross @ Keller Hall 404
Feb 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Title: Some applications of logic to additive number theory

Abstract: I will review the Loeb measure construction; I will
assume some exposure to nonstandard analysis, or at least 1st order logic,
comparable to the review I gave last semester in my seminars on fixed
points. Time permitting I will give the Loeb-measure proof of Szemeredi’s

Logic seminar: David Ross
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Logic seminar: David Ross
Title: Some applications of logic to additive number theory (cont.)
Room: Keller 404.

I will continue with some examples of results about sets of positive upper Banach density proved using Loeb measures.

Logic seminar: David Ross (III)
Mar 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Kjos-Hanssen: Superposition as memory
Mar 17 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Logic Seminar will meet again this Friday. The speaker will be Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen.

Superposition as memory: unlocking quantum automatic complexity

Friday March 17, 2:30-3:20

Place: Keller 404 (Note: this might change)

Imagine a lock with two states, “locked” and “unlocked”, which may be manipulated using two operations, called 0 and 1. Moreover, the only way to (with certainty) unlock using four operations is to do them in the sequence 0011, i.e., $0^n1^n$ where $n=2$. In this scenario one might think that the lock needs to be in certain further states after each operation, so that there is some memory of what has been done so far. Here we show that this memory can be entirely encoded in superpositions of the two basic states “locked” and “unlocked”, where, as dictated by quantum mechanics, the operations are given by unitary matrices. Moreover, we show using the Jordan–Schur lemma that a similar lock is not possible for $n=60$.

Logic seminar: Achilles Beros @ Keller Hall 404
Mar 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Logic Seminar will meet again this Friday, usual place: Keller Hall 404. The speaker will be Achilles Beros.

Title: Teachers, Learners and Oracles

Abstract: When identifying r.e. sets from enumeration, a teacher is a
computational aide that pre-processes the data and only passes the
“useful” examples to the learner. Access to a teacher does not affect
the learnability of a family of r.e. sets, but it can affect the speed
with which learning is accomplished. Another computational aide is the
membership oracle. We consider four different forms of polynomial
bounds on learning and compare the performance of learners equipped with
teachers and learners equipped with oracles. We find that in most cases
neither strategy is uniformly superior. In this talk I will survey the
results and show a proof that utilizes a strategy analogous to integrity
checks in TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). The paper presented is
joint work with Colin de la Higuera.

Logic seminar: Jack Yoon @ Keller 404
Apr 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

The Logic Seminar will meet again this Friday, usual place and time. The speaker will be Jack Yoon.

Title: Proof Mining

Abstract: Proof mining (proof unwinding) is a technique used to extract
constructive information from seemingly non-constructive proofs. We
discuss the idea behind the topic and describe the foundations which
form the basis for proof mining.