# Chaitin's construction

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Terminating, ratio, their sum till now + ! $\Omega$ approximated till now: mantissa -- binary, length-fitting binary, decimal |- |- | 0 | 0 Line 54: Line 57: | 0, 0, 0 | 0, 0, 0 | 0, 0, 0 | 0, 0, 0 + | -, -, - |- |- | 1 | 1 Line 59: Line 63: | 0, 0, 0 | 0, 0, 0 | 0, 0, 0 | 0, 0, 0 + | -, 0, 0 |- |- | 2 | 2 Line 64: Line 69: | 2, $\frac12$, $\frac12$ | 2, $\frac12$, $\frac12$ | 2, $\frac12$, $\frac12$ | 2, $\frac12$, $\frac12$ + | 1, 10, 5 |- |- | 3 | 3 Line 69: Line 75: | 0, 0, $\frac12$ | 0, 0, $\frac12$ | 0, 0, $\frac12$ | 0, 0, $\frac12$ + | 1, 100, 5 |- |- | 4 | 4 Line 74: Line 81: | 0, 0, $\frac12$ | 0, 0, $\frac12$ | 0, 0, $\frac12$ | 0, 0, $\frac12$ + | 1, 1000, 5 |- |- | 5 | 5 Line 79: Line 87: | 4, $\frac18$, $\frac58$ | 4, $\frac18$, $\frac58$ | 4, $\frac18$, $\frac58$ | 4, $\frac18$, $\frac58$ + | 101, 10100, 625 |} |} + It illustrates nicely, that Chaitin's construction is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_number normal number], as if its digits (in binary representation) were generated by tossing a coin. == Eliminating any concept of code by handling [[combinatory logic]] terms directly == == Eliminating any concept of code by handling [[combinatory logic]] terms directly == - We can avoid referring to any code notion, if we transfer (lift) the notion of “length” from bit sequences to [[combinatory logic]] terms in an appropriate way. Let us call it the “norm” of the term: + Chaitin's construction can be grasped also as + :$\sum_{p\in \mathrm{CL},\;\mathrm{hnf}\;p} 2^{-\left|\mathrm{dc}^{-1}\;p\right|}$ - :$\sum_{p\in\mathrm{CL},\;\mathrm{hnf}\;p} 2^{-\left\Vert p\right\Vert}$ + We can avoid referring to any code notion, if we modularize out function - where + :$\left|\cdot\right|\circ\mathrm{dc}^{-1}$ + and give it a separate name, e.g. :$\left\Vert\cdot\right\Vert : \mathrm{CL}\to\mathbb N$ :$\left\Vert\cdot\right\Vert : \mathrm{CL}\to\mathbb N$ + and notice that it can be defined directly in terms of CL-terms (we need not use any decoding concept any longer): + :$\left\Vert\mathbf K\right\Vert = 2$ :$\left\Vert\mathbf K\right\Vert = 2$ :$\left\Vert\mathbf S\right\Vert = 2$ :$\left\Vert\mathbf S\right\Vert = 2$ :$\left\Vert\left(x\;y\right)\right\Vert = 1 + \left\Vert x\right\Vert + \left\Vert y\right\Vert$ :$\left\Vert\left(x\;y\right)\right\Vert = 1 + \left\Vert x\right\Vert + \left\Vert y\right\Vert$ + + Thus, we transfer (lift) the notion of “length” from bit sequences to [[combinatory logic]] terms in an appropriate way. Let us call it, e.g. the “norm” of the term. + + Thus, Chaitin's construction is grasped also as + :$\sum_{p \in \mathrm{Dom}_{\mathrm{nf}}} 2^{-\left\Vert p\right\Vert}$ + where + :$\mathrm{nf} : \mathrm{CL} \supset\!\to \mathrm{CL}$ + is a partial function defined on CL terms, it attributes to each "terminating" term its normal form. Thus, we have no notions of “bit sequence”,“code”, “coding”, “decoding” at all. But their ghosts still haunt us: the definition of norm function looks rather strange without thinking on the fact that is was transferred from a concept of coding. Thus, we have no notions of “bit sequence”,“code”, “coding”, “decoding” at all. But their ghosts still haunt us: the definition of norm function looks rather strange without thinking on the fact that is was transferred from a concept of coding. Line 105: Line 127: And is it worth doing it at all? The former one, at leat, had a good theoretical foundation (based on analysis, arithmetic and probability theory). This latter one is not so cleaner, that we should prefer it, so, lacking theoretical grounds. And is it worth doing it at all? The former one, at leat, had a good theoretical foundation (based on analysis, arithmetic and probability theory). This latter one is not so cleaner, that we should prefer it, so, lacking theoretical grounds. - What I really want is to exclude the (IMHO) underestimation of this “probability of termination” number -- an underestimation coming from taking into account the syntactically non-correct codes (IMHO). Thus taking only termination vs nontermination into account, when calculating this number (which can be interpreted as a probability). + What I really want is to exclude conceptually the notion of coding, and with it the notion of “syntactically incorrect versus syntactically correct but diverging”. Thus, taking into account only syntactically correct things, seeing only the choice of terminating versus non-terminating. Thus taking only termination vs nontermination into account, when calculating Chaitin's construction. + + What I want to preserve: + * it can be interpreted as a probability + * it is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_number normal number], as if its digits (in binary representation) were generated by tossing a coin + thus I do not want to spoil these features. ==== Table for simpler CL-terms ==== ==== Table for simpler CL-terms ==== Line 164: Line 191: === Architecture === === Architecture === - A CL term generator generates CL terms in “ascending order” (in terms of a theoretically appropriate “norm”), and by computing the norm of each CL-term, it approximates Chaitin's construct (at a given number of digits, and according to the given maximal limit of reduction steps). + A CL term generator generates CL terms in “ascending order” (in terms of a theoretically appropriate “norm”), and by computing the norm of each CL-term, it approximates Chaitin's construction (at a given number of digits, and according to the given maximal limit of reduction steps). === User interface === === User interface ===

## Current revision

Correction in process. There is a substantial point that is lacking yet, the formulae and the concepts are not correct without it.

## 1 Introduction

Are there any real numbers which are defined exactly, but cannot be computed? This question leads us to exact real arithmetic, and algorithmic information theory, and foundations of mathematics and computer science.

See Wikipedia article on Chaitin's construction, referring to e.g.

## 2 Basing it on combinatory logic

Some more direct relatedness to functional programming: we can base Ω on combinatory logic (instead of a Turing machine).

### 2.1 Coding

See the prefix coding system described in Binary Lambda Calculus and Combinatory Logic (page 20) written by John Tromp:

$\widehat{\mathbf S} \equiv 00$
$\widehat{\mathbf K} \equiv 01$
$\widehat{\left(x y\right)} \equiv 1 \widehat x \widehat y$

of course, c, d are meta-variables, and also some other notations are changed slightly.

### 2.2 Decoding

Having seen this, decoding is rather straightforward. Here is a parser for illustration, but it serves only didactical purposes: it will not be used in the final implementation, because a good term generator makes parsing superfluous at this task.

### 2.3 Chaitin's construction

Now, Chaitin's construction will be here

$\sum_{p\in \mathrm{Dom}_\mathrm{dc},\;\mathrm{hnf}\left(\mathrm{dc}\;p\right)} 2^{-\left|p\right|}$

where

hnf
should denote an unary predicate “has normal form” (“terminates”)
dc
should mean an operator “decode” (a function from finite bit sequences to combinatory logic terms)
$2\!\;^{*}$
should denote the set of all finite bit sequences
Domdc
should denote the set of syntactically correct bit sequences (semantically, they may either terminate or diverge), i.e. the domain of the decoding function, i.e. the range of the coding function. Thus, $\left\{00, 01, 1\;00\;00, 1\;00\;01, 1\;01\;00, 1\;01\;01, \dots\right\} = \mathrm{Dom}_{\mathrm{dc}} = \mathrm{Rng}_{\widehat\ }$
“Absolute value”
should mean the length of a bit sequence (not combinatory logic term evaluation!)

### 2.4 Table for small legths

Length (n) All strings (2n) Decodable strings, ratio, their sum till now Terminating, ratio, their sum till now Ω approximated till now: mantissa -- binary, length-fitting binary, decimal
0 1 0, 0, 0 0, 0, 0 -, -, -
1 2 0, 0, 0 0, 0, 0 -, 0, 0
2 4 2, $\frac12$, $\frac12$ 2, $\frac12$, $\frac12$ 1, 10, 5
3 8 0, 0, $\frac12$ 0, 0, $\frac12$ 1, 100, 5
4 16 0, 0, $\frac12$ 0, 0, $\frac12$ 1, 1000, 5
5 32 4, $\frac18$, $\frac58$ 4, $\frac18$, $\frac58$ 101, 10100, 625

It illustrates nicely, that Chaitin's construction is a normal number, as if its digits (in binary representation) were generated by tossing a coin.

## 3 Eliminating any concept of code by handling combinatory logic terms directly

Chaitin's construction can be grasped also as

$\sum_{p\in \mathrm{CL},\;\mathrm{hnf}\;p} 2^{-\left|\mathrm{dc}^{-1}\;p\right|}$

We can avoid referring to any code notion, if we modularize out function

$\left|\cdot\right|\circ\mathrm{dc}^{-1}$

and give it a separate name, e.g.

$\left\Vert\cdot\right\Vert : \mathrm{CL}\to\mathbb N$

and notice that it can be defined directly in terms of CL-terms (we need not use any decoding concept any longer):

$\left\Vert\mathbf K\right\Vert = 2$
$\left\Vert\mathbf S\right\Vert = 2$
$\left\Vert\left(x\;y\right)\right\Vert = 1 + \left\Vert x\right\Vert + \left\Vert y\right\Vert$

Thus, we transfer (lift) the notion of “length” from bit sequences to combinatory logic terms in an appropriate way. Let us call it, e.g. the “norm” of the term.

Thus, Chaitin's construction is grasped also as

$\sum_{p \in \mathrm{Dom}_{\mathrm{nf}}} 2^{-\left\Vert p\right\Vert}$

where

$\mathrm{nf} : \mathrm{CL} \supset\!\to \mathrm{CL}$

is a partial function defined on CL terms, it attributes to each "terminating" term its normal form.

Thus, we have no notions of “bit sequence”,“code”, “coding”, “decoding” at all. But their ghosts still haunt us: the definition of norm function looks rather strange without thinking on the fact that is was transferred from a concept of coding.

### 3.1 More natural norm functions (from CL terms)

Question: If we already move away from the approaches referring to any code concept, then could we define norm in other ways? E.g.

$\left\Vert\cdot\right\Vert : \mathrm{CL}\to\mathbb N$
$\left\Vert\mathbf K\right\Vert = 1$
$\left\Vert\mathbf S\right\Vert = 1$
$\left\Vert\left(x\;y\right)\right\Vert = 1 + \left\Vert x\right\Vert + \left\Vert y\right\Vert$

And is it worth doing it at all? The former one, at leat, had a good theoretical foundation (based on analysis, arithmetic and probability theory). This latter one is not so cleaner, that we should prefer it, so, lacking theoretical grounds.

What I really want is to exclude conceptually the notion of coding, and with it the notion of “syntactically incorrect versus syntactically correct but diverging”. Thus, taking into account only syntactically correct things, seeing only the choice of terminating versus non-terminating. Thus taking only termination vs nontermination into account, when calculating Chaitin's construction.

What I want to preserve:

• it can be interpreted as a probability
• it is a normal number, as if its digits (in binary representation) were generated by tossing a coin

thus I do not want to spoil these features.

#### 3.1.1 Table for simpler CL-terms

Let us not take into account coding and thus excluding the notion of “syntactically incorrect coding” even conceptually. Can we guess a good norm?

Binary tree pattern Maximal depth, vertices, edges Leafs, branches So many CL-terms = how to count it Terminating, ratio So many till now, ratio till now
$\cdot$ 0, 1, 0 1, 0 2 = 2 2, 1 2, 1
$\left(\right)$ 1, 3, 2 2, 1 $4 = 2\cdot2$ 4, 1 6, 1
$\cdot\left(\right)$ 2, 5, 4 3, 2 $8 = 2\cdot2^2$ 8, 1 14, 1
$\left(\right)\cdot$ 2, 5, 4 3, 2 $8 = 2^2\cdot2$ 8, 1 22, 1
$\left(\right)\left(\right)$ 2, 7, 6 4, 3 $16 = 2^2\cdot2^2$ 16, 1 38, 1

## 4 Implementation

To do: Writing a program in Haskell -- or in combinatory logic:-) -- which could help in making conjectures on combinatory logic-based Chaitin's constructions. It would make only approximations, in a similar way that most Mandelbrot plotting softwares work. The analogy:

• they ask for a maximum limit of iterations, so that they can make a conjecture on convergence of a series;
• this program will ask for the maximum limit of reducton steps, so that it can make a conjecture on termination (having-normal-form) of a CL term.

Explanation for this: non-termination of each actually examined CL-term cannot be proven by the program, but a good conjecture can be made: if termination does not take place in the given limit of reduction steps, then the actually examined CL-term is regarded as non-terminating.

### 4.1 Architecture

A CL term generator generates CL terms in “ascending order” (in terms of a theoretically appropriate “norm”), and by computing the norm of each CL-term, it approximates Chaitin's construction (at a given number of digits, and according to the given maximal limit of reduction steps).

### 4.2 User interface

chaitin --model-of-computation=cl --encoding=tromp --limit-of-reduction-steps=500 --digits=9 --decimal
chaitin --model-of-computation=cl --encoding=direct --limit-of-reduction-steps=500 --digits=9 --decimal


### 4.3 Term generator

module CLGen where

import Generator (gen0)
import CL (k, s, apply)

direct :: [CL]
direct = gen0 apply [s, k]
module Generator (gen0) where

import PreludeExt (cross)

gen0 :: (a -> a -> a) -> [a] -> [a]
gen0 f c = gen f c 0

gen :: (a -> a -> a) -> [a] -> Integer -> [a]
gen f c n = sizedGen f c n ++ gen f c (succ n)

sizedGen :: (a -> a -> a) -> [a] -> Integer -> [a]
sizedGen f c 0 = c
sizedGen f c (n + 1) = map (uncurry f)
\$
concat [sizedGen f c i cross sizedGen f c (n - i) | i <- [0..n]]
module PreludeExt (cross) where

cross :: [a] -> [a] -> [(a, a)]
cross xs ys = [(x, y) | x <- xs, y <- ys]