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Trivial Reals
"... Solovay showed that there are noncomputable reals ff such that H(ff _ n) 6 H(1n) + O(1), where H is prefixfree Kolmogorov complexity. Such Htrivial reals are interesting due to the connection between algorithmic complexity and effective randomness. We give a new, easier construction of an Htrivi ..."
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Solovay showed that there are noncomputable reals ff such that H(ff _ n) 6 H(1n) + O(1), where H is prefixfree Kolmogorov complexity. Such Htrivial reals are interesting due to the connection between algorithmic complexity and effective randomness. We give a new, easier construction of an Htrivial real. We also analyze various computabilitytheoretic properties of the Htrivial reals, showing for example that no Htrivial real can compute the halting problem. Therefore, our construction of an Htrivial computably enumerable set is an easy, injuryfree construction of an incomplete computably enumerable set. Finally, we relate the Htrivials to other classes of &quot;highly nonrandom &quot; reals that have been previously studied.
On initial segment complexity and degrees of randomness
 Trans. Amer. Math. Soc
"... Abstract. One approach to understanding the fine structure of initial segment complexity was introduced by Downey, Hirschfeldt and LaForte. They define X ≤K Y to mean that (∀n) K(X ↾ n) ≤ K(Y ↾ n) +O(1). The equivalence classes under this relation are the Kdegrees. We prove that if X ⊕ Y is 1rand ..."
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Abstract. One approach to understanding the fine structure of initial segment complexity was introduced by Downey, Hirschfeldt and LaForte. They define X ≤K Y to mean that (∀n) K(X ↾ n) ≤ K(Y ↾ n) +O(1). The equivalence classes under this relation are the Kdegrees. We prove that if X ⊕ Y is 1random, then X and Y have no upper bound in the Kdegrees (hence, no join). We also prove that nrandomness is closed upward in the Kdegrees. Our main tool is another structure intended to measure the degree of randomness of real numbers: the vLdegrees. Unlike the Kdegrees, many basic properties of the vLdegrees are easy to prove. We show that X ≤K Y implies X ≤vL Y, so some results can be transferred. The reverse implication is proved to fail. The same analysis is also done for ≤C, the analogue of ≤K for plain Kolmogorov complexity. Two other interesting results are included. First, we prove that for any Z ∈ 2ω, a 1random real computable from a 1Zrandom real is automatically 1Zrandom. Second, we give a plain Kolmogorov complexity characterization of 1randomness. This characterization is related to our proof that X ≤C Y implies X ≤vL Y. 1.
Using random sets as oracles
"... Let R be a notion of algorithmic randomness for individual subsets of N. We say B is a base for R randomness if there is a Z �T B such that Z is R random relative to B. We show that the bases for 1randomness are exactly the Ktrivial sets and discuss several consequences of this result. We also sho ..."
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Let R be a notion of algorithmic randomness for individual subsets of N. We say B is a base for R randomness if there is a Z �T B such that Z is R random relative to B. We show that the bases for 1randomness are exactly the Ktrivial sets and discuss several consequences of this result. We also show that the bases for computable randomness include every ∆ 0 2 set that is not diagonally noncomputable, but no set of PAdegree. As a consequence, we conclude that an nc.e. set is a base for computable randomness iff it is Turing incomplete. 1
Relativizing Chaitin’s halting probability
 J. Math. Log
"... Abstract. As a natural example of a 1random real, Chaitin proposed the halting probability Ω of a universal prefixfree machine. We can relativize this example by considering a universal prefixfree oracle machine U. Let Ω A U be the halting probability of U A; this gives a natural uniform way of p ..."
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Abstract. As a natural example of a 1random real, Chaitin proposed the halting probability Ω of a universal prefixfree machine. We can relativize this example by considering a universal prefixfree oracle machine U. Let Ω A U be the halting probability of U A; this gives a natural uniform way of producing an Arandom real for every A ∈ 2 ω. It is this operator which is our primary object of study. We can draw an analogy between the jump operator from computability theory and this Omega operator. But unlike the jump, which is invariant (up to computable permutation) under the choice of an effective enumeration of the partial computable functions, Ω A U can be vastly different for different choices of U. Even for a fixed U, there are oracles A = ∗ B such that Ω A U and Ω B U are 1random relative to each other. We prove this and many other interesting properties of Omega operators. We investigate these operators from the perspective of analysis, computability theory, and of course, algorithmic randomness. 1.
An extension of the recursively enumerable Turing degrees
 Journal of the London Mathematical Society
, 2006
"... Consider the countable semilattice RT consisting of the recursively enumerable Turing degrees. Although RT is known to be structurally rich, a major source of frustration is that no specific, natural degrees in RT have been discovered, except the bottom and top degrees, 0 and 0 ′. In order to overco ..."
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Consider the countable semilattice RT consisting of the recursively enumerable Turing degrees. Although RT is known to be structurally rich, a major source of frustration is that no specific, natural degrees in RT have been discovered, except the bottom and top degrees, 0 and 0 ′. In order to overcome this difficulty, we embed RT into a larger degree structure which is better behaved. Namely, consider the countable distributive lattice Pw consisting of the weak degrees (also known as Muchnik degrees) of mass problems associated with nonempty Π 0 1 subsets of 2ω. It is known that Pw contains a bottom degree 0 and a top degree 1 and is structurally rich. Moreover, Pw contains many specific, natural degrees other than 0 and 1. In particular, we show that in Pw one has 0 < d < r1 < inf(r2, 1) < 1. Here, d is the weak degree of the diagonally nonrecursive functions, and rn is the weak degree of the nrandom reals. It is known that r1 can be characterized as the maximum weak degree ofaΠ 0 1 subset of 2ω of positive measure. We now show that inf(r2, 1) can be characterized as the maximum weak degree of a Π 0 1 subset of 2ω, the Turing upward closure of which is of positive measure. We exhibit a natural embedding of RT into Pw which is onetoone, preserves the semilattice structure of RT, carries 0 to 0, and carries 0 ′ to 1. Identifying RT with its image in Pw, we show that all of the degrees in RT except 0 and 1 are incomparable with the specific degrees d, r1, and inf(r2, 1) inPw. 1.
What can be efficiently reduced to the Kolmogorovrandom strings?
 ANNALS OF PURE AND APPLIED LOGIC
, 2004
"... We investigate the question of whether one can characterize complexity classes (such as PSPACE or NEXP) in terms of efficient reducibility to the set of Kolmogorovrandom strings RC. This question arises because PSPACE ⊆ P RC and NEXP ⊆ NP RC, and no larger complexity classes are known to be reducib ..."
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We investigate the question of whether one can characterize complexity classes (such as PSPACE or NEXP) in terms of efficient reducibility to the set of Kolmogorovrandom strings RC. This question arises because PSPACE ⊆ P RC and NEXP ⊆ NP RC, and no larger complexity classes are known to be reducible to RC in this way. We show that this question cannot be posed without explicitly dealing with issues raised by the choice of universal machine in the definition of Kolmogorov complexity. What follows is a list of some of our main results. • Although Kummer showed that, for every universal machine U there is a time bound t such that the halting problem is disjunctive truthtable reducible to RCU in time t, there is no such time bound t that suffices for every universal machine U. We also show that, for some machines U, the disjunctive reduction can be computed in as little as doublyexponential time. • Although for every universal machine U, there are very complex sets that are ≤P dttreducible to RCU, it is nonetheless true that P = REC ∩ ⋂ {A: U A ≤P dtt RCU}. (A similar statement holds for paritytruthtable reductions.)
Lowness properties and approximations of the jump
 Proceedings of the Twelfth Workshop of Logic, Language, Information and Computation (WoLLIC 2005). Electronic Lecture Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 143
, 2006
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Natural halting probabilities, partial randomness, and zeta functions
 Inform. and Comput
, 2006
"... We introduce the zeta number, natural halting probability and natural complexity of a Turing machine and we relate them to Chaitin’s Omega number, halting probability, and programsize complexity. A classification of Turing machines according to their zeta numbers is proposed: divergent, convergent ..."
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We introduce the zeta number, natural halting probability and natural complexity of a Turing machine and we relate them to Chaitin’s Omega number, halting probability, and programsize complexity. A classification of Turing machines according to their zeta numbers is proposed: divergent, convergent and tuatara. We prove the existence of universal convergent and tuatara machines. Various results on (algorithmic) randomness and partial randomness are proved. For example, we show that the zeta number of a universal tuatara machine is c.e. and random. A new type of partial randomness, asymptotic randomness, is introduced. Finally we show that in contrast to classical (algorithmic) randomness—which cannot be naturally characterised in terms of plain complexity—asymptotic randomness admits such a characterisation. 1
On hierarchies of randomness tests
 Proceedings of the 9th Asian Logic Conference, World Scientific Publishing
"... It is well known that MartinLöf randomness can be characterized by a number of equivalent test concepts, based either on effective nullsets (MartinLöf and Solovay tests) or on prefixfree Kolmogorov complexity (lower and upper entropy). These equivalences are not preserved as regards the partia ..."
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It is well known that MartinLöf randomness can be characterized by a number of equivalent test concepts, based either on effective nullsets (MartinLöf and Solovay tests) or on prefixfree Kolmogorov complexity (lower and upper entropy). These equivalences are not preserved as regards the partial randomness notions induced by effective Hausdorff measures or partial incompressibility. Tadaki [19] and Calude, Staiger and Terwijn [2] studied several concepts of partial randomness, but for some of them the exact relations remained unclear. In this paper we will show that they form a proper hierarchy of randomness notions, namely for any ρ of the form ρ(x) = 2−x s with s being a rational number satisfying 0 < s < 1, the MartinLöf ρtests are strictly weaker than Solovay ρtests which in turn are strictly weaker than strong MartinLöf ρtests. These results also hold for a more general class of ρ introduced as unbounded premeasures. 1