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Topic: Lists
Replies: 7   Last Post: Jan 24, 2013 5:06 PM

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 Frederick Williams Posts: 2,164 Registered: 10/4/10
Re: Lists
Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:40 PM

Don Deluise wrote:
>
> This list enumerates all 2 bit binary sequences:
>
> 00
> 01
> 10
> 11
>
> This one enumerates all 3 bit binary sequences:
>
> 000
> 001
> 010
> 011
> 100
> 101
> 110
> 111
>
> Using diagonalization on the first to produce a sequence that is not in the
> list fails. It produces '10' which *is* in the list.
>
> Using diagonalization on the second list also fails. It produces '111'
> which *is* in the list.
>
> Clearly, increasing the length of the sequences does not produce lists in
> which diagonalization will achieve its purpose, i.e. to produce binary
> sequences of a given length which are not already in the list.
>
> So if we were to compile an enumeration of infinite length binary
> sequences, how do we know that diagonalization produces a sequence not

Infinite things don't behave the same as finite ones.

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Date Subject Author
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1/24/13 Virgil
1/24/13 Frederick Williams
1/24/13 mueckenh@rz.fh-augsburg.de
1/24/13 Virgil