blank tape halting problem

blank tape halting problem

[¦blaŋk ′tāp ′hȯl·tiŋ ‚präb·ləm]
(computer science)
The problem of finding an algorithm that, for any Turing machine, decides whether the machine eventually stops if it started on an empty tape; it has been proved that no such algorithm exists.
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