Theory of Computation

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Professor Michael Sipser teaching Lecture 14 of Theory of Computation. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

18.404J / 18.4041J / 6.840J

As Taught In

Fall 2020


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course emphasizes computability and computational complexity theory. Topics include regular and context-free languages, decidable and undecidable problems, reducibility, recursive function theory, time and space measures on computation, completeness, hierarchy theorems, inherently complex problems, oracles, probabilistic computation, and interactive proof systems.

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Michael Sipser. 18.404J Theory of Computation. Fall 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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