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In 1969 Rabin introduced tree automata and proved one of the deepest decidability results. If you worked on decision problems you did most probably use Rabin's result. But did you make your way through Rabin's cumbersome proof with its induction on countable ordinals? Building on ideas of our predecessors-&-mdash;and especially those of… (More)

A set X of nonnegative integers is computably enumerable (c.e.), also called recursively enumerable (r.e.), if there is a computable method to list its elements. Let E denote the structure of the computably enumerable sets under inclusion, E = (fW e g e2! ;). We previously exhibited a rst order E-deenable property Q(X) such that Q(X) guarantees that X is… (More)