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In computability theory a cylindrification is a construction that associates a cylindric numbering to each numbering. The concept was first introduced by Yuri L. Ershov in 1973.


Given a numbering the cylindrification is defined as

where is the Cantor pairing function. The cylindrification operation takes a relation as input of arity k and outputs a relation of arity k + 1 as follows : Given a relation R of arity K, its cylindrification denoted by c(R), is the following set {(a1,...,ak,a)|(a1,...,ak)belongs to R and a belongs to A}. Note that the cylindrification operation increases the arity of an input by 1.


  • Given two numberings and then


  • Yu. L. Ershov, "Theorie der Numerierungen I." Zeitschrift für mathematische Logik und Grundlagen der Mathematik 19, 289-388 (1973).