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Is there a language actually in use that can't be recognized by a linear bounded automaton? I only know of ones that don't have a practical use, like "the set of pairs of equivalent regular expressions with exponentiation" (Wikipedia). Or would any such language be too slow to recognize to be useful?

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In use by whom? For what? Would "English" count? –  Qiaochu Yuan Feb 25 '12 at 22:37
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Does something PSPACE-complete count as useful? Because those certainly can't. –  Harry Altman Feb 25 '12 at 22:48
    
Automated proof checkers are computer programs that recognize the language of all valid proofs in some system. I don't think this language can be recognized by a linear bounded automaton, but I don't actually know. –  Tanner Swett Feb 25 '12 at 22:49

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The set of true statements in Presburger Arithmetic is not context sensitive (as it has been shown that it is not $\text{NPSPACE}(n)$ decideable).

As for being in actual use, don't know.

Got from: http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/5064/is-there-an-example-of-a-non-context-sensitive-language

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I think any problem with non-elementary complexity should do, e.g. "correctly typed programs" for some complex type theories might be just an example you look for ;-)

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