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Is there a fast way to know whether a language is regular or not?

Or at least have an idea? Because I can't see whether a language is regular before I can disprove it by pumping lemma and it takes me like a hour to try to disprove.
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What did the proof by diagonalization actually disprove?

http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/~gurari/theory-bk/theory-bk-fourse5.html I sort of understand the proof, but is it showing that some language are undecidable? If so, what language exactly? Because each ...
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Backus-Naur Form with automata

Parsers & compilers usually utilize deterministic finite automata to parse input. It's very easy to implement a generic DFA tool, that simulates any DFA table for example to validate input. ...
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turing machine accept and reject state

I am pretty new to Turing Machines and I am trying to understand the basic things first...so my question is , would this machine accept all words ending in 'a' ? if ...
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Regular expression translation.

Given a set {1,2,...9} how can I construct a regular expression starts with a 3 has no 8's and has even number of 6's? Here's what I tried: $$$$ Define a new set no8 = {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9} $$3(6(no8)*)^2$...
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having hard time reading symbols in this Turing Machine

I am reading few books and I am looking at different examples of a Turing Machine, and I am getting frustrated reading symbols especially in this example...What does ...
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how do I make this post machine accept aab or baa?

so far I made it accept, a, aaa,bab but now I want strings aab or baa. How would I do this ? this is what I have so far... edit: @Hagen von Eitzen here is the example of Post Machine that a lot of ...
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Is the language $L = \{0^m1^n: m \neq n \}$ not context free?

I have been trying to prove that this is not a context free language using the pumping lemma for CFLs. I have tried for hours but am not able to prove it. Is it a context free language or not? How to ...
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Regular Expressions Help [duplicate]

I need a little help with Regular Expressions. The allowed operations are obviously + (union) , * (Kleene star) and concatenation. I have to write Regex for the following 2 examples. I have tried a ...
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DFA Construction with three strings in language

Draw DFA that recognizes the following language, with the alphabet {0, 1} {0011, 11, 0101} I'm having a lot of trouble with this, because I know DFA have to have a determined path from each state ...
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What does q-prime ($q'$) actually mean?

I'm learning about finite automata right now, and struggling with a bit of the math notation. In the explanation here: http://math.stackexchange.com/a/563875/125649, the user explains that the ...
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Is this DFA correct?

I am reviewing. I need to write a DFA that accepts a string w such that bab is not a substring. Is there any error. Also, any guideline or tips? Since it's a DFA I don't make more than 2 ...
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How to construct NFAs that recognize the following languages.

I am new to this computation theory and I am trying to answer the following question. Can you please check if I am on the right track? If there is any material that I can study for problems like these,...
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Formal Languages - Regular Expression

I've been battling the following two questions for more than a day today. Write a regular expression (comprised of {a, b}) that contain at least two b and do not contain abb. Write a regular ...
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Draw a finite state machine which will accept the regular expression $(a^2)^* + (b^3)^*$

Draw a finite state machine which will accept the regular expression: $(a^2)^* + (b^3)^*$ In particular, I am confused by the $+$ sign, what does it exactly mean? Most literature I could find about $...
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Reducing a Decidability Problem to the Halting Problem

Let $L = \{(M, n): M$ halts on less than $n$ elements from a set S $\}$ I'm trying to come up with a generalization on how to solve these types of problems so I have not defined what S is. Since the ...
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Finding the CFG (Context Free Grammar) of a language

Can we write a CFG (Context Free Grammar) for the set of all non-empty string whose length are multiple of 3 on the alphabet $ \Sigma = \{A,R,G,C\} $
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Constructing PDA for a language

I want to prove or disprove that for a given two PDA's (Pushdown Automata) $M_1$ and $M_2$, we can build a PDA $M$ such that $$L(M) = \{w \in L(M_1) \mid w\text{ contains some string in }L(M_2)\text{...
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Pushdown Automata

I having trouble constructing NPDAs for these two languages: $L_1 = \{a^nb^m \mid 2n \le m \le 3n\}$ $L_2 = \{a^nb^mc^k \mid n = m \: or \: m \ne k\}$ Would these be the proper states for the first ...
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FSM to be regular with atleast two 0's and at most two 1's

Is it possible to construct a FSM to prove that the set $X$ is regular, where $$ X = \{s \in \{0,1\}^* \mid \text{$s$ contains at least two $0$'s and at most two $1$'s}\}\ ? $$
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using pumping lemma to prove that a set is not regular

A={s11s|s $\epsilon$ {0}^*} so the strings 00011000 and 000001100000 are accepted of A but not 00100 or 001100000. Demon chooses k. ...
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Prove this language is not regular [closed]

How do I prove that this language = {1^k | k is a perfect square} is not regular by showing that no DFA can accept the language?
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Can someone explain me the proof?

I don't really understand the proof and I don't understand why it is M2 that "leads" to a reject state instead of M1.
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Can someone explain to me how this is a proof?

I honestly don't understand how this proves anything.
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Closed regular languages

Are regular languages closed under the following construction? $f(L) = \{w \mid w \in L$ and for all prefixes $x$ of $w$ it holds that $x \notin L$ $\}$
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How to convert this NFA to DFA?

What are the steps for converting this NFA to a DFA??
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Minimal DFA for a given regular expression

How can I construct a minimal DFA from the following definition? $L=\{w \in \{a,b,c\}^* $: if the second-to-last letter from w is an $a$, then the number of $c$'s $\le 1\}$ I've already made a ...
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Is there a prefix-free regular language whose set of proper prefixes is not regular

Is there a regular language $L$ such that the language $$L^\prime := \{ w : w\text{ is a proper prefix of a word in }L \}$$ has the following properties: $L^\prime$ is not regular, and $L^\prime$ ...
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Subset of regular languages

Assume $L_1$ and $L_2$ two regular languages, and $L_1\subseteq L\subseteq L_2$. Does this imply that $L$ is a regular language? Thanks in advance.
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Determine the language that corresponds to the following automata.

I want to determine that language that corresponds to the following automata Note: $q_{6}$ have arrow to $a$ to himself. I started with the minimal words: $aaabb$ $aaba$ $aaaba$ $bababa$ the ...
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Find a CFG for L = { a^nb^m : n != m }

This question is upcoming for my midterm and I can't figure it out. My professor broke it down in two statements (n>m) and(m>n) and left us at that. Find a context free grammar for $L = \{ a^n b^m : ...
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How does this language accept all palindromes with the alphabet {a,b}? [closed]

$L = \{w \in \{a,b\}^{*}$ such that $w = w^R\}$ It only says that w is the reverse of w. $L = \{ww^R \in \{a,b\}^{*}$ }$ this one says it accepts all palindromes, but the other one doesn't.
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Finite state machine

I am doing discrete math, and we are studying Finite State Machines. But i am a little confuse on how to do this. Here is a question, Write a regular expression for the language, and define a finite ...
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Prove or disprove whether the following is a regular language

I'm given the regular language L, and w being an element of L. If we remove the w from the language L, will the resulting language be still regular? Well I thought to be true. Since initially is a ...
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Eliminating Unit Productions

Eliminate all unit-productions from the grammar: $S \rightarrow abA\:|\:A\:|\:B$ $A \rightarrow B\:|\:ba\:|\:aBA$ $B \rightarrow A\:|\:aa\:|\:aA$ An article I was reading said that a unit ...
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Are these two languages equivalent?

$L = \{w \in \{a,b\}^{*}$ such that $w = R(w)\}$ R(w) = the reverse of w $L = \{u \in \{a,b\}^{*}\}$ If not can you draw a pda or define a grammar for each? I don't see how they could have ...
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Euclid's Proof that there are an infinite number of primes

I'm trying to clarify my understanding of decidability of a language. The following question is totally made up by me so I hope it makes sense. Let $L = \{A: A \text{ is an algorithm that can ...
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Convert NFA with only accepting states to regular expression?

Suppose you wanted to find a Regular Expression that defines the language accepted by the folowing Finite State Automaton. Where S1 and S2 are both accepting states. How would I go on doing this?
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Is it possible to make a PDA for $\{ ww : w \in \{ 0,1 \}^* \}$?

Consider the language $L = \{ ww : w \in \{ 1,0 \}^* \}$. I know it's easy to make a PDA for $\{ w w^\text{R} : w \in \{ 0,1 \}^* \}$ where $w^{\text{R}}$ is the reverse of $w$, but I can't think of ...
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What is the difference between regex operations in math and regex in UNIX / Linux?

What is the difference between regular expression operations (union, concatenation, kleene star) and regular expression (implemented in UNIX and can be used together with the grep command)? Are there ...
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Prove or disprove that the language $L_1 = \{a^nb^m \mid n < m \}$ is regular

I have possible strategy for a proof that it is not regular. I am wondering if it is valid. Step 1: Prove that the language $L_2 = \{a^nb^n\}$ is not regular (for example with the Pumping Lemma). ...
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Prove L is not a regular language (A Finite State Automaton cannot accept it)

$$\mathscr L = \{x \in \{0,1\}^* \mid \text{there is a } y \in \{0,1\}^* \text{ such that } x = yy\}$$ How can I prove that this is not a Regular language? I tried using proof by contradiction but ...
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Checking some Regular Expression problems

I'm given the alphabet $$ \Sigma = {\{a,b}\} $$ I tried to write a regular expressions for presenting the following sets: All strings in $$\Sigma ^ *$$ with: a-) number of 2s divisible by 4 b-) ...
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Using the Pumping Lemma to prove a language is not regular.

I want to know if my proof is wrong and whether what I am doing works. $$\sigma = \{0, 1\}$$ $$A = \{0^n1^m \mid n < m\}$$ Claim: A is not regular. Proof: Assume A is regular. Let p be the ...
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How to prove the following related with regular languages

How can we prove the following. If $$\sum$$ is any alphabet and L is any language $$L \subset \sum*$$ Then L*L* = L* ?
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Prove the following by using mathematical induction

If we define the alphabet such that $$ \Sigma = {\{a,b}\} $$ and let $w$ be a string over it. I'd like to prove $$ ( \operatorname{comp}(w))^R = \operatorname{comp}(w^R) $$ where $$ w^R$$ and $$\...
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Proof that an automaton stops

I discovered an automaton that produced interesting, random-seeming patterns. The rule was as follows. Given a grid of points, some occupied and some not, and a current point and a previous point; ...
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Question about Notation in a Regular Language

I am a little confused about the following notation: $L' = \{xy|x\in L \ , y\in L^R\}$. I think this expression is not equivalent with palindrome but I am not entirely sure. For example, I think the ...
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Proof that suffix of $ab$ needs at least 3 states in NFA

I need to prove that for an NFA that accepts all languages $L(M)=\{w \in \{a,b\}^* \mid wab \}$ with a suffix of $ab$ needs at least 3 states. The smallest automata would look like this: $\to(s) \to ...
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Proving that a language having a particular CFG grammar is equivalent to a particular L

I think we need to prove that L(G) is a subset of L and then we need to prove that L is a subset of L(G). For the first part, I think we need to say for any w in L(G) we have an even number of as and ...