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Turing Machine Decidability

I have been working on this problem for few hours, but haven't been able to come up with a solution : Is the following problem decidable? Given a TM M, whether there is a w such that M enters each of ...
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An algorithm that minimises the number of states for a conversion from a DFA to an NFA

I am looking for an algorithm that can convert from a DFA to an NFA, while at the same time producing the minimum number of states for the NFA. My gut tells me this can be done with around $n$ ...
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pumping lemma: ww^R not regular

I'm trying to prove that $L = \{ww^R : w \in \{a,b\}^*\}$ ($w^R$ is the reverse of $w$) is not regular using the pumping lemma. Let $p$ be the pumping length and $s = a^pbba^p$. $x = \epsilon$, $y = ...
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Checking my CFG to CNF answer

I attempted to transform the given CFG into CNF. $$S → ASA|A$$ $$A→aa|ε$$ Here are my steps: $$S→X$$ $$X→XA|AX|A$$ $$A→aa$$ $$S→X$$ $$X→XA|AX|YY$$ $$A→YY$$ $$Y→a$$ $$S→XA|AX|YY$$ ...
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Create a finite-state machine

I need to create a finite-state machine which accepts strings whose characters are in {a,b,c} and produce output strings of T's and F's. The machine outputs a T once the characters ab is encountered ...
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minimal DFA with four states

I want to minimal this DFA: But i don't know what to do. Anyone can help me? Thanks
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Proving context free language membership is $P$ complete with respect to log-space reductions

This is exercise from Introduction to Automata theory, Languages and Computation, by Hopcrof, Ullman (first edition). I found example of polynomial reduction to some problems in logic, or graph ...
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Decide whether DFA accepts all Strings

Wikipedia : Because DFAs can be reduced to a canonical form (minimal DFAs), there are also efficient algorithms to determine: whether a DFA accepts any strings. whether a DFA accepts all strings. ...
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Can you draw the e-NFA from the following definition?

I am trying to understand the solution, because I think I got it completely wrong. I wrote we could take the initial DFA and replace the normal transitions with epsilon transition except for all ...
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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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CFG Convertion to GNF

I have a very simple CFG that I am trying to convert into GNF. The CFG is: S -> aSbS S -> epsilon I looked at the CFG and I think I can just do the ...
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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} ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?

http://www.cs.odu.edu/~toida/nerzic/390teched/regular/fa/figures/nfa-dfa1.jpg What are the steps for convert this NFA to 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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Context-free languages

Is the following language context-free? $\{ w \in \{a,b,c\}^* : (\#_a(w) - \#_b(w)) \cdot \#_c(w) = \#_b(w)$ and all c's are encountered before any a$\}$. $\#_a(w)$ = amount of a's in w Thanks in ...
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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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how to convert Finite Automata into Push Down Automata

I am trying to convert Finite Automata into Push Down Automata and I am not sure if I am doing this right. There are not many good tutorials on this topic that I can find, but this is what I have. I ...
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Cartesian product of a DFA and PDA

I am just wondering how to do it. I am not quite sure if this is the right way. 1) Write down all the combination of states. 2) Take into consideration the "input" side of the DFA and write the ...