Automata Theory, including abstract machines, grammars, parsing, grammatical inference, transducers, and finite-state techniques

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Languages and their relation : help

This is not a homework question though, this is something I wish to know to add to my own knowledge. While reading one of the texts on automata (K.L.P. Mishra, "Theory of Computer Science : Automata, ...
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Is $\epsilon$ in every alphabet?

Given a $\Sigma$ an alphabet, is $\epsilon$ in it logically? For example, if I have a function $ f : \Sigma \to \Sigma $, can I define it for example $ f(\sigma) = \epsilon$? even if my alphabet is ...
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CF grammar on this language

I'm trying to write a context-free grammar for this language: $L = \{a^n b a^m (bb)^n : m \ge 1, n \ge 0\}$ I was getting lost with maintaining $n$ number of $a$'s and $(bb)$'s and I'm not sure how ...
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NFA from grammar productions

Based on this grammar: \begin{align} G = (\{S,A,B\}, \{a,b, c\}, S, P) \end{align} \begin{matrix} \\P: \\S → abaS | cA \\A → bA | cB | aa \\B → bB | cA | bb \end{matrix} I created this NFA: I'...
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Giving a regular grammar for the language

I am trying to brush up on my regular grammar knowledge to prepare for an interview, and I just am not able to solve this problem at all. This is NOT for homework, it is merely me trying to solve this....
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Is there a problem with this example?

In example $1.14$ on page $51$ (of the book and $64$ of this link), shouldn't the string $01000$ get rejected? However it seems that the first three digits of the string would force it to an accept ...
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Definition of a deterministic Pushdown automaton

According to my book the definition of a deterministic Pushdown automaton allows for $\delta(q,\epsilon,Z)$ to be non-empty if $$\forall\sigma\in\Sigma:\,\delta(q,\sigma,Z)\neq\emptyset$$ Can someone ...
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Checking if the language is a regular one

Let A = $\{x \in \{a,b\}^{*} \mid |x|_{a} = |x|_{b} \}$. Is possible to find a regular expression $\alpha$ such that $L(\alpha)$ = A ? $L(\alpha)$ is the regular language defined by $\alpha$. It ...
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Unable to construct Context-free Grammar from Pushdown Automaton

I have a problem in constructing a Context-free Grammar for the Language $$L = \{a^mb^n : m≠n,m>0,n>0\} .$$ Though I can able to construct a Pushdown Automata. I can construct a CFG, but it ...
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Construct PDA that accepts the language $L = \{ a^nb^{n + m}c^{m}: n \geq 0, m \geq 1 \}$

Problem Construct PDA that accepts the language $L = \{ a^nb^{n + m}c^{m}: n \geq 0, m \geq 1 \}$ My initial idea was, If we read an $a$ push a $x$ onto stack If we read a $b$, there are two ...
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Nondeterministic Finite Automata to Deterministic Finite Automata?

I am unfamiliar with the general process of converting NFA to DFA. I have general understanding of the theory, but I don't have the method established. Please help explain the process required to ...
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Accurate model of a laptop when it is not connected to any external device

You have a laptop with a fixed amount of memory and hard disk space and no external storage devices connected (CD, USB drives, . . . ). Which of the following is the most accurate formal model of your ...
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Show a language is regular with Myhill-Nerode Theorem

I understand how to show a language is not regular using Myhill-Nerode Theorem (proof by contradiction), but how do you show the language is regular? Take language $0^*1^*$ for example. I know this ...
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What are annihilators?

I was recently listening to Automata lecture, there it was told told that an empty set is an Annihilator for concatenation just like $0$ is for multiplication. What do we mean by this statement?
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What are closure properties of regular languages?

In class we've been talking about DFA's and NFA's and being closed under ____. The homework problems say to "use closure properties of regular languages to show that a regular languages are closed ...
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Is the language $\{yxzx^Ry^R \mid x,y,z \text{ belongs to } \{0,1\}^+ \} $ regular?

This is a question from Iran's national grad school entrance exam. In the answers key, the answer was that the following language is regular but I doubt it is true, I proved using pumping lemma that ...
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Concatenation of Finite Languages and Regular Languages

I know that the following statements regarding Concatenation are false. However, I'm having difficulty explaining why they are false with simple counter-examples. I'm able to find simple counter-...
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Name for a state of an automaton that can't be left

In an automaton, we might have a state that once reached cannot be left. It is for example for Ø in Is there a common/official name for such a state ?
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regular language proof, a language partial to a regular one

So, I've been trying to solve a question I got and I think I'm correct but I'm not positive. Is the language {w| www belongs to L' and L' is regular} regular? I couldnt find any way to prove it isnt ...
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Turing machine that goes left on first symbol

I have a turing machine with transitions given by the following table I'm inputting the string aaaa. So if I look at the first symbol "a" in state A, it says to replace it with an X, go into state ...
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Stack automata with nonequality

I encontered the following problem that I'm unable to solve. The goal is to construct a stack automata, that accepts language $$ L = \left\{u\mathrm{\underline{c}}v \mid u,v \in \{\mathrm{\underline{...
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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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A correct proof for this pumping lemma example?

Given the language $L = \{0^{2^n} | n \geq 1\}$ So, the language contains all strings that have $2^n$ $0$s. First of all I take $z = a^{2^p}$ where $p$ is the constant guaranteed by the pumping ...
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Why is a 3-PDA no more powerful than a 2-PDA?

A k-PDA is a pushdown automata with k stacks. My textbook on Computation Theory has an exercise that asks to prove that 3-PDA is no more powerful than a 2-PDA. Now consider the language that I made ...
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(Transformation) Semigroups, the semigroup $\mathbf D_n$ and the wreath product

I have some trouble understanding the following proof, were I can't even figure out how some terms are defined. But first I state some definitions and preliminary lemmas. A transformation semigroup $...
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Reducing A$_\text{TM}$ to REGULAR$_\text{TM}$

We can solve A$_\text{TM}$ problem using REGULAR$_\text{TM}$. Assume $R$ is a Turing machine that decides REGULAR$_\text{TM}$. We construct $S$ to decide A$_\text{TM}$ as follows On input $\...
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DFA Rejection State

I'm being asked to construct a DFA for the language over $\{0,1\}$ such that each string of five consecutive symbols contain at least two zeroes. In my construction, it seems to me that it would make ...
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Proving that $L=\{w\in \Sigma^*: |w|_a= 2^n +273$, $n\in \mathbb{N} \}$ is irregular. [duplicate]

I am trying to prove that $L=\{w\in \Sigma^*: |w|_a= 2^n +273$, $n\in \mathbb{N} \}$ is irregular, whereas: $\Sigma=\{a,b\}$. I tried to use the pumping lemma with no success. I have also tried to ...
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Turing Machine for comparing, copying, and operating

If one wants to design a Turing Machine for a function such as this: Where $x>0,y>0$ and are both integers represented in unary, so an example movement in this TM on the read-write head would ...
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DFA Transition Function Inductive Proof

Show for any state $q$, string $x$, and input symbol $a$, $\hat\delta(q, ax) = \hat\delta(\delta(q, a), x)$, where $\hat\delta$ is the transitive closure of $\delta$, which is the transition function ...
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Does closure under the union and concatenation operations imply closure under the star operation?

Given any two languages $A$ and $B$, recall the following regular operations: Union: $A \cup B = \{x \mid x \in A \text{ or } x \in B\}$ Concatenation: $A \circ B = \{xy \mid x \in A \text{ ...
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Regular composition of non-regular language

I've got the following problem: Let's take language $L$. Is it posible that $L$ is not regular itself, but it's composition $L\cdot L$ becomes regular? I suspect that's correct, yet I ...
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Find push down automata and context free grammar

I have the following language: $$ L = \{a^nb^{2n+1} \mid n \ge 0\} $$ I must find the push down automaton and a context free grammar for the language. For the push down I have no idea how to ...
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Show that this language cannot be accepted by a deterministic push-down automaton [duplicate]

How do you show that there exists no DPDA that accepts $ L = \{0^n1^n \} \cup \{ 0^n1^{2n}\}$ ?
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Constructing PDA with either one state or two states

If $L$ is a context-free language and $\epsilon \notin L $, how do you show that there exists a PDA that accepts the language by final state such that it has not more than two states and makes no $\...
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Regular Languages Algorithm?

I need help proving the following question: Let $L$ be any regular language on $\sum{a,b}$. Show that an algorithm exists for determining if L contains any strings of even length. So far, I know ...
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Pushdown automata for the language $\{ w001w^\text{R} : w = \{0,1\}^* \}$

I'm trying to make a PDA that accepts the language $\{ w001w^\text{R} : w = \{0,1\}^* \}$ by empty stack. (Here $w^\text{R}$ denotes the reverse of the string $w$.) Our stack symbol s $\#$. I've come ...
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Existence of NFA of a reverse of a language

Hi, I'm really stuck on how to prove the following: Given that $L$ is a language and $L'$ is a set such that $L' = \{w \mid w' \in L\}$ where $w$ is the reverse of $w'$, e.g., if $w = a a b$ then $w' ...
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Derivation of a property of a language

I am confused how this relation is derived for a language on alphabet V A,B The relation is $$ (A\cup B)^*=(A^*B^*)^* $$ I am confused how this is derived. Any pointers?
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Is $f$ is computable by a finite automaton, the dual of $f$ is thus computable also?

et $A$ be a finite alphabet. Let $A^*$ denote the language of all words in $A$, and $\epsilon$ the empty word. Let $\rho : A^* \to A^*$ denote the "reverting" map, that transforms $a_1a_2\ldots a_n$ ...
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Conditions for: $xy=zw$ and $yx=wz$

Let $x,y,z,w$ be finite strings. Find the necessary and sufficient conditions for the following two equations to hold simultaneously: $$xy=zw$$ and $$yx=wz$$ Automata Theory is new to me and i am ...
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Two elementary question on automaton and language

1.What is the definition for a semigroup(or monoid) recognizing a set of words(or language)?2.Are recognizable,rational and regular equivalent to each other with respect to a language? PS:The reason ...
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Nondeterministic PDA to Deterministic PDA

Are there any resources on how to convert a non-deterministic PDA to a deterministic one, if a deterministic PDA actually exists? Or is there a step by step way on how to do this, kind of like going ...
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Construct PDA that accepts the language $L = \{w_1cw_2 : w_1, w_2 \in \{a, b\}^*, w_1 \neq w_2^R\}$

Problem Construct PDA that accepts the language $L = \{w_1cw_2 : w_1, w_2 \in \{a, b\}^*, w_1 \neq w_2^R\}$ For the language $wcw^R$, it's much easier because the stack is always empty after ...
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Is it possible to prove that $L$ is a regular language?

Let $L = \{a^{f(m)} | m \geq 1 \}$ where $f: \mathbb{Z}^+ \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^+$ is monotonically increasing and complies that for all $n \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ there is $m \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ such that ...
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Generating all words in a language from CFG

I have a non-ambiguous context-free grammar. Is there some standard algorithm to create list of all the words in the language the CFG defines? This can be done with an abvious brute-force search by ...
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Countable State Automata

Consider an automaton with a countably infinite number of states. This machine could, given it's current state and a symbol from the input alphabet, move to another arbitrary state in a finite amount ...
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Turing Machine Diagram, one Solved Problem ?!

The following Diagram Gets binary number $x$ and produce $x+1$. complete it: the book solution is says first line is the answer. any hint or idea for completing this TM?
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Let $Σ=\{a,b,c\}$. Which of the following statements is true?

$1)$ For any $A\subseteq\Sigma^*$, if $A$ is regular, then so is $\{x∣ xx\in A\}$. $2)$ For any $A\subseteq\Sigma^*$, if $A$ is context-free, then so is $\{x∣xx\in A\}$ According to me the $1^\text{...
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Let M range over turing machine descriptions .Consider the set REG={M|L(M) is a regular set} which of the statements are true?

The complement of REG is Co-REG REG is recursively enumerable but Co-REG is not REG is not recursively enumerable but Co-REG is Both are recursively enumerable 4.None of them are recursively ...