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Showing a grammar to be ambiguous

I'm learning about grammar ambiguity and trying to show the following grammar is ambiguous: $S \rightarrow ScS | SdS | A$ $A \rightarrow a | b$ I used 2 different left-derivations to get the same ...
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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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Lambda productions in grammar

I tried removing the $\lambda$ productions from this grammar: $S \rightarrow a A b \mid B B a$ $A \rightarrow b b \mid \lambda$ $B \rightarrow A A \mid b A a $ It seems like you just take away the ...
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S-grammar for this regular expression

Given this regular expression: $r = a a^* b + b^* c b$ I think this is the simple grammar, but I was getting a little lost with the productions: $S \rightarrow S_1 | S_2$ $S_1 \rightarrow a A b$ ...
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Greibach normal form conversion

I'm trying to convert this into GNF: $S \rightarrow ASaa | bab$ $A \rightarrow Ba | bAB$ $B \rightarrow abba$ So I'm getting this, but I'm not sure understanding and applying correctly the concept ...
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Grammar into Chomsky Normal Form

Convert the following grammar into Chomsky Normal Form (CNF): S → aS | aAA | bB A → aA | λ B → bB | aaB I think this looks ok, but not sure. Maybe someone can point out where I go wrong: ...
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Proving that $L= \{a^nb^n, n\ge 0\}$ is not a regular language.

The questions i'm 'stuck' on is: Let $\Sigma = \{0,1,2\}$ be the alphabet, and let $L$ be the collection of all the languages that contains only words that have even length. Prove that there are ...
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Subset of A Regular Language

I need to show that a subset of a regular language is regular or not. I think it may not be regular but I could not find a counter example. Do you have any simple example to prove that? Thanks in ...
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Regular Language Operation

I need to show that the given regular language is closed under the following operation. For example: AllSuffixes(L) = {v : uv in L for some u in (0+1)* } I do not ...
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Give an example of a language $L \subset \{0,1\}^*$ such that rows of the matrix $T_L$ are distinct.

Given an example of a language $L \subset \{0,1\}^*$ such that rows of the matrix $T_L$ are distinct. We define the matrix as follows. Let $L \subset \Gamma^*$ where $\Gamma$ is alphabet. Then the ...
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Construc a DFA for given language

The given language is this. $$L = \{a^nb : n \geq 0\}$$ Let $M = \left<\{q_0,q_1,q_2\},q_0,\Gamma=\{a,b\},\delta,\{q_2\}\right>$ be a DFA, where $q_0$ is the initial state, $q_2$ is the accept ...
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Can someone explain this automaton?

I have a question about constructing an automaton for given language: $$L = \{000, 010, 100, 110\}$$ Solution for this was given below. Can anyone explain why this automaton accepts the language? This ...
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If $v^6w^8 = w^{12}v^4$ then $(vw)^2 = v^2w^2$?

Given the words $v,w \in \sum^*$, is this correct? If $v^6w^8 = w^{12}v^4$ then $(vw)^2 = v^2w^2$ If $vw^2 = wv^2$ then $v=w$ For one, I tried $v=\epsilon, w=\epsilon$ and it worked, and ...
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Construct an automaton by using sliding window method

Given alphabet $\Gamma = \{0,1\}$, let $L = \{\omega : All\ words\ ending\ 010\}$ be a language. Find an automaton. I have to find an automaton using sliding window method.. First I need some ...
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Matrix representation of Automata

Is anyone know if there is any tutorial for the matrix representation of automata?? I am taking a theoritical computer science in this semester and the professor uses the matrix in his lecture. I ...
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Why is this the $L(M)$ of this DFA?

Why is this the $L(M)$ of this DFA? Can someone please explain it? I am new to this course. When I tried alone answering the question of "What is special about the words that get accepted by this ...
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Give a push down Automata for this language: the length of is odd and it's middle symbol is 0

Give a push down automaton for this language: {w| the length of w is odd and it's middle symbol is 0} Here is the CFG I wrote for this language: ...
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Automata and power series

I am taking a class on Automata and Formal Languages and I need to solve an exercise, but I have no idea where to start from. It sounds like this: Decide the coefficients of the words in ...
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Show that a language is not regular using Myhill-Nerode Theorem

I'd like to show that the language below is not regular using Myhill-Nerode Theorem. How can I do that? Let Σ = {0, 1}. Let L = {ww|w ∈ Σ*} I am not sure where ...
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Is this language regular ? [automata]

Is this a regular language : $$L = \{w : w \in \{a,b\}^*\text{ and }abw = wba\}$$ Does my automata only need to start with $a$ and $b$, then loop on $a,b$ and finish with $b\to a$, or do I don't ...
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Is it true that any infinite subset of a non-regular unary language is non-regular?

My question is very similar to this: Is there a subset of a non regular language that is regular My claim is that because the subset is infinite, Myhill Nerode says that the language is not regular. ...
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Homework problem with expressions.

I am doing homework and I have multiple choice question that states which are the valid expressions. $bb \Phi a^*$ $(aa)^+ b(a+b)^*$ $\Phi (a+b+c)^*$ $ba^nbb: n>0$ $\lambda (a+b)^*a(bb+a)$ ...
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Pumping Lemma to show a language is not regular

Let $\Sigma = \{a, b\}$. Use the Pumping Lemma to show that $\mathcal L = \{ a^pab^q: p < q \}$ is not regular. Not sure how to apply PL here, if someone can give some direction.
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Finite state automata for two regular languages

I have to draw FSAs that accept the following languages over {0,1} and {a, b} (0 | 1)* a* | b* Now for 1, the language is just any word that consists of 1s and 0s but it also contains the empty ...
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Is there a 2D 3-colorstate mobile automaton that grows like $ln^{0,5}(t)$?

Define an integer function $f(t)$ for an integer $t>25$ such that $|f(f(t)) - ln(t)| < \sqrt {ln(t)}+2$. Define $L(X(t))$ as the number of nonwhite states at iteration $t$ of mobile automaton ...
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Verification: DFA/NFA that accepts all strings over $\{0,1\}$ with exactly one block of $00$

I am trying to design a DFA or NFA that accepts all strings over $\Sigma = \{0,1\}$ in which the block $00$ appears only once. Here is what I've tried. Can you verify that this accepts all string ...
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Post-concatenation of the languages represented by the null set

I have a small question regarding concatenation of regular languages: Is it true that the concatenation $L\varnothing$, where $L$ is any regular language, result in $\varnothing$? Namely, does ...
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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: ...
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Constructing an NFA accepted by a grammar

Contruct an NFA of the language accepted by the grammar below. $$G=(\{S,A,B\}, \{a,b,c\},S,P)$$ $P: S\rightarrow abaS\ \ | \ cA\\ \ \ \ \ \ \ A\rightarrow bA\ \ | \ cB \ \ | \ aa\\ \ \ \ \ \ ...
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Right-linear grammar from regular expression

I made a right-linear grammar that from this regular expression: The alphabet is: $Σ = \{a, b, c\} $ Regular expression: $r = cc^*(ba)^*bb$ My solution, it seems a little too short like I'm ...
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NFA from regular expression

I'm trying to make an NFA from the following regular expression. I'm not sure about the edges between nodes $q2$ and $q4$, maybe someone can point out where everything went wrong.
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Language made by a regular expression

I created a language from this regular expression but I'm not sure about it, especially where I wanted to use the $w$ to express a sequence of terminals. The expression: $r = a a ^{*} (b + bb + bbb) ...
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Regular expression for a language

I made a regular expression to match this language but I'm not sure it's right. Perhaps someone can show me where it deviates. The language: $L = {a^{n} c b^{m} (cc)^{p} : n \geq 1, m \leq 1, p\geq ...
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Constructing regular grammar

I'm trying to make a regular grammar for this language: $$ L = \{ a^ncb^m(cc)^p : n\ge 1, m\le 1, p\ge 0\} $$ Where the alphabet is $ \Sigma = \{a,b,c\}$ It seemed like right-linear. This may be ...
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context free grammar problem

$L$ is the context free grammar over $\{a, b\}$ $S \rightarrow aSb \; | \;bR \; |\;Ra$ $R \rightarrow bR \;|\;aR\;|\;\epsilon$ Briefly describe this CFG with English sentences and prove your ...
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context free grammar design

Design a context free grammar and PDA for the following language. $$\Sigma = \{0,1\},\qquad L = \left\{uv \mid u \in \sum^{*} \;v\in \sum^{*}1\sum^{*} \text{ with }|u| \geq |v| \right\}$$ I'm not ...
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interpreting language for finite state machine

Can someone explain to me what this means in clear english and maybe give me a hint for how to make a NDFSM (non-deterministic finite state machine) that accepts this language? I understand that the 3 ...
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$2^E$ where $E$ is a set

I'm studing the definition of automaton $G=(X, E, f, \Gamma, x_o, X_m)$ where $X$ is the set of states and $E$ is the set of events. My sources report that $\Gamma:X \rightarrow 2^E$ is the indicator ...
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Constructing a parallel composition from a given transition system and automaton

I am looking at an exercise, where it asks me to construct a parallel composition from a given transition system and an automaton. The transition system looks like this: and the automaton (with ...
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Finite automata for any even number of a's followed by any even number of b's

I'm new to formal languages. I'm stuck with the following question. Any help is appreciated. Find finite automata for $$L = \{a^i b^j \mid i, j\text{ are even, }j\ge0\}$$ Thank you
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Number of states required to recognize $\{ ss : s \in \{ 0 , 1 \}^*, |s| = i \}$ and its complement

$$\Sigma = \{0,1\}\;\\ S_{i} = \left\{ss: s\in {\Sigma}^{*} \text{and $s$ has length $i$}\right\}$$ Prove that for any $i$, any DFA recognizing $S_{i}$ must have $2^{i}$ or more states. Design a ...
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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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Constructing a finite automata from a subset of its language

I am attempting to solve the following problem: Let $M=(Q,\Sigma,\delta,q_0,F)$ be a deterministic finite automata which accepts $L(M)$, and let $E$ be the subset of $L(M)$ consisting of all words of ...
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The Relation of Cellular Automata to Languages

In Conway's Game of Life, would a cell be considered a deterministic finite automata? Is there a language for the automata, and would it be a regular language? In probabilistic cellular automata, are ...
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Connection of closed subsets of $A^{\omega}$ and deterministic Büchi-Automata, Question from Book: Infinite Word by D. Perrin & J.-E. Pin

In the Book Infinite Words (homepage) it is proofed that: If $X \subseteq A^{\omega}$, then regarding the Cantor-Topology, the following is equivalent: (1) $X$ is closed (2) $X$ is recognized by a ...
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Understanding how to convert a PDA to a CFG

Given a PDA, initialized with $\#$ on the stack, and with accepting states $q_a, q_b, q_c$ and the following transitions: (current state, stack head, input character, replacement for old stack head, ...
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Converting from NFA to a regular expression.

This is a NFA, I have been working to covert it to a regular expression. After I'am done, I arrive at an expression as follows $$ \left(((a\cup b)a^*b) (ba^*b)^*a\right)^* \left(((a\cup b)a^*b) ...
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Is there an (explicit?) bijection from the set of all automatons to the set of all regular expressions that conserves the recongnised language

Let $\Sigma$ be an alphabet, $R$ be the set of regular expressions on $\Sigma$ (that is, trees with leave's values in $\left\{\varepsilon\right\}\cup \Sigma$ and three types of interior nodes, one ...
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To design a Finite State machine

Design a FSM for a binary number in which the input is valid if no. of 0's divisible by 5 and no. of 1's divisible by 3
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Finite automata and languages question

I have attempted these few simple questions, can someone let me know if this is correct please? If not please provide the answer as I learn better that way and if possible explain. i) FA1 Start = ...