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If $L$ is regular, prove that $\sqrt{L}=\left\{ w : ww\in L\right\}$ is regular

Let $L$ be a regular language. Prove that $\sqrt{L}:=\left\{ w : ww\in L\right\}$ is also a regular language. I suppose I need to modify state machine for $L$ to accept $\sqrt{L}$, but I've been ...
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Difference between NFA and DFA

In very simple terms please, all resources I'm finding are talking about tuples and stuff and I just need a simple explanation that I can remember easily because I keep getting them mixed up.
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Intersection of two deterministic finite automata?

I'm trying to solve a problem where I have to create a DFA for the intersection of two languages. These are: $$\{s \in \{{\tt a}, {\tt b},{\tt c}\}^\ast : \mbox{every ${\tt a}$ in $s$ is ...
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Is the language of all strings over the alphabet “a,b,c” with the same number of substrings “ab” & “ba” regular?

Is the language of all strings over the alphabet "a,b,c" with the same number of substrings "ab" & "ba" regular? I believe the answer is NO, but it is hard to make a formal demonstration of it, ...
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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) (ba^...
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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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Drawing automata for languages

I'm trying to draw two automata for these two languages: For the first one, I know that the minimum is n = 1, m = 1, but I'm having troubles drawing a NFA for it. The second one the minimum is n = ...
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How do we choose a good string for the pumping lemma?

we have a Language $$\mathscr L: \{a^mb^n: m \ne n\}$$ we need to choose a good string $w$. apparently $w = a^{n+1}m^{n}$ is not a good string. can someone explain why? I also found this and I ...
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Trying to figure what language this PDA (pushdown automata) accepts

I have the following PDA and I can't figure our what words it accepts, would like to get some help with figuring this out. Of course it only accepts if that stack is empty in the accepting state.
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Prove that $A/B$ is regular when $A$ is regular and $B$ is regular or not regular.

Prove that $A/B$ is regular when $A$ is regular and $B$ is regular or not regular. $$A/B=\{w: wx\in A\ \text { for some }\ x\in B\}$$ Please give me a clue.
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Deciding equivalence of regular languages

Given two regular expressions $R$ and $S$ on an alphabet $\Sigma$ it is possible to decide their equivalence as follows: build two finite automata $M_R$ and $M_S$ such that $L(R) = L(M_R)$ and $L(S) ...
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Finite automaton that recognizes the empty language $\emptyset$

Since the language $L = \emptyset$ is regular, there must be a finite automaton that recognizes it. However, I'm not exactly sure how one would be constructed. I feel like the answer is trivial. ...
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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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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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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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Turing Machine Variation

Hi i'm trying to figure out this question: Give a formal definition of multihead-multitape Turing machine. Then show how such a machine can be simulated by a standard Turing machine Can someone ...
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Is $L=\{o^{i}1^{i}o^{j}1^{i} | i,j>0\}$ a context free language?

I need to find and to prove (by the pumping lemma or by building a grammar) if $L=\{o^{i}1^{i}o^{j}1^{i} | i,j>0\}$ is a context free language. I would like to get some help. thanks!
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How to construct a context free grammar $G$ such that $L(G) = \{ a^i b^j c^k| j \gt i+k\} $?

How to construct a context free grammar $G$ such that $L(G) = \{ a^i b^j c^k| j \gt i+k\} $? I don't have much idea how to approach this one. Could some help me to understand how to approach these ...
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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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A regular expression for the words that don't contain the sequence $ab$ over $\{a,b,c\}$

The following is an exercise in a book I am reading: Let $\Sigma=\{a,b,c\}$, define $L$ to be the language of all words over $\Sigma$ that do not contain $ab$ as a sub-word. Find a regular ...
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How to prove CYK algorithm has $O(n^3)$ running time

I have a final coming up in few days, and the professor mentioned the CYK algorithm. I want to be prepared for the final. I'm trying to find out how to prove the algorithm has worst case running time ...
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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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How to design a Context-Free Grammar and Pushdown Automaton for the following language:

How would you design a context-free grammar for the following language? $\{p^n \ r^m \ p \ \ b^{m+n} \ \ r^2 ∣ m,n\geq 0\}$ Derive a Pushdown Automaton that accepts the same language as the CFG. ...
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Describe and count the set of sequences containing $20$ or $02$

Let $X = \{ 0,1,2 \}$ be a ternary alphabet and denote by $X^*$ the set of finite sequences (i.e. strings) with three symbols. For $w \in X^*$ with $n$ the length of $w$ and $w = w_1 w_2 \cdots w_n$ ...
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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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Is regularity is preserved under reversal?

When talking about languages and regular languages. Can I say that reversal preserved regularity since if the language L is regular, we can generate it by right linear grammar. Therefore, the ...
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Prove that $\{ww^R\#ww^R\}$ is not context free

I need to prove that $L = \{ww^R\#ww^R \; | \; w \text{ is in } \{a,b\}^*\}$ is not context free. I have tried using the pumping lemma for this. For $w=a^pb^pb^pa^p\#a^pb^pb^pa^p$. I have two cases ...
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Showing that all regular languages are closed under reversal

I'm trying to show that $L^{reverse} = \{w^{reverse}:w \in L\}$ is a regular language. The first argument I can come up with is simply: if we have an NFA for $L$, then an NFA for $L^{reverse}$ can be ...
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NFA to DFA conversion, half the power set

Is there a way to tell when a NFA will use at least half the power set when converted to a DFA. I tried to create a few examples, but i just can't see a pattern that would say whether an NFA will use ...
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Parser for reversed language

Language $L$ is specyfied by grammar : $(\{S,A,B\},\{c,d\},S,\{S \rightarrow SA, A \rightarrow Bc | \epsilon, B \rightarrow d\})$. My task is to construct LR(1) parsing table for language $L^R$ (with,...
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Finding the language of a finite automaton

Is there any formal and elegant way of finding the language of a finite automaton? For example, It's trivial that the language accepted by the following diagram of the automaton $A$ is $L(A) = (a ...
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recurrence relation of a language

I am looking at the following: Consider a language $X$ which consists of all bitstrings with no more than 2 consecutive zeros (represented by the above automaton). Next consider a sequence $s_n$ ...
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Whether $L=\{(a^m,a^n)\}^*$ is regular or not?

I am condidering the automatic structure for Baumslag-Solitar semigroups. And I have a question. For any $m,n \in Z$, whether the set $L=\{(a^m,a^n)\}^*$ is regular or not. Here a set is regular means ...
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Working with the word w⋅y, while given the word y⋅w

$L$ is a regular language. I am given $F(L)$ such that $$F(L)= \{wy \mid yw\in L\}$$ I need to prove that if $L$ belongs to $L_\text{dfa}$, $F(L)$ also belongs to $L_\text{dfa}$. I am having a hard ...
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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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Regular expression for language containing all strings that start and end with different symbols

ques - Regular expression for language containing all strings that start and end with different symbols i just went through some examples where the RE for above question is ...
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Determine whether $L=\{w:|w|_a=2^n+273\text{ for }n\in \mathbb{N}\}$ is regular.

Given the alphabet $\Sigma=\{a, b\}$ and for the next Language $L=\{w:|w|_a=2^n+273\text{ for }n\in \mathbb{N}\}$ determine whether the language is regular. Firstly, I think this language is regular. ...
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How can a DFA corresponding to an NFA have a transition that the original NFA does not?

First sorry for the poor pictures, but I think they are ok enough to get the point across. I would like to see the steps involved to convert this NFA to a DFA using the method explained in this ...
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Designing a deterministic finite automata

How would I go about designing a deterministic finite automata to recognize the language L = {λ, ab, abab, ababab, . . . } consisting of strings that start with ‘a’, end with ‘b’, and alternate in ...
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Proving that the language $\mathscr L$ is non regular using the pumping lemma

I need to prove that the language $\mathscr L=\{\text{all the binary words such that the number of ones divide the number of zeros}\}$ is non regular using the pumping lemma For example: $010010\in \...
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proving that a regular language can be accepted by a fast finite automaton

Let it be L a regular language. Prove that exists a fast finite automaton (FFA) M which excepts L. Definition of FFA: FFA is a 6-tuple M=$<Q,Σ,P,δ,s,A>$ which: 1. Q is a finite set of ...
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Is $L = \left \{ a^m b^mca^nb^m \mid m,n \geq 0 \right \}$ context free language?

I have doubt , regarding this question Is this language is context free ? $L= \left \{ a^m b^mca^nb^m \mid m,n \geq 0 \right \}$ IMO : push all $a$'s , match with $a$ and pop $b$'s ,(now stack ...