# Tagged Questions

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

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### This proof in my textbook involving the pumping lemma appears incorrect - is it?

It states Let $B$ be the language $\{0^n1^n2^n | n \geq 0\}$. We use the pumping lemma to prove that $B$ is not regular. The proof is by contradiction. Assume to the contrary that $B$ is regular. ...
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### Lattice worms with nontrivial deaths

In Paterson's worms, a triangular lattice is used. A worm can move in 6 directions. As each node is hit, the worm follows an internal rule for which edge it will eat next based on the edges already ...
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### My Moore and Mealy machines look the same. Why?

For university I have to construct equivalent Mealy and Moore machines that solve certain problems. But I am confused, as my Moore and Mealy machines turn out to have exactly the same nodes, just with ...
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### Regular expression for string's of a's and b's beginning with b and not having two consecutive a's

Question: Write a regular expression for the following language: "All strings of a's and b's in ∑* beginning with b and not having two consecutive a's. A textbook says the answer is (b+ba)*. Shouldn'...
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### Trouble with induction on the length of a word

In the accepted solution of the question If L is regular, prove that $\sqrt{L}=\{w:ww\in L\}$ is regular the answerer made the claim that "What's left is to show that $δ ′ (q_{0}' ,w)=h$ , which can ...
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### nth-root of continued fraction with Raney transducers

There are some algorithms for doing basic arithmetic by using regular continued fraction expansions. These algorithms are mainly due to Gosper (1972) and Raney (1973). These two approaches use (bi)...
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### show that language is regular

Let $B_n = \{a^k\ |\text{ where } k\text{ is a multiple of } n\}$. Show that for each $n\ge 1$ the $B_n$ language is regular. My proposition of solution: What about it ?
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### Size of automata or regular expressions avoiding cross patterns

Let $\Sigma$ be an alphabet of finite size $k$, and $n$ some integer. I am interested in the language of words of size $n$ that do not contain $abab$ as a subword, for any pair $(a,b) \in \Sigma$ (I ...
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### halting problem

Prove that it is undecidable for the halting problem of a deterministic Turing machine which accepts nonrecursive language or in-other-words: let's say we have a deterministic Turing machine which ...
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### Blanks in the Tape of a Turing Machine

I used to have a lot of trouble with Turing Machines, primarily because I thought that in-between input symbols on the tape, one could have an arbitrary number of blanks, so every input would need to ...
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### question about determinstic pushdown automata

i need to show that there is no DPDA accepts the language $L=\{a^n*b^n \mid n>0\}\cup\{a^n*b^{2n} \mid n>0\}.$ i used the prefix property but i'm stuck showing that if $w,w' \in L$, $w$ is ...
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### What is the highest state in the context of finite state automata?

I am doing an assignment for my Theory of Computation course. We are writing a function and I am having a hard time understanding what "highest" state means in the following context: ...
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### Help with proving a language is regular (Sipser problem 1.49a)

I am working through Sipser's Introduction to the theory of computation on my own, so I don't have access to a teacher. Hopefully you can help me! Giving hints is highly appreciated. This question is ...
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### Pumping Lemma for Context Free Languages: Is this language CFL?

I am learning for the first time the Pumping Lemma for CFL, and I thought I understood how it works until I came across this example: "Show that $L = \{a^m b^m c^n \mid m \leq n\}$ is not a CFL." My ...
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### how to create transition system/automata for modulo 4

I don't know how to think when to build a transition system/automata to calculate modulo 4 a of binary numbers. I know that the last two binary digits gives the rest but I need to go through hole ...
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### Is this correct way to prove that { $uv$ $\mid$ $u$ and $v$ are strings over $(0,1)$ & $|u| = |v|$ } language is not regular?

I proved this using Pumping Lemma in the following way, Taking $p$ as pumping length then let us take a string $S$ where, $|u| = |v| = p$ Now according to pumping lemma $S$ can be split into three ...
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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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### 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 theory,...
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### Can the NFA constructs be minimized?

When converting a regular expression to a NFA you need to use certain constructs. My question is can these constructs be minimized? We have one with 4 states, I want to use the one with 2 states ...