Formal languages are studied in computer science and linguistics. They are usually defined using various types of grammars (e.g. regular, context-free) and automata (e.g. deterministic and pushdown automata, Turing machines). There is a hierarchy of formal languages, which is based on the type of ...

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Proving irregularity using Myhill-Nerode theorem

I'm trying to prove that the following language is irregular using the Myhill-Nerode theorem $$ L = \{ w\space\epsilon \{a,b,c\}^* | \#_b(w) > (\#_a(w) + \#_c(w))! \} $$ While it's completely ...
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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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Collapsing adjacent states in a grammar

I am trying to write a program which can induce a grammar from an example of the code(really more of a corpus than an example). I'm ignoring the decision problem, because I am doing two things that ...
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Describe the language generated by the grammar $G = \{\Sigma, \Delta\ S, I \} $

I need to describe the language generated by the grammar $G = \{\Sigma, \Delta\ S, I \} $, where $$\Sigma=\{0,1\epsilon \}, \Delta = \{S,X,Y,Z\}$$ and $$I = \{S \to0X|1Y, x \to1Y|1Z, Y \to0X|0Z, Z ...
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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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Find the language of $\sum^*$

For the alphabet $\sum = \{0,1\}$, let $A,B,C \subseteq \sum^*$ be the languages below. $i. A = \{1, 0, 00, 11, 000, 111, 0000, 1111\}$ $ii. B = \{w \in \sum^*|||w|| \ge 2 \}$ $ii. C = \{w \in ...
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Grammar extraction using pre-existing grammars.

Given a set of strings $s_1, \dots, s_n$ over $\Sigma$ it isn't clear what a good generalization of the strings would be using a regular language, that extends the set infinitely. This comes from the ...
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Proof the 1 language is contained in another

Does anyone know what the best method is to prove that the intersection of Language1 and Language 2 = Language1? Where both languages are over alphabet {a,b,c}.
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Proof by Induction on two languages [duplicate]

I have a question that states - Using proof by induction, prove formally that L(R*) = L((R*)*) -- Where R is a regular expression over a non-empty alphabet. I have am struggling to relate it back to ...
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induction proof for kleene star

i am going through some past exam paper questions on regular languages for some revision, and i am having a bit of trouble with converting general ideas into formal mathematical proofs. the question ...
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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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Which is true about this NFA?

Let $M$ be an NFA with alphabet {0,1} that accepts every binary string. Which of the following is true? a) Every state of $M$ must be an accept state b) $M$ does not have any accept state c) 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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Determine the languages for the given alphabet

For the alphabet $\sum = \{0,1\}, let A,B,C \subseteq \sum^*$ be the languages below. $i. A = \{1, 0, 00, 11, 000, 111, 0000, 1111\}$ $ii. B = \{w \in \sum^*|||w|| \ge 2 \}$ $ii. C = \{w \in ...
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Maths, esp. Godel, and poetry

At the risk of being an interloper: I'm a poet with a bit of mathematical training. Right now I've got a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a collection (loosely) based on the ...
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Are there known patterns among minimal expressions?

Let $R = F[z_1, z_2, \dots]$ be the finite-degree polynomials in a countable number of variables. Let $\mathcal{E}(R)$ be the set of all expressions of polynomials. Note that there could be an ...
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not understanding the part of the answer for drawn turing machine

Could someone please tell me what does capital B mean here ? of course I know R and L stands for right and left... and also I know for example if we have a,b,R (which tells you if you have an a , ...
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My notes on $\Bbb{Z}/p\Bbb{Z}$-theoretic computational complexity

(Question at the very bottom) Def 1. Let $F = \Bbb{Z}_p$ be a finite field. Then an $F^k$-machine is a machine with $k$ input / output memory slots. All computations are done in the field $F$ and ...
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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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how to a draw a turing machine that has the same number of a's ,b's and c's

how to a draw a turing machine that has the same number of a's ,b's and c's SOMELANGUAGE = {abc acb bac bca cab cba aabbcc aabcbc}
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Reflexivity of the relation between strings over language $L$ defined by $xc \equiv L$ and $yc \equiv L $

Given any two strings, call them $x$ and $y$, over any language $L$ and given property such that if $xc \equiv L$ and $yc \equiv L $ (where $c$ is some string), then $x \equiv y$. I would ...
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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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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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Show L is not context free using the CFL pumping lemma

I am trying to use the pumping lemma to show this language is not context free: $L = a^nb^{n+1}c^{2n} : n \ge 0$ So I took $z = a^mb^{m+1}c^{2m}$ where $|z| = 4m+1 > m$. We can decompose $z = ...
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Why isn't there a pumping lemma for recursively enumerable languages?

I'm studying the theory of computation, and I know there are pumping lemmas for regular and context-free languages, but why not for recursively enumerable languages? Is there something about a Turing ...
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If $P=NP$, prove that $L' \in NP$

I think I'm overthinking this problem and need some hints in the right direction. The goal of this question is to show that if $P=NP$ then for every language $L \in NP$ via a polynomial time verifier ...
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(L1* ∩ L2*) = (L1 ∩ L2)* for all languages L1 and L2 over the alpabet Σ={A,B} Is it true or false and why?

plz answer me Determine whether each of the following statements is true or false. If a statement is false, give a counterexample..... 1- $(L_{1}^{*} \cap L_{2}^{*}) = (L_{1} \cap L_{2})^{*}$ for ...
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Are these statements concerning formal languages true or false, and why?

Please answer the following question and give me the reasoning. Are the following statements true or false? If a statement is false, give a counterexample. $uv=vu$ for all strings $u ≠ λ$ and $v ≠ ...
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Prove a language is Context Free

I am working on the following problem and I do make a little progress. Let me state the question first: Prove that the set of strings consisting of $a$'s and $b$'s with an equal number of $a$'s and ...
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Prove 2-HamiltonianCycle $\in \textbf{NP}$

Just want to verify that I have the right idea here with this hamiltonian cycle question. $HC$ = $\{\langle G \rangle$ | $G=(V,E)$ is an undirected graph such that there is a simple cycle (no vertex ...
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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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What is the correct notation for A∆B?

For the alphabet Σ = {0, 1}, let A, B, C ⊆ Σ∗ be the languages below. i. A={1,0,00,11,000,111,0000,1111} ii. B={w∈Σ∗|||w||≥2} iii. C = {w ∈ Σ∗|||w|| ≤ 2} Note: ||w|| denotes the length of the word ...
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Determine the following languages of Σ∗

For the alphabet Σ = {0, 1}, let A, B, C ⊆ Σ∗ be the languages below. i. A={1,0,00,11,000,111,0000,1111} ii. B={w∈Σ∗|||w||≥2} iii. C = {w ∈ Σ∗|||w|| ≤ 2} Note: ||w|| denotes the length of the ...
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There is a sequence of operations on grammars of a string that strictly decreases the size of grammars down to the smallest grammer.

I'm trying to figure out the smallest grammar problem, which yes I know is impossible since it's such a hard problem, but humor me for a sec. Let $g$ be a smallest grammar for the string $s$ over the ...
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Name for grammars with rules $A \to uA$

Recall that a right-linear grammar is a grammar that consists of rules of the form $A\to uB$, where $A$ and $B$ are non-terminals and $u$ is a (possibly empty) word of terminals. Similarly for ...
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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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Eliminate Useless Productions

How do I eliminate useless productions from the grammar: $S \rightarrow a|aA|aaB|abC$ $A \rightarrow aB|\lambda$ $B \rightarrow Aa$ $C \rightarrow cCD$ $D \rightarrow ddd|aC$
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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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Prove that this language is not regular (Pumping Lemma)

Prove that the following language is not regular. I have no clue where to start. $$L = \{ a^n b^n c^n \mid n \geq 0 \}.$$
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Is the language $L=\{ww^f|w\in \{0,1\}^*\}$ CFL?

Where $w^f=$flipping the bits of w. For example, $(0010)^f=1101$, $(010111)^f=101000$ I tried to prove that $L$ is not CFL using the pumping lemma, with no succeed. In addition, I need to prove ...
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Finding a length of a set?

Let $\Sigma=\{a,b,c\}$ and let $\Sigma^*$ be the set of all words $w$ using letters from $\Sigma$. Define $$L(w)=\text{length}(w)$$ for all $w\in\Sigma^*$. How to calculate the L(w) for the words ...
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Prove L is not a regular language (A Finite State Automaton cannot accept it)

$$\mathscr L = \{x \in \{0,1\}^* \mid \text{there is a } y \in \{0,1\}^* \text{ such that } x = yy\}$$ How can I prove that this is not a Regular language? I tried using proof by contradiction but ...
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How to solve pumping lemma questions?

I am trying to prove that L = { aNbMaN-M|N>=M>=0} is not regular using the pumping lemma. I am pretty confused how to solve this. What I have so far (which I am not sure is right) is: Assume L is ...
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Build a deterministic turing machine to decide L = { ww }

As the title says. w is in {a, b}^*.Note that I am not looking for the non-deterministic one. Use a Turing machine of one tape and "pointer". An idea: I thought that I would do something like ...
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Recursively Enumerable Languages and Turing Machines

L1 = { M | Turing Machine M terminates for at least 637 inputs} L2 = { M | Turing Machine M terminates for at most 636 inputs} One of them is recursively enumerable, which one?
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LL(1) grammar for boolean language

Is there a LL(1) grammar for this language? Here are some words of this language. It is a boolean logic, which uses negation, binary operators and braces (redundant braces are allowed too): A ...
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Accepting/rejecting states in Turing Machine

In language decidability problems, a TM halts with a halting state, an accepting state or a rejecting state. My understanding is that when a TM machines halts on accepting state, it removes everything ...
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Checking some Regular Expression problems

I'm given the alphabet $$ \Sigma = {\{a,b}\} $$ I tried to write a regular expressions for presenting the following sets: All strings in $$\Sigma ^ *$$ with: a-) number of 2s divisible by 4 b-) ...