Regular languages are formal languages which are recognized by a finite automaton. It is equivalently the languages which are expressible as a regular expression. In addition to these two, there are several other equivalent definitions.

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Is the set of all valid C++ programs countably infinite?

I have heard that the set of valid programs in a certain programming language is countably infinite. For instance, the set of all valid C++ programs is countably infinite. I don't understand why ...
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Mystery Men Movie - Propositional Logic

In the movie Mystery Men, there is this scene: Captain Amazing (good guy): I knew you couldn't change. Casanova Frankenstein (bad guy): I knew you'd know that. Captain Amazing: Oh, I know. And ...
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A computer's memory is finite, so how can there be languages more powerful than regular?

A computer has a finite memory. There are no computers with infinite memory. Therefore the only languages that a computer can process are those whose member strings are finite. As I recall, the ...
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Converting to Chomsky Normal Form

I am trying to learn how to convert any context free grammar to Chomsky Normal Form. In the example below, I tried to apply Chomsky Normal Form logic, to result in a grammar, where every symbol either ...
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Why isn't this a regular language?

I'm stuck as to figuring out why $L_1$={$n^p$ | $p$ = a prime number} is not a regular language but $L_2$={$n^p$ | $p$ = a prime number bounded by some fixed number f} is. I can see that $L_2$ is a ...
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Reductions for regular languages?

To reason about whether a language is R, RE, or co-RE, we can use many-one reductions to show how the difficulty (R, RE, or co-RE-ness) of one language influences the difficulty of another. To reason ...
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Existence of NFA for this language

I'm given a task to find (and prove) such language $L$ in the alphabet $\Sigma = \{a,b\}$ with all words less than $1000$ in length, for which any DFA/NFA will have more than $10^{10}$ of states. For ...
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Application of Pumping lemma for regular languages

I need to proof by using the Pumping lemma that the language $L = \{0^m1^n \;|\; m \geq n\}$ is not regular. According to the Pumping lemma for each regular language a word $w = xyz$ exists, that ...
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Pumping Lemma proofs

I am having a hard time writing a Pumping Lemma contradictory proof for the below statements. 1) $L_1 = \{ ww \mid w \in E^* \}$ <--- I don't understand how to read this. This is what I tried: ...
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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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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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Formally prove that every finite language is regular

I know how to prove this informally, but don't know what the formal proof should look like.
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Number of states in a finite automaton

How many states are required by a deterministic finite automaton to store $m$ words each of length $n$? I came across $2^{mn}$ as the solution but there was no explanation.
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Are regular languages necessarily deterministic context-free languages?

The original problem Suppose M is DCFL (Deterministic Context Free Language) and N is a regular language. Answer the following questions and justify your answers. a) Is M-N necessarily context-free? ...
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Language with error.

Let $L \subset \{0, 1\}^∗$ be regular language. $$L_e = \{ w | w = uxv, x \in \{0, 1\}, u\overline{x}v \in L\}$$, where $\overline{x} = 1 − x$ Prove $L_e$ is regular language. For example: If $10 ...
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Prove that $\{1, 11, 1001,\dots\}$ is an irregular language

Let $L:=\{1, 11, 1001,\dots\}$ be the language with alphabet $\{0,1\}$ which is formed by all powers $3^n, n=0,1,\dots$ written in binary notation. How to prove that $L$ is not regular?
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Myhill Nerode - is language regular or not?

I'm trying to understand how to find equivalence classes of a language to prove its regularity. I think that if I'm able to FULLY understand one example then I will get this topic right. Let's say I ...
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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 $L(S) ...
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$\{\langle M,q,x\rangle$| $M$ is a Turing machine and $q$ is a state of M and running of $M$ on $w$ visits $q\} \notin R$?

I'm trying to find where does the language $\{\langle M,q,x\rangle$| $M$ is a Turingmachine and $q$ is a state of M and running of $M$ on $w$ passes on $q\}$ belong? whether it's $R,RE$ or none of ...
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Proving that a language build from two regular languages is regular as well

Let $L, M \subseteq \Sigma^*$ be regular languages. I need to prove that $$N = \{x \in \Sigma^* \; | \; \exists y \in L : xy \in M\}$$ is as well a regular language. My favored approach is to find a ...
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Is this proof using the pumping lemma correct?

I have this proof and it goes like this: We have a language $L = \{\text{w element of } \{0,1\}^* \mid w = (00)^n1^m \text{ for } n > m \}$. Then, the following proof is given: There is a $p$ ...
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Routing Automaton

Is there a formal proof for the following question? For a DFA $M= (Q,\Sigma,\delta,s,A)$, we extend the function $\delta : Q \times \Sigma^* \to Q$, such that every $w \in \Sigma^* $, ...
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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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Finding a general formula for a regular expression

I need to find the general formula for the regular expression $(S+T)^n$ where $S$ and $T$ are arbitrary regular expressions over a one-letter alphabet and $n$ is an arbitrary natural The general ...
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proving that $L_\text{almost}$ is a regular language

Let it be L, a regular language. we will define: $L_\text{almost} = \{ w'\mid \exists w\in L\ w' \text{ is almost similar to }w \}$ a word $w'$ is almost similar to $w$ if they are in the same ...
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Applying the Myhill-Nerode Theorem

Consider the language $$L=\{x y^{(n)} z y^{(n)} w: x,z,w \in \Sigma^*, y \in \Sigma, z\text{ does not contain }y, n \geq 0 \}.$$ To show that the language is not regular using the Myhill-Nerode ...
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Notation of cross entropy

I have a question regarding a notation that seems to be very usual. For starters, cross entropy is defined by: \begin{align}H(X, q) &= H(X) + D(p||q) \\ & =-\sum_x p(x)\log_2 q(x)\end{align} ...
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How to guess whether a language is regular or not

I have a few languages and I am not given whether they are regular or not. If I had to prove their irregularity, then it would not have been difficult. How do I go about finding if the language is ...
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Pumping lemma contrapositive

I have a few questions about Pumping Lemma Contrapositive. First of all, how do I choose pumping length $n$? Is it just any constant from the language definition? i.e. I have $L=\{a^kb^gc^hd^j\}$ so I ...
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Showing $L=\{uw \mid \exists v:uv\in L_{1},vw\in L_{2}\}$ is regular

Let $L_{1,}L_{2}$ be regular languages and define $L:=\{uw \mid \exists v\in\Sigma^{*}:uv\in L_{1},vw\in L_{2}\}$. I wish to prove that $L$ is regular using only closure properties (such as ...
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Question about regular languages and finite automata

We say a language $L$ is regular if it is accepted by some finite automaton $M$. I would like someone to clarify this definition. Given a finite automaton $(Q, \Sigma, \delta, q_0, F)$, we define the ...
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If $L\in REG$ then $M$ has a finite number of distinct rows

Let $L \subseteq \Sigma^{\star}$ and let $M^{\Sigma^{\star} \times \Sigma^{\star}}(\{0,1\})$ an infinite matrix such that for each $x,y\in \Sigma^\star$: $$ m_{x,y}=\begin{cases} 1 & x y\in L\\ 0 ...
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Creating a regular grammar

Hi I am trying to write a grammar for $L=\{xcy \mid x \neq y^R \land x,y \in \{a,b\}^*\}$. I am not able to think beyond a point as to how to write the grammar. Could someone guide me?
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Is $L = \{(x,y,z) | x+y=z\}$ a regular language?

Suppose $x,y,z$ are coded as decimal or their binary representations in an appropriate DFA. Is $L$ regular? My intuition tells me that the answer is no, because there are infinitely many combinations ...
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Is $\frac12 L$ a regular language?

Let $L$ be a regular language. Is $\frac{1}{2}L := \left\{ w: \exists_u |u|=|w| \wedge wu\in L \right\}$ regular too? I think the answer is YES. But I don't know how to prove it. I was trying to ...
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Does A* = A when A contains an even number of 0s?

In class, my professor proposed the following: Let $A = \{w \mid w \text{ contains an even number of $0$'s} \}$ where $\Sigma=\{0,1\}$ is the alphabet. And then asked the class whether $A^* = A$, ...
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Is C* regular if C is a language with strings of prime length?

Let $C = \{a^p \ | \ p \ \text{is prime}\}$ be a language. I was able to show that $C$ is not regular using the pumping lemma. However, I am having some trouble showing that $C^*$ is regular. ...
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reverse automata mininum states

There is a formal proof for the following sentence? For every $k$ there is a DFA (deterministic finite automaton) $M$ with $k+2$ states such that every automaton that accepts the language $L(M)^R$ ...
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Basic regular expressions problem

I'm in an intro to CS theory class learning about regular expressions. I was wondering if people could give me hints as to whether I'm on the right track for these problems. I hope this particular ...
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Finding the mistake in a new way of generating FSMs from regular expressions

As described e.g. here (see pp. 2-3) a final state machine can be easily constructed from a regular expression. For the union of to expressions $e + f$ I need to look at the original way of ...
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subsets of non regular language

I know that there are many languages that are context free but not regular like $\{a^n b^n :n>0\}.$ But I want to know if every context free but non-regular language has infinitely many non-regular ...
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Language of binary multiplications relation.

Given $\Sigma = \lbrace 0, 1 \rbrace$ and $L \subseteq (\Sigma \times \Sigma \times \Sigma)^*$. Let $first(w), second(w), third(w)$ be word from $(\Sigma \times \Sigma \times \Sigma)^*$ limited to ...
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Pumping lemma and $L \subset \{a\}^*$

Let $L \subset \{a\}^*$ and $L$ satisfies pump lemma. Prove that $L$ is regular. Please help me. My an attempt: Definition. A language $L$ of $A^∗$ is recognized by a monoid $M$ if there is a ...
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A Regular Expression for all strings that…

I got a problem I have to solve, the problem says that given an alphabet $\Sigma = \{a, b, c\}$ I have to build a regular expression that describes the string with: An even number of a's. A 4k + 1 ...
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Regular languages- homomorphism.

Let $h: \{ a,b,c,d \}^* \rightarrow \{a,b\}^* $ be a homomorphism such, that $h(a) = aa, h(b) = ab, h(c) = ba, h(d) = b $ . Determine: $h^{-1}((bab)^*ba^*b).$ I have trying do it by 4 hours. I don't ...
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Why is $\left\{a\right\}^*\cap L(A)=\emptyset$? where $\delta(q,a)=q$

I am trying to solve this particular problem from Automata Theory by Ullman, Hopcroft, it is as shown below : Let $A$ be a $DFA$ and $a$ be a particular input symbol of $A$, such that for all states ...
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Equivalence of two regular expression

I have a quick question to ask. So I am trying to come up with a regular epxression which represent a language over {a,b} that contains at least one 'b' in it. I came up with this: $$(a| b)^*b(a| ...
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Injective map, that maps context-free languages to regular languages

Let $\Sigma \neq \emptyset$ be an alphabet. Is there an injective map $f: \Sigma^* \rightarrow \Sigma^*$ such that for every context-free language $L \subseteq \Sigma^*$ the set $f(L)$ is a regular ...
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Regarding regular expression. why do the following strings not exist in the expression.

Let L be the language defined by the regular expression: (a U b U c)((ab U ac U b)*(a U b) U (aa)*) the answer book says that 'aaaa' and 'aaaaaa' do not belong to L. I can show that aaaa and aaaaaa ...
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Formal Reduction: Pushdown Automata recognizing context free languages with bounded stack

I am studying for an exam in automata theory and I am having trouble solving the following: Consider pushdown automata and context free languages. Show that the following decision problem is ...