Questions about mathematical devices that read an input stream symbol by symbol and use a state transition map to produce an output stream, maybe using secondary storage.

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The control in the Turing Machine

My question is about the control in the Turing Machine. As far as I know, the control of the Turing Machine is just a set of states. If the Machine needs to record something, it needs to write on the ...
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Construction of NPDA with inequality check [duplicate]

I'm currently struggling to construct a nondeterministic PDA with an amount of states in $O(n)$ that accepts the following language: $L = \{wcx \, | \, w,x \in \{a,b\}^n \land w \not= x\}$ with c ...
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time complexity of subset construction for determinization in term of size of given automata [on hold]

For a given non-deterministic finite automata $M$ of size $n$ I think the subset construction for automata determinization is $\mathcal{O}(2^n\cdot n^2 )$ for constant input alphabet size. That is ...
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Algorithms for minimizing Moore automata

Brzozowski's algorithm can be extended to Moore automata but its time complexity is exponential in general. Is there any other algorithm for minimization of Moore automata? What are the running times ...
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KMP Algorithm, Pratt's Minimisation/optimization of Knuth's original DFA based algorithm

The Original Knuth's Algorithm is based on DFA and it depends on the alphabet size. And Then, Pratt optimised it to be independent of Alphabet Size. But, All the ...
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How does this Turing machine accept $a^n b^n$?

I'm reading this tutorial from the University of Illinois about Turing Machines, and I don't understand something. They give a pseudocode algorithm for an machine that accepts strings from the ...
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Proof that CFL aren't closed under intersection using synchronous parallel (N)PDA composition

It is well known that the class of CFLs is not closed under intersection as follows e.g. from the following example: $$L_1 \cap L_2 = \left\{ a^mb^mc^n \mid m,n \ge 1 \right\} \cap \left\{ a^mb^nc^n ...
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Construct Turing Machine which accepts the language $ww$

I try to construct a TM that accepts the language $\{ ww \mid w \in \{a,b\}^* \}$. Between the words $w$ is no delimeter, so I don't know, how my TM can know where the first $w$ ends and the second ...
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Is this method of proving non-regularity is equivalent to pumping lemma?

I find it really difficult to prove non-regularity of a language using pumping lemma. I do understand that regular language is the language that can be expressed ...
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Can Reduction for Undecidability/Decidability Problems Go Both Ways?

This Problem sparked my question: Does a TM $M$ enter state $q$ on input $w$? I proved it was undecidable in this format using the Halting Problem as a subroutine: ...
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Formal Languages and Automata Theory [duplicate]

Without using pumping lemma, prove that L = {a^n b^n | n > 0} is not regular
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Is there a name for an inverted state machine?

I recently needed something like a state machine, but with a slightly different use case. In general, I would say a state machine knows about a set of states, and different events. Depending on the ...
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Transitions triggered by sets of events

In automata theory books, I always studied examples where a state transition from A to B occurs due to a single event $e$ (say, receiving a particular character). Is it theoretically possible that a ...
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Context-free with single terminal symbol — regular language [duplicate]

I have the following problem to solve: Show that if G is a context-free grammar and Σ consists of just one terminal symbol, then L(G) is regular. It is problem 4.26 from the book "Formal models of ...
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Draw a DFA that accepts ((aa*)*b)*

A homework question asks me to a draw a DFA for the regular expression $((aa^*)^*b)^*$ I'm having trouble with this because I'm not sure how to express the idea of $a$ followed by $0$ or many $a$'s ...
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extended transition function for NFAs

Below I am using a DFA transition function that is extended to accept words instead of just symbols. Let's say it is given that the following information is true: $$\delta(q_0, 0^3) = \delta(q_0, ...
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DFA which visit a specific state at least once

Given a DFA M that satisfies language A, how do I modify M such that a new language B consisting of all strings that are accepted by M and cause M to enter a specific state r at least once are ...
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Example of Zeno timed automaton

Is there an example of a timed automaton that requires infinite clock precision, in order to be controller so as to avoid a deadlock or bad state? I.e. a transition system that consists of nodes ...
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NPDA, guessing capability and stack as an exclusive resource

Context Free languages is exactly the class of languages recognized by Nondeterministic Push Down Automata (NPDA). We can view a nondeterministic transition as a guess; for example if $L = \{x x^R ...
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DFA for regular language [closed]

I need to construct a DFA which accepts the following language: $$ L = \{w \in \{a,b\}^{\ast}\mid \#_{a}(w) \bmod 3 = \#_{b}(w) \bmod 2\} $$ I have no clue how to solve this issue. Can you please help ...
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What is the minimal number of states for the DFA?

Let the regular expression $R = ((a^*\cup \emptyset \cup \varepsilon^*)^*b)^*$ above $\Sigma = \{a,b,c,d\}$. What is the minimal number of states for a DFA accepting this regex? $1$ $2$ $4$ $5$ ...
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Context free grammar $\{a^n b^m c^k\; : \;k>m \; \; k>n\}$

Is this a CFL? $$\{a^n b^m c^k\; : \;k>m \; \; k>n\}$$ When on seeing $a$'s and $b$'s I push them onto stack and as I see $ c$ as input if $ TOS$ is $b$ ,I pop them ,again if $TOS$ is a,I pop ...
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How is regular expression law: $\emptyset L = L\emptyset = \emptyset$ correct?

I am taking a course on Automaton where I faced the algebraic laws of regular expressions. First two were ok: $\emptyset + L = L + \emptyset = L$: Union of a language $L$ with empty language ...
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Handling dead state in NFA to DFA conversion

I want to convert below NFA into DFA: I prepared below tables and finally the NFA: NFA However I feel I am wrong here, since original NFA does not have any transitions defined for state C ...
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Converting a NFA to its equivalent regular expression

I'm new to regular expressions and I'm currently working on some exercises on converting DFA's and NFA's into their equivalent regular expressions. I have the following NFA: I'm using the state ...
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How to create this pushdown transducer? (formal languages and automata)

Create a pushdown transducer that translates $a^m b^{2m}c^{m+n}$ into $b^{n-m}$, with $n\geq m \geq 0$. How should I use the stack to remember or to compute how many characters of c to read? And how ...
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Convert RE to DFA [duplicate]

I've been trying to convert a regular expression to a non-deterministic finite automata (NFA) first using Thompson's construction, giving: , which looks correct. I am then using subset ...
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this automata is NFA or DFA?

That's my question, since it has two symbols but go to a single state, is DFA or NFA?
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Minimize Deterministic Finite Automata with no accepting states

I have a finite automaton with no final/accepting states, so F is empty. How do I minimize it? I got this on a test and I didn't know how to approach the problem because the automaton had no ...
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How exactly does a two stack pushdown automaton work?

I have to explain how a 2-PDA works and then write a program (in Delphi) which simulates a 2-PDA step by step for the language $L = \{w\$w\ |\ w ∈ \{0,1\}^n\ with\ n>0\}$. So far, so good. Now I ...
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Regular Expression for even-odd language of string

I am new to Automata theory and would to make a regular expression for "even-odd" strings, defined over $\Sigma = \{a,b\}$, which is the set of strings with even numbers of $b$'s and odd number of ...
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How to understand and remember proofs in automata theory? [closed]

Automata theory has a lot of proofs. Sometimes I don't get how this is a proof. Take for example the equivalence of NFAs and DFAs: the proof for this statement (two-way hypothesis and conclusion) ...
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How does a minimal DFA ensure minimal computational cost?

I just went to read wikipedia to check a point on FA minimization, and I read there the following sentence: The minimal DFA ensures minimal computational cost for tasks such as pattern matching. ...
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Prove that this language is not context-free [duplicate]

I'm not very comfortable with pumping lemma for context-free grammar. I understand the sufficient conditions that must hold but proving it gets me everytime. For example, I need to prove whether ...
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Transforming NFA into DFA

In the examples I was given I have the following NFA diagram: Then it gives the conversion process Could someone explain to me the process of obtaining the second column: {1,2,4} = a{1, 2, 3, 4}, ...
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NFA not accepting a certain string

I am trying to make a non-deterministic NFA that does not contain a string "101". How do I make my NFA so that it does not have this string? My attempt:
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Product of a Transition System and a Finite Automaton

Dealing with a question that asks me to compute the product of the following transition system and finite automaton Can't seem to find a good example on how to do this so I sort of just freestyled ...
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When do we need to change the state of a push down automata? [closed]

I'm new to the subject of automata theory. I get most of the stuff, but I cannot figure out when to change the state of the machine, and when to keep the state unchanged for a particular transition ...
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Feynman finite state machine

In his lectures on computer science, Feynman talks about finite state machines: he present a simple delay finite state machine Let me now give a specific example of an FSM that actually does ...
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Is $\{u\#v \mid u\not=v\}$ context-free? [duplicate]

Is the following language context-free? $$ \{u\#v\in\Sigma^* \mid u\not=v \text{ and } u,v\in\{0,1\}^*\} $$ You can assume $\{0,1,\#\}\subseteq\Sigma$. Unnecessary background information: I am ...
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Converting regular (Type-3) grammar to a deterministic finite state automaton

I would like to create a deterministic finite state automaton (DFA) M=(Q, Σ, δ, q0, F) that is accepting the language generated by the following regular grammar (RG) G=(N, Σ, P, S). In short I want to ...
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I think I have a regular expression for a non-regular language

Let $W = \{a^n b^m \mid n\ge m+5,m\le 5\}$, where $\Sigma=\{a, b\}$. I have proved that this language is irregular through pumping Lemma. But through regular expression it is proving that the ...
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Why is this sequence not acceptable for this DFA?

Why is the sequence 1100101 not acceptable for this DFA? Is it because once it reaches the final state 'q3' it can't go back to 'q1'?
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How to prove that these two languages are regular, or not regular? [duplicate]

I have these two languages $L_1={\{a^n b^m,n≥m+5,m>0}\}$ Where $∑=(a,b)$ $L_2={\{a^n b^m,n≥m+5,m≤5}\}$ Where $∑=(a,b)$ As you can see that there is only one difference, the condition of ...
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How to create DFA from regular expression without using NFA?

Objective is to create DFA from a regular expression and using "Regular exp>NFA>DFA conversion" is not an option. How should one go about doing that? I asked this question to our professor but he ...
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Prove correctness of DFA ending with ab

I have the following deterministic finite automaton and I am need to prove correctness of the claim that this automata accepts $\{wab \mid w\in \{a,b\}^*\}$ I know that I need to prove by induction ...
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DFA that recognizes 0 in every odd position

I had a question that asked for the DFA that accepts the following language: {w | every odd position of w is a 0 } Should this DFA accept the empty string, since ...
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Prove A² is regular [duplicate]

Suppose that $A$ is a regular language. How can I show that $A^2 = A \cdot A$ is a regular language? Is there a construction?
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Constructing Epsilon-closures

I am recently learning about automaton and I was confused at an exercise that was given to me. In the lecture, we were given this exercise: Given a FA with transitions $$\begin{array}{c|ccc} ...
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Which cellular automata rules are suitable for randomizing an input sequence?

S. Wolfram has in has book "A New Kind of Science" listed 256 simple rules of cellular automata. Which of these rules could via iteration essentially contribute to render an input sequence more random ...