Questions about the set of languages (equivalently) described by context-free grammars or accepted by (non-deterministic) pushdown automata.

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Push down with log bound on stack

let LOG_CF be The class of all languages that has a Push down that use logn cells of stack for each input of length n Which language are in this class? what property does it have? Is it equivalence ...
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closure property on languages

The above image, taken from planetmath.org, describes the closure property on REG (regular), DCFL (deterministic context-free), CFL (context-free), CSL (context-sensitive), RC (recursive), RE ...
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Is there $L$ such that $L$ and $\bar L$ are context free, but $L$ is not deterministic context free?

The usual candidates for context free languages whose complement is also context free, but they are not regular are the Deterministic Context Free Languages ($DCFL$). For example, $L=\{a^nb^n\mid ...
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Create cfg and npda/pda for Language {ww}

I've been trying to make a CFG, and npda/pda for this language (to construct an npda for accepting the language): L(M)={ww:w∈{a,b}∗,|w| is even}. i had already solved the reverse of the language ...
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Create CFG and pushdown automaton for {ww} [duplicate]

I've been trying to make a CFG, a pushdown automaton and a regular expression for the language $\qquad L(M) = \{ww : w \in \{a, b\}^*, |w| \text{ is even}\}$. I understand how the reverse of the ...
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How to make a Post Machine for $a^nb^n$?

I have tried to make a post machine for that all words of the form $a^nb^n$ by the following steps. add a marker '#' read first 'a' read next 'a's and add them read first 'b' read next 'b's and add ...
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What context free grammar generates the language $L(G) = \{a^ib^jc^{2i}d^m\}$ [duplicate]

I am struggling to think of the context-free grammar that generates the language $L(G) = \{a^ib^jc^{2i}d^m\}$, where $i$, $j$ and $m$ are natural numbers. Also, in general, are there any good methods ...
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Pushdown Automata: CFG to PDA

I have the following grammar for a context-free language: $G = (\{S,A,B\}, \{x,y,z\}, P, S)$ with $P = \{S \rightarrow A, A \rightarrow xAz, A \rightarrow xBz, B \rightarrow y\}$ My question is: How ...
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Is the complement of this language Context-Free $\{(a^nb^n)^m \mid n>0,m>0\}$?

I've been asked to decide whether a given language is a Context-Free Language (CFL). If yes, I should find the grammar that creates her, and if not, I need to prove it (with the pumping lemma). The ...
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Why $L=\{Wa^nb^mW^R\mid\:W\in\{a,b\}^+,n>m,m>0\:\}$ is context free? [duplicate]

Please help me, why the following language is context free? $L=\{Wa^nb^mW^R\mid\:W\in\{a,b\}^+,n>m,m>0\:\}$
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what is the best way to approach the construction of nondeterministic PDA's?

I'm trying to construct a PDA for $L = \{w0^i1^j \mid w\text{ ends in } 01 \wedge 2i=3j\}$. My understanding is that I have to first accept an arbitrary number of zeros and ones and then ...
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context free grammar to NFA

I've been given an exercise to solve which goes as follows: generate an NFA from the given CFG, $$\begin{align*}S &\to AB \mid c\\ A &\to aAb \mid c\\ B &\to bBa \mid c\ . \end{align*}$$ ...
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If $L$ is a $CFL$, then why isn't $L^*$ also $CFL$

I was studying closure properties of CFLs and I came across this. I want to understand why $L^*$ is not a CFL, can anyone explain me in depth with simple examples?
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Proving that the set of non-universal CFGs is not in NP

How do I prove that $\overline{\mathrm{ALL_{CFG}}}$ does not fall in NP, where $\qquad\mathrm{ALL_{CFG}} = \{\langle G \rangle \mid G \text{ is a CFG}, L(G) = \Sigma^* \}$
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How can this grammar parse such an input?

I've an example which I simply don't get at all. Implement an attributed grammar that checks that either the word ends in $b$ or each prefix of the word contains at least as many $b$s ...
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Language of binary strings divisible by 7

There was a question something like, "Consider the language of all integers converted to binary form. The language of all strings divisible by 7 is : 1) Recognizable by a finite-automaton. 2) ...
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Let $L_4$ $\subseteq$ {0,1}$^*$ be the set of all palindromes whose first character is 1. Give a context-free grammar for $L_4$ [closed]

Let $L_4$ $\subseteq$ {0,1}$^*$ be the set of all palindromes whose first character is 1. Give a context-free grammar for $L_4$. I just wanted to check if my grammar is correct or not. $$A ...
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PDA recognising all strings with a $1$ in the second half

My professor gave us an old exam to look over for our final exam and I am having a hard time understanding the push down automata problem he gave. In the problem it says: Let $\Sigma = \{0,1\}$ ...
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Decide if this language is context free

I got this question for homework: Decide if this language is context free or not: $\qquad \{x@1^m: x \in \left\{0,1\right\}^*, m \in \mathbb{N}, x_m = 1\}$. Intuitively I think it's not ...
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Do an ambiguous grammar and its corresponding unambiguous version generate the same language?

If I have an ambiguous grammar G and its disambiguated version D. Then which one is true L(D) ⊂ L(G) , L(G) ⊂ L(D) or L(G)=L(D)? As I tried with some examples to transform a grammar to it ...
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Parikh's Theorem: CFL's “contain” regular languages?

The first sentence of the Wikipedia article for Parikh's Theorem states: "Parikh's theorem in theoretical computer science says that if one looks only at the relative number of occurrences of ...
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Help me find the ambiguity in this grammar

I've been sitting on this for 20+ minutes and can't seem to generate a string that is ambiguous. Can anyone help me? The grammar is: $$S \xrightarrow{} SS \mid T$$ $$T \xrightarrow{} aTb \mid ab $$ ...
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Context-free grammars and priority

This grammar is supposed to give priority to multiplication: E -> E + T | T. T -> T * F | F. F -> x. A derivation for "x + x * x" would be (unless I'm wrong): E => E + T => T + T => F + T => x + ...
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Is Myhill-Nerode equivalence class of a language which contains all palindrome pairwise distinct?

In my formal language class, we define a language called PAL, which is on a alphabet set $\Sigma = \{0,1\}$. $PAL = \{w \in \{0,1\}^* : w = w^R\}$. We have proved that every string in this language ...
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Can every context free language written as a intersection of another context free language and a regular language?

I'm preparing an Formal language exam, One question from previous year's final is: Prove or disprove:If L is a context free language, then there exists a language P that is generated by a pure ...
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Reducing context-free languages with polynomial-time reductions

So, let's say we have two languages $L$ (which is any context-free language) and $M$ which is the basic CFL $\{0^n1^n: n\geq 0\}$. Can $L \le_p M$ ? Why or why not? How do polynomial time reductions ...
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Is a grammar that accepts function declarations, function calls and expressions (at any order!) necessarily cyclic?

As the title suggests, assume a grammar which has to recognize function declarations, function calls, and expressions, at any order. Does that mean it has to be cyclic, and therefore ambiguous? I ...
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How to represent whitespace in a context-free grammar?

Say we want to support: xx The following grammar does accept it: S -> xAx A -> ε. because S => xAx => xx. But what about supporting: x x I realize this might be a stupid question but I'm ...
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Can we say we reduced a rule if we reduced an equivalent set of smaller rules?

I have constructed an SLR(1) parsing table with the following rules. S -> S + S + S (rule 1) S -> S + S (rule 2) S -> y Is reducing rule 2, then shifting + and y, then again rule 2, equivalent ...
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Eliminating Null Productions from Context Free Grammar

Here is a problem I am trying to solve: S -> 0A0 | 1B1 | BB A -> C B -> S | A C -> S | e I know that C is nullable (since it produces an epsilon) and ...
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Prove or disprove: L^2 context free implies L is context free

Clearly we have to disprove this. But I am finding it hard to prove it. I was trying in following way: Considering any non context free language L. I was trying to prove that L^2 is context free which ...
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Proving correctness of a CFG by induction on length of strings generated [duplicate]

Consider the following grammar with starting symbol of $S$. $$S \rightarrow 0S11\;|\;S1\;|\;0$$ Let $L = \{0^i1^j:\; \ge 1\; and\; j \ge2i-2\}$ . Give a formal proof of the following claim : For all ...
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Designing CFG for sequences of words of which two arbitrary ones are reversals

Let $L$ = {$x_1\#x_2\#...\#x_k$ : $k\;\ge\;1$, each $x_i\;\in\;\{0,1\}^*$ and $\exists i,j$ such that $i < j$ and $x_i$ = $x^R_J$}. For example, $001001\#0010\#100100\#00001$ is in $L$ because ...
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How to write CFG for languages [duplicate]

How do you write the CFG for the following language: {ax by c ax+y} Is there some formula or rules I need to follow? An explanation will be so appreciated. What I tried is: First I broke ax+y into ...
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How to convert a grammar with finitely many ambiguous strings into a new, unambiguous grammar?

Suppose $L$ is an infinite CFL, and $G$ is a grammar with finitely many ambiguous strings which generates $L$. Is it possible to convert $G$ into an unambiguous grammar which also generates $L$? If ...
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For $\sum = \{ 0,1 \}$, $A$ has strings which contain a $1$ in their middle third, and a $B$ which contain two $1$'s in their middle third [duplicate]

Language $A$ can also be represented as, $$A = \{ uvw \mid u,w \in \Sigma^*\text{ and, }v \in \Sigma^* 1 \Sigma^*\text{ and, }|u| = |w| \ge |v| \}$$ Language $B$ can also be represented as, $$B = \{ ...
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Reversing a List from a Context-Free Grammar

Let's say I have a struct_declaration_list of the following type. How do I reverse it? ...
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Applying the context-free pumping lemma to a language with crossed nestings

For proving language $\{a^nb^mc^nd^m \mid n,m > 0\}$ is not context free. Do I have to use $z = a^pb^pc^pd^p$ as pumping lemma string where $p$ is pumping length? Or do I have to use a string that ...
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How to create a context-free grammar? [duplicate]

I am learning compilers and I am troubled by how to create the context-free grammar of a language. Is there a method I can follow to create the context-free grammar for most language ? I'm new to this ...
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Converting to CFG from a CFL? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn CFG. Now to make a CFG from a CFL it is really difficult for me. Is there any simple rule or steps so that I can easily find a CFG for a CFL. I am trying to solve one problem ...
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Is $a^n b^n c^n$ context-free? [duplicate]

I am new to grammars and I want to learn context free grammars which are the base of programming languages. After solving some problems, I encountered the language $$\{a^nb^nc^n\mid n\geq 1\}\,.$$ ...
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Prove that the complements of pumping-style languages are context-free

Define $L = L(u,v,x,y,z) = \{uv^ixy^iz : i \geq 0\}$, with $u,v,x,y,z \in \Sigma^*$. Prove that $\overline{L}$ is a CFL for all $u, v, x, y, z$ Clearly, $L$ is a CFL, as it is generated by the ...
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Show that every grammar for an inherently ambiguous CFL has infinitely many ambiguities

Prove that if a CFL $L$ is inherently ambiguous, then for any grammar $G$ with $L(G) = L$, there are infinitely many strings in $L$ that have (at least) 2 different derivations in $G$. Here's a ...
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PDA - Sum of Two Characters = Sum of Two Other Characters

For one problem I have to solve, I'm given a Language: L = {a^r b^s c^t d^u | r+s = t+u} And from it told to construct a PDA that accepts it. I can construct a ...
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Can we prove that all CFLs can be recognized by a Turing Machine in polynomial time?

This question came up while a group of students at my school were studying for our qualifying exams. The question on an old exam was, Consider the following six classes of languages: Context free ...
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Pumping Lemma for Context-Free Languages for reversal language [duplicate]

Show that the language L = {ww^Rw: w in {a,b}*} is not a context-free language.
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Recursive descent parser with backtracking for the grammar $S \rightarrow aSa\ |\ aa$

Can someone enlighten me why a recursive descent parser with backtracking that tries the productions $S \rightarrow aSa$ and $S \rightarrow aa$ (in that order) does not recognize the language formed ...
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Find a CFG for the set of prefixes of a CFL [duplicate]

How do i generate grammar for Prefix of Langauge L, SupposeG=(V,􏰀,P,S)is a context-free grammar generating a CFL L then pref(L) is defined as pref(L)={x∈􏰀∗ : ∃ y such that xy∈L}. I understand for ...
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Creating a CFG that connects lengths of three blocks

I have to create a CFG which generates $$\{a^n (ab)^n c^m d^\ell e^k \mid n>0, k, \ell, m\ge0, k<m, m=\ell+k\}$$ The first part is easy enough, I came up with $$\begin{align*} S &\to ...
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If L is context-free, must FH(L) be context-free?

Define $FH(L) = \{x \in \Sigma^* : \exists y \in \Sigma^* \text{ with } |x| = |y| \text{ such that } xy \in L\}$. In other words, $FH(L)$ is the set of first halves of even length strings in $L$. ...