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

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Using the Chomsky-Schutzenberger theorem to prove a language is not context-free?

The Chomsky-Schutzenberger theorem states that a language $L$ is context-free iff there is a homomorphism $h$, a regular language $R$, and a paired alphabet $\Sigma = T \cup \overline{T}$ such that $L ...
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Constructing all context-free languages from a set of base languages and closure properties?

One way of looking at regular expressions is as a constructive proof of the following fact: it's possible to construct the regular languages by starting with a small set of languages and combining ...
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Unambiguous CFG for $a^ib^j$ where $i \le j \le 2i$

could you please help me for finding an unambiguous CFG for the following expression: $a^ib^j$ where $i \le j \le 2i$
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solving left recursion in cfg grammer [duplicate]

could anyone please tell in simple terms how to solve left recursion with an example.I looked through web but couldn't get the procedure to remove left recursion.
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Context Free or Context Sensitive and why

I was given two languages $$L_1=\{0^k1^k0^m\mid k,m \in \mathbb{N}\text{ and }k < m\}$$ and $$L_2=\{a^mb^{m+1}\}$$ and I was asked to prove whether they are context free or sensitive. For ...
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Are context free grammars the only ones that have parsing trees?

As I understand, the generation process of a string in a context free language according to its context free grammar can be represented as a tree. For a formal language which can have a formal ...
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Grammars: is there some connection between non-terminals $S$ and $S'$?

Given a grammar such as the following, does $S'$ have some special meaning or does it just denote another non-terminal like $B$, $A$, $P$, $Q$ etc.? $$\begin{align*} S &\to aBS'\\ B ...
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Why is the language of even-length non-palindromes context-free?

We know $L_1=\{w_1 w_2 \in (a+b)^*\mid |w_1|=|w_2|, w_2 \neq w_1^{\;\mathrm{R}}\}$ is a context-free language. Can anyone help me produce a PDA or give me any hint how I can quickly understand why ...
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Unable to understand an inequality in an application of the pumping lemma for context-free languages

The problem Prove that the language $\qquad L = \{a^n b^j \mid n = j^2\}$ is not context free using pumping lemma. Approach taken by the book To prove such statements, the book takes the ...
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Find an unambiguous grammar [closed]

S → aS | aSbS | (empty) where the alphabet is {a,b} in other words, the set of strings where any prefix has at least as many 'a's as 'b's.
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Incorporating newline-as-statement-terminator heuristics into context-free languages

Several block structured languages (Scala, Go, Ruby, Julia, Quorum, ...) use semicolons as statement terminators, but allow newlines instead of semicolons under certain circumstances. My question is: ...
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Can an intersection of two context-free languages be an undecidable language?

I'm trying to prove that $\exists L_1, L_2 : L_1$ and $L_2$ are context-free languages $\land\;L_1 \cap L_2 = L_3$ is an undecidable language. I know that context-free languages are not closed ...
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Generating a set of minimal-length strings that, together, invoke every production of a context free language

Problem (tl;dr) Given a context free grammar, $G$, find a set of strings that take $G$ through every production it has at least once. How and how fast can it be done? Background I'm working on a ...
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What is the language generated by the following grammar? [closed]

Could please tell me the language generated by this grammar? S->iS |iSeS|ε
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Show that this grammar is ambiguous [closed]

$E\rightarrow E+E | E*E | \neg E | (E) | num$ prove the above grammar is ambiguous by giving 2 different parse trees for the expression 4*(~3+5)
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How do I reconstruct the forest of syntax trees from the Earley vector?

Using the Earley vector as a recognizer is quite straightforward: when the end of the string is reached, you just have to check for a completed axiomatic production started at position 0. If you have ...
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Recursive-descent parser for the grammar S -> S(S)S | ε

I'm studying (for self-betterment - I don't go to school) the 2nd edition of Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho et al. I'm not sure how to do Exercise 2.4.1 (b), which is to construct ...
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LL(1) grammar for postfix ternary operations

Suppose the task is to make an LL(1) grammar for postfix operations, where the only operation is ternary. Obvious approach is $N$ - number $O$ - operation $S$ - expression ...
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Grammar for a language with 1/3 of a's

I have this language: $$ L = \left\{ w \in \{a,b,c\}^* \;\big|\; |w| / |w|_a = 3 \right\} $$ where $|w|_a$ is the number of occurrences of $a$. How can I find a grammar that generates it?
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CFL, pumping lemma

I have difficulty with proving that the language $ L = \{ a^p b^q | p \ge 1 , q \ge 1 , p \ge q^2 \vee q \ge p^2\}$ $ w = uvxyz $ I've chosen word $ w = a^{N^2} b^N $ where $ N $ is a constant ...
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Can every DCFG be converted to DGNF?

I know you can convert every context-free grammar into Greibach normal form grammar. But can I convert every deterministic context-free grammar into deterministic Greibach normal form grammar?
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Context-free Language, Pumping lemma

I want to prove that $ L = {a^n b^m c^{ \lfloor \frac{n}{m} \rfloor } } $ isn't context free language, so I choose N - constant from lemma so the word is $ w = a^N b^N c $ and $ w = uvxyz $ 1 ...
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Resolve left-rescursion

Can anybody give me a hint on how to get rid of the left recursion in the following grammar? $$A \rightarrow B \mid a$$ $$B \rightarrow b \mid C \mid D \mid E \mid F \mid G$$ $$C \rightarrow c \mid A ...
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Automatic tool for resolving left-recursion within CFG [closed]

Though facing the fear that someone might not like my question but does somebody know a useful tool to either resolve left recursion or to simplify a context-free grammar automatically ? I need ...
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writing a Context free grammar for a language [closed]

Hi I have two question about this language: L = {a^i b^j c^k | i = 2*j OR j=2*k } 1)Finding a CFG 2)If in condition part we put AND instead of OR , is this language remains CONTEXT FREE or not ?? ...
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LR(0) parsing: how can I know sets of items corresponding to states?

I'm studying LR(0) parser. But I don't understand how sets of items corresponding to states can be calculated. I think The author would miss some information readers must know. Given the following ...
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Build a context-free grammar for a context-free language [duplicate]

A context-free language is defined by its description: $L=(a^{2k} \space b^n \space c^{2n} \mid k \geq 0, \space n > 0)$ For example: $bcc, aabcc, aabbcccc, bbcccc$ How to build a context-free ...
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Situations where Kleene star of A is context-free, but A is not

This question appeared on my Theory of Computer Science final: True | False: $A^*$ is context-free $\implies$ $A$ is context-free. My professor says the answer is false, and I believe him, but am ...
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Eliminating Left Recursion [duplicate]

Hello I have the above Context Free Grammar and I try to eliminate the left recursion so I can pass it to a tool. Any techniques I've read so far doesn't help me so a little help would be appreciated. ...
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Is my grammar correct for this context-free language?

$\{a^nb^2a^n \mid n \ge0\}$ I'm studying for my final and I came across this language. I haven't dealt with characters of the same length on opposite ends with something in between. I came up with ...
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Automata Theory Questions: Rule Trees, Context-Free Grammar, Proving Ambiguity [closed]

I'm currently taking a class in Automata Theory and it's kicking my butt. I have an assignment that my teacher gave me that consists of three questions. I have no idea where to start. My teacher and I ...
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Building Simple Parse Trees

I am trying to learn how to build parse trees. I have watched videos and tried to do some on my own, but am a little lost. In this example, I am given the following: $$ \begin{align*} &S\to(L) ...
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Prove or disprove that every $L$ in this class is a CFL iff $L$ is equivalent to a substitution

Let $L$ be a language with every string of the form $(w_i\#)^*$ with $w_i\in\{0,1\}^*$. Set $w'\sim w$ if there is a permutation $\pi_1$ such that $w_i=w'_{\pi_1(i)}$ for all $i$. If additionally ...
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Is there a Context-free grammar for this language?

Is there a Context-free grammar for the following language: $L=\{ x\#1^m|x \in \{0,1\}^* \space and \space the \space m^{th} \space char \space in \space x \space ...
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Prove not context free

How can we prove that: $$ L = \{ w_1\#w_2 \mid w_1 \in w_2;\; |w_2| > |w_1|;\; w_1 , w_2 \in \{0, 1\}^*\} $$ is not context-free? The language defines $w_1$ as a sub-string of $w_2$, and they ...
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Chomsky normal form: epsilon rule

I have pretty simple question, but still can't find an answer just googling it. I'm trying to understand Chomsky Normal Form (CNF). There are three production rules: $A \to BC$ $A \to \alpha$ $S ...
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How to check ambiguity of a specific grammar

Giving the following Grammar: S → ^ | SaSMSM | SMSaSM | SMSMSa M → b | c ^ means eopsilon. How can i check whether its ambgious or not? My intuition is ...
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Find a CFG for a language

In an assignment I've been asked to find a CFG for $a^x b^y a^z b^w$, where, $x,y,z,w \in \mathbb{N}^+$, $y > x$, $z > w$, and $x+z = y+w$. A hint was given, think of the language as $(a^p ...
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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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Proving that a word is *not* generated by a context-free grammar

I saw the answer in one of the solutions and I cannot figure out how they got the answer. The question is asked if the word is in the language or not for CNF... How did they get the answer so that ab ...
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How do you describe a language that is generated by Context Free Grammer [closed]

I am familiar with describing Regular Expressions but when it comes to describing CFG I get confused. Do you describe it in words like you would regular expressions or do you do something like this ? ...
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Good introductions to Formal Language Theory and Formal Grammars

Does anyone know any good introductions to Formal Language theory and Formal Grammar, that cover the mathematical basis of Syntax and things like context free grammars and pushdown automata. In ...
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a regular language so that $unary(L) \notin $Context Free Languages [closed]

I need a regular language $ L\subseteq \{0,1\}^{*} $ so that $unary(L)$ is not context free. unary of $L$ is defined by: $$unary(L) = \{0^{1x} : x \in L \}$$ Example $L = \{0, 11\} $ $\rightarrow ...
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How to find whether a grammar's language is finite or infinite?

I have this context-free grammar and I want to find out whether its language is finite or infinite. ...
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Why does left recursion have to be eliminated? [closed]

For example, Let the Grammar be: S->Sa|B Thus, S->Sa->Saa->...->Saa...aaa->Baa...aaa What's wrong with ...
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proving that if $\{w\$w^R | w \in L\}$ is context-free then $L$ is regular [closed]

I am trying to prove this following theorem, can someone help please? Let $L$ be a language over the alphabet $\Sigma = \{ a,b \}$. If $L' = \{ w\$w^R \mid w \in L\}$ is context-free, then $L$ is ...
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Find a context-free grammar for the language $L=\{a^nb^m\mid 2n<m<3n\}$ [closed]

I need to find a context-free grammar for the following language which uses the alphabet $\{a, b\}$ $$L=\{a^nb^m\mid 2n<m<3n\}$$
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Show that the pumping lemmas for context-free and regular languages are equivalent for unary languages

I want to show that for any language $L \subseteq \{ a \}^* $, $L$ satisfies the pumping lemma for context free languages if and only if it satisfies the pumping lemma for regular languages. I know ...
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How many states when converting CFG to PDA

When converting a CFG to a PDA I know that you get three main states, Qstart, Qloop and Qaccept. But Qloops will need a various amount of states, and my question is how many? Is there a way to find ...
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If $L_1$ is regular and $L_1 \cap L_2$ context-free, is $L_2$ always context-free? [closed]

If $L_1$ is a regular language and $L_1 \cap L_2$ is a context-free language, does it mean that $L_2$ is a context-free language too? I attempted to prove that $L_2$ was not required to be ...