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How can I construct a regular expression for the language over $\{0,1\}$ which is the complement of the language represented by the regular expression $10(0+1)^*$?

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If a word doesn't start with $10$, then either it starts with some other combination of two letters, or it is shorter than two letters. All in all, we get the following regular expression for your language: $$ \epsilon + 0 + 1 + (00+01+11)(0+1)^*. $$

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  • $\begingroup$ thank you so much for your helpful $\endgroup$ – NoizyBoy Dec 7 '19 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ I must admit I'm not very familiar with this style of regular expressions, but couldn't you say e+1+(0+11)(0+1)*? $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Dec 7 '19 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but that wouldn’t fit the textual description. $\endgroup$ – Yuval Filmus Dec 8 '19 at 6:05

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