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If I have a deterministic finite automaton (DFA) with a language $W$, and I need to create another DFA that returns all the strings that are a concatenation of an even number of strings in $W$, how would I solve this?

I was considering an approach where I alternate between accepted even multiples of the DFA and unaccepted odd multiples, and essentially connect two copies of the original DFA together to create the even-DFA. However, if I have multiple accept states within the original language this would complicate things as I would need to allow connections from all of these states, and would then need to consider the presence of self-loops.

This will be implemented in Haskell, but insight either from the logic point of view or the coding point of view would be greatly appreciated.

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean: another DFA which accepts all the strings...? $\endgroup$
    – ShyPerson
    Oct 16, 2023 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ Append a diagram of a toy DFA and I will post the Haskell code. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2023 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ On Haskell, you might want to take a look at this $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2023 at 9:54

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The language you are considering is $(W^2)^*$, so you could combine standard constructions for the concatenation and the star operation.

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