# Making a finite automata

How can I make a finite automaton which does not end in string ab.

With the alphabet a,b

I made 3 states. For the first one it is accepting states and thus accept the empty string.

So here is a table I made. State 1 is initial state

        input   goes to state input goes to state


State 1

         b       1             a      2


state 2

          b       3             a       2


state 3

            b       3              a      3


But will it work?

• Draw a picture of it, test it on some words. Then, if you are happy with it, prove that it is correct. – Dave Clarke Feb 5 '15 at 20:34
• You can use madebyevan.com/fsm to draw automata easily – User Feb 5 '15 at 21:02 This automaton will only accept $\epsilon$, and words consisting of a number of $b$'s
Make sure that it accepts $\epsilon, a, b$ and make sure that you "move away" from accepting states when seeing a $b$ after an $a$ (keep in mind that $aabb$ is also a string in the language, i.e the second $b$ should make the machine go to an accepting state).