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I have a problem finding the right string to pump for the following language:

$$L_1 = \{a^{p+q}b^rc^sd^{q+r}e^s \mid p, q, r, s \ge 0\}$$

Which string should I choose to pump? The problem is that I don't know how to handle the fact that I have $p+q$ and $q+r$?

Can I choose: $$Z = a^{2n}b^nc^nd^{2n}e^s$$

Thanks in advance.

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  • $\begingroup$ You should prefer using latex instead of images. That makes it searchable and editable. You can click on edit of various questions to see examples. $\endgroup$ – Paresh Jan 4 '13 at 9:48
  • $\begingroup$ I assume you refer to the regular pumping lemma? $\endgroup$ – A.Schulz Jan 4 '13 at 9:54
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If $k$ is the pump length from the regular pumping lemma choose $w=c^ke^k$. Clearly, $w\in L_1$, but if you pump you have to change the number of $c$'s while leaving the $e$'s unaltered. Hence after pumping the word is no longer a member of $L_1$.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi ! Than you very much, the question was rather simple but I didn't noticed that p,q,r can be 0 :D $\endgroup$ – mrjasmin Jan 4 '13 at 10:00

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