What is the difference between a final and accepting state when addressing an automaton?

As I understand it, a final state is depicted (traditionally) with a double circle, and apparently so is an accepting state. So if they are both depicted with the same symbol, what makes a state particularly accepting?

  • $\begingroup$ I've a feeling this is a duplicate but I can't find it. Maybe I misremembered. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 21:13

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Those are two words that mean exactly the same thing.


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