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Say you have a language L = "{0,1}* without strings that start with 00". How do you prove this is decidable? I'm drawing a blank on this one.

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    $\begingroup$ Your language is regular, and so decidable. You can convert a DFA accepting this language to a Turing machine accepting it, if you so desire. $\endgroup$ – Yuval Filmus Feb 19 '18 at 22:22
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so turns out its decidable because its the regular expression $L = 01(0|1)$*

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  • $\begingroup$ Er... That regular expression doesn't match the language you're asking about. It's close, but it's wrong. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Feb 19 '18 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ what is the correct one then? $\endgroup$ – crystyxn Feb 20 '18 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ You're looking for strings that start with two zeroes, which isn't what your regular expression starts with. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Feb 20 '18 at 0:48
  • $\begingroup$ it seems that I was wrong in the original post about the description! it should be that L accepts any string that starts with 01 over the alphabet {0,1} ! $\endgroup$ – crystyxn Feb 20 '18 at 0:52
  • $\begingroup$ But this is the language of strings that do begin with $01$, not the ones that don't. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Dec 12 '18 at 10:26

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