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149 questions linked to/from How to prove that a language is not regular?
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### Is this language regular or non-regular: {ww : w ∈ {a,b}* } [duplicate]

This is a question from a text book that's giving me some trouble. The question is: Determine whether or not this language is regular. Justify your answer. $$L = \{ww : w \in \{a,b\}^* \}$$ I ...
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### Proof that {$a^m b^n$ | m!=n} is not regular [duplicate]

I know that the language $\{a^m b^n | n\neq m\}$ satisfies the pumping lemma, but it's still not regular (I have to count the # of a's and b's). How can I formally prove it?
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### Proving that {0^{2^k}} is not regular with the Myhill-Nerode theorem [duplicate]

My language is the repetition of 0 to a length that's a power of 2: $L = \{ 0^k \ni k=2^n, n \geq 1 \}$ I want to know how to prove that this language is not regular. I have attempted the proof ...
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### Show that a language consisting of strings of a prime number of 1s is irregular using pumping lemma [duplicate]

Question: L is a language defined as $\ L = \{1^l | l\in primes\}$ (strings of 1s having a prime length). Show that this is not a regular language ($\ L \notin REG$). You may either use the theory ...
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### Union of finite and non-regular language [duplicate]

Question: ($B$ and $C$ are languages) $B$ is finite,$C$ isn't regular: Prove/Disprove: $C\cup B$ isn't regular. Thoughts: My intuition says this is true, but I need an idea to prove it. Since I don'...
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### Prove that the language L = {a^(m+n) b^m a^n | m, n ≥ 0} ∪ {a^m b^n a^(m+n) | m, n ≥ 0} is not regular [duplicate]

In general, how can we go about proving that union of two languages as non regular. In this case, the individual languages can be proved as non regular using pumping lemma. How can we apply pumping ...
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### Proving that a language given by a CFG is not regular [duplicate]

Consider the language defined by the following grammar:  \begin{align*} &S \rightarrow E \\ &S \rightarrow \epsilon \\ &E \rightarrow E+E \\ &E \rightarrow E-E \\ &E \rightarrow \...
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### Proving a grammar/language as not regular [duplicate]

$D → T ∨ D | T$ $T → C ∧ T | C$ $C → ¬C | name | ( D )$ $name → a | b | c | d$ I am not looking for the complete answer, but more the methodology of working this out. How would I go about proving ...
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### Show this language is non-regular using pumping lemma: B = {ww | w ∈ {a,b,c,…,z)*} [duplicate]

The question I'm working from is: Prove whether or not a finite automation exists that recognises the following language: B = {ww | w ∈ {a,b,c,...,z)*} EDIT So I believe this is a non-regular ...
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### Proving a language is not a regular language but a context free language [duplicate]

I have the languages $L_1$ and $L_2$ such that $L_1 = \{a^nba^n :n \in N\}$ and $L_2 =\{a,b\}^*\setminus L_1$. I want to prove that $L_2$ is not a regular language. I know that to prove that $L_2$ is ...
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### proving {$a^ib^jc^k : j = i \lor j = k$} is not regular [duplicate]

i had troubles proving this is not regular using the pumping lemma {$a^ib^jc^k : j = i \lor j = k$}. Not sure how to approach this anymore, and help would be appreciated
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### Showing that $\{ c^n a^m b^{n+m} : n+m \geq 6\}$ is not regular [duplicate]

I'm trying to show that $L_6=\{c^n a^m b^p : n+m=p,p \geq 6\}$ is not regular. I need a little help, I was practicing the pumping lemma, and I encountered this language, I saw these conditions and got ...
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### How to prove that these two languages are regular, or not regular? [duplicate]

I have these two languages $L_1={\{a^n b^m,n≥m+5,m>0}\}$ Where $∑=(a,b)$ $L_2={\{a^n b^m,n≥m+5,m≤5}\}$ Where $∑=(a,b)$ As you can see that there is only one difference, the condition of ...
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### Prove this language is non-regular [duplicate]

I'm struggling to understand this question using pumping lemma to prove a language is not regular. Any help would be appreciated. Prove using the Pumping Lemma that the following language is not ...
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### Irregularity of language of words whose length is of power of 2 [duplicate]

How to show that the language containing the words whose length is a power of $2$, $L=\{w\mid|w|=2^i\}$, isn't regular using the pumping lemma? The pumping lemma says that Let be M a regular ...
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### How to prove that $L_1=1^*\cup \{0^i 1^{j^2}|i\ge 0,j\ge 0\}$ is irregular? [duplicate]

We know that $L=\{0^i 1^{j^2}|i> 0,j\ge 0\}$ is irregular (by the Pumping Lemma), we have to use it to prove two things: $L_1=1^*\cup \{0^i 1^{j^2}|i\ge 0,j\ge 0\}$ is irregular. $L_1$ is ...
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### Why are these languages not regular? [duplicate]

Show that the following languages are not regular: $(1)\ L=\left\{a^nb^mc^k\mid n>k \land n,m,k>0\right\}$ $(2)\ L=\left\{a^nb^mc^k\mid m>k \land n,m,k>0\right\}$ I've difficulties ...
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### How to show that $L=\{ wa^kw | w \in \{ a,b,c \}^* ,k \geq 0 \}$ is not regular using the pumping lemma for regular languages? [duplicate]

I'm trying to show that the language in the title is not regular but I don't know how to chose a decomposition $x = abc$ to express the word in the language because the $w \in \{a,b,c\}^*$ is kinda ...
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### Prove that a language is not regular with process of elimination [duplicate]

When deterministic automaton, I need to prove that you can't implement the language in it, because the language is not regular. Easiest way to prove that a language is regular, is just by making an ...
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### Pumping lemma not regular [duplicate]

How would about proving this is not regular with the pumping lemma. Please include all steps and explain all steps. I am really new with this. $1^{2x}0^y$ and $y>= x$ Does it matter which side ...

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