163 questions linked to/from How to prove that a language is not regular?
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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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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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Prove that the following language is not regular: $\{0^i1^j : i \neq j\}$ [duplicate]

I was trying to approach this proof, after multiple reads and attempts I am getting nowhere. If someone could help me out that would be great. Should I use the pumping lemma, if so how show I start, ...
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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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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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Using the pumping lemma for a proof by contradiction [duplicate]

I'm trying to prove that the set of even-length strings with the two middle symbols being equal cannot be accepted by finite automata. I can explain why it cannot be accepted intuitively, but I'm ...
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Prove EXP to be regular or non-regular [duplicate]

Given L is regular, Prove/Disprove that the following language is regular or not. $EXP = \{w| w^{|w|} ∈L\}$
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Proving that language is regular or not [duplicate]

How to prove that the language over the alphabet $\{0, 1, +, =\}$ is regular or not: $\{a+b=c:a,b,c \text{ are integers in binary for which } a \text{ plus } b\text{ equals } c\}$ I started with the ...
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Proving a language is regular or non-regular [duplicate]

I'm struggling a bit to understand two of the problems we were given in class. Could someone look over my work and maybe give me a few hints? State whether the following languages are regular or not ...
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Can't tell whether the following language is regular or not: [duplicate]

I have to decide if the following language is regular or not. I suspect it is not regular, so I try using pumping lemma to prove it, but something goes wrong. Any help on how to use pumping lemma on ...
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Show that a language is not regular using the Pumping Lemma [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prove that a language is not regular? Given a language $L = \{a^pb^{2p} \mid p \ge 1\}$, how could I show, using the Pumping Lemma that $L$ is not regular?
How can you prove that $L=\{a^n b^{2n} \}$ is not regular without the use of pumping lemma?