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Questions about mathematical devices that read an input stream symbol by symbol and use a state transition map to produce an output stream, maybe using secondary storage.

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why does the pumping lemma want us to only consider the first repitition of states?

In Sipser's Intro to Theory and computation, He writes: I don't understand the constraint on x. Shouldn't it be just y <=p? (Equal bc in the case when machine M runs through all states p) Making ...
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Formal languages of automata [on hold]

Im having difficulties understanding this question that revolves around context-free language.
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Pumping Lemma for Regular Languages with 3 variables (a^nb^mc^m)

I've been trying to understand the pumping lemma, and how to apply it to a language such as a^nb^mc^m where n >= 0 and m >= 0. The pumping lemma states that: For any regular language L, there exists ...
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Is this language Deterministic?

I came across this question in Peter-Linz today, Is the language L= { a^nb^n : n>=1 } U {b} deterministic ? My doubt is that say we have a case like this {a^5 b^6} U {b}, after popping 5 a's from the ...
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How to characterize equivalence classes induced by Myhill-Nerode theorem?

Given $L=\lbrace w\in \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace^\ast : N_0(w)=N_1(w) \rbrace$, where $N_0(\cdot)$ and $N_1(\cdot)$ mean the number of zeroes and ones respectively, I need to characterize the classes ...
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find derivation trees for CFG

I need to draw the derivation tree for $1-2-(3-4)*5*6$ from the grammar below. I want to know how many possible derivation trees are there from this grammar. $$\begin{align}V_n&=\{expr,term,...
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How do I convert FA into reqular expression? [closed]

Can't solve through Arden's theorem.
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Can CYK Parsing algorithm generate the parsing tree in O(n^3)?

I found this question What is the usage of CYK algorithm in the real world considering we have algorithms with a much better Time complexity? saying CYK Parsing algorithm can compute any Context Free ...
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Language which is recursively enumerable but not recursive [duplicate]

Can someone provide me with some examples of languages which are recursively enumerable but are not recursive. I know that there exist some languages which are not Recursive but recursively enumerable ...
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Does SLR(0), LALR(0) exists?

I read about LL(1), LR(0), SLR(1) and LALR(1) in many online sources and even in dragon book. However I found that no one talks about LL(0), SLR(0) and LALR(0). So I googled and come up against these ...
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Getting from one language to the other using closure properties(automata) [duplicate]

I am trying to deduct how i can, using closure properties, deduct that since the following language is not context free $$L=\left\{abc^{i_1}bc^{i_2}...bc^{i_{2m}}def^{j_1}ef^{j_2}..ef^{j_{2n}}ghq^{k_1}...
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Convert CFG into Greibach then to PDA

(I don't know how to convert to PDA (b)) S→aAb|bAa|aSb|bSa A→aAa|lambda a)Convert the following CFG into equivalent CFG in Greibach normal form b) Resulting grammar from a) convert to PDA
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Using pumping lemma to show a language is not context free(Complicated)

How can i show that the following long language is not context free using the pumping lemma? $L=\left\{abc^{i_1}bc^{i_2}...bc^{i_{2m}}def^{j_1}ef^{j_2}..ef^{j_{2n}}ghq^{k_1}hq^{k_2}...hq^{k_o}\right\}...
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Construct NPDA for the language

$L=\{w \mid w \in \{a,b\}^*$, $\text{the number of a's is at least the number of b's} \}$ I'm stuck trying to build an NPDA that accepts $L$.
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Given an non-deterministic finite automaton, will its determinization always have unreachable states?

Given an NFA that accepts the regular language L, will its equivalent DFA which accepts the same language L always have unreachable states. If it does, why?
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Counting number of states from a regular expression

Given the regular expression: $r=ab+((a+\epsilon)c^*)^*$. Let A be a non-deterministic automaton that accepts the language of r. How many states are in A? Answer the question without building A ...
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How making non LL, non LR grammar a valid LL grammar, also makes it a valid LR grammar? Is there any connection between LL and LR conflicts?

I might unncecessarily overthinking here, but I had this weird possibly meaning less doubt: When grammar is neither LL nor LR, it means, both LL and LR parsing tables involve conflicts. LL parsing ...
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what is the difference between transition function (delta) and extended transition function (delta cap ) in finite automata

my doubt is what is the difference between transition function (delta) and extended transition function (delta cap ) in finite automata ? both of them when started at a state q for a string w will ...
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Are the languages recognized by deterministic one-counter machines equivalent to deterministic context free language?

In Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation, John Hopcroft mentioned[1] In fact, a PDA In fact the languages of one counter machines are accepted by deterministic PDA's although ...
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Prove that the language L = {w1, w1w2, w1w2w3, ..} is regular, provided wi is in a regular language

Let's assume that we're working over a finite alphabet $\Sigma=\{a, b\}$. How can one prove that $$L_2=\{w_1w_2...w_m| m ∈ \mathbb{N}, ∀i(w_i ∈ L)\}$$ is a regular language, provided that L is regular?...
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Intersection of two deterministic parity automata

Given two deterministic parity automata $A_1=(Q_1,\Sigma,\delta,q_{01},c_1)$ and $A_2=(Q_2,\Sigma,\delta,q_{02},c_2)$ with the finite set of states $Q_i$, the finite alphabet $\Sigma_i$, the ...
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Help with figuring out if MAX(L) is a CF language

We call the word $x_1$ a true prefix of the word $x$, if a non-empty word $x_2$ exists so that $x=x_1x_2$. For the language L (over some finite $abc$..). We define MAX(L) as: $MAX(L)$ = {$w_1 \in L $|...
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How to precisely know whether a language is regular ? , a regular expression can be generated for it ? , as well as dfa? [duplicate]

I feel difficulty in finding whether a language is regular and also is regular expression can be generated ?? Please anyone let me know about all the possible cases. This will help me very much..
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Can the difference of a non-regular and a regular language be regular?

I have some trouble understanding some exercises related to operations on regular languages.I tried to apply their closure properties, but I am not sure how to do the following exercises: If $L_2,L_3$...
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Is the language L = {(a,b)* | #a * #b is an odd number} regular?

Is the following language regular? $$\{ w \in \{a, b\}^* |\ \text{the product of the number of $a$'s and the number of $b$'s is an odd number}\} $$ If i'm not mistaken the condition is the same as ...
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Construct a DFA from the regular expression (a)*+(aab)*

I've broken down the expression into two simpler DFAs but right now I'm stuck. I don't know what to do with the expression a*, my solution currently (as presented above) is a NFA, not DFA.
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Proving a language comprised of 2 languages is regular(with suffix and prefix)

I am having hard time proving that the following language,comprised from two regular languages $L_1,L_2$(over the same $\Sigma$)is indeed regular: $$L^\frown = \{ w\in \Sigma^* | w=u\sigma_1\mu_1...\...
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Proving a language comprised of 2 languages is regular

So glad to find this place. I have been struggling for quite a while with this given question and i am not sure how to fully address it. The question: $L_1$ and $L_2$ are regular languages over the ...
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Two languages such that $L_1 \cup L_2 \leq_m\, L_1 \cap L_2$ and two (other?) such that $L_1 \cap L_2 ≤_m\, L_1 \cup L_2$?

Are there languages $L_1$, $L_2$ such that such that $$L_1 \cup L_2\leq_m\, L_1\cap L_2,$$ and two other languages such that $$L_1 \cap L_2 \leq_m\, L_1 \cup L_2?$$ And if so, what are they? How ...
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How to visualize non-deterministic pushdown automata?

My friend and I are working on this project for our Formal Languages and Automata class that consists in building a pushdown automaton. A part of the project that is bothering me is how to visualize ...
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Unambiguousness and determinism of CFGs for them to be LR

I came across this statement: Note that there are unambiguous grammars for which every LR parser construction method will produce a parsing action table with parsing action conflicts. I was ...
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Connection between non determinism and LL(1) conflicts

I am trying to understand connection between non determinism of grammar and LL(1) conflicts introduced by it. As per my understanding non deterministic context free grammar is a context free grammar ...
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Tree languages regular

Let $T_1,T_2 \subseteq T_\Sigma$ be regular tree languages, f a symbol with arity 2. To proof: $\{f(t_1,t_2) \mid t_1 \in T_1, t_2 \in T_2\} \subseteq T_{\Sigma \cup \{f\} }$ is regular. So it's ...
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CFG for all strings of a’s and b’s that contain a different number of a’s and b’s

I am trying to write CFG for all strings on {a,b} that contains different numbers of a’s and b’s? After two hours of brainstorming, I came up with this: S→A|B A→aE|aA|EA B→bE|bB|EB E→aEbE|bEaE|Λ ...
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Examples of infinite sets of regular and non-regular languages that their union is regular and non-regular

I have been looking around for a good source to answer the following question. Have read a few different sources but have not found the answer I was looking for. The question is: Give an example ...
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Finding a regular expression of a language

Our alphabet is {a,b} and we need to find a regular expression for the language of all words of the form $a^*b^*$, whose length is a multiple of 3. Obviously $(aaa)^*(bbb)^*$ is one of the options, ...
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Prove or disprove the following proposition $L_1^*∪L_2^*⊆(L_1∪L_2)^*$ [duplicate]

$L_1^*∪L_2^*⊆(L_1∪L_2)^*$ I actually disproved the opposite proposition $[(L_1∪L_2)^*⊆L_1^*∪L_2^*]$ and my intuition tells me that this is actually true... I tried to show that the combinations of ...
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Understanding handle, viable prefix and valid item in the context of LR(0) and LR(1) items

Dragon book gives definition of handle, viable prefix and valid item at various different places. I am trying to understand these definitions in each other's context. Various definitions given are as ...
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When will SLR(1) parser fail but CLR(1) will not

Dragon book says following about where SLR(1) parser can fail but CLR(1) wont: Recall that in the SLR method, state $i$ calls for reduction by $A→α$ if the set of items $I_i$ contains item $[A→α.]$...
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What is the word “madness” doing in the first chapter's title of Automata Theory, Languages and Computation by Hopcroft, Motwani, Ullman?

The chapter's title is "Automata: The Methods and the Madness". This title came along in the second edition and remains in the third edition. In the first edition, the the second chapter's title is "...
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building turing machine for busy beaverproblem

I have tried to build a turing machine for busy beaver problem that has BB(2,3) two variables and three variables but i am not sure if its correct or it needs any changes
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Using Nerode theorem to prove that the following languages are non-regular

I've been trying to understand the idea behind proving a language is not regular by using Nerode's theorem, but I just couldn't apply the idea on what I've been asked. The problem is to prove the ...
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proving L1* ∪ L2* ⊆ (L1∪L2)*

x∈ L1* ∪ L2* ⇔ x∈ L1* ∨ x ∈L2* ⇔ x ∈(L1)* ∨ x∈(L2)* ⇔ x ∈L1* ∪ L2* ⇔ x∈(L1∪L2)* Is it enough to prove it this way?
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In what sense a type of parser is less power than the other?

I am learning LR(0), SLR(1), CLR(1) and LALR(1) parsers. I know how parsing tables of each of them is formed. If x < y means parser x is less "powerful" that parser y, then, I read, the ...
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MSO (Monadic second-order logic) Logic On Words

Let L be a language over $\Sigma = \{a,b,c\}$ that contains all words, where the length $|w|_b$ (number of all b's) has remainder 1 if divided by 3. MSO logic over words are definded as follow: I ...
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I have trouble translating Turing machine language, can you help me break down language notation to English?

My problem is I don't have many issues with creating a Turing machine state table when given a string such as 01101, my issue arises when I am presented with a problem which requires the Turing ...
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Connection of relation between valid item and viable prefix with canonical collection

I was trying to understand connection between different concepts of parsers and how those are followed in actual parsing steps. I came across following statement while reading LR parsers: An item ...
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Dana Angluin's L* algorithm - Hypothesis inconsistent

is it possible for the Dana Angluin's L* algorithm that a hypothesis is inconsistent? So assume we have a closded observation table for a regular language L. Now after creating the hypothesis we will ...
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Prove that the following language is regular [duplicate]

Let L1, L2 be regular languages. And let A1=〈Σ,Q,q0,𝛿1,F1), A2=〈Σ,P,p0,𝛿2,F2) be their DFA. Prove that the following language is regular, by making an appropriate NFA for it: 𝐿3={𝜎1𝜎1′𝜎2𝜎2′…𝜎...
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Computational power of quantum finite automata

I am preparing some lecture notes on the computational power of quantum finite automata (QFA). I am a bit confused about which models of QFA are stronger and which models are weaker than standard ...