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Are context-free languages in $a^*b^*$ closed under complement?

The context-free languages are not closed under complement, we know that. As far as I understand, context-free languages that are a subset of $a^*b^*$ for some letters $a,b$ are closed under ...
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Proving closure under reversal of languages accepted by min-heap automata

This is a follow-up question of this one. In a previous question about exotic state machines, Alex ten Brink and Raphael addressed the computational capabilities of a peculiar kind of state machine: ...
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Are the Before and After sets for context-free grammars always context-free?

Let $G$ be a context-free grammar. A string of terminals and nonterminals of $G$ is said to be a sentential form of $G$ if you can obtain it by applying productions of $G$ zero or more times to the ...
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Closure against right quotient with a fixed language

I'd really love your help with the following: For any fixed $L_2$ I need to decide whether there is closure under the following operators: $A_r(L)=\{x \mid \exists y \in L_2 : xy \in L\}$ $A_l(L)=\{...
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How to prove regular languages are closed under left quotient?

$L$ is a regular language over the alphabet $\Sigma = \{a,b\}$. The left quotient of $L$ regarding $w \in \Sigma^*$ is the language $$w^{-1} L := \{v \mid wv \in L\}$$ How can I prove that $w^{-1}L$ ...
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Is $A$ regular if $A^{2}$ is regular?

If $A^2$ is regular, does it follow that $A$ is regular? My attempt on a proof: Yes, for contradiction assume that $A$ is not regular. Then $A^2 = A \cdot A$. Since concatenation of two non-...
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Operations under which the class of undecidable languages isn't closed

Do there exist undecidable languages such that their union/intersection/concatenated language is decidable? What is the physical interpretation of such example because in general, undecidable ...
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Union of regular languages that is not regular

I've come across that question : "Give examples of two regular languages which their union doesn't output a regular language. " This is pretty shocking to me because I believe that regular languages ...
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Is an infinite union of context-free languages always context-free?

Let $L_1$, $L_2$, $L_3$, $\dots$ be an infinite sequence of context-free languages, each of which is defined over a common alphabet $Σ$. Let $L$ be the infinite union of $L_1$, $L_2$, $L_3$, $\dots $; i....
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What is complement of Context-free languages?

I need to know what class of CFL is closed under i.e. what set is complement of CFL. I know CFL is not closed under complement, and I know that P is closed under complement. Since CFL $\subsetneq$ P I ...
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Easy proof for context-free languages being closed under cyclic shift

The cyclic shift (also called rotation or conjugation) of a language $L$ is defined as $\{ yx \mid xy \in L \}$. According to wikipedia (and here) the context-free languages are closed under this ...
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Prove that the complement of $\{0^n1^n \mid n \geq{} 0\}$ is not regular using closure properties

I want to prove that the complement of $\{0^n1^n \mid n \geq{} 0\}$ is not regular using closure properties. I understand pumping lemma can be used to prove that $\{0^n1^n \mid n \geq{} 0\}$ is not a ...
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Constructing all context-free languages from a set of base languages and closure properties?

One way of looking at regular expressions is as a constructive proof of the following fact: it's possible to construct the regular languages by starting with a small set of languages and combining ...
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If $L$ is context-free and $R$ is regular, then $L / R$ is context-free?

I'm am stuck solving the next exercise: Argue that if $L$ is context-free and $R$ is regular, then $L / R = \{ w \mid \exists x \in R \;\text{s.t}\; wx \in L\} $ (i.e. the right quotient) is context-...
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If $L_1L_2$ is regular language then $L_2L_1$ is regular to?

We have two languages: $L_1,L_2$. We know that $L_1L_2$ is regular language, so my question is if $L_2L_1$ is regular to? I try to find a way to prove it... I can't assume of course that $L_1,L_2$ ...
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Context-free Languages closed under Reversal

In class this week we've been learning about the CFLs and their closure properties. I've seen proofs for union, intersection and compliment but for reversal my lecturer just said its closed. I wanted ...
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Prove that regular languages are closed under the cycle operator

I've got in a few days an exam and have problems to solve this task. Let $L$ be a regular language over the alphabet $\Sigma$. We have the operation $\operatorname{cycle}(L) = \{ xy \mid x,y\in \...
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are NP Complete languages closed under any regular operations?

I have tried looking online, but I couldn't find any definitive statements. It would make sense to me that Union and Intersection of two NPC languages would produce a language not necessarily in NPC. ...
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What does it mean to say that a language is “effectively closed” under an operation?

I've been reading some formal language theory papers, and I've come across a term that I don't understand. The paper will often refer to a set being "effectively closed under intersection" or other ...
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Are DCFLs closed under reversal?

According to this chart, DCFLs are closed under reversal. However, I am not convinced as the intuitive proof (reversing the arrows of the controlling finite state machine and switching the pushes and ...
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Regularity of the exact middle of words from a regular language

Let $L$ be a regular language. Is the language $L_2 = \{y : \exists x,z\ \ s.t.|x|=|z|\ and\ xyz \in L \}$ regular? I know it's very similar to the question here, but the catch is that it's not a ...
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Proving the language which consists of all strings in some language is the same length as some string in another language is regular

So I've been scratching my head over this problem for a couple of days now. Given some language $A$ and $B$ that is regular, show that the language $L$ which consists of all strings in $A$ whose ...
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Kleene star of an infinite unary language always yields a regular language

Let $L = \{a^n \mid n \ge 0\}$, where $a^0 = \epsilon$ and $a^n = a^{n-1}a$ for all $n \ge 1$. Thus $L$ consists of sequences of $a$ of all lengths, including a sequence of length $0$. Let $L_2$ be ...
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Proving closure under complementation of languages accepted by min-heap automata

This is a follow-up question of this one. In a previous question about exotic state machines, Alex ten Brink and Raphael addressed the computational capabilities of a peculiar kind of state machine: ...
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Demonstrate that DPDA is closed under complement by construction

I've been trying for quite some extended time to find a construction so that I can formally demonstrate that a deterministic PDA is closed under complementation. However, it happens that every idea I ...
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Is there a strictly non-deterministic one-counter language whose complement is one-counter?

Let $A= \{L \mid L \;\text{is one-counter and \(\bar{L}\) is also one-counter} \}$ Clearly, $\text{Deterministic one-counter} \subseteq A$ Is it the case that $ A = \text{Deterministic one-counter}$...
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How to XOR automata?

Say we have 3 DFAs. We know how to OR, AND, or NOT them. But how does one XOR them? There is not one single mention of this online. $x\; \mathrm{XOR} \;y\; \mathrm{XOR} \;z = ((x|y)(\neg x|y)|z) (\...
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Is the class NP closed under complement?

Is the class $\sf NP$ closed under complement or is it unknown? I have looked online, but I couldn't find anything.
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how to draw a complement of a Turing Machine?

I am now pretty confident on how I would turn something into a Turing Machine. Now my question is how do you convert TM into a complement of a Turing Machine. From what I can remember in Finite ...
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Smallest class of automata model whose corresponding language class contains CFL and is closed against (dis)allowing nondeterminism in the model

From a comment, an interesting question popped up. The class of CFLs (the languages recognized by PDAs) are obviously not closed under nondeterminism - what I mean by this is that deterministic PDAs ...
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How to prove that context sensitive languages are closed under intersection and complement?

This is a question from the exam of our "Automata and Formal Languages" course. There is a question where asked to prove or disprove that any "relative complement" operation between two context ...
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If L is context-free, must FH(L) be context-free?

Define $FH(L) = \{x \in \Sigma^* : \exists y \in \Sigma^* \text{ with } |x| = |y| \text{ such that } xy \in L\}$. In other words, $FH(L)$ is the set of first halves of even length strings in $L$. ...
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Myhill-Nerode and closure properties

It is well known that regular languages are characterized by the Myhill-Nerode equivalence. For language $L$ over $\Sigma^*$ define the equivalence $x\sim_L y$ over $\Sigma^*$ iff for all $z\in\Sigma^*...
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Is #P closed under exponentiation? modulo?

The complexity class $\newcommand{\sharpp}{\mathsf{\#P}}\sharpp$ is defined as $\qquad \displaystyle \sharpp = \{f \mid \exists \text{ polynomial-time NTM } M\ \forall x.\, f(x) = \#\operatorname{...
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Context-free languages not closed under making them “extension-free”

For a language $L$, define: $$ NE(L) = \{x \in L : x \text{ is not the proper prefix of any string in } L\} $$ I'm trying to show context-free languages are not closed under this operation. I've been ...
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Is the closure of P under e-free homomorphisms equal to NP?

The context free languages can be obtained as the closure of the Dyck language under the cone operations. The Dyck language $D_2$ is a deterministic context free language, and the cone operations ...
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If $L$ is a regular language then so is $\sqrt{L}=\{w:ww\in L\}$

I am interested in proving that $\sqrt{L}=\{w:ww\in L\}$ is regular if $L$ is regular but I don't seem to be getting anywhere. If possible I was hoping for a hint to get me going in the right ...
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Should two DFAs be complete before making an intersection of them?

In the slides given by my teacher, the third automaton is the product of the first two: I tried to do the product myself by doing the transition table of both automata at the same time. I got stuck ...
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Complement of Non deterministic Finite Automata

It's known that the complement of a DFA can be easily formed. That is, given a machine $M$, we can construct $M'$ such that $L(M') = \Sigma^* \setminus L(M)$. Is it possible to construct such a ...
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Can the regular image of a context-free language be undecidable?

I just need to know the truth or falsity of a simple statement. Let $L_1$ be a context-free language over an alphabet which contains some number of characters $\Sigma$, as well as a single, special ...
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Intersection of two NPDAs

Is there a way to take the interection of two NPDAs? I can't seem to find anything that can make that happen, but it seems like the type of thing that is should be relatively trival.
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Why do we study closure properties of formal languages?

In automata theory we study formal languages like Regular, CF, CS and etc. and each of them have their own closure properties under union, intersection, star and etc. . I like to know, why it is ...
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Closure properties of linear context-free languages

Under what operations are linear context-free languages closed? Suppose $L_1, L_2$ are two linear context free languages. Are there any guarantees about $L_1 \cup L_2$, $L_1 \cap L_2$, $\overline{L_1}...
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Are the complements of $NP$-languages with only $n$ words of length $n$ also in $NP$?

Assuming $\Sigma = \{ 0, 1\}$.. Given a language $L$, such that for each $n\in \mathbb{N}$ we have $n$ words of length $n$ in $L$ and assuming $L\in NP$, can we prove also that $L\in Co-NP$? So it ...
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First half of context-free palindromes

If $L\subseteq\Sigma^*$ is a regular language, then $\text{mir}(L) = \{ww^R \mid w\in L\}$ is context-free. This is a nice exercise. Question: does the reverse hold? Thus, if $\text{mir}(L)$ is ...
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Prove that context free languages aren't closed under DropMiddle

The question is simple: $\qquad \operatorname{DropMiddle}(L)=\{xy\in\Sigma^* \mid |x|=|y| \land \exists a\in\Sigma\colon xay\in L\}$. Prove that CFL's aren't closed under $\operatorname{...
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Is an irregular language concatenated with a language with which it has no common symbols irregular?

Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Suppose I have a languages $$ L_{1} = \{a^ib^i \mid i>0\},\\ L_{2} = \{c^i \mid i>0\} $$ and $$ L_{1}L_{2} = \{a^ib^ic^i \mid i>0\} $$ Is it ...
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Why isn't the class of Turing-Recognizable languages closed under Complement?

I'm studying Turing Machines and I've already showed how Turing-Decidable is closed for the operations of Union, Intersection, Concatenation, Complement and Kleene Star. Next I did some demonstrations ...
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Decidable languages kleene star closure - question on a proof

I read a proof on the closure of decidable languages under kleene star. It begins by saying that the turing machine we want to find would non-determistically split the input string and then use the ...
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Closure against the operator $A(L)=\{ww^Rw \mid w \in L \wedge |w| \lt 2007\}$

I would like your help with the following question: Let $L$ be a language, and operator $A(L)=\{\,ww^Rw \mid w \in L\ \wedge\ |w| \lt 2007\,\}$ where $x^R$ is the reversed string of $x$. Which of ...