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Questions about operations on objects of some kind that result in objects of the same kind.

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Regular languages closed under quotients with arbitrary languages

When proving that that the quotient of a regular language $R$ and an arbitrary language $B$, I understand you take a DFA $M$ accepting $R$, and then construct a DFA that is the same, but its final ...
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Given a non-deterministic Mealy machine $M$, if $L$ is regular, is $M(L)$ regular?

Consider a nondeterministic Mealy machine, $M$, defined as follows: $M = (Q, \Sigma, \Delta, \delta, \tau, q_0)$ where $Q$ is a finite set of states $\Sigma$ is an input alphabet $\Delta$ is an ...
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P is closed under power of integer

I'm new in this area of complexity and I'm trying to get into it by understanding basic proofs. I want to prove that if $L\in P$, so $L^k\in P$, where $k$ is non-negative integer. How to prove it in ...
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Why does the concatenation of the empty set with any language give the empty set? [duplicate]

Why does the concatenation of $\emptyset$ with any language give $\emptyset$. I would like to know the intuitive explanation for it.
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Closure properties of undecidable languages

I know that the decidable are close under: complementation, union, intersection and concatenation? What about the undecidable languages? I think they are close under complementation, but not under ...
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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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Proving specific prefixes of regular languages are regular

There are particular problems in Kozen that I'm unable to solve, and they seem to be similar to each other. It is showing that sets: $$ \{x \mid \exists y: |y| = 2^{|x|} \text{ and } xy \in A \}$$ $$ ...
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If two languages together cover all words and one is regular, is the other one as well?

If $L_1$$\subseteq$ $\Sigma^*$, $L_2$$\subseteq$ $\Sigma^*$ , $L_1$ is regular and $L_1$$\cup$ $L_2$ = $\Sigma^*$ then is $L_2$ necessarily regular? I think that the answer is yes, but I'm not sure ...
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How do I prove that a language is deletion closed?

For example, how could I prove that the following language is deletion closed: {$a^k$$b^j$ : $j$, $k$ $\geqslant$ 0} The reason seems obvious to me, I just can't see a way to prove it.
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Why is the complement of a language that is not regular also not regular?

In my lecture notes I we were given two languages and were shown that each of the two languages were not regular. The second was the complement of the first language. To show the second was not ...
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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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Closure properties of finite state transducers

Given $T_1, T_2\colon \Sigma^* \to \Gamma^*$ ($\Gamma$ is output alphabet), let $\Delta(T_1, T_2)$ consist of all input strings $w \in Σ^*$ where $T_1(w) \neq T_2(w)$. Prove that FSTs ...
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$\mathbf{NC_2}$ is closed under log-space reduction

I actually have to prove the following : $\mathbf{NL} \subseteq \mathbf{NC_2}$ I have the following approach : I will prove that $\mathbf{PATH} = \{〈D, s, t〉 | \text{D is a directed graph with a ...
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Formal construction of PDA intersecting a DFA

Given the PDA $P = (Q_P,\Sigma,\Gamma_P,\delta_P,F_P)$ and the DFA $D = (Q_D, \Sigma, \delta_D,q_D,F_D)$ What is the 6-tuple definition of the PDA such that: $L(P') = L(P) \cap L(D)$ I don't ...
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Infinite Union of non-regular languages

Is infinite union of non-regular languages $L_i$ that form a chain such that $L_i\subseteq L_{i+1}$ always non-regular? Or is there a possibility that it be ever regular? Is there an easy way to ...
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How to prove the linear context free languages are closed under gsm mapping?

I'm stuck on the following question: How to prove the linear context free languages are closed under gsm mapping?
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Why is the intersection of CFL and RL not always RL?

Suppose M is a CFL and N is aa RL. Then wouldn't the language generated by the intersection of M and N contain strings, some of which are accepted by both DFA and PDA? So if they are accepted by a DFA ...
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Complement of a Language which is set of Turing Machine descriptions

If $L$ is the set of strings $\langle M\rangle$ such that $M$ accepts all strings of even length and does not accept any strings of odd length. What will be $\overline L$ ? a) set of strings $\...
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How to prove closure property of regular languages using regular expressions?

I know that we can prove closure of two regular languages under operations like union, intersection, concatenation etc. by constructing NFAs for them but how to do the same thing using regular ...
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Regular languages and sets proof

I just have general questions about sets and determining if they are regular languages. i) If A is regular, and A is a subset of B, then B must be regular. ii) If B is regular, and A is a subset of ...
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Does applying a homomorphism to the intersection of two CSLs yield RE languages?

For each language $L \in L(RE)$ there are a homomorphism $h$ and two context-free languages $L_1$ and $L_2$ such that $L = h(L_1 \cap L_2)$. I understand that this is because context-free languages ...
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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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Prove transitivity of big-O notation

I'm doing a practice question (not graded HW) to understand mathematical proofs and their application to Big O proofs. So far, however, the very first problem in my text is stumping me wholly. ...
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show that language $L'$ is regular (given $L$ regular)

I am working on the following question: $L$ is regular. Show that $L'=\{x|\exists y,z,\ xyz\in L\wedge |x|=|y|=|z|\} $ is also regular. Firstly I show my idea. When you accept it I will try to ...
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prove language is Context-free and not regular [duplicate]

I have to prove that $\left \{ a, b \right \}^{\ast} - \left \{ a^ib^i | i\geq 0 \right \}$ is a context-free language and it's not regular. So far I've got that this language is not regular because ...
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Symmetric Difference of Turing Recognizable and Finite Languages

Let A be a Turing Recognizable Language and B a finite Language. I want to prove that their symmetric difference is Turing Recognizable. My reasoning: B is finite, therefore the finite number of ...
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Are DCFLs closed under concatenation with a regular language?

I have found various opinions saying they are (a link to one is given in D.W.'s comment). However, a proof that DCFLs themselves are not closed under concatenation found here on StackExchange seems to ...
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Proof that CFL aren't closed under intersection using synchronous parallel (N)PDA composition

It is well known that the class of CFLs is not closed under intersection as follows e.g. from the following example: $$L_1 \cap L_2 = \left\{ a^mb^mc^n \mid m,n \ge 1 \right\} \cap \left\{ a^mb^nc^n \...
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Prove that $S_2$ is closed under union and complement

I'm having trouble proving that $S_2$ is closed under union and complement, even though in this Wikipedia article it says that: It is immediate from the definition that $S_2$ is closed under union ...
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mapping reduction for every recursive language [duplicate]

how do I prove that for every 2 languages $A,B\in R$ where $A,B \notin \{ \emptyset , \Sigma^* \}$ I can do a reduction $A \leq_m B$? [EDIT] My try: $A$ is decidable therefore it has a turing ...
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Are deterministic and nondeterministic Cellular Automata equivalent?

It seems that in CA context nondeterministic (ND) means probabilistic, not ND as in NFSMs. At least I haven't seen a paper or book which discusses NCAs, without talking about probabilistic CAs. I ...
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A and B are Turing recognizable, is A - B Turing recognizable?

If A and B are Turing recognizable, is A - B Turing recognizable? I think that A - B would be Turing recognizable because they're both in the space of Turing recognizability. For example, if A is ...
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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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Show that regular languages are closed under Mix operations

Let $L_1, L_2$, two regular languages and the operations: $$Mix_1(L_1, L_2) =\{ a_1b_1a_2b_2\ldots a_nb_n | n\ge 0 \land a_1,a_2,\ldots ,a_n,b_1,b_2,\ldots ,b_n\in\Sigma\\ \land a_1a_2\ldots a_n\in ...
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Formal language properties and finite state machines [closed]

What are properties of a formal language? Which and how would they be needed to prove that some Non-Deterministic finite state machine can accept a given language?
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Prove that regular languages and context-free languages aren't closed under $Perm(L)$

Let the operation $$Perm(L) = \{ w | \exists u \in L \text{ such that } u \text{ is a permutation of } w \}$$ Prove that both regular languages and CFLs aren't closed under $Perm(L)$. I've tried ...
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Prove/ Disprove: If $L$ is a CFL then $A(L)$ is a CFL too

Consider the operation $A(L)$: $$A(L) = \{ w: w\in L \land w_R \notin L \}$$ where $w_R$ is the reverse of $w$. Prove/ Disprove: if $L$ is a CFL language so does $A(L)$. I am almost certain ...
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Question on NP $\cap$ coNP

I'm struggling with a past paper question and would appreciate any hints: Suppose $L_1, L_2 \in $ NP $ \cap $ coNP and $L_1 \oplus L_2 = \{ x : x $ is in exactly one of $L_1 $ or $ L_2 \} $. Then ...
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Proving regular languages are closed under a form of interleaving

I've got the following definitions: $$\mathrm{Interleave}\,(x,y) = \{w_1\dots w_n\mid w_i\in\{x_i,y_i\} \text{ for }i=1, \dots, |x|\}$$ when $x$, $y$ and $w$ are words with $|x|=|y|$ and $w_i$ means ...
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prove that a language is context free given a regular language

R is a regular language over $\Sigma=\{0,1\}$ $Sub(R)=\{0^i1^j \mid \exists w\in R.|w|=i-j \}$ I need to prove that Sub(R) is context free. I know that the quotient of a context free language with a ...
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Confusing example of a language which may be Context-free or not context-free

Hi so consider the language $L= \{(0^i)(1^j)\mid i=k*j \text{ for some positive }k\}$ Could I not rewrite this as $\{((0^k)^j)(b^j)\mid k>1\}$. Seeing it in this form makes me think of a form $a^n ...
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Prove a Language is Regular [duplicate]

For a language $L\in\Sigma^*$ we define $$ L^*=\{w\mid \exists k\in \mathbb{N}\cup\{0\}, ∃x_1,...,x_k\in L \ (w=x_1...x_k) \} $$ Let $L$ be a regular language over some alphabet $\Sigma$. Prove that $...
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PSPACE languages reducible to other PSPACE languages in polynomial space

Intuitively it makes sense that all PSPACE languages are reducible to other PSPACE languages in polynomial space. But how would I go about actually showing this?
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Are deterministic context-free languages closed under reversal of languages? [duplicate]

It is well known that context-free languages are closed under the reversal of $L$. My answer to the question "Is the time reversal symmetry of non-deterministic computations important?" notices that ...
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Prove A² is regular [duplicate]

Suppose that $A$ is a regular language. How can I show that $A^2 = A \cdot A$ is a regular language? Is there a construction?
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Are regular languages closed against an intersection that keeps words with the same number of ones?

How can we show that the class of regular languages is closed under the following operation? Let $L_1$ and $L_2$ be laguages over $\Sigma=\{0, 1\}$. The operation is: $$\{x \in L_1 \mid \text{ for ...
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Intersection of a language with a regular language imply context free

Lets say you have a language $L$ and you want to determine if it is context free. Context free languages intersected with regular languages are context free. Is that enough to prove that $L$ is ...
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Language described by inverting accepting states of NFA

Connecting to When states that are not accepting states become accepting states in NFA, what happens?, what is the formal language described by inverting accepting states of NFA? By inverting, I mean ...
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If L1 ∪ L2 and L1 are regular, is L2 also regular?

This is a problem in a theory of computation book that's stumping me: Suppose that we know that $L_1 ∪ L_2$ and $L_1$ are regular. Can we conclude that $L_2$ is regular? Explain. At first, I ...
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Is there $L$ such that $L$ and $\bar L$ are context free, but $L$ is not deterministic context free?

The usual candidates for context free languages whose complement is also context free, but they are not regular are the Deterministic Context Free Languages ($DCFL$). For example, $L=\{a^nb^n\mid n\...