Questions tagged [context-free]

Questions about the set of languages (equivalently) described by context-free grammars or accepted by (non-deterministic) pushdown automata.

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How to prove that a language is not context-free?

We learned about the class of context-free languages $\mathrm{CFL}$. It is characterised by both context-free grammars and pushdown automata so it is easy to show that a given language is context-free....
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Show that { xy ∣ |x| = |y|, x ≠ y } is context-free

I remember coming across the following question about a language that supposedly is context-free, but I was unable to find a proof of the fact. Have I perhaps misremembered the question? Anyway, here'...
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What does “context” in “context-free grammar” refer to?

There are lots of definitions online about what a Context-Free Grammar is, but nothing I find is satisfying my primary trouble: What context is it free of? To investigate, I Googled "context ...
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What's really meant by context-free in the term context-free grammar?

I have been studying compilers for a while, and I have been searching what's meant by "context" in grammar and what it means for grammar to be "context-free", but with no result. So can anyone help ...
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How to prove that a language is context-free?

There are many techniques to prove that a language is not context-free, but how do I prove that a language is context-free? What techniques are there to prove this? Obviously, one way is to exhibit ...
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How to prove that a grammar is unambiguous?

My problem is how can I prove that a grammar is unambiguous? I have the following grammar: $$S → statement ∣ \mbox{if } expression \mbox{ then } S ∣ \mbox{if } expression \mbox{ then } S \mbox{ else } ...
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Is this strange language context free?

Is the following language context free: $L = \{ uxvy \mid u,v,x,y \in \{ 0,1 \}^+, |u| = |v|, u \neq v, |x| = |y|, x \neq y\} $ ? I think that it's not context free but I'm having a hard time proving ...
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Decide whether a context-free languages can be accepted by a deterministic pushdown automaton

Given a context-free grammar G, there exists a Nondeterministic Pushdown Automaton N that accepts exactly the language G accepts. (and visa versa) There may also exist a Deterministic Pushdown ...
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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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Machines for context-free languages which gain no extra power from nondeterminism

When considering machine models of computation, the Chomsky hierarchy is normally characterised by (in order), finite automata, push-down automata, linear bound automata and Turing Machines. For the ...
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Is language equality for linear context-free grammars decidable?

Let's consider two context-free grammars $G_1$ and $G_2$ and ask the following question: Is $L(G_1) = L(G_2)$, that is, are the two grammars equivalent? In general, this problem is undecidable. ...
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Can there be 'dead states' in a context-free grammar?

Can a context-free grammar include "dead states" from an automaton, such as $$G = \big(\{a, b, c\}, \{A, B, C\}, \{A\to aB, B\to b, B\to C, C\to cC\}, A\big)\,?$$ The production rules $B\to C$ and $...
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Construct a PDA for the complement of $a^nb^nc^n$

I am wondering if this is even possible, since $\{a^n b^n c^n \mid n \geq 0\} \not\in \mathrm{CFL}$. Therefore a PDA that can distinguish a word $w\in\{a^n b^n c^n \mid n \geq 0\}$ from the rest of $...
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Decidablity of Languages of Grammars and Automata

Note this is a question related to study in a CS course at a university, it is NOT homework and can be found here under Fall 2011 exam2. Here are the two questions I'm looking at from a past exam. ...
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Algorithm to test whether a language is context-free

Is there an algorithm/systematic procedure to test whether a language is context-free? In other words, given a language specified in algebraic form (think of something like $L=\{a^n b^n a^n : n \in \...
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Example of a non-context free language that nonetheless CAN be pumped?

So basically L satisfies the conditions of the pumping lemma for CFL's but is not a CFL (that is possible according to the definition of the lemma).
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Intersection of context free with regular languages

The intersection of a context free language L with a regular language M, is said to be always context free. I understood the cross product construction proof, but I still don't get why it is context ...
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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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Is the complement of { ww | … } context-free?

Define the language $L$ as $L = \{a, b\}^* - \{ww\mid w \in \{a, b\}^*\}$. In other words, $L$ contains the words that cannot be expressed as some word repeated twice. Is $L$ context-free or not? I'...
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What would you get if you add parameters to context free grammars?

I was thinking of grammars for indendation-sensitive languages and it looks like CF grammars would do the trick if combined with parameters. As an example, consider this fragment for simplified Python ...
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How is non-ambuiguity different from determinism?

I am trying to understand what is meant by "deterministic" in expressions such as "deterministic context-free grammar". (There are more deterministic "things" in this field). I would appreciate an ...
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Is there a context free, non-regular language $L$, for which $L^*$ is regular?

I know that there are non-regular languages, so that $L^*$ is regular, but all examples I can find are context-sensitive but not context free. In case there are none how do you prove it?
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Examples of context-free languages with a non-context-free complements

Context-free languages are not closed under complementation. In the lectures we have been given the same argument as here on Wikipedia: For $$A = \{\mathtt a^n \mathtt b^n \mathtt c^m;~m, n ∈ ℕ_0\}\...
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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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The importance of normal forms like Chomsky normal form for CFGs

I understand that context-free grammars can be used to represent context-free languages.It might have ambiguities. We also have normal forms like Chomsky and Greibach normal form. I couldn't ...
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Are all context-free and regular languages efficiently decidable?

I came across this figure which shows that context-free and regular languages are (proper) subsets of efficient problems (supposedly $\mathrm{P}$). I perfectly understand that efficient problems are a ...
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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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How can I prove this language is not context-free?

I have the following language $\qquad \{0^i 1^j 2^k \mid 0 \leq i \leq j \leq k\}$ I am trying to determine which Chomsky language class it fits into. I can see how it could be made using a context-...
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Finding the language generated by a context-free grammar

This is a question from the Dragon book (I apologize for translation mistakes, I don´t have the English version on hand): What language is generated by this grammar? $S \rightarrow a S b S \...
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Language of the values of an affine function

Write $\bar n$ for the decimal expansion of $n$ (with no leading 0). Let $a$ and $b$ be integers, with $a > 0$. Consider the language of the decimal expansions ...
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Language involving irrational number is not a CFL

I am working through a hard exercise in a textbook, and I just can't figure out how to proceed. Here is the problem. Suppose we have the language $L = \{a^ib^j: i \leq j \gamma, i\geq 0, j\geq 1\}$ ...
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Recursive descent parser with backtracking for the grammar $S \rightarrow aSa\ |\ aa$

Can someone enlighten me why a recursive descent parser with backtracking that tries the productions $S \rightarrow aSa$ and $S \rightarrow aa$ (in that order) does not recognize the language formed ...
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Can an Earley Parser be made into a fuzzy parser similar to the Levenshtein Automata Algo for DFA?

There's a way to perform fuzzy parsing (accepts strings even with typos to a certain edit distance), with a DFA and a run-time constructed Levenshtein Automata of the input word. Can something ...
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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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A pumping lemma for deterministic context-free languages?

The pumping lemma for regular languages can be used to prove that certain languages are not regular, and the pumping lemma for context-free languages (along with Ogden's lemma) can be used to prove ...
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Given a string and a CFG, what characters can follow the string (in the sentential forms of the CFG)?

Let $\Sigma$ be the set of terminal and $N$ the set of non-terminal symbols of some context-free grammar $G$. Say I have a string $a \in (\Sigma \cup N)^+$ such that $x a y \in \mathcal{S}(G)$ where $...
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How much bigger can an LR(1) automaton for a language be than the corresponding LR(0) automaton?

In an LR(0) parser, each state consists of a collection of LR(0) items, which are productions annotated with a position. In an LR(1) parser, each state consists of a collection of LR(1) items, which ...
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Shift-resolve parsing - questions

I've recently came across a paper describing the parsing technique mentioned in the title. Unfortunately, the terminology used in said paper is somewhat beyond my comprehension, so I've been ...
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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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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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Two-State Turing Machine for Parenthesis Matching

In college we have been learning about theory of computation in general and Turing machines more specifically. One of the great theoretical results is that at the cost of a potentially large alphabet (...
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Removing left-recursion in grammar while maintaining left-association of operator

I have a problem with this exercise: Let G be the following ambiguous grammar for the λ-calculus: E → v | λv.E | EE | (E) where E is the single non-...
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How do I reconstruct the forest of syntax trees from the Earley vector?

Using the Earley vector as a recognizer is quite straightforward: when the end of the string is reached, you just have to check for a completed axiomatic production started at position 0. If you have ...
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Proof that $\{⟨M⟩ ∣ L(M) \mbox{ is context-free} \}$ is not (co-)recursively enumerable

I would like to use your help with the following problem: $L=\{⟨M⟩ ∣ L(M) \mbox{ is context-free} \}$. Show that $L \notin RE \cup CoRE$. I know that to prove $L\notin RE$, it is enough to find a ...
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How can ws with |w| = |s| and w ≠ s be context-free while w#s is not?

Why does (if so) the seperator $\#$ is making a difference between the two languages ? Let say: $L=\{ws : |w|=|s|\, w,s\in \{0,1\}^{*}, w \neq s \}$ $L_{\#}=\{w\#s : |w|=|s|\, w,s\in \{0,1\}^{*}, ...
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Is there a different resolution of the “dangling else” problem other than “match closest”?

The following context-free grammar presents a "dangling else" type ambiguity (imagine that $a$ stands for if expr then and $b$ stands for ...
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How powerful are CFGs that allow an infinite number of rules?

I was wondering recently what would happen if we'd allow context-free grammars to have an infinite number of rules. Clearly, if we'd allow arbitrary such infinite sets of rules, every language $L$ ...
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Does the following transformation preserve context-freeness?

I encountered this problem involving manipulating a context-free language. Let $L$ be a context-free language. Define $L^{\#} = \{ x : x^i \in L$ for every $i=0,1,2,...\}$. Is $L^{\#}$ always context-...
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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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How do I show that whether a PDA accepts some string $\{ w!w \mid w \in \{ 0, 1 \}^*\}$ is undecidable?

How do I show that the problem of deciding whether a PDA accepts some string of the form $\{ w!w \mid w \in \{ 0, 1 \}^*\}$ is undecidable? I have tried to reduce this problem to another undecidable ...