# Questions tagged [finite-automata]

Questions about finite automata, an elementary automaton model with finite memory. It is equivalent to regular languages and the basis for many more complex models.

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### Can a DFA have an unreachable state?

I am trying to prove or disprove the following statement: If $A = (\Sigma, Q, \delta, q_0, F)$ is a complete DFA where $F \neq \emptyset$ then $L(A) \neq \emptyset$ So my initial thinking is to ...
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### Minimal DFA for “$n$th character from the right is $a$” [duplicate]

I am given the following regular expression, which accepts all strings over $\{a,b,c\}$ whose $n$th character from the right is $a$: $$(a|b|c)^*a(a|b|c)^{n-1}.$$ The exercise asks for the number ...
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### Regular expression for language that does not accept x string (3 letters, |x|=3)

The language I am interested in is $L=\{w∈\{a,b,c\}^*| w$ contains "$bac$" but not "$cab$"$\}$. I am thinking that the result will have the form $L=X_1X_2X_3$, where $X_1=\{w∈\{a,b,c\}^*| w$ does not ...
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### Can a dfa return only the final state?

I am given an assignment to design a tiny arithmetic unit (from 0 to 15 inclusive) start with 0 and using a DFA. The operations are as follow: increment x+1 and if x+1 is larger than 15 then x+1 ...
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### What kind of language does the following DFA accept?

can anyone please describe the language this FA accepts? thank you
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### Does this argument prove CFLs are not closed under union?

Context free languages are not closed under complementation. This follows from their property of non-closure under intersection: If CFLs were closed under complementation, then they must have also ...
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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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### Backwards and forwards automata languages compared with regular languages

Is every language accepted by a BAFDA regular? I am not even sure what the answer is. I tried thinking around canonical examples of non-regular languages (like $0^n1^n$ or $\{ww | w \in \{0,1\}^{*}\}$ ...
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### Why are VFSMs not more commonly used?

For a job several years ago I worked with a team using technologies built around Virtual Finite State Machine models for system fault analysis and remediation. Since then, I've found it to be a ...
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### Are number of states in a NFA same as Pumping length?

So i was reading a post on Minimum pumping length of regular language where Yuval Filmus has proved that a pumping lemma might have lesser number of states than a minimal DFA. But What about NFA's? ...
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### Finding the number of distinct strings in regular expression

Given the regular expression $(1 + \varepsilon + 0 )(1 + \varepsilon + 0 )(1 + \varepsilon + 0 )(1 + \varepsilon + 0 )$, how many distinct strings are in the language? How do you determine this from ...
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### Why is English not a regular language?

Surely any language with a finite longest word can be made regular by having an automaton with paths to 26 states for all letters and then having each of those states go to another 26 states, etc., ...