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How to prove this language is not regular?

I am currently learning Pumping Lemma and found this question. But I am not able to prove it not regular. L = { $0^n$ | n is power of 2}. So, here I considered w = $0^{2^n}$ where n is constant of ...
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What makes a common programming language non-context-sensitive but RE?

I have a vague understanding that a (sane) programming language is RE as they are Turing-complete, being able to describe any Turing machine. But I cannot pinpoint what aspect makes a programming ...
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Pushdown Automaton to accept all strings such that no prefix has more 1’s than 0’s

Design a Pushdown Automata, accepting either by final state or by empty stack to accept the set of all strings of 0’s and 1’s such that no prefix has more 1’s than 0’s This is a homework question,...
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Conditions for string substitution commutativity

Let's say I have two substitutions given [a:=b] and [c:=d]. What are some conditions that hold for a,b,c,d ∈Σ* iff forall s∈Σ* s[a:=b][c:=d]=s[c:=d][a:=b] Also you can assume that a,c≠𝜀 but you ...
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Union and Difference of languages generated by grammar [closed]

So I have two languages $L = \{ w \in \{a, b \}^{\ast} \ | \ w \ \text{contains an odd number of a's} \}$ and $L^{\prime} = \{ w \in \{a, b \}^{\ast} \ | \ w \ \text{contains at least two a's} \}$. ...
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Need help understanding regular expressions

I was reading up about formal languages (see here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/18b2/d685d5e244a6bfc5a31d312f1e8d322c16a9.pdf) and got confused when I started reading about this expression: 0(0+1)∗...
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What is an example of a Turing-recognizable infinite word, which is not Turing-decidable?

I am confused about Turing Machines that are able to decide languages that contain infinite words. Are languages with an infinite amount of only finite strings always decidable? How can a Turing ...
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Linux editing C files [migrated]

I want to edit a C file in linux, but I want to convert it to machine instructions and then edit the code instruction by instruction. Similar to the way gdb dumps the machine code but I want the ...
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Condition in Arden's rule

According to Arden's rule, the language equation $X= AX\cup B$, with unknown $X$, has the solution $X=A^*B$, provided $A$ does not contain the empty string. My question: what is the problem with the ...
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Complement of languages and coNP

By definition, any language (decision problem) $L$ is defined as a subset of $\{0,1\}^*$, where $\{0,1\}$ is the alphabet. $L^c$ is said to be the complement of the language, and it seems to be ...
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Is there a metric or distance of two languages?

Given a language $L$, I am finding a method to evaluate the advantage of an automaton to decide $L$. My goal is to decide a language $L$ (and maybe it is not decidable for automata). If one ...
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Determining equivalence classes of $\{w \in \{0,1\}^*\mid$ the $k$-bit of $w$ from the right is 1$\}$

I want to formally write the equivalence classes of the following language: $$L_k = \{w \in \{0,1\}^*\mid\text{ the } k\text{-th bit of }w\text{ from the right is } 1\}$$ I understand the definition ...
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Can an alphabet for a Turing machine contain subsets of other alphabets?

For example; Is {0,1,{a,b,c},d,e} a valid alphabet to form a language over and is it usable in any context?
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Pumping lemma for L = {a^i b^j c^k: i < j < k}

I had a question regarding a specific proof I found online that I had some concerns with, I have quoted it below. Show that the language L = {a^i b^j c^k: i < j < k} is not a context-free ...
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Proof: There exists an irregular language L such that LLLL is regular

As title. I consider finding a specific L to fulfill the condition stated to prove the statement, however, I have no luck in finding one. A senior gave me a hint that Lagrange's four square theorem ...
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Pumping lemma regarding {a^2k w | w ∈ {a, b}*, |w| = k}

I had a question regarding the Pumping lemma for regular languages, I have been studying for an exam and came across the question {a^2k w | w ∈ {a, b}*, |w| = k}. In the website it lists the answer ...
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Is finite subset of a set which contains all non regular languages a regular set?

Let A be a set which contains all non-regular languages. Then set B which is finite subset of A. Then will it be regular ? I know that A is not recursive enumerable set (undecidable). So I wonder ...
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Context Free Grammar $L=\{a^ib^{2i}c^{2i} | i>1\}$

In one of my exams I needed to find a CFG for $L=\{a^ib^{2i}c^{2i} | i>1\}$. however, it really seemed to me that it is not a CFG. I tried to show it is not using the pumping lemma, and think I ...
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How can the union of two 'context-free but not regular' languages be regular?

I cannot understand how the union of two languages which are context-free but not regular, can result in a regular language: If $L_1$ and $L_2$ are 'context-free but not regular' languages, defined ...
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Substructural Prolog?

Substructural logic is logic without some or all of the structural rules. Is substructural Prolog, substructural logic programming possible? My question is connected with article https://link.springer....
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Given a certain context sensitive grammar, can one find out if a simpler context free grammar exists?

Given a generating grammar, is it possible to reduce it to a context free form, if one exists. One method might seem to be if the context sensitive rules can be reached from higher generating points, ...
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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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Are Context Sensitive Grammar with Polynomial Complexity Time?

Accordingly, to the question Chomsky Hierarchy and P vs NP, Context-Sensitive Grammars are on Linear Space. Assuming a Deterministic Parser is the one which can parse unambiguous grammars in ...
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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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Is the difference of two context-free languages still context-free?

i am asking myself the following question: Assuming: A and B are context-free languages, then A - B (difference) must also be context-free language, right? but I do not know how to prove it.
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L(M)=L where M is a TM that can move right or stay, so L is decidable

Suppose that L(M)=L where M is a one tape TM that can move right or stay. I need to Show that L is decidable. I thought of reducing a PDA to this TM, since moving to the right is equivalent to ...
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Turing Machines proof notations

In context of "Computability", I have went over some proofs for Recursion Theorem using Turing Machine description. A TM $M$ stands for a single tape Turing machine and $\langle M \rangle$ is the ...
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Is $LR(k) \subset SLR(k+1)$ for $k=1,2,…$? [duplicate]

I know that: Point 1: Set of languages accepted by $LR(0)$ parsers $\subset$ Set of languages accepted by $SLR(1)$ parsers Does this logic hold for higher $k$'s? That is, does following fact hold?...
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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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Proving correctness of LR parser facts

I have came across following facts while reading some compilers related text. However I did not find them in any standard reference book (mainly dragon book). Are they correct? If yes, how can we ...
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$L = \{ a^{j!} \mid j \geq1\}$ is not context free by pumping lemma

How I use the pumping lemma to prove that the language $L = \{ a^{j!} \mid j \geq1\}$ is not context-free?
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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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Is there a problem in this BN form language?

I am working on a simple text query language. I am using the SLY parser, which itself is an LR parser/shift-reduce parser. I am running into problems with the following language specification, but I ...
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How to give a context-sensitive grammar for a^nba^nba^nb?

I am struggling on this problem since days: $L = \{a^nba^nba^nb \mid n \in \Bbb N\}$. I have to give for this language a context-sensitive grammar.
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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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A deterministic FA for $0^*1^*$ is required

A deterministic finite automaton without $\epsilon$ steps for the language $0^*1^*$ is required. Any nice picture ? I have created a NFA for this language which has 2 states $Q_1,Q_2$, both are ...
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What are the benefits of languages that are not Turing complete?

Unfortunately I did a degree in CS without much theoretical computer science. One thing I used to hear is that sub languages, or languages which are not Turing complete, allow for better optimization? ...
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Is there a LL(K) Grammar which is not LALR(K) Grammar?

It is easy to know that there are LALR(K) grammars which are not LL(K) because any grammar with left recursion which is LALR(K), is not LL(K) because all LL(K) grammar must be left recursion free. And ...
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When and what must be present on the left-hand side of the turnstile in metalogics?

Let me show the problem on an example... An actual task from one of the former exams: Consider a simple functional language: $$e::= x|n|e_1e_2|\lambda x.e$$ With typing rules: $$\...
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What's the difference between Acfg and ALLcfg

In computational theory, and talking about CFGs, Turing Machines, and so forth I haven't a satisfactory explanation or definition for what ATM means versus ALLTM or the same or similar uses with ...
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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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Are Context Sensitive Languages Turing Complete? [duplicate]

Related questions: Can regular languages be Turing complete? Why are Linearly Bounded Turing Machines more powerful than Finite State Automata? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14589346/is-c-...
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concatenation of context sensitive and context-free is context sensitive or not?

Assume that $L_1$ is context sensitive language and $L_2$ is context free language, is the language $L_1 * L_2$ context-sensitive or not? I almost sure that is not, but can't prove it.
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Regularity of infinite concatenation

It is well-known that an infinite union of regular languages is not necessarily regular, since every language can be written as a union of singletons. What about infinite concatenations? Let $\{ L_z :...
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How to reduce EQU to UNI?

Let $$\texttt{EQU}=\{u\#v \mid T(M_u)=T(M_v)\} \\ \texttt{UNI}=\{w \mid T(M_w)= \Sigma^*\}$$ How can you prove $\texttt{EQU} \leq \texttt{UNI}$? The idea I have so far is, to simulate the TM that ...
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Description for languages that can be solved in time(n)?

How can one describe all languages that are in $\mathrm{TIME}(n)$? It can't be all the regular languages only, as for example $L = \{a^n b^nw \mid w \in \Sigma^* \land n \geq 1\}$ is not regular but ...
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How to reduce $\{w \mid |T(M_w)| \geq 42\}$ to the halting problem?

For a string $w$, $M_w$ denotes the Turing machine whose encoding is $w$. I want to reduce the language $L=\{w \mid |T(M_w)| \geq 42\}$ to $H_0 = \{w \mid M_w \text{ halts on } \epsilon\}$, but I ...
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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 ...