# Questions tagged [regular-languages]

Questions about properties of the class of regular languages and individual languages.

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### Mealy Machine That Doubles a Binary

So I was trying to do a mealy machine that doubles a binary. But you know if you want to double a binary, you shift it to left once or add zero at the end. So this image is the one that divides by 2 ...
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### Finding out the language generated by a context-free grammar

how can i find out the language that accepted by this cfg : S -> A B | B C A -> B A | x B -> C C | y C -> A D | x D -> y
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### Is there a complexity measure on regular grammars connected to the descriptional complexity of the DFAs?

This question is directed at DFAs/NFAs and regular languages and regular grammars. Define the "descriptional complexity" of a language as the size complexity of the family of DFAs that ...
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### Is the language $L=\{a^nb^m:n,m\in\mathbb{N}\land n-m=5 \}$ regular or not regular?

I'm trying to understand how to prove a language is regular or not regular, for example this language: $$L=\{a^nb^m:n,m\in\mathbb{N}\land n-m=5 \}$$ Is this language regular or not? My solution Using ...
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### Let Σ = {a} be a one-element alphabet and L ⊆ Σ^* be an arbitrary language over Σ = {a}. Show that L^* is regular [duplicate]

I have a computer science question: Let Σ = {a} be a one-element alphabet and L ⊆ Σ^* be an arbitrary language over Σ = {a}. Show that L^* is regular These are all the facts I have been able to gather ...
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### Can any language be expressed by regular expression?

I'm studying Autoamta Theory currently and am wondering if any Language (for example Lanugage L in Alphabet A={a,b}) can be expressed by regular expression. In my current understanding the rule is &...
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### Proving that a specific Turing machine accepts a regular language

Calling all math buffs! ;) A Turing machine has two states - one accepting and one non-accepting. Furthermore, the Turing machine cannot overwrite blank symbols. (Note: It's assumed that the blank ...
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### Empty string in an ambiguous grammar?

I'm a bit confused by the role of the empty string in this ambiguous grammar: A' -> A A -> if A B A -> null B -> [empty string] B -> else S So what ...
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### Can a non-regular language have a regular grammar?

Basically the title. I am supposed to find a regular grammar for the language that produces palindromes. This is all I have right now: S -> 1 | 0 | ε Since it ...
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### Can the diagonal language be empty?

We defined the diagonal language as follows in the lecture: \begin{align*} L_{\text{diag}}=\left\{w \in \left\{0, 1\right\} ^{*}\mid w=w_{i} \text{ for some }i \in \mathbb{N} \text{ and }M_{i} \text{ ...
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### Understanding about pumping lemma for regular language-confusions of beginner-:

I want to understand how is this proof working. What I know-: Pumping lemma for regular language-: Let $L$ be regular language. Then there exists a constant $n$ which depends on $L$ such that for ...
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### Regular grammar for language that does not contain "abab"

I tried this : $V = \{S,A,B\}$ and $T = \{a,b\}$. $S \rightarrow aS | \epsilon | abaAS | BS$ $A \rightarrow a | aA$ $B \rightarrow bB | \epsilon$ Any thoughts/objections?
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### Regular expression for set of all strings containing no 3 consecutive 0s?

The answer is $1^*01^*01^*+1^*(0+00+\in)1^*$ If I had to rephrase my question, it would be how to approach regular expression problems? Is it all about practice? How do I understand what the regular ...
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### Check Proof Using Pumping Lemma to Show Language Not Regular

Please check my proof where I use the pumping lemma to show that the language $B=\{0^n1^n | n≥0\}$ is not regular. I'll state the pumping lemma here for clarity: Pumping lemma If $A$ is a regular ...
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### Regular Expressions - What is difference between a+ and a⁺

I'm very confused as to if a+ and a⁺ mean the same thing or are completely different.
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### Prove that $\{xyz \mid zyx \in A \}$ is regular if $A$ is regular

Does the following work and is there anything possibly simpler? Let $X = (Q, \Sigma, \delta, s, F)$ be a DFA for $A$. Intuitively, we want to "remember" (or guess) two states $p$ and $q$ ...
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### How to choose splits in pumping lemma to prove language not regular

I am confused how we choose $0\;^{n-p}$ 1 and $0^n$ What's the logic going on here?
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### Dividing a String According to the Pumping Lemma

I have some questions about how a string can be divided into pieces according to the pumping lemma. I am learning from Michael Sipser’s book Introduction to the Theory of Computation, 3rd Edition. He ...
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### Summary of Pumping Lemma Application

For my own understanding I would like to summarize how to use the pumping lemma to show that a language is not regular. The pumping lemma is defined as follows. Pumping lemma If $A$ is a regular ...
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### Prove that the language such that the concatenation of any string with its complement is accepted by a regular language is regular [duplicate]

I’m trying to solve the following question: Suppose you have a regular language L with the alphabet {0,1}*. Show the language L’ = {x : x x_c \in L} is also regular. x_c is the flipped version of x ...
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### Is the language "substrings of a regular language that are over half the length of the superstring" regular?

We say $x$ is a majority substring of $y$ if $y \in \Sigma^* x \Sigma^*$ and $|x| \geq \frac 12|y|$. If $B$ is a regular language, is the set of majority substrings of $B$ regular? I was provided the ...
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### I have found an example where regular expression is not closed under concatenation. Where am I wrong?

$a^n$ is a regular expression. $b^n$ is a regular expression. their concatenation is $a^nb^n$ which is not a regular expression.
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### Simplifying the Language of this DFA

Above's the DFA in question (Sipser, Page 36). I have obtained the language of this DFA to be 0*1(1+00+01)*. But Sipser's textbook goes on to explain that the language of this DFA is (0+1)*1(00)*. But ...
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### Implication of the Pumping lemma

I'm reading Hopcroft and Ullman's '79 edition of "Introduction to Automata theory, Languages, and Computation". In chapter 3, the authors say "The lemma[sic] does not state that every ...
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### Can a non-deterministic finite automaton die out before reading the entire string?

I am new to automata theory and have a problem that I want to solve. We have to design an NFA that starts with "ab". I have the solution and it is given by: However, my problem is: If the ...
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### Why {${xww|x,w∈(a+b)^*}$} is regular but {${ww|w∈(a+b)^*}$} is not $?$

I read this site example 12 that {${xww|x,w∈(a+b)^*}$} the set of strings generated by language $L$ is {${ϵ,a,b,aa,ab,ba,bb,aaa,…}$} by taking always $w$ as $\epsilon$ and $x$∈$(a+b)^∗$. But my ...
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### Intuition for the reason this language which has equal number of 01 and 10 as substrings can be accepted using bounded finite states

Firstly I don't have CS or DFA/NFA background knowledge about their theorems or lemmas, so I don't understand some related questions' answers like here. However, I can easily intuitively understand a ...