Questions tagged [regular-languages]

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

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Prove $(aa^*bb^*)^*=ϵ+a(a+b)^*b$ using regex laws

I tried to prove this by starting at RHS: $$ϵ+a(a+b)^*b = ϵ+a(a^*b^*)^*b$$ But I dont know how to convert $(a^*b^*)^*$ to something else that will be helpful. Any ideas?
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Designing CFG that accepts $a^n b^m c^p$ where $n=m+p+2$

I have generated the CFG of $a^n b^m c^p$ where $m = n+p+2$: $S \rightarrow ASC \mid \varepsilon$ $A \rightarrow aAb \mid \varepsilon$ $C \rightarrow bCc \mid \varepsilon$ I have been trying $a^n b^...
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Prove language is not Turing-recognizable using contradiction

Show that the language L = {<M>| M is a TM and does not accept <M>} is not Turing-recognizable. Note: Prove by contradiction. No need for reduction. This is the problem I am trying to ...
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Convert the Finite Automata (FSA) into its equivalent regular expression, using stepwise minimization

I was doing an assignment of Theory of automata but while doing this question I am stuck there is no such state that can be eliminated even from transition table. I am very confused and stuck please ...
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Is language decideable (subset)?

I'm working on a proof for following question $L=\{(R,S)\mid \text{R,S are regular expressions and } L(R)\subset L(S)\}$. Show that this language is/isn't decidable. A language is decidable iff we ...
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Is my proof for the regularity of the language $A/B$ correct?

This problem is from Sipser's Theory of Computation 3rd Edition. 1.35 Prove that $A/B = \{\omega \ | \ \omega x \in A \ \mathrm{for\ some \ } x\in B\}$ is regular where $A$ is regular and $B$ is any ...
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Proving that a language defined by a regular expression is equivalent to a right linear grammar

After thinking for a bit, I am not able to prove a double inclusion proof for the following problem. It seems very interesting to me. Consider the regular expression $r= ((1(00)^∗1 + 0)1)^∗$ and the ...
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How to describe this language a* (ba (cf* (g ( f +h )* bf* )* e )* a* )* in words?

I was task to describe this regular expression a* (ba (cf* (g ( f +h )* bf* )* e )* a)* informally. My attempt at describing it informally = any number of a followed by any number of one b one ...
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LL(1) Eliminate Ambiguous ε-derivations

I have this grammar I want to convert to LL(1): S -> A B a | A B b A -> A c | B d B -> A a | b I eliminated the left-recursions, I factored out the ...
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State machine to convert from base 2 to base 10?

Is there a state machine which can convert base 2 decimals to base 10 decimals in a streaming fashion? Integers?
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Create an Finite Deterministic Automata for a regular expression

I want to create a finite state machine that accepts the following language: $$ L=\{w\in\{a,b\}^* | w \text{ contains abb but not on the first position}\} $$ So I began by writing a regular expression ...
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how to prove that a language is regular?

I know that this language is not regular L = {w | na(w) = nb(w)} where na(w) is the number of a's in w. But what if now the language changes to that the number of a's has to be greater than b's? I ...
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Regular expression for all binary words avoiding 11

I am reading a book example on regular expressions and I have a trouble to get why the answer is correct. "Write a regular expression for the regular language that contains all the strings by 0's ...
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Irregularity of $\{a^x b^y c^z : x=2y \lor y>z\}$

Show that $L=\{a^x b^y c^z : x=2y \lor y>z\}$ is not regular using the pumping lemma. I know that in order to use the pumping lemma, I have to assume that $L$ is regular. Then I know that there is ...
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Read regular Expression from NFA

Good evening everyone! Can someone help me with the following task? So we have this NFA: I was supposed to create a regular expression out of it. Now the solution says: $a^{+}b^{+}(c|ca^{*}b^{+})^{*}$...
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Constructing a context free grammar with starting state

I'm supposed to construct a context-free grammar generating all strings in : {(ab)$^{m}$c$^{n}$(ba)$^{m}$ : m, n, ≥ 0} So far I have V = {A, S, a, b, c}, Σ = {a, b, c}, and R = (1) S -> A (2) S -&...
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Generalization of automaton - Sipser example 1.33

I am trying to construct a nfa that generalizes Example 1.33 found in the book Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Sipser, but I am quite sure that my transition function is wrong. I'd like ...
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Constant single match regex

I am looking for the name (definition?) of X in: A regular expression is X iff it has exactly one possible match. Examples: <empty regex>, abc, ...
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Empty LBA why all the configurations must be all equal

While trying to prove the Empty LBA one of the rules says that for having a computational story you have the 3 rules : and one of the 3 rules says that Ci has to produce Ci+1 and all the ...
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Is this grammar in Backus–Naur form?

I'm a newbie and a paper I'm reading specifies the following grammar: ...
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building NFA for { a^p; p is a prime number, m is a fixed number and m >p >0 }

$\{a^p; p$ is a prime number, $m$ is a fixed number and $m\geq p \geq 0 \}$ I know this is regular since it is finite, but I don't understand how to build an NFA for this if we do not know what $m$ ...
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Build PDA for a language with unknown input alphabet

$L_1 ,L_2$ are regular language. We form a new language $L_{12}$ as follows: $L_{12}=\left \{ w_1\cdot w_2|w_1\in L_1\wedge w_2\in L_2\wedge|w_1|=|w_2| \right \}$ In this exersice I am not given any ...
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Is language bin(n)bin(2^(k+1) n + 1)^R context-free

I have a problem with this exercise. For language $$L_1 = \{ w \in \{0, 1\}^* : \exists k \in \mathbb N \ w = \text{bin}(n)(\text{bin}(2^{k+1}n + 1))^R \},$$ where $\cdot^R$ reverses a string and $\...
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Prove that all regular language is in L

im looking for a formal proof to demonstrate that all regular language is in L (logarithmic space). I deduced that all regular languages has a DFA that accept them, so if i find a way to transform all ...
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Is this FA really equivalent to the given regular expression?

From the picture, the automata can accept $(\text L|\text D)^*$ following say $\_\text L\text D$, but in the formula above $(\text L|\text D)^*$ can't follow the $\_\text L\text D$. So the Automata ...
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Is the set of strings with equal number of 010’s and 101’s regular?

Consider the language $$L = \{ w\in \{ 0, 1\}^*: \#_{010}(w) = \#_{101}(w) \}$$ Is $L$ is regular? If it is not regular, can we prove that using the pumping lemma (only with pumping down)?
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Is this proof for pumping lemma legit?

Prove that $L=\{a^{n}b^{m}c^{k}\mid n\leq(m+k)\}$ is not regular. I used the pumping lemma as follow: there exists $n\in \mathbb{N}$ $z=uvw$ $|uv|\leq n , |v|\geq1$ $uv^iw$ is a string in L, so ...
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Strings that do not contain 11 as a substring

Today I had a couple of formal language lectures. The Instructor wrote a regular expression for the alphabet $\{0,1\}$ which does not include any string which includes "11" as a substring. She wrote ...
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Kleene star operations

Let $𝚺$ be any alphabet and let $𝑳_𝟏 \subseteq 𝚺^{∗}$ and $𝑳_2 \subseteq 𝚺^{∗}$ be two non-empty languages. a. If $𝑳_𝟏 𝚺^{∗} \neq 𝚺^{∗}$ than what can we say about $L_1$. b.Let $\Lambda \...
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What exactly is “pattern matching”?

I know some examples of "pattern matching". E.g. in the context of functional programming, and regular expressions. But is there a precise definition? In particular, it seems that it has to do with ...
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Regular expression and Right Regular grammar for decimals starting with 1 ending with 9?

I was trying to do the following: Consider the set of all strings over the alphabet {0,1,2,9} that are decimal numbers beginning with 1 and ending with 9 and having exactly one decimal point (.). ...
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Determine if an NFA accepts infinite language in polynomial time

Question Statement: Given a NFA $N$, design an algorithm that runs in polynomial time such that it determines if $L(N)$ is infinite. (Note that converting NFA to DFA is exponential time). For any DFA,...
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Proving that the language of regular expressions is not regular

Prove that the language consisting of all valid regular expressions is not regular. I am approaching this using the Myhill-Nerode Theorem as follows: I am trying to find a pairwise distinguishable ...
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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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Given a DFA M, formally define an NFA N such that L(N) = {x in L(M) | x = reverse(x)}

The english description of the question is (from my understanding) N accepts all strings that are both palindromic (the same forwards as it is backwards) and accepted by M. After a lot of toil and ...
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Uncommon case in Arden's lemma $q_{2} = 1q_{2} \cup 0q_{2}$

I'm trying to get the regular expression of an automata but an state has a form that I don't know how to solve, the form on its simplest example is: $$q_{2} = 1q_{2} \cup 0q_{2}$$ What's the ...
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Pumping lemma for regular languages confirmation

I have the language $\Sigma = \{0,1,+,= \}$ and $$\mathrm{ADD} = \{x = y + z \mid \text{$x$, $y$, $z$ are binary integers and $x$ is the sum of $y$ and $z$}\}$$ And with the pumping lemma I find what ...
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Using Nerode theorem to prove that the following languages are non-regular

I've been trying to understand the idea behind proving a language is not regular by using Nerode's theorem, but I just couldn't apply the idea on what I've been asked. The problem is to prove the ...
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Grammar for context free language

I want to give a grammar for the following language: $$L = \{x^r \# y |x, y \in \{a, b, c\}^*\\ \text{ and }x\text{ is a contiguous sub-string of }y\}$$ where $x ^ r$ denotes the backward written ...
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What is “Phrase structure grammar”?

I'm undertaking Theory of Computation Classes. I came across this sentence while studying Recursively Enumerable Grammar: Type-0 grammars generate recursively enumerable languages. The ...
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Conversion from automaton to left linear grammar

I stumble across this problem: Give right linear grammar. The solution given was simple: $S\rightarrow bA$ $S\rightarrow aS$ $A\rightarrow \lambda$ $B\rightarrow bA$ $A\rightarrow aB$ Earlier ...
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When proof by induction on length string is not possible?

I found out an exercise where you have to prove the correctness of the following CFG: Let $L=\{ 0^i 1^j|2i \leq j \leq 3i \}\:$ and $\: G: S\rightarrow 0S11 | 0S111| \epsilon$ claim: Every string $w ...
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Is there any algorithmic way to decide the equivalence classes in the nerode relation?

Consider the language $L= \{ x\in \{0,1\}^* |x$ ends with $00 \}$ The Nerode relation $R_L$ says $xR_Ly \iff \forall z\in \Sigma^*:xz\in L\iff yz\in L$ By looking at the language : I can conclude ...
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Are there any context-free languages that are not regular but can be generated using a right-linear or left-linear grammar?

I understand that every regular language can be generated using either a right-linear or left-linear grammar, however, does that go the other direction? In other words, do there exist any context-free ...
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Operations on regular languages

I am taking a course on natural language processing that assumes the students have some background on theory of computation. I dont, but have read up till chapter 3 of the book "Speech and Language ...
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Closure under swap operator

I am stuck on this problem and unsure how to proceed. I understand how to show that two languages are closed under regular operators, but not one like the 'swap' operator. Let swap : {a, b}∗ → {a, b}∗...
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Tool for NFA/DFA manipulation

I am look for a tool with any or all of the following features: Regular Expresstion to NFA converter that represents transitions as Binary Decision Diagrams NFA to DFA converter NFA minimization NFA ...
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Computing substring language on automata

Given a DFA, it is possible to compute the automaton that recognizes the language of its substrings (you can compute it as the automaton that recognizes the suffixes of its prefixes). I would like to ...
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Show that this language is not regular by Pumping Lemma

Over the alphabet $\Sigma=\{a,b\}$, we define $$L=\{a^pb^m: p\text{ is prime }, m>0\}+\{a^r:r\geq 0\}.$$ I must show that this laguage is not regular using the pumping lemma. I guess I should ...
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Empty words in regular languages

Let $L_1,L_2$ be any $\Sigma$-Languages, with $l_1\in L_1, l_2\in L_2$ If I have a regular Language $L(l_1(l_2l_1)^*l_2)$ would the word $\omega=l_2$ be recognized? I'm confused because if $\epsilon \...