Questions about deterministic finite automata

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Separating words with random DFAs

One of the interesting open problems about DFAs listed in Are there any open problems left about DFAs? is the size of a DFA required to separate two strings of length $n$. I am curious if there any ...
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Composition of regular expressions with lookahead into DFAs

Let's say we have a regular expression ("a" | "b"(~!"b"))*, written in Perl or other similar languages that support lookahead, which should match a list of a and b's where b's are not followed by b's. ...
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Are there any open problems left about DFAs?

After studying deterministic finite state automata (DFA) in undergrad, I felt they are extremely well understood. My question is whether there is something we still don't understand about them. I ...
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Languages recognized by polynomial-size DFAs

For a fixed finite alphabet $\Sigma$, a formal language $L$ over $\Sigma$ is regular if there exists a deterministic finite automaton (DFA) over $\Sigma$ which accepts exactly $L$. I am interested in ...
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Are there any books containing collections of automata problems?

You can find specialized books consisting entirely or problems from particular math domains (e.g. linear algebra, polynomials, combinatorics), but I've yet to find such a book for automata of any ...
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What are good conferences for algorithms about finite automata?

I am writing a research paper, which describes some properties about finite automata. It also provides a couple of algorithms that can measure some aspects of the properties. Could you point out some ...
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Exploring a DFA, with no feedback

Let $M=(\Sigma,S,s_0,\delta)$ be an (unknown) deterministic finite-state automaton (DFA), with alphabet $\Sigma$, statespace $S$, start state $s_0 \in S$, and transition relation $\delta$. I want to ...
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Finding self-similar homomorphisms of a FSM transducer

Consider a special case of homomorphisms of FSM transducers (or "generalized sequential machines" in [1]). Let $F$ be a transducer accepting a language $L$, and let $h(x)$ be a homomorphism function ...
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How to minimize a FSM transducer?

In contrast to FSM minimization which is well studied with various algorithms, theorems and has many practical applications, I'm looking for any nontrivial insight, analysis and references to the ...
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Algorithm for converting very large NFA to DFA

I have really large Non-deterministic finite automaton and I need to convert it to the DFA. By large I mean 40 000+ states. So far I have done some experiments and programmed the default algorithm ...
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Are k+1 heads better than k for multiread finite automata?

Consider the deterministic (resp. non-deterministic) one-way finite automaton that is defined in the usual way except that it has k heads and in each step can decide which head to move. (It is allowed ...
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minimizing size of regular expression for finite sets

It is known that minimizing the size of a regular expression is PSPACE-complete even if we have a DFA as the language's specification. What are the results if the language is finite? One can ...
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Multi-language DFA minimisation

I'm interested in a slight generalisation of DFA. As usual we have state-set $Q$, finite alphabet $\Sigma$, a $\Sigma^*$-action defined on $Q$ by $\delta : Q\times\Sigma\rightarrow Q$, and initial ...
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How does “δ:Q×Σ→Q” read in the definition of a DFA (deterministic finite acceptor)? [closed]

How do you say "δ:Q×Σ→Q" in English? Describing what "×" and "→" mean would also help.
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The Cost of an Equivalence Query for DFA

Inspired by this question, I am curious about the following: What is the worst-case complexity of checking whether a given DFA accepts the same language as a given regular expression? Is this ...
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What algorithms exist for construction a DFA that recognizes the language described by a given regex?

All of my textbooks use the same algorithm for producing a DFA given a regex: First, make an NFA that recognizes the language of the regex, then, using the subset (aka "powerset") construction, ...
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What is the enlightenment I'm supposed to attain after studying finite automata?

I've been revising Theory of Computation for fun and this question has been nagging me for a while (funny never thought of it when I learnt Automata Theory in my undergrad). So "why" exactly do we ...
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Complexity lower bound for regular languages

Suppose I have a regular language $L$, and I would like to lower-bound the complexity of deciding membership in $L$. Suppose I know that the minimal DFA for $L$ has $N$ states. I would like to claim ...
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What is the number of languages accepted by a DFA of size $n$?

The question is simple and direct: For a fixed $n$, how many (different) languages are accepted by a DFA of size $n$ (i.e. $n$ states)? I will formally state this: Define a DFA as ...
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Efficient concatenation of DFAs?

There is theoretical evidence that the naive cartesian-product construction for the intersection of DFAs is "the best we can do". What about the concatenation of two DFAs? The trivial construction ...
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Is it possible to represent a regular expression with bounded captures using a DFA and O(1) additional processing?

It's well known that a regular expression can be converted to a non-deterministic finite state automaton, which can in turn be converted in to a deterministic finite state automaton. These DFAs can ...
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Are non-deterministic tree-walking automata stronger than deterministic ones?

Update: It seems this problem has been studied and solved recently, see this wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_walking_automaton And also this survey: ...
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upper bound on the size of a DFA for A|B given the DFAs for A and B?

Given RegEx A and B where the size of the compiled DFAs are m and ...
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DFA intersection in subquadratic space?

The intersection of two (minimal) DFAs with n states can be computed using O(n2) time and space. This is optimal in general, since the resulting (minimal) DFA may have n2 states. However, if the ...
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Can a nondeterministic finite automata (NDFA) be efficiently converted to a deterministic finite automata (DFA) in subexponential space/time?

Twenty years ago, I built an regular expression package that included conversions from regular expressions to a finite state machine (DFA) and supported a host of closed regular expression operations ...