# Questions tagged [automata-theory]

Automata Theory, including abstract machines, grammars, parsing, grammatical inference, transducers, and finite-state techniques

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### finite automata under morphism [closed]

Given two (deterministic) finite automata $A, B$ over $\Sigma$, a mapping $h:\Sigma\rightarrow \Sigma'$ Naturally $h$ can be extended to a mapping in $\Sigma^*\rightarrow \Sigma'^*$ which is denoted ...
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### What language $L \in NCM$ has $\overline{L} \not \in NCM$?

$NCM$, the class of non-deterministic reversal-bounded counter machines, has a lot of interesting dependability and closure properties. It's known that, unlike the deterministic version, NCM is not ...
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### Deterministic Büchi + its complement covers LTL?

It is well known that deterministic Büchi automata (DBA) are less expressive than non-deterministic Büchi automata (NBA), and in particular DBA are not enough to cover linear temporal logic (LTL). ...
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### The number of states of local automata

A deterministic automaton $\mathcal A = (X, Q, q_0, F, \delta)$ is called $k$-local for $k > 0$ if for every $w \in X^k$ the set $\{ \delta(q,w) : q \in Q \}$ contains at most one element. ...
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### Books on automata theory for self-study

I need a finite automata theory book with lots of examples that I can use for self-study and to prepare for exams.
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### Are deterministic context-free languages closed under outfix (or other erasing operations)

Define the outfix of a language $L$ to be $Outf(L) = \{xy \mid \exists z. xzy \in L \}$. Are any known results about whether deterministic context-free languages are closed under this operation, or ...
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### What characterizations exist for the grammars that can express subsets of the context-free languages?

It is well known that CFGs and PDAs are equivalent, and there has been extensive research about the relationship between deterministic pushdowns and $LR(1)$ grammars, as $DCFL$ is a subset of $LR(1)$. ...
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### Looking for menu-driven coding editor based on a programming language state machine [closed]

I'd like to know whether an application development environment exists that uses a menu-driven coding editor that employs a programming language state machine. This would mean that commands, variable ...
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### Can constant ambiguity reduce the state complexity of a regular languages?

We say that NFA $M$ is Constantly Ambiguous if there exist $k\in \mathbb{N}$ such that any word $w\in \Sigma^*$ is accepted by either $0$ or (exactly) $k$ paths. If automaton $M$ is constantly ...
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### Regular languages under change of encoding

Consider a regular language $L$ with alphabet $\Sigma = \{0,1\}$. Can we say that the set of strings in $L$ (representing non-negative integers in binary encoding) when represented in some other ...
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### Lower bound for NFA accepting 3 letter language

Related to a recent question (Bounds on the size of the smallest NFA for L_k-distinct) Noam Nisan asked for a method to give a better lower bound for the size of an NFA than what we get from ...
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### Which paper first showed that any context-free grammar (CFG) is equivalent to some CFG in Chomsky normal form?

Which paper first showed that any context-free grammar (CFG) is equivalent to some CFG in Chomsky normal form? I cannot find an reference.
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### Theta functions of automata relations

Let $A,B$ be two automata over the same alphabet $\Sigma$; they are supposed to be complete, strongly connected DFAs. We denote by $._A$ (resp. $._B$) the action induced by $\Sigma^*$ over $Q(A)$, i.e....
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### is determining an unknown CFL from intersection of two CFLs decidable?

this problem was asked over a week ago on cs.se now with 7v and no answers so far, ie still "open". (there are many somewhat related problems/near variants re CFLs but its not obvious how to reduce it ...
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### The polynomial languages and ordered syntactic monoids

A polynomial language is a languge which could be represented as the finite union of languages of the form: $$A_0^* a_1 A_1^* a_2 \cdots a_k A_k^* \quad a_i \in X, A_i \subseteq X$$ Such an ...
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### Can words in regular languages be generated by automata in a unique way?

If $L\subset \Sigma^\ast$ is a regular language then it is known that we can find a directed graph (aka automaton) $G$ with edges labelled with symbols from $\Sigma$, an ‘initial’ vertex, and a set of ...
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### Deciding whether a binary multiplicity automaton has empty language

Multiplicity automatons (see here) is an interesting model. They have the (almost) same syntax as a non-deterministic finite automatons, but instead of deciding whether a word belongs to a language, ...
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### Generalized sequential machine synthesis subject to language equivalence/inclusion and reachability

A generalized sequential machine (GSM) is a generalization of a Mealy machine where on each transition one input symbol is read and 0 or more output symbols are written. As in a Mealy machine, we ...
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### Sub optimal regex equivalence

Regex Equivalence is a hard problem which in general takes exponential space and exponential time. Are there any approximation/sub-optimal algorithms with some theoretical guarantees over equivalence ...
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### 2DFA that requires many states in equivalent DFA?

Is there a 2DFA with $n$ states (where $n$ is nontrivial, say at least 4) that requires at least $2^n$ states to simulate using any DFA? A two-way DFA (2DFA) is a deterministic finite-state automaton ...
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### Does every regular language contains a strictly locally testable language?

Let $L$ be an infinite regular language, then does there exists a strictly locally testable infinite language $P$ such that $P \subseteq L$?
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### Formal definition of parser?

I'm looking for an accepted, formal definition of a parser as function $f$ returning an AST, but I cannot find any reference in literature; all I can find is the definition of a recognizer as a ...
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### Closure Properties of Locally Testable Language

Are locally testable languages closed under complementation? I guess yes, because when I can decide membership by sliding a window of size $k$ over the word and looking if the $k$-length words ...
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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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### Properties of the number of copies of an NFA in each state

For an NFA $A$ with $n$ states and a word $w$, we can associate an $n$-dimensional vector $v_w$ with entries in $\mathbb{N}\cup\{0\}$ denoting the number of copies of the NFA in each state after ...
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### Learning about Nested Stack Automata

I want to learn about nested stack automata. However my efforts to find a suitable learning resource have so far been abortive: The Wikipedia article on nested stack automata is a stub. Alfred Aho's ...
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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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### The significance of state complexity in automata and regular languages?

I'm reading "Concatenation of Regular Languages and Descriptional Complexity" by Galina Jiraskova, 2009 on the state complexity resulting from concatenation of two regular languages ( by Galina ...
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### Algorithm for ranking members of a regular language?

A little while back, I was reading a paper that mentioned a method for computing an integer 'rank' for a particular string $s \in L$ where $L$ is some regular language. This rank uniquely determines ...
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### Has a result of Book and Greibach on Quasi-Realtime languages been improved?

Quasi-realtime languages are defined as languages accepted by nondeterministic multitape Turing machines in quasi-real time. Ronald Book and Sheila Greibach have shown in their 1970 paper that every ...
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### Measurability of an $\omega$-regular language

It the previous question of mine I put a reference which shows that any $\omega$-regular language over the alphabet $\Sigma$ is a Borel subset of $\Sigma^\omega$. I am not sure whether the reference I ...
Consider a deterministic transition structure having states in set $X$ and transition function $\rightarrow$, and an initial state $x \in X$. This structure is intended to be part of an automaton ...