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

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To what extent MSO = WS1S, when adding relations?

[This question has been asked on MathOverflow with no luck a month ago.] Let me first clarify my definitions. For a word $w \in \Sigma^*$, with $\Sigma =\{a_1, \ldots, a_n\}$, I define two ...
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The best known upper bound for two-way probabilistic finite automata with one-counter

It is known that the class of languages recognized by two-way deterministic finite automata with one-counter (2D1CAs) is a proper subset of $ \mathsf{L} $ (deterministic log-space): A 2D1CA can run at ...
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Survey on infinite alphabet automata?

The paper "Symbolic Finite State Transducers, Algorithms and Applications" by Bjorner et al (to appear at POPL 2012) describes one type of finite-state, infinite-alphabet automata/transducers by using ...
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Can we approximate the number of words accepted by an NFA?

Let $M$ be an acyclic NFA. Since $M$ is acyclic, $L(M)$ is finite. In a related question, it was suggested that exact counting of the number of words accepted by $M$ is $\#P$-Complete. The second ...
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Are there cascade decompositions of machines that are more general than finite automata?

The idea of decomposing automata and their associated semi-groups into irreducible sub-components is due to Krohn & Rhodes and has been explored relatively thoroughly. Krohn & Rhodes gave an ...
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Shortest string in the intersection of regular languages

Inspired by https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/53310/shortest-universal-maze-exit-string Each of the 138,172 valid mazes can be represented as a DFA with 9 states (including starting and ...
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What exactly are Moore machines?

Ok, don't be scared by the title - it is not that I don't know the concept of a Moore machine, or basic FSM concepts in general. However, I think that the term "Moore machine", despite being ...
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A language outside the Boolean closure of stochastic languages

Stochastic languages, that is, those accepted by probabilistic automata, are known to not be closed under intersection, union, concatenation, and morphism, even on unary languages. I have two ...
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A super-linear time problem in NL

It is a well-known fact that $ \mathsf{NL} = \cup_{k>0} \mathsf{2NFA[k]} $, where $ \mathsf{2NFA[k]} $ is the class of languages recognized by two-way nondeterministic finite automata with $ k>0 ...
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Data structures for Finite Automata

I am a Control Engineer and I have been working on Discrete Event Systems and Supervisory Control, based on Finite Automata Theory. My problem is to represent large automata (about $2 \times 10^6$ ...
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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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Size complexity of probabilistic two-way automata for a Boolean function

I'm interested in computing Boolean functions $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}$ with two-way finite automata and I will measure the complexity of a Boolean function by the number of states for the ...
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Examples of non-CSLs not created through diagonalization

Hopcroft & Ullman 1979, Intro to Automata Theory, Languages, & Computation states (p. 224) that "almost any language one can think of is CSL; the only known proofs that certain languages are ...
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What would a PDA be with a queue instead of a stack?

A while ago it occurred to me that the stack data model in a push-down automaton could be exchanged for a queue or deque model. I've explored this a bit as a pet project and it looks like an automaton ...
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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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Separation of the states of a deterministic omega-automaton by looping words taken from a regular language of non-empty words

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 ...
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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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Language of stack configurations of a pushdown automaton

Consider a pushdown automaton $A$ with stack alphabet $\Gamma$. Let $L$ be the language on $\Gamma$ of the stack configurations encountered during accepting runs of $A$. Is $L$ a context-free language?...
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Mastery-based grading for Theory of Computation

I would be interested to learn of anyone's experience using mastery-based (or "mastery-level") grading in a Theory of Computation course. Usually this requires—at a minimum— a detailed ...
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Why do multi-stack visibly pushdown languages label each call/return with a particular stack?

In A Unifying Approach for Multistack Pushdown Automata, multistack visibly pushdown automata are defined in terms of an alphabet where each symbol is either a call or return for a particular stack or ...
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Learning Finite Automata Behavior by Experimentation

This conjecture is from an expert in Game Theory area, I post it here to draw more attentions of TCS experts. Discussions and comments are welcome. http://gtcenter.org/WCS_Call_for_papers.pdf An ...
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Complexity of DFA intersection in this specific case?

In general, the size of the DFA that recognizes the intersection of $n$ languages is exponential in $n$. However, in my case I am computing the intersection of a very restricted subset of possible ...
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Libraries for programming automata and Turing machines

What are the most useful libraries around for coding related to automata and Turing machines? By useful I mean the number of functions and algorithms supported by it.
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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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Intersection between register automata and pushdown automata over infinite alphabet

I'm not an expert in automata theory, this is a reference request. As far as I have understood it is known in the automata comunity that register automata by Kaminski are closed by intersection with ...
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Is it known if $CFL \subseteq NSPACE(o(log^2(n)))$?

$CFL$ is the class of context-free languages. Question Is $CFL$ known to be solvable in $o(log^{2}(n))$ non-deterministic space? What about $DCFL$?
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Looking for a specific tree automata model

is there any tree automata model over unranked trees (that is with unbounded number of children for each node), such that: Checking non-emptiness and universality is decidable in elementary time, ...
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A question on the introduction of the Wagner hierarchy from K. Wagner's original paper

My question is related to the seminal paper On $\omega$-regular sets by K. Wagner, which introduced a hierarchy which is now know as the Wagner- (or Wadge-) hierarchy of $\omega$-regular sets. In ...
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Equivalence of deterministic finite transducers over finite/infinite words

Equivalence of deterministic finite transducers - a special case of single-valued finite transducers - is decidable because it is decidable whether a transducer is single-valued. Note that two ...
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Restricted-Input Automaton

In the classic setting, an automaton for a language $L$ is required to accept all words in $L$ and reject/get stuck on every word in $\Sigma^*\setminus L$. All of the related concepts are then ...
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Concentration of Stationary Distribution on Random Directed Graphs

We consider a random directed graph with fixed out-degree $d$. Each vertex chooses $d$ neighbors with replacement, uniformly and independently. Self-loops and multiple arcs are allowed in this model. ...
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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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Transfering properties from subsets of $X^*$ to subsets of $X^{\omega}$ by using the topology induces by Cantor space

A language $L \subseteq X^*$ is non-counting of order $n > 0$ iff for all $u,v, w \in X^*$ $$ uv^nw \in L \Leftrightarrow uv^{n+1} w \in L. $$ A $\omega$-language (set of infinite sequences) $L \...
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Subsets of $\omega$-words which share certain factors and languages accepted by special (prefix-closed) automata

Let $\mathcal A$ be an automaton, then I define the following $\omega$-language accepted by $\mathcal A$: $$ L'(\mathcal A) := \{ \eta \in X^{\omega} : v \sqsubset \eta \mbox{ implies } v \in L(\...
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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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Providence of pumping lemmas for regular languages

I'm looking to track down who discovered the following pumping lemmas for regular languages. (where $p$ is the pumping constant.) Reg($L) \rightarrow \exists p\forall w(\in L) \forall u_1u_2v(\in \...
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Name this digraph

I am trying to track down the name of this digraph and some references: You take all members of the transformation semigroup on $n$ elements, $T_{n}$. For two members $x$ ,$y$ ; if $x$ is in the ...
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Notion of “quotient” or “inverse” for recognizable tree languages?

Related to my previous question but this time I have a better idea of what I'm actually asking. I'm looking at the following operation on recognizable tree languages (i.e. regular tree grammars, ...
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Regular Tree Languages are closed under quotient?

The Wikipedia page for Regular Tree Grammars notes that if $L_1$ and $L_2$ are regular tree languages, than $L_1 \setminus L_2$ is as well. However, it doesn't define this quotient operation for trees,...
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Name for a special family of languages?

I was wondering whether there is a standard name in the literature for the following family $\mathcal{F}$ of languages over any finite alphabet $\Sigma = \{a_1,\ldots,a_k\}$: $\mathcal{F}$ consists ...
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Characterization of deterministic pushdown automata

Is there any known characterization for deterministic pushdown automata (DPDA)? For example, visibly pushdown automata(VPA) is a subclass of DPDA, which is characterized by following syntactic ...
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Proof of the equivalence of Muller automata and Parity (or Rabin chain) automata

Let $A$ be some finite alphabet and $\mathcal A = (Q, \delta, q_0)$ be some determinisitic finite automaton. Then $\mathcal A$ accepts infinite words $\xi \in A^{\omega}$ according to the Muller ...
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What is the class of the languages recognized by PCREs?

I have been considering building a tool that would convert regexes between the various syntaxes (BRE, ERE, PCRE). It is obvious that PCREs are too strong for the is-regular problem to be decidable, ...
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Complexity of DBA-recognizable Omega-Languages

Given an $\omega$-regular expression $r$, how difficult is it to decide if $L(r)$ is recognizable by some deterministic Büchi automaton? I know it is solvable in EXPTIME by converting the regular ...
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WFSA over hyperreals

Are there any works where authors tried to define weighted finite state automata over hyperreals (or a similar object allowing for infinite and infinitesimal values) in an attempt to make automata ...
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What is the relationship between the number of states in Quantum Finite Automata and the number of non-regular languages they can recognize?

It is has been shown that Quantum Finite Automata can recognize at least some non-regular languages. What is the relationship between the number of states in a qfa and the number of non-regular ...
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Fast weighted intersection algorithm for CFG and FSA with self loops but no other circles?

We all know that arbitrary CFG and FSA can be intersected using the Bar-Hillel Construction, whose time complexity is unfortunately too expensive. On the other hand, there are efficient algorithms ...
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Intersection of two deterministic parity automata

Given two deterministic parity automata $A_1=(Q_1,\Sigma,\delta,q_{01},c_1)$ and $A_2=(Q_2,\Sigma,\delta,q_{02},c_2)$ with the finite set of states $Q_i$, the finite alphabet $\Sigma_i$, the ...
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Rational power series over $\mathbb N \cup \{\infty\}$, rationality of singular part

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite alphabet, and consider the formel power series over $\Sigma$ considered as non-commuting variables with coefficients in the semiring $\mathcal N := \mathbb N \cup \{\infty\}$ ...
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Equality Constraints over Sets with Tree Automata

Tree Automata can be used to model sets of values of a Herbrand Universe, for example, to model possible values in a functional program. Systems of subtype constraints over set expressions have ...