# Questions tagged [automata-theory]

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

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### Determinising unambiguous automata without exponential blowup

Is it possible to determinise unambiguous finite automata without exponential blowup in the number of states? I think it should not be possible but I am unable to come up with counterexamples.
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### Is the function $f(a_1 \dotsm a_n) = a_1(a_1a_2)(a_1a_2a_3)\ \dotsm\ (a_1 \dotsm a_n)$ regularity-preserving?

A function $f: A^* \to A^*$ is regularity-preserving if, for each regular language $L$ of $A^*$, the language $f^{-1}(L)$ is regular. I think I have a proof, as a consequence of more general results, ...
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### Conditioning Probability on a Language With Measure 0

Let $\Sigma = \{ 1, 2, \ldots, n\}$ be some alphabet. Assume that you have a coin with n-sides (each side corresponds to a letter in $\Sigma$), and we get each letter with equal probability. Now you ...
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### Necessary and sufficient condition for an infinite tree to be context-free

A Buchi automaton is non-empty iff it accepts an infinite word of the form $uv^\omega$ (here $u,v$ are finite words). In other words, if $\{w\}$ is an $\omega$-regular language, then it is of that ...
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### Can we efficiently convert from NFA to smallest equivalent DFA?

Definitions For any automaton $X$, let $L(X)$ denote the language recognized by $X$. For any language $L$, let $sc(L)$ denote the number of states in the smallest DFA $X$ such that $L = L(X)$. ...
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### DFSA and NFSA intersection problem

Given $k$ deterministic FSAs of $n$ states the intersection of their languages is empty is decidable in $n^{o(k)}$ time is an open problem. For unbounded $k$ it is known the problem is $PSPACE$ ...
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### Random Cerny Conjecture

For simplicity, all DFAs will be using the binary alphabet $\{0,1\}$. Let $M$ be a synchronizable DFA. We let $p(M,n)$ be the probability that a random $x\in \{0,1\}^n$ will synchronize $M$. We define ...
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### Definition of Rabin acceptance condition for omega automatons [closed]

I've been trying hard to understand something. According to wikipedia and this paper, the definition of the Rabin acceptance condition involves a set of pairs of states. I've been told that the left ...
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### Decomposition of safety and liveness properties

In Alpern,Schneider 86 is described how to extract the automata that recognize safety and liveness properties from a Buchi automaton $m$. This shows that any property rapresented by a Buchi automaton ...
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### NP-Completeness of Finding Minimum Automaton, in Gold's paper

I have been investigating "learning automatas", and I came across reference to Gold's papers several times: "Complexity Of Automaton Identification From Given Data", and "...
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### Number of minimal DFAs of size at most $m$?

Let $\Sigma$ be an alphabet of size $2$, and consider minimal DFAs whose size is bounded by at most $m$. Let $f(m)$ denote the number of different such minimal DFAs. Can we find a closed-form ...
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### Minimizing residual finite state automata

Residual finite state automata (RFSAs, defined in [DLT02]) are NFAs that have some nice features in common with DFAs. In particular, there is always a canonical minimum sized RFSA for every regular ...
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### Deciding whether DCFG is visibly pushdown

Is the following problem decidable? If so, what's the best algorithm known? Instance: a deterministic pushdown automaton $A$ Question: Does there exist (i) some partition of the alphabet into push, ...
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### Bounds on this Strategy for Separating Words

Question Given binary string $z \in \{0,1\}^n$, let $f(z)$ be the smallest integer $k$ such that there exists a DFA with $k$ states, such that reading $z$ from a specific starting state, we end at a ...
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### Büchi automata with acceptance strategy

The problem Let $A=\langle \Sigma, Q, q_0,F,\Delta\rangle$ be a Büchi automaton, recognizing a language $L\subseteq\Sigma^\omega$. We assume that $A$ has an acceptance strategy in the following sense :...
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### Regular languages accepted by an automaton with at most one transition per letter

I'm interested in the (very restricted) subset of regular languages for which there is an automaton having the following property: for every letter $a$ of the alphabet, the automaton has at most one ...
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### Nominal Tree Languages i.e. with Binders and Infinite Symbols?

I'm wondering if there has been any research done into automata that accept languages of trees that can bind arbitrary variables, and are considered equal under alpha equivalence. I've found so far: ...
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### Deciding whether an arbitrary context-free grammar generates a deterministic push-down automata?

I know that it's undecidable whether an arbitrary context-free grammar is ambiguous, but is it decidable whether that grammar is deterministic? I can't find the answer to this question anywhere on the ...
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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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### Isomorphism of ‘ordered’ DAGs / acyclic semiautomata

I am wondering what is known about the isomorphism problem on ordered DAGs, in particular how to find a canonical representative modulo isomorphism. By ordered I mean that each vertex has a list of ...
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### Reference request: DFA linear-time minimization

What is the most complicated kind of deterministic finite-state automaton that can be minimized in $O(n)$ time? Here’s what I’ve been able to find so far: The acyclic case has been solved. So any ...
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### computing the minimal NFA for a DFA

Many years ago I heard that computing the minimal NFA (nondeterministic finite automaton) from a DFA (deterministic) was an open question, as opposed to the vice versa direction which has been known ...
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### Planarity of planar finite automata intersection

It was shown that any regular language can be specified by planar $\varepsilon$-free nondeterministic finite automaton (Bezáková, Ivona, and Martin Pál. "Planar finite automata."). Is it ...
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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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### 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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### What kind of computational model is the brain? [duplicate]

I was wondering what kind of computational model is the human brain (as it seems superior to a Turing machine). Another thing that should be a separate question, What would be a perfect computer model ...
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### Determining if transducer automaton has two states with intersecting images, without minimizing?

I work (in implementation!) with deterministic finite state automata with input and output; i.e. there are transitions (start state,input letter)$\to$(new state,output letter). Thus every state gives ...
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### Constraints on sliding windows

Let $L\subseteq \Sigma^*$ be a language of finite words and $n>0$ some integer. I would like to know if anything is known on the time and space complexity with respect to $n$ to check for ...
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### Can I show algebraically that this regular expression accepts all binary strings?

The task is to prove that (0+1)* and 0*(1.0*)* are equivalent. 1. http://rubular.com/r/K9Hp9tU6px 2. http://rubular.com/r/N8VpoEcch4 EDIT: Forgot that + was ambiguous here! I want to prove that the ...
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### Weakest model of computation that can typecheck?

What's the weakest (known) model of computation (or smallest language class) that can decide whether a simply-typed lambda calculus program type checks? What about an (explicitly typed) CoC program?
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### 2DFA to 1DFA - Converting two way deterministic finite automata to one way deterministic finite automata

How can I convert a 2DFA to a normal DFA. Is there an algorithm/elegant way to do that ? I've been researching this for a few days but I coundn't find anything. Actually I want to implement that in ...
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### Is there any equation-based method for transforming Büchi-automata to omega-regular language?

I know there exists an equation-based method for transforming finite automata into regular language (or `regular expression'). The main idea is as follows. First we construct a set of equations ...
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### Closure of Recognizable Languages under Kleene Star: Algebraic Proof?

Let $Rec(\Sigma)$ be the class of languages over $\Sigma^*$ recognizable by finite monoids. To show that $Rec(\Sigma)$ is closed under Kleene star, one would usually refer to the equivalence of ...
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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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### Maximum shortest word accepted by pushdown automata

Given a fixed alphabet, consider all deterministic pushdown automata with $n$ states that accept a nonempty language. What is the maximum length of the shortest word accepted by a deterministic ...
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### What is the minimal class of subshifts for which conjugacy is known to be undecidable?

The question of whether two finite one directional shifts are conjugates is known to be decidable. The same question for sofic shifts is famously open. I have seen that some works manage to prove ...
Is there anything known about the problem of incremental emptiness testing for a pushdown automata? Suppose you have a PDA with (up to) $n$ states and transitions, but instead of being given the ...