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Are endmarkers necessary for Deterministic Pushdown Automata?

I asked this question here: https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/116758/are-endmarkers-necessary-for-deterministic-pushdown-automata In the book by Kozen (Automata and Computability), the ...
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What does “proven constructions” mean in the context of Finite Automata? [on hold]

I was working out some beginner problems in Automata theory, and have encountered this question: "Using proven constructions automatically generate a DFA which only accepts round trips of even cost"...
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Prove the Stack-Turing Machine is equivalent to the Classic TM

Consider a “Stack-Turing Machine” variant that operates with one infinite tape and one stack. At each step through the tape, the machine reads the input from the current tape location and from the top ...
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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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Where does a C-like language without heaps belong in the automata hierarchy?

Assume that the language C', unlike C, has well-defined semantics, but has similar features: pointers and manual memory management through malloc and free. Assume that C'' is the same as C' without ...
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Information theory for Mathematical Physics [duplicate]

What are some good introductory texts on information theory for someone who is classically trained in mathematical physics? Unfortunately my abilities in computer sciences and formal logic are next ...
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What class of languages is recognized by finite-state automata with $k$ heads?

A DFA or NFA reads through an input string with a single head, moving left-to-right. It seems natural to wonder about finite-state machines that have multiple heads, each of which moves through the ...
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Translation from LTL with Past to LTL

Has it been charaterized the cost of the translation from LTL with Past to LTL? In [Gab89] this translation is assumed to be non elementary and in "Temporal Logic with Past is Exponentially More ...
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Can we have more than one Deterministic Finite Automata diagrams for a set of strings? [closed]

Much like many math equations can be simplified. I am wondering if Deterministic Finite Automata diagrams can equal each other while some may be more simplified than others. I am following the youtube ...
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Are PDAs without ϵ moves and with bounded stack operation as powerful as PDAs with them?

It is known that PDAs without $\epsilon$ moves are as powerful as PDAs with them. However, it seems to me that the proof allows several stack operations in one move. What happens if we allow at most ...
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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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Deterministic Realtime Languages

Book and Greibach (V. Book, Ronald & A. Greibach, Sheila. (1970). Quasi-realtime languages. Theory of Computing Systems. 4. 97-111. 10.1007/BF01705890.) prove that non-deterministic linear time ...
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Language recongized by a “quasi realtime register machine”?

Counter machines are very powerful. Even two counters suffice for making these Turing complete. But, in simulating a Turing machine the counter machine encodes in its integers a large amount of data. ...
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DPDA with parameterized states

I'm considering an extension of Sublime Text's syntax definition format. A syntax definition is, in essence, a specification of a deterministic pushdown automaton. I would like to extend the system to ...
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What is the formal definition of a stacked based finite state machine?

The formal definition of a finite state machine is as follows: A FSM is a quintuple: ($I$, $S$, $S$0, $T$, $F$) $I$ - finite, non-empty input set $S$ - finite, non-empty state set $S$0 - initial state ...
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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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Agnostic query learning for DFAs

Angluin's membership+equivalence query algorithm allows to efficiently and exactly learn a target $n$-state DFA. But what if the target DFA is huge, or the target concept is not even a regular ...
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Turing Machines as Coalgebras

I'm looking to write a survey on the method of representing the dynamics of state-based computation within the framework of coalgebras. So far I've managed to find papers on coalgebra representations ...
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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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A conjecture related to the Cerny conjecture - counterexample/reference request

The Cerny conjecture is the statement that any synchronizing automaton with $n$ states has a synchronizing word of length at most $(n-1)^2$. The best current upper bound for the length of a ...
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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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Compactness of domino tilings

I've read in Lemma 2 of the paper 1 that if every square region of the plane admits a tiling, then the whole plain admits a tiling, but the proof is omitted. This sounds like a compactness property, ...
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Fast sparse boolean matrix chain product

So, I've got about 100-200 very sparse square boolean matrices with side length ~several dozens, and I need to compute their product. I know that if I multiply them serially, the product will usually ...
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Automata learning without counterexamples

In Angluin's automata learning framework, a student aims to learn a regular language $L\subseteq \Sigma^*$ by asking two types of questions to his teacher: Word queries: given $w\in \Sigma^*$, is $w\...
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Continuous mathematics and formal language theory

Whether there are some results on solving formal languages problems using mathematical analysis, continuous mathematics. For example, solving the intersection non-emptiness problem for a context-free ...
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Where does the modern canonical version of the Turing machine come from?

Turing's original 1936 description of his a-machine differs in several respects from the Turing machine I studied at university, leading me to questions: The Turing machine I learned about was ...
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Automata as term rewriting systems

It came to my mind that automata (say to start DFA) can be thought as a special kind of rewriting systems. So if one has a word w , one tries to reduce it to the $\epsilon$ word. In other words ...
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Does a given regular language contain an infinite prefix-free subset?

A set of words over a finite alphabet is prefix-free if there are no two distinct words where one is a prefix of the other. The question is: What is the complexity of checking whether a regular ...
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What notable automaton models have polynomially-decidable containment?

I'm trying to solve a particular problem, and I thought I might be able to solve it using automata theory. I'm wondering, what models of automata have containment decidable in polynomial time? i.e. if ...
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Applications of Christol theorem

I'm looking forward to know about applications of Christol theorem mentioned in Jefrrey Shallit's Number theory and formal languages. One of them is purely algebraic: if $f, g \in \mathbb{F}_q[[z]]$ ...
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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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Are all turing machines paths predictable?

I was recently studying partial solutions to the halting problem and came across the problem which I discuss below. In particular I was studying when it was computable to tell if a turing machine has ...
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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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Question About Turing Machine Computability [closed]

If p is a Turing machine then L(p) = {x | p(x) = yes}. Let A = {p | p is a Turing machine and L(p) is a finite set}. Is A computable? Justify your answer. So I'm trying to figure out how to solve ...
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Given a PDA M such that L(M) is in DCFL construct a DPDA N such that L(N) = L(M)

Is it possible to construct an algorithm which takes as input a pushdown automaton $M$ along with the promise that the language accepted by this automaton $L(M)$ is a deterministic context-free ...
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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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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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Number of equivalence classes in regular languages as a function of DFA size

This question is related to a recent question by Janoma. Background In constraint programming, a regular global constraint $c$ over a domain $D$ is a pair $(s, M)$ with $s$ a tuple of variables (...
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Eilenberg's rational hierarchy of nonrational automata & languages — where is it now?

In the preface to his very influential books Automata, Languages and Machines (Volumes A, B), Samuel Eilenberg tantalizingly promised Volumes C and D dealing with "a hierarchy (called the rational ...
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Can a det. $k$-counter machine ($k \geq 2$) be simulated by a det. $k'$-counter machine using non-$\epsilon$-moves followed by $\epsilon$-moves?

I have a question concerning deterministic $k$-counter machines, for $k \geq 2$. Recall that in this context, the determinism is expressed by the fact that the machine can never face a choice between ...
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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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Where do most REGEX implementations fall on the complexity scale?

Most modern implementations of regular expressions, such as the ones in perl or .NET, go beyond the classical computer science definition of REGEXes with features like lookahead and lookbehind. Do ...
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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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How small can a NFA be, compared to the minimal Unambiguous Finite Automaton (UFA) of the same regular language?

Unambiguous Finite Automatons (UFA) are special type of non-deterministic finite automatons (NFA). A NFA is called unambiguous if every word $w\in \Sigma^*$ has at most one accepting path. This ...
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Example of monoid $M$ such that $\operatorname{RAT}(M) \not\subseteq \operatorname{REC}(M)$

Let $M$ be a monoid, the family of rational sets $\operatorname{RAT}(M)$ is defined as the smallest set containing the finite subsets, and closed under union, concatentaion and the star operation. The ...
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Generalisation of the statement that a monoid recognizes language iff syntactic monoid divides monoid

Let $A$ be a finite alphabet. For a given language $L \subseteq A^{\ast}$ the syntactic monoid $M(L)$ is a well-known notion in formal language theory. Furthermore, a monoid $M$ recognizes a language $...
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“Combining” two mealy machines [closed]

How could you combine two mealy machines, the first one $M_1$ has as input $\sum_{1}^*$ and as output $\sum_{2}^*$, the second machine $M_2$ uses the output $\sum_{2}^*$ as the input and outputs $\...
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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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Prove that L* is a regular language [closed]

Suppose that L is any language , not necessarily regular, whose alphabet is {0}; that is the strings of L consist of 0's only. Prove that L* is regular.