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

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Is there a non Turing-complete model of computation whose halting problem is undecidable?

I cannot think of any such model, maybe some form of typed lambda calculus? some elementary cellular automaton? This would almost disprove Wolfram's "Principle of Computational Equivalence": ...
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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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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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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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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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Who introduced nondeterministic M-automata, and proved that the finite ones recognize the rational sets over M?

Let $M$ be a monoid. The family $\operatorname{RAT}(M)$ of rational sets over $M$ is defined inductively: If $L$ is a finite subset of $M$, then $L\in\operatorname{RAT}(M)$. If $K,L\in\operatorname{...
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Decidability of membership in the fixed point of a rational relation

Given a finite alphabet $\Sigma$, a non-deterministic finite-state transducer representing rational a relation $T \subseteq \wp(\Sigma^* \times \Sigma^*)$, a finite state machine representing a ...
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Is the Chomsky-hierarchy outdated?

The Chomsky(–Schützenberger) hierarchy is used in textbooks of theoretical computer science, but it obviously only covers a very small fraction of formal languages (REG, CFL, CSL, RE) compared to the ...
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Separating lists of words

There is an open problem in formal languages known as the Separating Problem; which is briefly stated as given two distinct strings of length $n$, how large of a DFA is required to "separate" them, ...
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When does automaton stay unchanged after string homomorphism?

Suppose we have a string homomorphism $\varphi: \Sigma \rightarrow \Sigma^*$. Consider the languages in $\varphi(\Sigma^*)$ whose letters are elements of $\varphi(\Sigma)$, so here I do not want to ...
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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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Finite state transducer with infinitary outputs or without emphasis on acceptance?

1) Is there a notion of (deterministic) finite state transducer (FST) that allows the possibility of producing an infinite stream of output symbols? In other words, one where the transduction ...
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Deciding emptiness of intersection of regular languages in subquadratic time

Let $L_1,L_2$ be two regular languages given by NFAs $M_1,M_2$ as input. Assume we would like to check whether $L_1\cap L_2\neq \emptyset$. This can clearly be done by a quadratic algorithm which ...
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Conjecture about two counters automata

I would like to prove (or disprove) the following conjecture: Conjecture: a two counter automata (2CA) cannot decide the following language: $L = \{ n \mid $ the ternary and binary representations ...
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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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computing maximal bit density over a FSM

let $L$ be a regular language defined by a FSM over binary symbols $\{0,1\}$. consider a function $f(x)$ on words/ strings that computes "bit density", defined as the number of $1$'s in a word ("...
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Extensional characterization of non-deterministic finite state transductions

I recently became aware of the rather appealing characterization of deterministic word-to-word transductions as word functions with bounded variation (see e.g. [1]). This coincides with the set of ...
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What is the importance of linear languages?

What is the point of linear languages? They appear to be an intermediate set of languages in between regular and context-free languages, but do they have any useful or nice properties that either have ...
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DFA intersection algorithm for special cases

I'm interested in efficient algorithms for DFA intersection for special cases. Namely, when the DFAs to intersect obey a certain structure and/or operates on limited alphabet. Is there any source ...
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Minimizing Automata accepting $\omega$-words (i.e. infinite words)

What is the standard approach on minimizing Büchi-Automata (or also Müller-Automata)? Transfering the usual technique from finite words, i.e. setting two states to be equal if the words "running out" ...
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Alternating tree automata for arbitrary arity tree

Could alternating tree automata be used for recognizing set (language) of arbitrary-arity trees? More specifically, as an example: let $\Sigma = \{a,b,c\}$ - labels for tree nodes. Trees from $T$ ...
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Pseudorandom generator for finite automata

Let $d$ be a constant. How can we provably construct a pseudorandom generator that fools $d$-state finite automata? Here, a $d$-state finite automata has $d$ nodes, a start node, a set of nodes ...
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What is the worst-case runtime complexity to transform a NFA to DFA via Rabin-Scott's power set construction?

What is the worst-case runtime complexity to transform a NFA to DFA via Rabin-Scott's power set construction? Why? Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powerset_construction states that the worst-...
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Closure properties of deterministic context-sensitive languages

There does seem to be a lot of information regarding the closure properties of both deterministic context-free and nondeterministic context-sensitive languages. However, the literature is almost mute ...
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Can real-time deterministic multicounter automata recognize the marked palindrome language?

Consider the marked palindrome language which is defined as MPAL=$\{ w\#w^r | w \in \{a,b\}^* \}$. It is easy to recognize MPAL using only a single stack. My question is whether MPAL can be ...
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Automata and a kind of pumping lemma on state transition function

We encountered this question as an exercise in a Büchi automata book a couple of decades ago, and back then gave a few tries thinking that it should be easy. But haven't seen a solution. My ...
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How to XOR automata? [closed]

Say we have 3 DFAs. We know how to OR, AND, or NOT them. But how does one XOR them? There is not one single mention of this online. x XOR y XOR z = ((x|y)(~x|y)|z) (~((x|y)(~x|y))|z). This is way too ...
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Can multipebble automata decide all deterministic context-sensitive languages?

A MPA (multipebble automaton) is a 2DFA (two-way deterministic finite automaton) that can use arbitrary number of pebbles (actually at most $ |w|+2 $ pebbles on a given input $ w $ - the input is ...
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Does XOR automata (NXA) for finite languages benefit from cycles?

A non-deterministic Xor automata (NXA) is syntactically an NFA, but a word is said to be accepted by NXA if it has an odd number of accepting paths (instead of at least one accepting path in the NFA ...
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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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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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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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Example of a $U^\omega$ that is not Deterministic Büchi recognizable

Is there a regular language $U$, for which $U^\omega$ is not a Deterministic Büchi recognizable language. I have been thinking over it for some time, but have been unable to come up with an example.
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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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Bounds on the size of the smallest NFA for L_k-distinct

Consider the language $L_{k-distinct}$ consisting of all $k$-letter strings over $\Sigma$ such that no two letters are equal: $$ L_{k-distinct} :=\{w = \sigma_1\sigma_2...\sigma_k \mid \forall i\in[k]...
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A tool for minimal NFA computation

It is well known that minimizing an NFA for a fixed regular language is $PSPACE-Complete$. As far as I know, there are no better than trivial algorithms for minimizing such NFA, but there's a little ...
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Inverse of transducer compositions

Consider a Generalized Sequential Machine (GSM; or nearly equivalently -- an FSM transducer). These machines are closed under compositions. A composition of two GSMs $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ can be written ...
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Can one-way alternating automata with one-counter recognize some unary non-regular languages?

One-way alternating pushdown automata (1APDA) can recognize any language in $ DTIME(2^{O(n)}) $ (Alternation by Chandra, Kozen, and Stockmeyer, 1981). By replacing a pushdown storage of a 1APDA with a ...