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Complete problems and universal simulator machines

I'm trying to get straight in my mind the relation between complete problems and universal simulator machines. Some notions of computability have universal machines (Turing-computability) and some ...
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A word anticorrespondence problem

A problem instance is a finite list of 4-tuples $(\alpha_1, u_1, v_1, \beta_1), ..., (\alpha_N, u_N, v_N, \beta_N)$, where $\alpha_i, \beta_i \in X$ come from a finite set, and each $u_i,v_i \in A^*$ ...
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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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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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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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Complexity lower bound for regular languages

Suppose I have a regular language $L$, and I would like to lower-bound the complexity of deciding membership in $L$. Suppose I know that the minimal DFA for $L$ has $N$ states. I would like to claim ...
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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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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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Finite Automata with succinct representation of chains of states

Consider a kind of automata similar to common DFAs or NFAs where it is possible to represent succinctly linear chains of states. In other words, an automaton like this: could be represented in this ...
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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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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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Deciding functionality of transducers over infinite words

Given a finite state transducer defining a rational relation over infinite words, it is known to be decidable whether or not the relation is a function, i.e. whether each infinite input word is ...
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Pumping Lemma over 2 way Automaton

Pumping Lemma essentially implies that for a NFA $N$ having $N_0$ states over a unary language $L_0$ any string belonging to $L_0$ can be obtained by 'pumping' one of the strings that have a length ...
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Characterization of union of DCFLs

We know that DCFL is not closed under the union operation and CFL is closed under union and contains the union of DCFLs. Is there a characterization of finite unions of DCFLs?
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Simplification of weighted NFA

What options does one have for the simplification (meaning reduction in the number of states) of weighted NFA over the probability semiring? From my understanding one can determinize, and then ...
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Chomsky hierarchy for tree structures

I know of the Chomsky hierarchy, which concerns the expressive power of grammars to recognize languages $L \subseteq \Sigma^*$ made of words on an alphabet $\Sigma$. Is there a similar hierarchy for ...
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FSM transducer sequential composition decidability

this is a followup/ sequel to this recent question which was answered, this one presumably significantly harder. consider a deterministic FSM transducer $F$ and its mapping $F(x)$ of an input word $x$....
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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 ...
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Has there been a study of circuits operating on arrays?

Much ink has been spilled studying the theory surrounding computation by combinatorial circuits operating on bits or boolean values - with AND, OR and NOT gates (as those are enough to implement any ...
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Automata model with undecidable (or non-context-sensitive) languages and no $\varepsilon$-transitions.

Adding extensions to automata has always been a fruitful domain. But usually, one wants to add weak capabilities, as undecidability comes quickly into the picture. Take FSM with added stacks. It is ...
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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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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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Why were Finite Automata and Turing Machines created?

It seems the creation of Turing Machines and finite automata were apart by at least 2+ decades. That is TMs don't really reference FAs for their working and vice versa; TMs and FAs were developed ...
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Simplest Machine Model Accepting $L = \{ww^Rw\;|\; w\in \Sigma^*\}$

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite alphabet. A trivial finite automaton can accept the language $L_1 = \{w\;|\;w\in \Sigma^*\}$. A simple pushdown automaton can accept the language $L_2 = \{ww^R\;|;w\in \...
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What is the motivation behind defining Deterministic Looping Automata?

I was wondering about what could possibly be the motivation behind defining the deterministic looping automata? What puzzles me is that they accept a word iff they have a run on it! I believe they ...
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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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When does a set of infixes determine a set of ($\omega$-) words

If a have a set of finite infixes of a specific length, which $\omega$-languages are determined by them, and furthermore, when does a set of infixes determine a $\omega$-word uniquely. For example for ...
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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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Can emptiness of reversal-bounded counter languages be decided in time polynomial to the number of counters?

I was reading this paper, about the complexity of decision problems for reversal bounded counter machines. I got to Theorem 1 on Page 6. The theorem shows that there's a log-space NTM which can ...
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Why may the right hand sides in Chomsky Hierachy type 1 be larger?

I'm shaking my head because of this question, my Prof. didn't explain it. We have linear space limited automata and they have to satisfy for rules a -> b that |a| <= |b|. Why? I would have said, ...
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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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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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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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Emptiness of PDA without constructing the corresponding CFG

The emptiness problem for Context free Grammars(CFG) is well studied. The same holds for the equivalence problem between Pushdown Automata (PDA) and CFGs. Therefore, given a PDA, the straightforward ...
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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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Equivalence problem for one-counter automata

I know that the equivalence problem for deterministic one counter automata is decidable, however does anyone know whether it is decidable for all one counter automata or just the deterministic ones? ...
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Useful equivalence relations on $X^{\ast}$ (like the Nerode and syntactic equivalence relations)

I want to have an overview of all the meaningful equivalence relations defined on $X^{\ast}$, in particular when the languages in question are regular. They typically arise in connection with the ...
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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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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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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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Languages whose Parikh image is recognizable

Let $\Sigma$ be some alphabet, and $p : \Sigma^* \to \mathbb N_0^{|\Sigma|}$ the Parikh map. A formal language $L \subseteq \Sigma^*$ is called a slip-language, if $p(L)$ is a semilinear set. By ...
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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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