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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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Is the complement of { www | … } context-free?

It is well-known that the complement of $\{ ww \mid w\in \Sigma^*\}$ is context-free. But what about the complement of $\{ www \mid w\in \Sigma^*\}$?
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Are endmarkers necessary for Deterministic Pushdown Automata?

In the book by Kozen (Automata and Computability), the transition function of deterministic pushdown automata (DPDAs) is supposed, in contrast with non-deterministic pushdown automata (NPDAs), 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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Sentences in what kinds of grammar in the Chomsky hierarchy can be parsed by an LSTM of a given size?

Given an LSTM $N$ of a given size $A$, a sentence $S$ with a given number of words $B$, a Chomsky grammar hierarchy level $C$ in 0-3, a Chomsky grammar $G$ of level $C$ of size $D$, A given fixed, ...
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A Context-Sensitive Grammar which cannot be recognised by a Parsing Expression Grammar

It is (currently) an open question of whether every context-free grammar can be recognised by some parsing expression grammar. [1] However, has it been proven that there exists an example of a ...
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Languages that we cannot (dis)prove to be Context-Free

I'm looking for languages which are "probably not Context-Free" but we are not able to (dis)prove it using known standard techniques. Is there a recent survey on the subject or an open problem ...
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Compressing grammars by introducing ambiguity and left-recursion

This is a reference request. What is known about the following questions? Problem: Given a grammar $G$ (for example context-free) with language $L$ we can introduce a new grammar $G'$ which also ...
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Is there an unambiguous grammar that has no left recursion or left factors, but is not in $LL(1)$?

I know that, for a grammar $G$ to belong to $LL(1)$, it is necessary that $G$ is not ambiguous; that is, every sentence has a unique parse tree in $G$. $G$ has no left recursion; that is, we can't ...
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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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For which $R$ is $\{0^a10^b10^c\mid R(a,b,c)\}$ context-free?

Unless I'm mistaken, a language of the form $\{0^a10^b\mid R(a,b)\}$ is context-free if and only if $R$ is a finite union of linear (in)equalities involving integer constants and the variables $a$ and ...
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Is { ww' | HamDist(w,w')>1 } context-free?

After reading the recent question "Is the complement of $\{ www \mid ...\}$ context-free?"; I remembered a similar problem I wasn't able to disprove: Is $L = \{ ww' \mid w,w' \in \{0,1\}^* \land |w|...
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Size of complement of context-free language

Let $L$ be a context-free language, $\bar L$ be its complement and $\bar L_n$ be the length $n$ words in $\bar L_n$. What is known about $|\bar L_n|$? Note that it is known that $|L_n|$ is either ...
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Complexity of a problem over acyclic context-free grammars

Let $G$ be an acyclic, context-free grammar over a fixed alphabet $\Sigma=\{a_1,\dots,a_k\}$ with the restriction (without loss of generality) that $|w|=2$ for each rule $A\to w$ in the grammar. ...
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Does ${\bf CFLPAD}={\bf PPAD}$?

What happens if we define ${\bf PPAD}$ such that instead of a polytime Turing-machine/polysize circuit, a (non-)deterministic finite/push-down automaton encodes the problem? I asked a similar ...
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What is the current state of the art in black-box grammar induction?

Grammar induction of Context Free Languages seems to be a very well researched field. I would like to know the current state of the art in inducing a Context Free Grammar (I am reading up Higuera's ...
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Does there exist an extension of regular expressions that captures the context free languages?

In many papers involving context-free grammars (CFGs), the examples of such grammars presented there often admit easy characterizations of the language they generate. For example: $S \to a a S b$ ...
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Number of words of length n in a context-free language

Denote by $w_n$ the number of words of length $n$ in a (possibly ambiguous) context-free language. What is known about $w_n$? I'm sure this has been studied a lot, but I couldn't find anything at ...
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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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Example of context-free tree language which can not be generated by monadic CFTG

Assuming that a context-free tree language (CFTL) is that which is generated by a context-free tree grammar (CFTG), I am looking for an example of CFTL which can not be generated by a monadic CFTG (...
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Is equivalence of unambiguous context-free languages decidable?

It is well known that the equivalence problem is undecidable for general context-free languages. However, all proofs of this fact that I am aware of seem to involve some ambiguous context-free ...
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What is the interpretation of an infinite formal context-free grammar?

Let $L$ be a language as follows: $$ \begin{align*} L &::= a\ |\ L^{*}\\ \end{align*} $$ Now, suppose I apply some sort of transformation $T : N \rightarrow N$ where $N$ is the set of non-...
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Reducing the Height of Context-Free Grammars

Let $G$ be a context free grammar in Chomsky normal form (CNF) with language $L(G)\subseteq \Sigma^n$. In other words, all strings generate by $G$ have size $n$. Say that a string $w\in L(G)$ has ...
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What is the complexity of counting parse trees?

A Counting Problem Given a CFG $G$ and a string $s$, how many distinct parse trees are there for the string $s$? An Example Instance Let's consider an example instance consisting of a CFG $G$ 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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Is this generalization of context free grammars known and strict?

Let $\Sigma$ be an finite alphabet and $(N, \circ)$ a semigroup. The semigroup operation on $N$ can be extended to $\mathscr{P}(N)$: $N_1 \circ N_2 := \{ \; n_1 \circ n_2 \; | \; n_1 \in N_1, \; n_2 \...
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Are there variants of visibly pushdown automata that allow pushing of words onto the stack?

I'm wondering, are there any papers or research dealing with visibly pushdown automata, but allowing words, rather than single letters, to be pushed onto the stack. Alternately, a construction which ...
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“Context” understanding in tree grammars

The Context-Free tree grammar has rules of the form: $A\rightarrow t$ or $A(x_1,\dots,x_n)\rightarrow t_x$, where $A\in N$, $t\in T(N\cup T)$, $t_x\in T(N\cup T\cup \{x_1,\dots,x_n\})$, $T(Z)$ ...
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Eliminate ambiguity from CFG

CFG here stands for context-free grammar. I understand that: Deciding whether a CFG $G$ is ambiguous is undecidable. Deciding whether a CFL $L$ is inherently ambiguous is undecidable. My question ...
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Show that minimal CFG is undecidable via mapping reduction

Actually the problem below is an exercise in Sipser's textbook (Problem 5.36). However, from my perspective, it is not so trivial so that I post this question on this site instead of CS.SE. The ...
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Is scalable hardware support for LogCFL (= sAC^1) possible?

The (uniform) circuit classes $TC^0$, $NC^1$ and $sAC^1$ seem to lend themselves to efficient hardware implementation. But using an FPGA approach to create the circuits on the fly seems problematic, ...
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Deformation of finite regular languages [closed]

Let $L \subseteq \{0,1\}^n$ be any finite regular language s.t it has an acyclic DFA. Let $C$ be some class of acyclic DFAs. Let $\sigma \in S_n$ be a permutation on $n$ symbols. We can apply $\...
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Permutation phrases with LR parsing

A permutation phrase is an extension to the standard (E)BNF context free grammar definitions: a permutation phrase $\{ A_1, \dots, A_n \}$ contains $n$ productions (or equivalently, nonterminals) $A_1$...
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Investigation of Symbol Minimal Context-Free Grammars for the Language $a^n$

Question Given the language $L_n = \{ a^n \}$ for a natural number $n \geq 2$. Is there a symbol minimal context-free grammar $G$ that generates $L_n$ and contains a rule of the form $A \rightarrow ...
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Why is the Pumping Lemma sometimes called Bar-Hillel's Lemma?

There are several papers in the literature that refer to the Pumping Lemma for context free languages as Bar-Hillel's Lemma (for example, here, here, and on the Wikipedia page). However, the first ...
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Regarding proper form of production rules of Context-free tree grammars

Is it possible to describe Context-free Tree Grammar $G_t$ such that set of yields of its trees will coincide with Context-sensitive word language $a^nb^nc^n$? $\{a^nb^nc^n | n>0\}=\{Yield(t)|t\...
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Compression algorithms for low-complexity strings?

Let $s$ denote a string over a finite alphabet, $n_s = |s|$ be the length of $s$, and $n_s^{*}$ denote the minimum description size of $s$ under a given computational model (TM, CFG, etc.). Are there ...
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Is SAT a context-free language?

I am considering the language of all satisfiable propositional logic formulae, SAT (to ensure that this has a finite alphabet, we would encode propositional letters in some suitable way [edit: the ...
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A reference for a “more algebraic” approach to pushdown automata and CFLs?

In the Sakarovitch's book on automata theory, it is written in the introduction to the section on rationals in the free group that the material presented therein lays "the foundation of a truly ...
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Characterization of $L$ for which $\{ww : w \in L\}$ is not a CFL?

It is a standard proof in automata courses that for $L = \Sigma^\star$ and $|\Sigma| \ge 2$ that $S(L) = \{ww : w \in L\}$ is not a context-free language. It is also true that for any finite $L$, $S(...
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Context-Sensitive Grammar characteristic properties

This question can look like some kind of puzzle, but it is actually part of more complex applied problem. Let's consider subspace of Context-Sensitive Grammars, which contains grammars which can not ...
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Known and described subclasses of Context-Free Grammars class

I'm looking for various researches which consider specific subclasses of Context-Free Grammar class, i.e. some specific described cases, which differ from well-known: deterministic/non-deterministic ...
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Finding smallest context free grammar that generates a set of sets

Are there any results known about the size of smallest context free grammar that generates a set of sets? That is, I am given an alphabet $\Sigma$ as well as a set $S \subseteq \mathbb{P}(\Sigma)$ ...
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Does PEG contain CFG?

Despite their considerable expressive power, all PEGs can be parsed in linear time using a tabular or memoizing parser (8). These properties strongly suggest that CFGs and PEGs define incomparable ...
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In what way are these two context free grammar equal? [closed]

Consider the grammar G1: A->Aα|β G2: A->βX X->αX|ϵ Its was said that these two grammars are equal. Should something like left recursion be removed? In what sense are these equal? Am really ...
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Does there exist a hardest DCFL?

Greibach famously defined a language $H$, the so-called nondeterministic version of $D_2$, such that any CFL is an inverse morphic image of $H$. Does there exist a similar statement with DCFL, ...
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Finding a minimal context free grammar that recognizes a finite set of strings of bounded length

Problem: Given a finite set of strings $\{x_1, x_2, ..., x_n\}$ of length $\ell$ or less from some finite alphabet $\Sigma=\{a_1, a_2, ..., a_k\}$, find the minimal context free grammar that ...
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Why is non-determinism (Push-down automata) necessary?

I would like to know why for the recognition of context-free languages only non-deterministic push-down automata (DPA=NPDA) work. Why do deterministic push-down automata (DPDA) not recognize such ...