By Jeffrey Shallit

Meant for graduate scholars and complicated undergraduates in desktop technology, A moment direction in Formal Languages and Automata conception treats themes within the thought of computation now not often coated in a primary path. After a overview of uncomplicated ideas, the e-book covers combinatorics on phrases, average languages, context-free languages, parsing and popularity, Turing machines, and different language sessions. Many subject matters frequently absent from different textbooks, comparable to repetitions in phrases, kingdom complexity, the interchange lemma, 2DPDAs, and the incompressibility procedure, are coated the following. the writer areas specific emphasis at the assets had to signify convinced languages. The ebook additionally encompasses a assorted number of greater than two hundred workouts, feedback for time period initiatives, and learn difficulties that stay open.

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Write w = t j t , where j ≥ 1 and t is a nonempty prefix of t (possibly equal to t). Then w begins and ends with t . Now we turn to a famous equation in words, which might be considered as the noncommutative version of Fermat’s last theorem. 5. 1) holds for strings x, y, z ∈ + and i, j, k ≥ 2 if and only if there exist a word w ∈ + and integers l, m, n ≥ 1 such that x = wl , y = w m , z = w n, with li = mj + nk. Proof. Suppose x = wl , y = w m , and z = wn and li = mj + nk. Then x i = w li = w mj +nk = w mj w nk = y j zk .

The English word antsy has the property that every nontrivial prefix is a valid English word. Can you find a longer English word with this property? 5. What is the smallest class of languages over containing each singleton {a} for a ∈ and closed under the operations of union, intersection, and complement? 6. Give regular expressions for each of the following languages: (a) The set of strings over {a, b, c} in which all the a’s precede all the b’s, which in turn precede all the c’s. (b) The complement of the language in (a).

Thus our original assumption that there is no w ∈ + with x, y, z ∈ w+ is false, and such a w must exist. 5 Repetitions in strings A square is a string of the form xx, such as the English word hotshots. If w is a (finite or infinite) string containing no nonempty subword of this form, then it is said to be squarefree. Note that the string square is squarefree, while the string squarefree is not. It is easy to verify (see Exercise 3) that there are no squarefree strings of length >3 over a two-letter alphabet.