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By Robert N. Moll

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The research of formal languages and of comparable households of automata has lengthy been on the center of theoretical desktop technological know-how. till lately, the most purposes for this centrality have been attached with the specification and analy­ sis of programming languages, which led evidently to the subsequent ques­ tions. How may a grammar be written for this kind of language? How might we cost no matter if a textual content have been or weren't a well-formed software generated by means of that grammar? How may perhaps we parse a application to supply the structural research wanted through a compiler? How might we payment for ambiguity to en­ definite software has a distinct research to be handed to the pc? This concentrate on programming languages has now been broadened by means of the in­ creasing obstacle of laptop scientists with designing interfaces which permit people to speak with desktops in a average language, at the very least pertaining to difficulties in a few well-delimited area of discourse. the required paintings in computational linguistics attracts on reviews either inside of linguistics (the research of human languages) and inside of synthetic intelligence. the current quantity is the 1st textbook to mix the subjects of formal language thought generally taught within the context of application­ ming languages with an creation to concerns in computational linguistics. it's one in every of a sequence, The AKM sequence in Theoretical machine technology, designed to make key mathematical advancements in computing device technology simply available to undergraduate and starting graduate students.

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D PROOF. Exercise 3. 2 1. Prove that the language {ww'lw, w' E {a,b}*, w #- w', Iwl = Iw'l} is context-free. 2. Prove that the language {anbncmln, m > O} is context-free. 3. Prove Theorem 9. 4. For L c X*, define Init(L) = {z E X*lthere is aWE X* and zw E L}. (a) What is Init(L), where L = {a"b"ln > O}? (b) Prove that if L is right-linear, then Init(L) is right-linear. (c) Prove that if L is context-free, then Init(L) is context-free. (d) Does Init(L) = Init(lnit(L»? Prove this claim or give a counterexample.

Let us use the notation a ~ p to indicate that o(p, a) = q in M. Let z behavior on z by writing q = a 1 az ... ak' Then we can trace M's When Izl ~ n, at least n + 1 states must appear in the trace, and so some state, say r, must appear twice. 44 2 Grammars and Machines U a,+! , lead to the same final state of M, and so if uvw E T(M) then we have uvmw E T(M) for all D m~Q 20 Example. The language L = {anbnln ~ O} is not regular. Suppose L were regular. Then L = T(M), where M has k states, and consider akb k.

Then we say ff is closed under 0( if 0((L1' L 2 ) is in ff for every L 1, L z in ff, and that ff is closed under {3 if {3(L) is in ff for every L in L. The central result of this section is the following: 3 Theorem. The family of type i languages is closed under u, " and of i = 0, 1,2,3. * for each The general strategy of the proof will be as follows: We consider one operation at a time. For definiteness, consider concatenation and the contextfree languages. From G1 and Gz we construct a new grammar G.

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