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Module 20

- NFA’s with l-transitions
- NFA-l’s
- Formal definition
- Simplifies construction
- LNFA-l
- Showing LNFA-l is a subset of LNFA (extra credit)
- and therefore a subset of LFSA

Change: l-transitions

- We now allow an NFA M to change state without reading input
- That is, we add the following categories of transitions to d
- d(q,l) is allowed

M accepts string x if one of the configurations reached is an accepting configuration

(q0, x) |-* (f, l),f e A

M rejects string x if all configurations reached are either not halting configurations or are rejecting configurations

L(M) or Y(M)

N(M)

LNFA-l

Language L is in language class LNFA-l iff

Defining L(M) and LNFA-l *LNFA-l subset LFSA

- Recap of what we already know
- Let M be any NFA
- There exists an algorithm A1 which constructs an FSA M’ such that L(M’) = L(M)
- New goal
- Let M be any NFA-l
- There exists an algorithm A2 which constructs an FSA M’ such that L(M’) = L(M)

Visualization

- Goal
- Let M be any NFA-l
- There exists an algorithm A2 which constructs an FSA M’ such that L(M’) = L(M)

NFA-l M

FSA M’

M1

NFA-l M

A2

FSA M’

A2’

A1

NFA-l M

FSA M’

Algorithm A2

Modified Goal- Question
- Can we use any existing algorithms to simplify the task of developing algorithm A2?
- Yes, we can use algorithm A1 which converts an NFA M1 into an FSA M’ such that L(M’) = L(M1)

A2’

NFA M1

New Goal (extra credit)- Difficulty
- NFA-l M can make transitions on l
- How can the NFA M1 simulate these l-transitions?

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A2’

NFA M1

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Basic Idea- For each state q of M and each character a of S, figure out which states are reachable from q taking any number of l-transitions and exactly one transition on that character a.
- In the NFA-d M1, directly connect q to each of these states using an arc labeled with a.

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Input NFA-l M = (Q, S, q0, d, A)

Output NFA M1 = (Q1, S1, q1, d1, A1)

What is Q1?

Q1 = Q

In this case, Q1 = {1,2,3,4,5,6}

What is S1?

S1 = S

In this case, S1 = S = {a,b}

What is q1?

We always make q1 = q0

In this case q1 = 1

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ConstructionInput NFA-l M = (Q, S, q0, d, A)More on this later

Output NFA M1 = (Q1, S1, q1, d1, A1)

What is d1?

d1(q,a) = the set of states reachable from state q in M taking any number of l-transitions and exactly one transition on the character a

In this case

d1(1,a) = {}

d1(1,b) = {3,4,5}

What is A1?

A1 = A with one minor change

If an accepting state is reachable from q0 using only l-transitions, then we make q1 an element of A1

In this case, using only l-transitions, no accepting state is reachable from q0, so A1 = A

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Constructiond1(q,a) = the set of states reachable from state q in M taking 0 or more l-transitions and exactly one transition on the character a

Break this down into three steps

First compute all states reachable from q using 0 or more l-transitions

We call this set of states L(q)

Next, compute all states reachable from any element of L(q) using the character a

We can denote these states as d(L(q),a)

Finally, compute all states reachable from states in d(L(q),a) using 0 or more l-transitions

We denote these states as L(d(L(q),a))

This is the desired answer

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Computing d1(q,a)d1(1,b) = {3,4,5}

Compute L(1), all states reachable from state 1 using 0 or more l-transitions

L(1) = {1,2}

Compute d(L(q),b), all states reachable from any element L(1) of using the character b:

d(L(q),b) = d({1,2},b)

= d(1,b) U d(2,b)

= {} U {3} = {3}

Compute L(d(L(q),a)), all states reachable from states in d(L(q),a) using 0 or more l-transitions

L(d(L(q),a)) = L(3)

= {3,4,5}

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ExampleComments

- For extra credit, you should be able to execute this algorithm
- Convert any NFA-l into an equivalent NFA.
- For extra credit, you should understand the idea behind this algorithm
- Why the transition function is computed the way it is
- Why A1 may need to include q1 in some cases
- You should understand the importance of this algorithm
- Compiler role again
- Use in combination with previous algorithm for converting any NFA into an equivalent FSA to create a new algorithm for converting any NFA-l into an equivalent FSA

LNFA-l = LFSA

- Implications
- Let us primarily use the term LFSA to refer to this language class
- Given a language L is in LFSA
- We know there exists an FSA M s.t. L(M) = L
- We know there exists an NFA M s.t. L(M) = L
- To show a language L is in LFSA
- Show there exists an FSA M s.t. L(M) = L
- Show there exists an NFA-l M s.t. L(M) = L

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