An Introduction To Formal Languages And Automata / Edition 4

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Fully revised, the new Fourth Edition of An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata provides an accessible, student-friendly presentation of all material essential to an introductory Theory of Computation course. The text was designed to familiarize students with the foundations and principles of computer science and to strengthen the students' ability to carry out formal and rigorous mathematical arguments. In the new Fourth Edition, author Peter Linz has offered a straightforward, uncomplicated treatment of formal languages and automata and avoids excessive mathematical detail so that students may focus on and understand the underlying principles. In an effort to further the accessibility and comprehension of the text, the author has added new illustrative examples throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763737986
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 2/17/2006
  • Edition description: 4E
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 415
  • Sales rank: 1,284,093
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Theory of Computation 1
2 Finite Automata 37
3 Regular Languages and Regular Grammars 73
4 Properties of Regular Languages 101
5 Context-Free Languages 129
6 Simplification of Context-Free Grammars and Normal Forms 155
7 Pushdown Automata 181
8 Properties of Context-Free Languages 211
9 Turing Machines 229
10 Other Models of Turing Machines 257
11 A Hierarchy of Formal Languages and Automata 285
12 Limits of Algorithmic Computation 311
13 Other Models of Computation 337
14 An Introduction to Computational Complexity 257
References for Further Reading 372
Index 373
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    Not good at all unless you already know the subject matter

    This is one of the worst text books that I have used. It gives large amounts of problems to solve, but provides few examples that adequately help the user to solve those problems. It makes references, in examples, to exercises that it assumes you have completed. It doesn't provide many answers to these exercises, either. I would estimate about 10%, and the exercises referred to by the text are usually not part of this 10%. The book does not go into great detail in illustrating a point. I suppose it would be a good reference for someone who already understands the subject matter. For new students, this book is definitely not recommended.

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