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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.
|1||Introduction to the Theory of Computation||1|
|3||Regular Languages and Regular Grammars||73|
|4||Properties of Regular Languages||101|
|6||Simplification of Context-Free Grammars and Normal Forms||155|
|8||Properties of Context-Free Languages||211|
|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|
Posted November 19, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2009
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