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Formal languages, automata, computability, and related matters form the major part of the theory of computation. This textbook is designed for an introductory course for computer science and computer engineering majors who have knowledge of some higher-level programming language, the fundamentals of data structures and algorithms, and discrete mathematics (including set theory, functions, relations, logic, and mathematical reasoning). Linz (U. of California, Davis) gives the motivation for proofs rather than their mathematical detail, focusing rather on the underlying principles as illustrated by examples. A sampling of topics covered includes finite and pushdown automata, regular and context-free languages and grammars, turing machines, and algorithmic and other models of computation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780669173420
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 373

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 1, 2002

    Utterly Disappointing

    How this book was written is confusing. I am taking it in a class and usually when the teacher baffles me I turn to the book and learn by examples. The examples skip steps and are confusing with abstract symbols. Hardly any of the exercises follow the examples. On top of it all, the author is so triumphant about how an example is solved so easily that he never looks back to see all the other readers tripped and fallen. I have taken C++, Java, VB and discrete math and I still can't grasp how to understand this book. I finally got fed up and thought I would warn others. Caution: Stay away from the Pumping Lemma chapter.

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