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Automata and Languages: Theory and Applications

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A step-by-step development of the theory of automata, languages and computation. Intended for use as the basis of an introductory course at both junior and senior levels, the text is organized so as to allow the design of various courses based on selected material. It features basic models of computation, formal languages and their properties; computability, decidability and complexity; a discussion of modern trends in the theory of automata and formal languages; design of programming languages, including the ...

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Overview

A step-by-step development of the theory of automata, languages and computation. Intended for use as the basis of an introductory course at both junior and senior levels, the text is organized so as to allow the design of various courses based on selected material. It features basic models of computation, formal languages and their properties; computability, decidability and complexity; a discussion of modern trends in the theory of automata and formal languages; design of programming languages, including the development of a new programming language; and compiler design, including the construction of a complete compiler. Alexander Meduna uses clear definitions, easy-to-follow proofs and helpful examples to make formerly obscure concepts easy to understand. He also includes challenging exercises and programming projects to enhance the reader's comprehension, and many 'real world' illustrations and applications in practical computer science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852330743
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 7/17/2000
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 920
  • Product dimensions: 1.85 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Languages. Formalization of Languages. Expressions and Grammars. Translations. Exercises, Programming Projects. Automata. Conceptualization of Automata. Transducers. Computability. Exercises. Programming Projects. Bibliographic Notes.- REGULAR LANGUAGES: Models for Regular Languages. Regular Expressions. Finite Automata. Finite Automata and Regular Expressions. Exercises. Programming Projects. Properties of Regular Languages. Pumping Lemma. Closure Properties. Decidable Problems. Exercises.- CONTEXT-FREE LANGUAGES: Models for Context-Free Languages. Context-Free Grammars. Pushdown Automata. Pushdown Autmata and Context-Free Grammars. Exercises. Programming Projects. Properties of Context-Free Languages. Pumping Lemma. Closure Properties. Decidable Problems. Exercises. Special Types of Context-Free Languages and Their Models. Deterministic Context-Free Languages. Linear and Regular Grammars. Exercises.- BEYOND CONTEXT-FREE LANGUAGES: Generalized Models. Turing Machines. Two-Pushdown Automata. Unrestricted Grammars. A Hierarchy of Language Families. Exercises. Programming Projects. Bibliographic Notes.- TRANSLATIONS: Finite and Pushdown Transducers. Finite Transducers. Translation Grammars and Pushdown Transducers. Compilers. Exercises. Programming Projects. Turing Transducers. Basic Definitions. Computability. Decidability. Exercises. Programming Projects.- Bibliographic Notes.- Appendix - Mathematical Background.- Bibliography.- Indices.- Index to Special Symbols.- Index to Decision Problems.- Index to Algorithms.- Subject Index.

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