Compute the regular expression, Mathematics

1. Consider the following context free grammar G with start symbol S (we write E for the empty string, epsilon):

S ---> bB | aSS

A ---> aB | bAA

B ---> E | bA | aS

a. Describe L(G), i.e. complete the following definition: L(G) = { w ∈ {a, b}* | ...

b. Show that G is ambiguous.

2. Give a context free grammar for regular expressions over the alphabet Σ = {0, 1}.

Use the definition of a regular expression given on page 64 of the text.

3. Let L1 and L2 be regular languages and let L = {xy | x ∈ L1 and y ∈ L2 and |x| = |y|}.

a. Is L regular? Answer clearly YES or NO and justify/prove your answer.

b. Is L context free? Answer clearly YES or NO and justify/prove your answer.

4. Let L = {w ∈ {0, 1}* | (the number of 0's in w) mod 3 = 2}. Give a state diagram in the style of the text for a TM that recognizes, but does not decide, L.

5. Turing machines can be considered computers of functions and not just accepters of strings. The function parameter or input is what is written on the tape when the TM starts and its value or output is what is written on the tape when it halts. If it does not halt, the function it computes is not defined for that particular parameter.

Consider the function f(n) = 8n + 5. Assume that n is written on the tape in binary (just 0's and 1's, perhaps with leading 0's) and that the value computed is also written in binary. We don't care whether the value computed has unnecessary leading 0's or not. All numbers are considered unsigned.

Describe at a high level a TM to compute this function.

6. Let L = { | R is a regular expression describing a language that contains at least one string with the substring 111}.

Show that L is decidable.

Questions are shown in the order received.

1. Q: Should here be a * after the {0, 1} in question 2?

A: No. S is an alphabet, not a language. When we speak of a string over S that is the same as saying a string in S*

2. Q: In question 3, does "the number of 0's in w mod 3 = 2" mean you count the 0's in the string and mod that number by 3?

A: Yes. I've now put parentheses around part of it to make it clear; as in: (the number of 0's in w) mod 3

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