EDUCATION HOLE PRESENTS
THEORY OF AUTOMATA & FORMAL LANGUAGES
Unit-IV
2014
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Push Down Automata (PDA).....................................................................................................
Description and definition
Formal Definition
We use standard formal language notation: denotes the set of strings over alp...
a diagram of the pushdown automaton
Pushdown automata differ from finite state machines in two ways:
1. They can use the t...
Working of PDA
The following is the formal description of the PDA which recognizes the language
by final state:
PDA for (b...
The fifth instruction says that in state , for each symbol read, one is popped. Finally, the
sixth instruction says that t...
(iii)
. The final state is accepting, but the input is
not accepted this way as it has not been (completely) read.
Accepta...
(pm+n-1, , ) (q2, y1)
PDA and CFG
Every context-free grammar can be transformed into an equivalent pushdown automaton. The...
{w1cw2cw←1cw←2/w1,w2ε{o,1}∗,|w1|=|w2|}
is not accepted by any f-tape-bounded 1-APDA.
3. For every f with f(n) < n, nondete...
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  1. 1. EDUCATION HOLE PRESENTS THEORY OF AUTOMATA & FORMAL LANGUAGES Unit-IV 2014 WWW.EDHOLE.COM
  2. 2. Push Down Automata (PDA).................................................................................................... 2 Description and definition................................................................................................................3 Formal Definition..................................................................................................................................................3 Operation........................................................................................................................................3 Working of PDA....................................................................................................................... 5 Understanding the computation process..........................................................................................6 Acceptance of a string by PDA................................................................................................. 7 PDA and CFG ........................................................................................................................... 8 Introduction to auxiliary PDA .................................................................................................. 8 Two stack PDA .................................................................................................................................9 Push Down Automata (PDA) The PDA is used in theories about what can be computed by machines. It is more capable than a finite-state machine but less capable than a Turing machine. Because its input can be described with a formal grammar, it can be used in parser design. The deterministic pushdown automaton can handle all deterministic context-free languages while the nondeterministic version can handle all context-free languages. The term "pushdown" refers to the fact that the stack can be regarded as being "pushed down" like a tray dispenser at a cafeteria, since the operations never work on elements other than the top element. A stack automaton, by contrast, does allow access to and operations on deeper elements. Stack automata can recognize a strictly larger set of languages than deterministic pushdown automata. A nested stack automaton allows full access, and also allows stacked values to be entire sub-stacks rather than just single finite symbols.
  3. 3. Description and definition Formal Definition We use standard formal language notation: denotes the set of strings over alphabet and denotes the empty string. A PDA is formally defined as a 7-tuple: where • is a finite set of states • is a finite set which is called the input alphabet • is a finite set which is called the stack alphabet • is a finite subset of , the transition relation. • is the start state • is the initial stack symbol • is the set of accepting states An element is a transition of . It has the intended meaning that , in state , with on the input and with as topmost stack symbol, may read , change the state to , pop , replacing it by pushing . The component of the transition relation is used to formalize that the PDA can either read a letter from the input, or proceed leaving the input untouched. In many texts the transition relation is replaced by an (equivalent) formalization, where • is the transition function, mapping into finite subsets of . Here contains all possible actions in state with on the stack, while reading on the input. One writes for the function precisely when for the relation. Note that finite in this definition is essential. Operation
  4. 4. a diagram of the pushdown automaton Pushdown automata differ from finite state machines in two ways: 1. They can use the top of the stack to decide which transition to take. 2. They can manipulate the stack as part of performing a transition. Pushdown automata choose a transition by indexing a table by input signal, current state, and the symbol at the top of the stack. This means that those three parameters completely determine the transition path that is chosen. Finite state machines just look at the input signal and the current state: they have no stack to work with. Pushdown automata add the stack as a parameter for choice. Pushdown automata can also manipulate the stack, as part of performing a transition. Finite state machines choose a new state, the result of following the transition. The manipulation can be to push a particular symbol to the top of the stack, or to pop off the top of the stack. The automaton can alternatively ignore the stack, and leave it as it is. The choice of manipulation (or no manipulation) is determined by the transition table. Put together: Given an input signal, current state, and stack symbol, the automaton can follow a transition to another state, and optionally manipulate (push or pop) the stack. In general, pushdown automata may have several computations on a given input string, some of which may be halting in accepting configurations. If only one computation exists for all accepted strings, the result is a deterministic pushdown automaton (DPDA) and the language of these strings is a deterministic context-free language. Not all context-free languages are deterministic. As a consequence of the above the DPDA is a strictly weaker variant of the PDA and there exists no algorithm for converting a PDA to an equivalent DPDA, if such a DPDA exists. If we allow a finite automaton access to two stacks instead of just one, we obtain a more powerful device, equivalent in power to a Turing machine. A linear bounded automaton is a device which is more powerful than a pushdown automaton but less so than a Turing machine.
  5. 5. Working of PDA The following is the formal description of the PDA which recognizes the language by final state: PDA for (by final state) , where states: input alphabet: stack alphabet: start state: start stack symbol: accepting states: The transition relation consists of the following six instructions: , , , , , and . In words, the first two instructions say that in state any time the symbol is read, one is pushed onto the stack. Pushing symbol on top of another is formalized as replacing top by (and similarly for pushing symbol on top of a ). The third and fourth instructions say that, at any moment the automaton may move from state to state .
  6. 6. The fifth instruction says that in state , for each symbol read, one is popped. Finally, the sixth instruction says that the machine may move from state to accepting state only when the stack consists of a single . There seems to be no generally used representation for PDA. Here we have depicted the instruction by an edge from state to state labelled by (read ; replace by ). Understanding the computation process accepting computation for The following illustrates how the above PDA computes on different input strings. The subscript from the step symbol is here omitted. (a) Input string = 0011. There are various computations, depending on the moment the move from state to state is made. Only one of these is accepting. (i) . The final state is accepting, but the input is not accepted this way as it has not been read. (ii) . No further steps possible. (iii) . Accepting computation: ends in accepting state, while complete input has been read. (b) Input string = 00111. Again there are various computations. None of these is accepting. (i) . The final state is accepting, but the input is not accepted this way as it has not been read. (ii) . No further steps possible.
  7. 7. (iii) . The final state is accepting, but the input is not accepted this way as it has not been (completely) read. Acceptance of a string by PDA A GPDA is a PDA which writes an entire string of some known length to the stack or removes an entire string from the stack in one step. A GPDA is formally defined as a 6-tuple: where Q, , , q0 and F are defined the same way as a PDA. : is the transition function. Computation rules for a GPDA are the same as a PDA except that the ai+1's and bi+1's are now strings instead of symbols. GPDA's and PDA's are equivalent in that if a language is recognized by a PDA, it is also recognized by a GPDA and vice versa. One can formulate an analytic proof for the equivalence of GPDA's and PDA's using the following simulation: Let (q1, w, x1x2...xm) (q2, y1y2...yn) be a transition of the GPDA where , , , , , . Construct the following transitions for the PDA: (q1, w, x1) (p1, ) (p1, , x2) (p2, ) (pm-1, , xm) (pm, ) (pm, , ) (pm+1, yn) (pm+1, , ) (pm+2, yn-1)
  8. 8. (pm+n-1, , ) (q2, y1) PDA and CFG Every context-free grammar can be transformed into an equivalent pushdown automaton. The derivation process of the grammar is simulated in a leftmost way. Where the grammar rewrites a nonterminal, the PDA takes the topmost nonterminal from its stack and replaces it by the right- hand part of a grammatical rule (expand). Where the grammar generates a terminal symbol, the PDA reads a symbol from input when it is the topmost symbol on the stack (match). In a sense the stack of the PDA contains the unprocessed data of the grammar, corresponding to a pre-order traversal of a derivation tree. Technically, given a context-free grammar, the PDA is constructed as follows. 1. for each rule (expand) 2. for each terminal symbol (match) As a result we obtain a single state pushdown automata, the state here is , accepting the context-free language by empty stack. Its initial stack symbol equals the axiom of the context- free grammar. The converse, finding a grammar for a given PDA, is not that easy. The trick is to code two states of the PDA into the nonterminals of the grammar. Theorem. For each pushdown automaton one may construct a context-free grammar such that Introduction to auxiliary PDA A class of machines called one-way auxiliary pushdown automata, 1-APDA, is introduced. These machines differ from the well-known auxiliary pushdown automata by their input tape, which is one-way only. We restrict ourselves to f-tape-bounded 1-APDA with f(n) ≤ n and investigate some of their properties. In particular, it is shown: 1. log log n is a lower bound for the tape complexity of 1-APDA to accept non-context-free languages, and this is a sharp bound. 2. If f(n) < n, i.e. if lim f(n) / n = O, then
  9. 9. {w1cw2cw←1cw←2/w1,w2ε{o,1}∗,|w1|=|w2|} is not accepted by any f-tape-bounded 1-APDA. 3. For every f with f(n) < n, nondeterministic f-tape-bounded 1-APDA are strictly more powerful than deterministic f-tape-bounded 1-APDA. This is in opposition to (two-way) auxiliary pushdown automata and to f-tape-bounded 1-APDA with f(n) ≥ c.n. Two stack PDA Pushdown automata choose a transition by indexing a table by input signal, current state, and the symbol at the top of the stack. This means that those three parameters completely determine the transition path that is chosen. Finite state machines just look at the input signal and the current state: they have no stack to work with. Pushdown automata add the stack as a parameter for choice. Pushdown automata can also manipulate the stack, as part of performing a transition. Finite state machines choose a new state, the result of following the transition. The manipulation can be to push a particular symbol to the top of the stack, or to pop off the top of the stack. The automaton can alternatively ignore the stack, and leave it as it is. The choice of manipulation (or no manipulation) is determined by the transition table. Put together: Given an input signal, current state, and stack symbol, the automaton can follow a transition to another state, and optionally manipulate (push or pop) the stack. In general pushdown automata may have several computations on a given input string, some of which may be halting in accepting configurations while others are not. Thus we have a model which is technically known as a "nondeterministic pushdown automaton" (NPDA). No determinism means that there may be more than just one transition available to follow, given an input signal, state, and stack symbol. If in every situation only one transition is available as continuation of the computation, then the result is a deterministic pushdown automaton (DPDA), a strictly weaker device. If we allow a finite automaton access to two stacks instead of just one, we obtain a more powerful device, equivalent in power to a Turing machine. A linear bounded automaton is a device which is more powerful than a pushdown automaton but less so than a Turing machine.

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