A Lower Bound For Reversible Automata

Pierre-Cyrille Héam

RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications (2010)

  • Volume: 34, Issue: 5, page 331-341
  • ISSN: 0988-3754

Abstract

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A reversible automaton is a finite automaton in which each letter induces a partial one-to-one map from the set of states into itself. We solve the following problem proposed by Pin. Given an alphabet A, does there exist a sequence of languages Kn on A which can be accepted by a reversible automaton, and such that the number of states of the minimal automaton of Kn is in O(n), while the minimal number of states of a reversible automaton accepting Kn is in O(ρn) for some ρ > 1? We give such an example with ρ = 9 8 1 12 .

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Héam, Pierre-Cyrille. "A Lower Bound For Reversible Automata." RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications 34.5 (2010): 331-341. <http://eudml.org/doc/221965>.

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