# Return words in Sturmian and episturmian words

Jacques Justin; Laurent Vuillon

RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications (2010)

- Volume: 34, Issue: 5, page 343-356
- ISSN: 0988-3754

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topJustin, Jacques, and Vuillon, Laurent. "Return words in Sturmian and episturmian words." RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications 34.5 (2010): 343-356. <http://eudml.org/doc/222053>.

@article{Justin2010,

abstract = {
Considering each occurrence of a word w in a recurrent
infinite word, we define the set
of return words of w to be the set of all distinct words beginning
with an occurrence of w
and ending exactly just before the next occurrence of w in the infinite
word. We give a simpler proof of the
recent result (of the second author) that an infinite word is Sturmian
if and only if each of its factors has exactly two return words in it.
Then, considering episturmian infinite words, which are a natural
generalization of Sturmian words,
we study the position of the occurrences of any factor
in such infinite words
and we determinate the return words. At last, we apply these results in
order to get a kind of balance property of
episturmian words and to calculate the recurrence function of these
words.
},

author = {Justin, Jacques, Vuillon, Laurent},

journal = {RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications},

keywords = {recurrent infinite word; episturmian words; recurrence function},

language = {eng},

month = {3},

number = {5},

pages = {343-356},

publisher = {EDP Sciences},

title = {Return words in Sturmian and episturmian words},

url = {http://eudml.org/doc/222053},

volume = {34},

year = {2010},

}

TY - JOUR

AU - Justin, Jacques

AU - Vuillon, Laurent

TI - Return words in Sturmian and episturmian words

JO - RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications

DA - 2010/3//

PB - EDP Sciences

VL - 34

IS - 5

SP - 343

EP - 356

AB -
Considering each occurrence of a word w in a recurrent
infinite word, we define the set
of return words of w to be the set of all distinct words beginning
with an occurrence of w
and ending exactly just before the next occurrence of w in the infinite
word. We give a simpler proof of the
recent result (of the second author) that an infinite word is Sturmian
if and only if each of its factors has exactly two return words in it.
Then, considering episturmian infinite words, which are a natural
generalization of Sturmian words,
we study the position of the occurrences of any factor
in such infinite words
and we determinate the return words. At last, we apply these results in
order to get a kind of balance property of
episturmian words and to calculate the recurrence function of these
words.

LA - eng

KW - recurrent infinite word; episturmian words; recurrence function

UR - http://eudml.org/doc/222053

ER -

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