Introduction to Languages and the Theory of Computation

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February 2, 2010


Mixed media product, 448 pages


0073191469 / 9780073191461


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Main description

Introduction to Languages and the Theory of Computation helps students make the connection between the practice of computing and an understanding of the profound ideas that defines it. The book's organization and the author's ability to explain complex topics clearly make this introduction to the theory of computation an excellent resource for a broad range of upper level students. The author has learned through many years of teaching that the best way to present theoretical concepts is to take advantage of the precision and clarity of mathematical language. In a way that is accessible to students still learning this language, he presents the necessary mathematical tools gently and gradually which provides discussion and examples that make the language intelligible.

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Mathematical Tools and Techniques Chapter 2: Finite Automata and the Languages They Accept Chapter 3: Regular Expressions, Nondeterminism, and Kleene's Theorem Chapter 4: Context-Free Languages Chapter 5: Pushdown Automata Chapter 6: Context-Free and Non-Context-Free Languages Chapter 7: Turing Machines Chapter 8: Recursively Enumerable Languages Chapter 9: Undecidable Problems Chapter 10: Computable Functions Chapter 11: Introduction to Computational Complexity Index

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