Handbook of Formal Languages: Volume 2. Linear Modeling: by Cristian Calude, Juraj Hromkovič (auth.), Prof. Dr. Grzegorz

By Cristian Calude, Juraj Hromkovič (auth.), Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Rozenberg, Prof. Dr. Arto Salomaa (eds.)

The desire for a entire survey-type exposition on formal languages and comparable mainstream parts of desktop technological know-how has been glaring for a few years. within the early Seventies, while the booklet Formal Languages by means of the second one­ pointed out editor seemed, it was once nonetheless rather possible to put in writing a complete ebook with that name and contain additionally themes of present examine curiosity. this is able to no longer be attainable anymore. A standard-sized ebook on formal languages might both need to remain on a reasonably low point in any other case be really expert and limited to a few slim zone of the sector. The setup turns into tremendously various in a set of contributions, the place the easiest professionals on the earth sign up for forces, each one of them concentrat­ ing on their lonesome parts of specialization. the current three-volume instruction manual constitutes this sort of distinctive assortment. In those 3 volumes we current the present state-of-the-art in formallanguage conception. We have been so much happy with the enthusiastic reaction given to our request for contributions through experts representing a variety of subfields. the necessity for a guide of Formal Languages was once in lots of solutions expressed in numerous methods: as an simply available his­ torical reference, a common resource of data, an total course-aid, and a compact selection of fabric for self-study. we're confident that the ultimate end result will fulfill such quite a few needs.

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20 f(n) = O(g(n» means that there exists a constant c such that for all n. If(n)1 :::: clg(n)l, 14 C. Calude and J. Hromkovic The following two questions: Does the Diophantine equation P = 0 have a solution? Does the Diophantine equation P = 0 have an infinity of solutions? are algorithmically unsolvahle, hut, they have a different degree of unsolvability! If one considers a Diophantine equation with a parameter n, and asks whether or not there is a solution for n = 0,1,2, ... , N - 1, then the N answers to these N questions really constitute only log2 N bits of information, as we can determine which equation has a solution if we know how many of them are solvable.

7 The Church-Turing Thesis The Church~Turing Thesis, a prevailing paradigm in computation theory, states that no realizable computing device can be "globally" more powerful, that is, aside from relative speedups, than a universal Turing machine. It is a thesis, and not a theorem, as it relates an informal notion ~ a realizable computing device ~ to a mathematical notion. Re-phrasing, the Church~Turing Thesis states that the universal Turing machine is an adequate model for discrete computation.

In simple terms, the Church-Turing Thesis was stated as follows: What is humanly computable is computable by a universal Thring machine. Thus, it equates information-processing capabilities of a human being with the "intellectual capacities" of a universal Turing machine. 23 This discussion leads directly to the traditional problem of mind and matter, which exceeds the aim of this paper (see the discussion in [51, 58, 70, 126, 127, 120, 121, 130])j in what follows we shall superficially review this topic in connection with the related question: can computers think?

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