RAIRO-Theor. Inf. Appl.
Volume 42, Number 3, July-September 2008JM'06
|Page(s)||615 - 630|
|Published online||03 June 2008|
Traces of term-automatic graphs
LIAFA, Université Paris Diderot –
Paris 7 & CNRS, France; firstname.lastname@example.org
In formal language theory, many families of languages are defined using either grammars or finite acceptors. For instance, context-sensitive languages are the languages generated by growing grammars, or equivalently those accepted by Turing machines whose work tape's size is proportional to that of their input. A few years ago, a new characterisation of context-sensitive languages as the sets of traces, or path labels, of rational graphs (infinite graphs defined by sets of finite-state transducers) was established. We investigate a similar characterisation in the more general framework of graphs defined by term transducers. In particular, we show that the languages of term-automatic graphs between regular sets of vertices coincide with the languages accepted by alternating linearly bounded Turing machines. As a technical tool, we also introduce an arborescent variant of tiling systems, which provides yet another characterisation of these languages.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 68Q45 / 68Q05
Key words: Languages / infinite automata / terms / tiling systems / complexity.
© EDP Sciences, 2008
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