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CFG to PDA Conversion

The first symbol on R.H.S. production must be a terminal symbol. The following steps are used to obtain PDA from CFG is:

Step 1: Convert the given productions of CFG into GNF.

Step 2: The PDA will only have one state {q}.

Step 3: The initial symbol of CFG will be the initial symbol in the PDA.

Step 4: For non-terminal symbol, add the following rule:

Where the production rule is A → α

Step 5: For each terminal symbols, add the following rule:

Example 1:

Convert the following grammar to a PDA that accepts the same language.


The CFG can be first simplified by eliminating unit productions:

Now we will convert this CFG to GNF:

The PDA can be:

R1: δ(q, ε, S) = {(q, 0SX) | (q, 1SY) | (q, ε)}
R2: δ(q, ε, X) = {(q, 1)}
R3: δ(q, ε, Y) = {(q, 0)}
R4: δ(q, 0, 0) = {(q, ε)}
R5: δ(q, 1, 1) = {(q, ε)}

Example 2:

Construct PDA for the given CFG, and test whether 0104 is acceptable by this PDA.


The PDA can be given as:

The production rule δ can be:

R1: δ(q, ε, S) = {(q, 0BB)}
R2: δ(q, ε, B) = {(q, 0S) | (q, 1S) | (q, 0)}
R3: δ(q, 0, 0) = {(q, ε)}
R4: δ(q, 1, 1) = {(q, ε)}

Testing 0104 i.e. 010000 against PDA:

Thus 0104 is accepted by the PDA.

Example 3:

Draw a PDA for the CFG given below:


The PDA can be given as:

The mapping function δ will be:

R1: δ(q, ε, S) = {(q, aSb)}
R2: δ(q, ε, S) = {(q, a) | (q, b) | (q, ε)}
R3: δ(q, a, a) = {(q, ε)}
R4: δ(q, b, b) = {(q, ε)}
R5: δ(q, ε, z0) = {(q, ε)}

Simulation: Consider the string aaabb

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