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Finite Automata

  • Finite automata are used to recognize patterns.
  • It takes the string of symbol as input and changes its state accordingly. When the desired symbol is found, then the transition occurs.
  • At the time of transition, the automata can either move to the next state or stay in the same state.
  • Finite automata have two states, Accept state or Reject state. When the input string is processed successfully, and the automata reached its final state, then it will accept.

Formal Definition of FA

A finite automaton is a collection of 5-tuple (Q, ∑, δ, q0, F), where:

Finite Automata Model:

Finite automata can be represented by input tape and finite control.

Input tape: It is a linear tape having some number of cells. Each input symbol is placed in each cell.

Finite control: The finite control decides the next state on receiving particular input from input tape. The tape reader reads the cells one by one from left to right, and at a time only one input symbol is read.

Finite Automata

Types of Automata:

There are two types of finite automata:

  1. DFA(deterministic finite automata)
  2. NFA(non-deterministic finite automata)
Finite Automata

1. DFA

DFA refers to deterministic finite automata. Deterministic refers to the uniqueness of the computation. In the DFA, the machine goes to one state only for a particular input character. DFA does not accept the null move.

2. NFA

NFA stands for non-deterministic finite automata. It is used to transmit any number of states for a particular input. It can accept the null move.

Some important points about DFA and NFA:

  1. Every DFA is NFA, but NFA is not DFA.
  2. There can be multiple final states in both NFA and DFA.
  3. DFA is used in Lexical Analysis in Compiler.
  4. NFA is more of a theoretical concept.

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