Minimal cover-automata for finite languages
|Title||Minimal cover-automata for finite languages|
|Author(s)||Cezar Campeanu, Nicolae Santean, S. Yu|
|Journal||Theoretical Computer Science|
|Abstract||A cover-automaton A of a finite language L⊆Σ∗ is a finite deterministic automaton (DFA) that accepts all words in L and possibly other words that are longer than any word in L. A minimal deterministic finite cover automaton (DFCA) of a finite language L usually has a smaller size than a minimal DFA that accept L. Thus, cover automata can be used to reduce the size of the representations of finite languages in practice. In this paper, we describe an efficient algorithm that, for a given DFA accepting a finite language, constructs a minimal deterministic finite cover-automaton of the language. We also give algorithms for the boolean operations on deterministic cover automata, i.e., on the finite languages they represent.|
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