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Hierarchies of piecewise testable languages

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KLÍMA Ondřej POLÁK Libor

Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science
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Faculty of Science

Field General mathematics
Keywords varieties of languages; piecewise testable languages; syntactic monoid
Description The classes of languages which are Boolean combinations of languages of the form A*(a1)A*(a2)A*... A*(am)A*, where a1,...,am are letters, with k>m, for a fixed k > 0, form a natural hierarchy within piecewise testable languages and have been studied by Simon, Blanchet-Sadri, Volkov and others. The main issues were the existence of finite bases of identities for the corresponding pseudovarieties of monoids and monoids generating these pseudovarieties. Here we deal with similar questions concerning the finite unions and positive Boolean combinations of the languages of the form above. In the first case the corresponding pseudovarieties are given by a single identity, in the second case there are finite bases for k equals to 1 and 2 and there is no finite basis for k >3 (the case k = 3 remains open). All the pseudovarieties are generated by a single algebraic structure.
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