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2 The nonregular set {palindromes over {a, b}*} = {:c E {a, b} * I :c = rev:c} is a CFL generated through the grammar S --+ aSa I bSb I a I b I e. the 1st productions generate any variety of balanced a's or b's on the outer ends of the string, operating from the surface in. The final 3 productions are used to complete the derivation. The productions S --+ a and S --+ b are used to generate an odd-length palindrome with an a or b, respectively, because the heart image; and the creation S --+ e is used to generate an even-length palindrome. zero historic Notes Context-free grammars and languages have been brought via Chomsky [17, 18, 201, even though they have been foreshadowed via the structures of put up [1001 and Markov [83]. Backus-Naur shape was once used to specify the syntax of programming languages by means of Backus [7] and Naur [93]. Lecture 20 Balanced Parentheses Intuitively, a string of parentheses is balanced if each one left parenthesis has an identical correct parenthesis and the matched pairs are good nested. The set PAREN of balanced strings of parentheses [ ] is the prototypical contextfree language and performs a pivotal position within the concept of CFLs. The set PAREN is generated via the grammar S -+ [S] I SS I f. this isn't seen, so let's provide an evidence. First we want a proper characterization of balanced. to prevent complicated notation, we are going to use = the variety of left parentheses in x, R(x) ~f #] (x) = the variety of correct parentheses in x. L(x) ~f #[(x) we are going to outline a string x of parentheses to be balanced if and provided that (i) L(x) = R(x), and (li) for all prefixes y of x, L(y) ~ R(y). (Recall prefix of x is a string y such that x = yz for a few z. ) to work out that this definition effectively captures the intuitive suggestion of balanced, observe that estate (i) says that there needs to be an identical variety of left 136 Lecture 20 parentheses as correct parentheses, which needs to definitely be precise if x is balanced; and estate (ii) says that for any manner of partitioning x into yz, there can't be extra correct parentheses in y than left parentheses, simply because correct parentheses can purely fit left parentheses to the left of them. hence (i) and (ii) are definitely valuable stipulations for a string to be balanced. to work out that they're adequate, draw the graph of the functionality L(y) - R(y) as y levels over prefixes of x: 4----------~~--~---------------------------------3--------~----~--~~--_,~--------~-------------- 2 ----~r_----------------~----~----_r----~----~~---- 1 ---r----------------------------~~----------~----~- OL-------------------------------------------------~ [[ [[] []] []] [[]] ]] estate (i) says that the graph ends with worth zero (Le. , L(x) - R(x) = 0), and (ii) says that it by no means dips lower than zero at the manner throughout. H the graph satisfies those homes, then given any parenthesis within the string, you will see the matching parenthesis via capturing upward and ricocheting off the graph two times. [ [] [ []] []] [[] [ ] ] therefore we are going to take (i) and (ii) as our formal definition of balanced strings of parentheses and end up that the given grammar generates precisely the set of such strings, not more and no much less.