Logic Meets Algebra: the Case of Regular Languages

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Logic Meets Algebra: the Case of Regular Languages
The study of finite automata and regular languages is a privileged meeting point of algebra and logic. Since the work of Büchi, regular languages have been classified according to their descriptive complexity, i.e. the type of logical formalism required to define them. The algebraic point of view on automata is an essential complement of this classification: by providing alternative, algebraic characterizations for the classes, it often yields the only opportunity for the design of algorithms that decide expressibility in some logical fragment. We survey the existing results relating the expressibility of regular languages in logical fragments of MSO[S] with algebraic properties of their minimal automata. In particular, we show that many of the best known results in this area share the same underlying mechanics and rely on a very strong relation between logical substitutions and blockproducts of pseudovarieties of monoid. We also explain the impact of these connections to circuit ...
Pascal Tesson, Denis Thérien
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where CORR
Authors Pascal Tesson, Denis Thérien
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