Finiteness and Regularity in Semigroups and Formal Languages

  • Aldo de Luca
  • Stefano Varricchio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Aldo de Luca, Stefano Varricchio
    Pages 1-30
  3. Aldo de Luca, Stefano Varricchio
    Pages 31-76
  4. Aldo de Luca, Stefano Varricchio
    Pages 77-152
  5. Aldo de Luca, Stefano Varricchio
    Pages 153-177
  6. Aldo de Luca, Stefano Varricchio
    Pages 179-194
  7. Aldo de Luca, Stefano Varricchio
    Pages 195-227
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 229-242

About this book


The aim of this monograph is to present some recent research work on the combinatorial aspects of the theory of semigroups which are of great inter­ est for both algebra and theoretical computer science. This research mainly concerns that part of combinatorics of finite and infinite words over a finite alphabet which is usually called the theory of "unavoidable" regularities. The unavoidable regularities ofsufficiently large words over a finite alpha­ bet are very important in the study of finiteness conditions for semigroups. This problem consists in considering conditions which are satisfied by a fi­ nite semigroup and are such as to assure that a semigroup satisfying them is finite. The most natural requirement is that the semigroup is finitely gener­ ated. Ifone supposes that the semigroup is also periodic the study offiniteness conditions for these semigroups (or groups) is called the Burnside problem for semigroups (or groups). There exists an important relationship with the theory of finite automata because, as is well known, a language L over a fi­ nite alphabet is regular (that is, recognizable by a finite automaton) if and only if its syntactic monoid S(L) is finite. Hence, in principle, any finite­ ness condition for semigroups can be translated into a regularity condition for languages. The study of finiteness conditions for periodic languages (Le. , such that the syntactic semigroup is periodic) has been called the Burnside problem for languages.


Monoid algebra combinatorics combinatorics on word combinatorics on words computer science finiteness conditions formal language formal languages language mathematics regularity conditions semigroups theoretical computer science unavoidable regularities

Authors and affiliations

  • Aldo de Luca
    • 1
  • Stefano Varricchio
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di Roma „La Sapienza€RomaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di Roma „Torvergata€RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-63771-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59849-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-2654
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