Breadth-First Serialisation of Trees and Rational Languages

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  • Victor Marsault
  • Jacques Sakarovitch
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8633)


We present here the notion of breadth-first signature of trees and of prefix-closed languages; and its relationship with numeration system theory. A signature is the serialisation into an infinite word of an ordered infinite tree of finite degree. Using a known construction from numeration system theory, we prove that the signature of (prefix-closed) rational languages are substitutive words and conversely that a special subclass of substitutive words define (prefix-closed) rational languages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Marsault
    • 1
  • Jacques Sakarovitch
    • 1
  1. 1.Telecom-ParisTech and CNRSParisFrance

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