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A Deterministic Two-Way Multi-head Finite Automaton Can Be Converted into a Reversible One with the Same Number of Heads

  • Kenichi Morita
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7581)

Abstract

A two-way multi-head finite automaton (MFA) is a variant of a finite automaton consisting of a finite-state control, a finite number of heads that can move in two directions, and a read-only input tape. Here, we show that for any given deterministic MFA we can construct a reversible MFA with the same number of heads that accepts the same language as the former. We then apply this conversion method to a Turing machine. By this, we can obtain, in a simple way, an equivalent reversible Turing machine that is garbage-less, uses the same number of tape symbols, and uses the same amount of the storage tape.

Keywords

multi-head finite automaton reversible computing reversible Turing machine garbage-less computation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenichi Morita
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  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringHiroshima UniversityHigashi-HiroshimaJapan

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