Abelian Primitive Words

  • Michael Domaratzki
  • Narad Rampersad
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6795)


We investigate Abelian primitive words, which are words that are not Abelian powers. We show the set of Abelian primitive words is not context-free. We can determine whether a word is Abelian primitive in linear time. Also different from classical primitive words, we find that a word may have more than one Abelian root. We also consider enumeration of Abelian primitive words.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Domaratzki
    • 1
  • Narad Rampersad
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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