Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Solving Conjugacy Equation on Languages

Speaker: Benny George K. School of Technology and Computer Science Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Homi Bhabha Road
Date: Friday, 19 Jun 2009 (all day)
Venue: A-212 (STCS Seminar Room)

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Abstract:  XZ=ZY is called the conjugacy equation. Given languages X and Y we are interested in knowing if there exists a non empty language Z which makes this equation true. This problem is undecidable in the general setting. We first look at X being a two element set and Y a three element set and obtain some characterizations for X and Y to be conjugates. We then extend some of those results to the case when Y is a finite set.