Theory of Computation

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Prof. Raghunath Tewari

IIT Kanpur

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This is an introductory course on Theory of Computation intended for undergraduate students in computer science. In this course we will introduce various models of computation and study their power and limitations. We will also explore the properties of the corresponding language classes defined by these models and the relations between them. We will assume the student is comfortable in analytical reasoning and has preferably done a course on Data Structures and Algorithms.


Computer Science undergraduate students.


It is recommended that the candidate has done a course in Data Structures and Algorithms.


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Raghunath Tewari is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. His research interests lie in the areas of computational complexity theory, algorithms and graph theory.

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Course Details

Week 1:  Finite Automata – deterministic and nondeterministic, regular operations
Week 2:  Regular Expression, Equivalence of DFA, NFA and REs, closure properties
Week 3:  Non regular languages and pumping lemma, DFA Minimization,
Week 4:  CFGs, Chomsky Normal Form
Week 5:  Non CFLs and pumping lemma for CFLs, PDAs,  Equivalence of PDA and CFG
Week 6:  Properties of CFLs, DCFLs, Turing Machines and its variants
Week 7:  Configuration graph, closure properties of decidable languages, decidability properties of regular languages and CFLs
Week 8:  Undecidability, reductions, Rice’s Theorem, introduction to complexity theory

Books and References

Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Michael Sipser

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  1. akash patil

    well teching skills

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