Automata and Computability: A Programmer's Perspective

1st Edition

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan

Chapman and Hall/CRC
January 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 344 Pages - 114 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138552425 - CAT# K39655

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Summary

Automata and Computability is a class-tested textbook which provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the theory of automata and computation. The author uses illustrations, engaging examples, and historical remarks to make the material interesting and relevant for students. It incorporates modern/handy ideas, such as derivative-based parsing and a Lambda reducer showing the universality of Lambda calculus. The book also shows how to sculpt automata by making the regular language conversion pipeline available through a simple command interface. A Jupyter notebook will accompany the book to feature code, YouTube videos, and other supplements to assist instructors and students.

Features

  • Uses illustrations, engaging examples, and historical remarks to make the material accessible
  • Incorporates modern/handy ideas, such as derivative-based parsing and a Lambda reducer showing the universality of Lambda calculus
  • Shows how to "sculpt" automata by making the regular language conversion pipeline available through simple command interface
  • Uses a mini functional programming (FP) notation consisting of lambdas, maps, filters, and set comprehension (supported in Python) to convey math through PL constructs that are succinct and resemble math
  • Provides all concepts are encoded in a compact Functional Programming code that will tesselate with Latex markup and Jupyter widgets in a document that will accompany the books. Students can run code effortlessly.

 

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