Nondeterminism Growth and State Complexity

  • Chris KeelerEmail author
  • Kai Salomaa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11612)


Tree width (respectively, string path width) measures the maximal number of partial (respectively, complete) computations of a nondeterministic finite automaton (NFA) on an input of given length. We study the growth rate of the tree width and string path width measures. As the main result we show that the degree of the polynomial bounding the tree width of an NFA differs by at most one from the degree of the polynomial bounding the string path width. Also we show that for \(m \ge 4\) there exists an m-state NFA with finite string path width such that any equivalent finite tree width NFA needs \(2^{m-2} + 1\) states.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ComputingQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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