One-Way Bounded-Error Probabilistic Pushdown Automata and Kolmogorov Complexity

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  • Tomoyuki YamakamiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10396)


One-way probabilistic pushdown automata (or ppda’s) are a simple model of randomized computation with last-in first-out memory device known as stacks and, when error probabilities are bounded away from 1 / 2, ppda’s can characterize a family of bounded-error probabilistic context-free languages (BPCFL). We resolve a fundamental question raised by Hromkovič and Schnitger [Inf. Comput. 208 (2010) 982–995] concerning the limitation of the language recognition power of bounded-error ppda’s. More specifically, we prove that a well-known language—the set of palindromes—cannot be recognized by any bounded-error ppda; in other words, this language stays outside of BPCFL. Furthermore, we show that, with bounded-error probability, no ppda can determine whether the center bit of input string is 1 (one). For those impossibility results, we utilize a complexity measure of algorithmic information known as Kolmogorov complexity. In our proofs, we first transform ppda’s into an ideal shape and then lead to a key lemma by employing a Kolmogorov complexity argument.


Probabilistic pushdown automata Bounded error probability BPCFL Palindromes Kolmogorov complexity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of FukuiFukuiJapan

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