NPDA for accepting the language L = {aibjckdl | i==k or j==l,i>=1,j>=1}

Prerequisite – Pushdown automata, Pushdown automata acceptance by final state
Problem – Design a non deterministic PDA for accepting the language L = {a^i b^j c^k d^l : i==k or j==l, i>=1, j>=1}, i.e.,

L = {abcd, aabccd, aaabcccd, abbcdd, aabbccdd, aabbbccddd, ......} 

In each string, the number of a’s are followed by any number of b’s and b’s are followed by the number of c’s equal to the number of a’s and c’s are followed by number of d’s equal number of b’s.

Explanation –
Here, we need to maintain the order of a’s, b’s, c’s and d’s.That is, all the a’s are are coming first then all the b’s are coming and then all the c’s are are coming then all the d’s are coming . Thus, we need a stack along with the state diagram. The count of a’s and b’s is maintained by the stack.We will take 2 stack alphabets:

\Gamma = { a, b, c, d, z } 

Where,
\Gamma = set of all the stack alphabet
z = stack start symbol

Approach used in the construction of PDA –
In designing a NPDA, for every a’, ‘b’, ‘c’ and ‘d’ will comes in proper order.



  • For i==k : Whenever ‘a’ comes, push it in stack and if ‘a’ comes again then also push it in the stack.After that, if ‘b’ comes not do any operation. After that, when ‘c’ comes then pop ‘a’ from the stack each time.After that, if ‘d’ comes not do any operation.
  • For j==l : Whenever ‘a’ comes, not do any operation.After that, if ‘b’ comes push it in stack and if ‘b’ comes again then also push it in the stack. After that, when ‘c’ comes not do any operation.After that, if ‘d’ comes then pop ‘b’ from the stack each time.

So that the stack becomes empty.If stack is empty then we can say that the string is accepted by the PDA.

Stack transition functions –

\delta(q0, a, z) \vdash (q1, az)
\delta(q0, a, z) \vdash (q3, z)
\delta(q1, a, a) \vdash (q1, aa)
\delta(q1, b, a) \vdash (q1, a)
\delta(q1, c, a) \vdash (q2, \epsilon) 
\delta(q2, c, a) \vdash (q2, \epsilon) 
\delta(q2, d, \epsilon ) \vdash (q2, \epsilon) 
\delta(q2, \epsilon, z) \vdash (qf1, z)   
\delta(q3 a, z) \vdash (q3, z)
\delta(q3 b, z) \vdash (q3, bz)
\delta(q3 b, b) \vdash (q3, bb)
\delta(q3 c, b) \vdash (q3, b)
\delta(q3, d, b) \vdash (q4, \epsilon) 
\delta(q4, d, b) \vdash (q4, \epsilon) 
\delta(q4, \epsilon, z) \vdash (qf2, z)   

Where, q0 = Initial state
qf1, qf2 = Final state
\epsilon = indicates pop operation

So, this is our required non deterministic PDA for accepting the language L ={a^i b^j c^k d^l : i==k or j==l, i>=1, j>=1}.



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