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  • Last Updated : 01 Jun, 2022

Prerequisite – Turing Machine 
A number is represented in binary format in different finite automata. For example, 5 is represented as 101. However, in the case of addition using a Turing machine, unary format is followed. In unary format, a number is represented by either all ones or all zeroes. For example, 5 will be represented by a sequence of five zeroes or five ones: 5 = 1 1 1 1 1 or 5 = 0 0 0 0 0. Lets use zeroes for representation. 

For adding 2 numbers using a Turing machine, both these numbers are given as input to the Turing machine separated by a “c”. 

Examples – (2 + 3) will be given as 0 0 c 0 0 0: 
 

Input  :  0 0 c 0 0 0    // 2 + 3
Output :  0 0 0 0 0      // 5

Input  :  0 0 0 0 c 0 0 0  // 4 + 3
Output :  0 0 0 0 0 0 0    // 7

Approach used – 
Convert a 0 in the first number in to X and then traverse entire input and convert the first blank encountered into 0. Then move towards left ignoring all 0’s and “c”. Come the position just next to X, and repeat the same procedure until the time we get a “c” instead of X on returning. Convert the c into blank and addition is completed. 

Steps – 

Step-1: Convert 0 into X and go to step 2. If symbol is “c” then convert it into blank(B), move right and go to step 6. 

Step-2: Keep ignoring 0’s and move towards right. Ignore “c”, move right and go to step 3. 

Step-3: Keep ignoring 0’s and move towards right. Convert a blank (B) into 0, move left and go to step 4. 

Step-4: Keep ignoring 0’s and move towards left. Ignore “c”, move left and go to step 3. 

Step-5: Keep ignoring 0’s and move towards left. Ignore an X, move right and go to step 1. 

Step-6: End. 

 

 

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