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an operation on binary strings

Recently, as part of some joint research, Tom Roby was led to a curious operation on strings of L's and R's which he calls "bounce-reading": We start by reading the string at the left. When the ...
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congruence on words: having the same (scattered) subwords of length at most n

For a fixed finite alphabet $A=\{a,b,...\}$, write $x \sim_n y$ if the two words $x$ and $y$ have the same (scattered) subwords of length at most $n$. The relation $\sim_n$ is a congruence of finite ...
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Are there uncountably many cube-free infinite binary words?

In Cube-free infinite binary words it was established that there are infinitely many cube-free infinite binary words (see the earlier question for definitions of terms). The construction given in ...
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subwords of the fibonacci word

The Fibonacci word is the limit of the sequence of words starting with "0" and satisfying rules $0 \to 01, 1 \to 0$. It's equivalent to have initial conditions $S_0 = 0, S_1 = 01$ and then recursion ...
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Two questions from combinatorics on words

Question 1. Assume that an infinite word $u\in\{0,1\}^{\mathbb Z}$ is not balanced. Is it true that there exists a finite 0-1 word $w$ such that $0w01w1$ or $1w10w0$ is a factor of $u$? Is it true ...
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Cube-free infinite binary words

A word $y$ is a subword of $w$ if there exist words $x$ and $z$ (possibly empty) such that $w=xyz$. Thus, $01$ is a subword of $0110$, but $00$ is not a subword of $0110$. I'm interested in ...
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Analogues of the Knuth and Forgotten equivalences on permutations: have they been studied?

Consider a totally ordered alphabet $A$ of $n$ letters. Let $W$ be the set of all words over $A$ which have no two letters equal. Then, for example, we can define the Knuth equivalence on $W$ as the ...
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Avoidable words

Let $u(x_1,...,x_n)$ be a word, $k\in \mathbb{N}$. We say that $u$ is $k$-avoidable if there exists an infinite word in $k$ letters $\{a_1,...,a_k\}$ which does not contain values of $u$ (i.e. words ...
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Ubiquitous Zimin words

Let $w$ be a word in letters $x_1,...,x_n$. A value of $w$ is any word of the form $w(u_1,...,u_n)$ where $u_1,...,u_n$ are words. For example, $abaaba$ is a value of $x^2$. A word $u$ is called ...
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What prefix and factors determine a ultimately periodic word uniquely

Let $\xi$ be an ultimately periodic sequence, i.e. there exists finite sequences $p, q \in X^*$ such that $\xi = pq^{\omega}$. Does there exists a $n > 0$ such that the prefix of length $n$ and all ...
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Subwords of cube-free binary words

I'm currently working on subwords of cube-free binary words. A binary word is one composed of letters from a two-letter alphabet such as $\{0,1\}$. A word $y$ is a subword of $w$ if there exist ...
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Strings and “co-subsequences”

Let $S$ be a string over some alphabet $\Sigma$. It is well known that a substring of $S$ is commonly defined as a sequence of contiguous elements from $S$, while a subsequence of $S$ is a sequence ...
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Maximal words (reloaded)

I have 3 more questions about maximal words (which are just another way of talking of necklaces). Let W be a finite word on a two symbol alphabet {0,1}; let us say that W is maximal if it is the last ...
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A property of periodic words

Question is edited Perhaps this formulation is clearer. It is well known that if a power of a primitive (i.e. not a proper power) word $u$ contains two different occurrences of a word $v$, ...
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Which automated theorem provers can address the combinatorics of periods in strings?

Five years ago, I made a conjecture on the number of correlation classes that are exhibited by pairs of words in an alphabet of a given size. I later speculated that the conjecture could be tackled ...
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Ordering on words

What are the known computation-friendly well-orderings on words from $A^*$, where $A$ is a finite alphabet, except the standard weightlex and syllable-order?
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Generalised de Bruijn Graph

I have encountered sets of the following type, consisting of words over a finite aphabet $A$. If $S$ is such a set, then $S$ is finite, No word in $S$ is part of another element of $S$, and every ...
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Calculating the probability that all possible length $r$ subwords exists in a string, with or without overlaps allowed

Let $S$ be a length $L$ string, where each character in the string is chosen with uniform random probability over an alphabet with $q$ characters. For example, a binary string would imply $q = 2$, a ...
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Representability of sets of infinite sequences sharing common prefixes and factors (i.e. infixes)

Here we are concerned with the space $X^{\omega}$ of infinite sequences. Denote by $F_n(\xi)$ the set of factors (consecutive finite subsequences) of length $n$ and consider the set $$ K_n(\xi) = ...
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Software for Combinatorial Algebra sought

I am looking for software which helps me do straightforward tasks in combinatorial algebra. Let me give an example of what I mean by a straightforward task: I have two graded (generally ...
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Notation for ends of a string

I work now a lot with strings of characters and other finite sequences and found that I need many times a good notation for "cutting the end" a string. If $a$ is a finite sequence and $a'$ is its ...