Computational Complexity of One-Tape Turing Machine Computations
This paper is concerned with the quantitative aspects of one-tape Turing machine computations. It is shown, for instance, that there exists a sharp time bound which must be reached for the recognition of non-regular sets of sequences. It is shown that the computation time can be used to characterize the complexity of recursive sets of sequences and several results are obtained about this classification. These results are then applied to the recognition speed of context-free languages and it is shown, among other things, that it is recursively undecidable how much time is required to recognize a non-regular context-free language on a one-tape Turing machine. Several unsolved problems are discussed.
computer science; technical report
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