We consider a pseudo-inversion operation inspired by biological events, such as DNA sequence transformations, where only parts of a string are reversed. We define the pseudo-inversion of a string (Formula presented.) to be the set of all strings (Formula presented.) , where (Formula presented.) and consider the operation from a formal language theoretic viewpoint. We show that regular languages are closed under the pseudo-inversion operation whereas context-free languages are not. Furthermore, we study the iterated pseudo-inversion operation and show that the iterated pseudo-inversion of a context-free language is recognized by a nondeterministic reversal-bounded multicounter machine. Finally, we introduce the notion of pseudo-inversion-freeness and examine closure properties and decidability problems for regular and context-free languages. We demonstrate that pseudo-inversion-freeness is decidable in polynomial time for regular languages and undecidable for context-free languages.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science Applications