Indexed on: 13 May '16Published on: 12 May '16Published in: Theoretical Computer Science
Nondeterministic finite automata with don't care states, namely states which neither accept nor reject, are considered. A characterization of deterministic automata compatible with such a device is obtained. Furthermore, an optimal state bound for the smallest compatible deterministic automata is provided. It is proved that the problem of minimizing deterministic don't care automata is NP-complete and PSPACE-hard in the nondeterministic case. The restriction to the unary case is also considered.