Introduction to the Theory of Computation, International Edition 3rd Edition
Michael Sipser
ISBN-13: 9781133187813 | ISBN-10: 1133187811
© 2013 | Published |  504  Pages
Previous Editions: 9780619217648

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Now you can clearly present even the most complex computational theory topics to your students with Sipser's distinct, market-leading INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY OF COMPUTATION, 3E, International Edition. The number one choice for today's computational theory course, this highly anticipated revision retains the unmatched clarity and thorough coverage that make it a leading text for upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate students.
This edition continues author Michael Sipser's well-known, approachable style with timely revisions, additional exercises, and more memorable examples in key areas. A new first-of-its-kind theoretical treatment of deterministic context-free languages is ideal for a better understanding of parsing and LR grammars. This edition's refined presentation ensures a trusted accuracy and clarity that make the challenging study of computational theory accessible and intuitive to students while maintaining the subject's rigor and formalism. Readers gain a solid understanding of the fundamental mathematical properties of computer hardware, software, and applications with a blend of practical and philosophical coverage and mathematical treatments, including advanced theorems and proofs. INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY OF COMPUTATION, 3E, International Edition's comprehensive coverage makes this an ideal ongoing reference tool for those studying theoretical computing.

  • Introduction.
    1. Regular Languages.
    2. Context-Free Languages.
    3. The Church-Turing Thesis.
    4. Decidability.
    5. Reducibility.
    6. Advanced Topics in Computability Theory.
    7. Time Complexity.
    8. Space Complexity.
    9. Intractability.
    10. Advanced Topics in Complexity Theory.
    Selected Bibliography.

    • CLEAR COVERAGE THOROUGHLY INTRODUCES THEORETICAL COMPUTING. This edition covers the foundations of theoretical computing designed around theorems and proofs. Students learn the fundamental mathematical properties of computer hardware, software and applications. The book blends both practical and theoretical aspects in an approachable and concise presentation.
    • This edition's exceptional treatment of challenging topics incorporates both formal and informal definitions and descriptions of methods to ensure student retention and prepare readers for more advanced study.
    • WORKED-OUT EXAMPLES ENCOURAGE READER UNDERSTANDING. In addition to a wealth of practical, class-tested exercises, this edition offers helpful worked-out examples throughout the text to guide student practice and ensure topics are conducive to students' learning.
    • READER-FRIENDLY APPROACH MAKES EVEN THE MOST COMPLEX TOPICS APPROACHABLE FOR STUDENTS AT ALL LEVELS. Well known for its crystal-clear presentation, this book continues to offer a concise, accessible presentation to computer theory that makes even complex topics understandable for students at every level.
    • CURRENT REVISIONS REFLECT THE LATEST INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS WITH NEW EXAMPLES AND EXERCISES TO ENSURE COMPREHENSION. The latest revisions throughout this edition ensure readers are studying the most current theory and practice with additional examples and updated end-of-chapter exercises. Refined presentations throughout ensure the latest accuracy and relevency.
    • ADDITIONAL EXERCISES, PROBLEMS AND EXAMPLES EMPHASIZE THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THEORY. New classroom-tested exercises with corresponding solutions as well as additional memorable examples in specific key areas review definitions and expand on concepts to challenge and extend your students' understanding.
    • EXPANDED MATH TOPICS OFFERS SUPPORT FOR READERS WHO NEED REVIEW. This edition offers slightly expanded coverage of important mathematical concepts in Chapter 0, which is ideal for any students struggling with the mathematical fundamentals necessary for this course.
    • NEW COVERAGE OF DETERMINISTRIC CONTEXT-FREE LANGUAGES PROVIDES UNIQUE, CLEAR AND THOROUGH EXPLANATION. A new section in Chapter 2 (Context-Free Languages) covers deterministic context-free languages with application to the parsing problem in compilers and programming languages. This first-of-its-kind, understandable theoretical treatment explains this highly complex, but critical, topic and its applications thoroughly and clearly. Coverage includes deterministic pushdown automata, deterministic context-free grammars, and more.
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  • Michael Sipser has taught theoretical computer science and mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the past 32 years. He is a Professor of Applied Mathematics, a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), and the current head of the mathematics department. He enjoys teaching and pondering the many mysteries of complexity theory.