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There exist various well-known characterizations of sets of numbers recognizable by a nite automaton, when they are represented in some integer base p 2. We show how to modify these characterizations, when integer bases p are replaced by linear numeration systems whose characteristic polynomial is the minimal polynomial of a Pisot number. We also prove some… (More)

AUTOMATE is a package for symbolic computation on nite automata, extended rational expressions and nite semigroups. On the one hand, it enables one to compute the deterministic minimal automaton of the language represented by a rational expression or given by its table. On the other hand, given the transition table of a deterministic automaton, AUTOMATE… (More)

A set of words X is called unavoidable on a given alphabet A if every infinite word on A has a factor in X. For k, q ≥ 1, let c(k, q) be the number of conjugacy classes of words of length k on q letters. An unavoidable set of words of length k on q symbols has at least c(k, q) elements. We show that for any k, q ≥ 1 there exists an unavoidable set of words… (More)

The connection between text compression and the measure of entropy of a source seems to be well known but poorly documented. We try to partially remedy this situation by showing that the topological entropy is a lower bound for the compression ratio of any compressor. We show that for factorial sources the 1978 version of the Ziv-Lempel compression… (More)