Overlap-Free Words and Generalizations

  title={Overlap-Free Words and Generalizations},
  author={Narad Rampersad},
The study of combinatorics on words dates back at least to the beginning of the 20 century and the work of Axel Thue. Thue was the first to give an example of an infinite word over a three letter alphabet that contains no squares (identical adjacent blocks) xx. This result was eventually used to solve some longstanding open problems in algebra and has remarkable connections to other areas of mathematics and computer science as well. This thesis will consider several different generalizations of… CONTINUE READING