Turing Machines


12rd lecture, July 6, 2018

Language Theory and Compilers


Martin J. Dürst


© 2005-18 Martin J. Dürst 青山学院大学

Today's Schedule


Summary of Previous Lecture


Homework: A Calculator for Dates and Time Periods

Please ask questions now!

Additional hint:

Order is important when making YYSTYPE a struct that can represent dates, numbers of days, and integers:

  1. typedef ...
  2. #define YYSTYPE ...
  3. #include "calc.tab.h"


Remaining Schedule


Final Exam


Formal Language Hierarchy

(Chomsky hierarchy)

Grammar Type Language (family) Automaton
phrase structure grammar (psg) 0 phrase structure language Turing machine
context-sensitive grammar (csg) 1 context-sensitive language linear bounded automaton
context-free grammar (cfg) 2 context-free language pushdown automaton
regular grammar (rg) 3 regular language finite state automaton


Historic Background


Automata Commonalities


Automata Differences


How a Turing Machine Works


Turing Machine Example: State Transition Table

Current state Current tape symbol New tape symbol Movement direction Shortcut Next state
→1 0 1 R 0/1;R 2
→1 1 0 L 1/0;L 1
→1 _ 1 R _/1;R 2
2 0 0 R 0/0;R 2
2 1 1 R 1/1;R 2
2 _ _ L _/_;L 3*


Explanations for Example


Turing Machine Definition



Techniques and Tricks for Programming



It can be shown that all these extensions can be simulated on a plain Turing machine


Universal Turing Machine


Computability is Everywhere

It turns out that there are many other mechanisms that can simulate an (universal) Turing machine:

All these mechanisms can simulate each other and have the same power.

All these mechanisms are very simple, but simulation is very slow.


Church-Turing Thesis

It is unclear whether this applies to Physics in general.


Turing Completeness


Other Contributions





Deadline: July 16, 2017 (Monday), 19:00

Where to submit: Box in front of room O-529 (building O, 5th floor)

Format: A4 single page (using both sides is okay; NO cover page, staple in top left corner if more than one page is necessary), easily readable handwriting (NO printouts), name (kanji and kana) and student number at the top right

For the Turing machine given by the following state transition table:

Current state Current tape symbol New tape symbol Movement direction Next state
→1 0 1 L 1
→1 1 0 R 2
→1 _ _ L 3*
2 0 0 R 2
2 1 1 R 2
2 _ _ L 3*
  1. Draw the state transition diagram for this machine
  2. Show in detail how this machine processes the input ..._1101000_...
  3. Guess and explain what kind of calculation this machine does if the tape contains only a single contiguous sequence of '0'es and '1'es (surrounded by blanks) and where the leftmost non-blank symbol is a '1'

(this Turing machine always starts on the rightmost non-blank symbol)



universal turing machine
lambda calculus
partial recursive function
unary numbers
一進法 (1, 11, 111, 1111,...)
Turing complete(ness)
チューリング完全 (性)
halting problem