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Can anyone suggest me a good (possibly open-source) tool able to take a finite state automaton (either deterministic or nondeterministic) and to calculate the corresponding optimal automaton?

It would be great if the tool was able to convert a nondeterministic automaton to a deterministic one.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I know some of the terms you're using and not others. Can you provide more background by defining the terms 'finished state automaton' (and how it can be deterministic or non-deterministic) and an optimal automaton? I've heard of finite state machines but I don't know if a 'finished state automaton' is the same or similar or none of the above. \$\endgroup\$ – AngryEE Feb 27 '12 at 20:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AngryEE all of those are standard terms - wikipedia is your friend -> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite-state_machine \$\endgroup\$ – mazurnification Feb 28 '12 at 11:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ After the edit, yes they're all standard terms. Before he didn't call it a finite state machine (which I'm familiar with). I've looked like an idiot more times than I can count by assuming what people meant when it was something else. Now I guess I've found a new way to look like an idiot ;) \$\endgroup\$ – AngryEE Feb 28 '12 at 14:02
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Yes, there are tools... But they are language specific.

http://www.doulos.com/knowhow/fpga/fsm_optimization/

http://members.fortunecity.com/boroday/Automatatools.html

http://poppy.snu.ac.kr/~kchoi/class/lc_intro/fsm_opt.pdf (last page)

http://www.fizzim.com/

Anyways, you should be a bit more clear on what exactly you want to do. There are tools and google is your friend.

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