Let be a relational structure (for example, a graph).
can be checked by a finite automaton (http://planetmath.org/DeterministicFiniteAutomaton) (Membership)
The language of all convolutions of where can be checked by a (Equality)
For all -ary relations (http://planetmath.org/Relation) in , the language of all convolutions of where can be checked by a ()
The class of languages accepted by finite automata, i.e. regular languages, is closed under operations like union, intersection, complementation etc, and it is decidable whether or not a finite accepts the empty language. This allows any first order sentence over the structure to be decided - using union for ’and’, complementation for ’not’ etc., and emptiness for dealing with ’there exists’. As such, the first order theory of any structure with an automatic presentation is decidable.
Note that wrt group this is inspired by, but not to, the definition of automatic groups.
|Date of creation||2013-03-22 14:16:57|
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