## Complementation Process in DFA

The complementation process in deterministic finite automata (DFA) is explained as follows:

Consider a DFA defined by (Q, Σ, δ, q0, F) that accepts the language L1. Now, to define a DFA that accepts the language L2, where L2 = ̅L1 (complement of L1), we do the following:

The new DFA for L2 is defined as (Q, Σ, δ, q0, Q – F), where:

- Q is the set of states in the DFA.
- Σ is the alphabet.
- δ is the transition function.
- q0 is the initial state.
- F is the set of final states.

In essence, we transform the non-final states into final states and the final states into non-final states in the original DFA.

The language accepted by the complemented DFA, L2, becomes the complement of the language accepted by the original DFA, L1.

Examples: Let’s consider some examples to illustrate the complementation process of DFA.

Example 1: Consider two languages, L1 and L2:

In L1, all strings start with ‘a’ over an alphabet {a, b}. L1 = {a, ab, aa, aba, aab, aaa, …}

In L2, all strings do not start with ‘a’ over the same alphabet. L2 = {ε, b, ba, bab, baa, bba, …}

Here, we observe that L2 = ̅L1, meaning the strings accepted by L2 are the complement of those accepted by L1.

Now, to construct the DFA for the compliment:

We interchange the final and non-final states. For the original DFA, where q0 transitions to q1 on ‘a’, in the complemented DFA, q0 will transition to a dead state since q1 is now non-final. The resulting complemented DFA will not generate strings that start with ‘a’.

This process involves modifying the original DFA to create a new DFA that accepts the complement of the language recognized by the original DFA.

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