Best Reference Books – Formal Systems

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We have compiled a list of Best Reference Books on Formal Systems Subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges.

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We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books for reference on this subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains a review of these books and links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

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1. “Introduction to the Theory of Computation” by Michael Sipser

“Introduction to the Theory of Computation” Book Review: This book gives a clear and concise understanding of complex computational theory topics. Fundamental mathematical properties of computer hardware, software, and applications along with advanced theorems and proofs have been seamlessly integrated into a single book. Important classes like BPP, L, NC, P, NP, PSPACE, Alternating, exptime, etc. and their relation to other complexity classes have been detailed in an approachable manner. It is suitable for students and professionals who need the best presentation of automata in the business.

2. “Introduction to Computability” by Fred C Hennie

Book Review: The book covers the topic of algorithmic computation which is an abstract treatment of algorithm classes and properties. Further the book covers topics on Turing machines and computability, primitive recursive functions where details about PR functions are nicely demonstrated. The further chapters define recursive and recursively enumerable sets and show the relationship between them and the functions described in other chapters. The other chapters in the book focus on the issues of computability and decidability. The authored revisits the same concepts in different contexts. The book is useful for readers who need slow exposition to concepts and contains very interesting and useful exercises.

3. “The Theory of Computation” by Bernard M Moret

Book Review: This book focuses on the concept of problem solving through the method of computation in the presence of realistic resource constraints. The book gives a set of questions and methods that characterize computer science theoretically thereby dealing with all the practical issues in the field of computing. The book also presents limits to computation thereby relating the limits to resource usage and exploring the avenues of compromise through approximation and randomization. The book also deals with research areas in theoretical computer sciences that have a great impact in the area of computing.

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4. “Automata and Computability” by Dexter C Kozen

Book Review: This book is very useful for undergraduate students which provides introduction to various theoretical methods of computability thereby providing rich and varied structural models. The book describes finite automata and its properties. The book also provides a broader class of models and provides the analysis of context free languages. In the later part, the book provides description of turing machines and the book provides analysis of effective computability, decidability and other incompleteness theorems. The book also covers concepts of elementary discrete mathematics and the book also contains chapters that cover more advanced concepts.

5. “Introduction to Languages and The Theory of Computation” by John Martin

Book Review: This book establishes connection between computing practice and an understanding of the profound ideas that defines it. The book also has the ability to explain complex topics clearly thereby making an introduction to the theory of computation an amazing resource for a number of upper level students. The book presents theoretical concepts with the help of the precision and clarity of mathematical language. The author also presents the necessary mathematical tools and also provides discussion and examples that make the language intelligible.

6. “Formal Systems Specification” by Spies Merz Broy

“Formal Systems Specification” Book Review: This book consists of 15 revised papers along with the synopsis of the RPC-memory specification problem statement discussed in a workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, in September 1994. This case study in the formal design of distributed and concurrent systems discusses the different approaches to formal specification, refinement, and verification.

7. “Learnability Results for Elementary Formal Systems: EFS and Prolog programs” by Shahid Hussain

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“Learnability Results for Elementary Formal Systems: EFS and Prolog Programs” Book Review: This book offers a comprehensive relationship model for a wide range of Prolog programs and Elementary Formal Systems (EFS) classes. It also contains the proofs of containment, partial containment and incompatibilities associated with these classes. A study of two classes of Prolog Programs, hereditary and reductive, is done including useful functions like length, delete, add, prefix, suffix, split, append, merge, etc.

8. “Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems: 15th International Workshop, Dcfs 2013, London, Canada, July 22-25, 2013, Proceedings” by Rogerio Reis and Helmut Jurgensen

“Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems” Book Review: This book consists of the 22 papers selected from the proceedings of the 15th International Workshop of Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems, held in London, ON, Canada, in July 2013. Some of the areas covered in this volume are – grammars, automata, languages, and other formal systems; descriptional complexity in resource-bounded or structure-bounded environments; co-operating systems; Kolmogorov-Chaitin complexity; structural complexity as related to descriptional complexity; circuit complexity of Boolean functions and related measures; nature-motivated architectures and unconventional models of computing.

9. “Formal Methods for Open Object-Based Distributed Systems”by FRANK S DE BOER GILLES BARTHE

“Formal Methods for Open Object-Based Distributed Systems” Book Review: This book consists of 14 selected papers and 1 invited lecture from the proceedings of the 10th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference on Formal Methods for Open Object-Based Distributed Systems, FMOODS 2008, held in Oslo, Norway, in June 2008. A broad range of topics are covered such as – model checking; semantics of object-oriented programming; theorem proving and deductive verification; type systems and behavioral typing; formal approaches to component-based design; formal methods for service-oriented computing; formal techniques for specification, analysis, and refinement; integration of quality of service requirements into formal models; and applications of formal methods.

10. “Embedded Systems Design Based on Formal Models of Computation” by Zoran Salcic and Ivan Radojevic

“Embedded Systems Design Based on Formal Models of Computation” Book Review: This book offers an insight into DFCharts – a model of computation for heterogeneous embedded systems – by integrating Finite State Machines with Synchronous Dataflow Graphs. Two system level languages, Esterel and SystemC, have been used to illustrate how DFCharts-based modeling can improve design. Replete with examples, the reader requires basic familiarity with models of computation.

People who are searching for Free downloads of books and free pdf copies of these books – Introduction to the Theory of Computation” by Michael Sipser, “Introduction to Computability” by Fred C Hennie, “The Theory of Computation” by Bernard M Moret, “Automata and Computability” by Dexter C Kozen, “Introduction to Languages and The Theory of Computation” by John Martin, “Formal Systems Specification” by Spies Merz Broy, “Learnability Results for Elementary Formal Systems: EFS and Prolog programs” by Shahid Hussain, “Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems: 15th International Workshop, Dcfs 2013, London, Canada, July 22-25, 2013, Proceedings” by Rogerio Reis and Helmut Jurgensen, “Formal Methods for Open Object-Based Distributed Systems”by FRANK S DE BOER GILLES BARTHE, “Embedded Systems Design Based on Formal Models of Computation” by Zoran Salcic and Ivan Radojevic – we would like to mention that we don’t have free downloadable pdf copies of these good books and one should look for free pdf copies from these Authors only if they have explicitly made it free to download and read them.

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