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Binary equality words with two \(b\)’s. (English) Zbl 1463.68044

A word \(w\) satisfying \(g(w)=h(w)\) for two morphisms \(g\) and \(h\) is called an equality word of the morphisms. The dual Post correspondence problem consists in deciding if, for a given word \(w\), two nonperiodic morphisms \(g\) and \(h\) with this property exist. The problem is decidable but there is no practical decision algorithm. The authors give a full classification of binary equality words in which one of the letters has two occurrences: they are of the form \(a^n b^2\), \(b^2 a^n\), \(b a^n b\), \(a^{n+1} b^2 a^n\), \(a^n b^2 a^{n+1}\), \(a^n b a b a^n\), \(a^n b b a^n\) or \(a^n b a^{n+m} b a^m\).

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68R15 Combinatorics on words
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