Binary operations on automatic functions. (English) Zbl 1144.68034

Summary: Real functions on the domain \([0,1)^n\) – often used to describe digital images – allow for different well-known types of binary operations. We recapitulate how weighted finite automata can be used in order to represent those functions and how certain binary operations are reflected in the theory of these automata. Different types of products of automata are employed, including the seldomly-used full Cartesian product. We show, however, the infeasibility of functional composition; simple examples yield that the class of automatic functions (i.e., functions computable by automata) is not closed under this operation.


68Q45 Formal languages and automata
68Q10 Modes of computation (nondeterministic, parallel, interactive, probabilistic, etc.)
68U10 Computing methodologies for image processing
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