## Tolerant Testing of Regular Languages in Sublinear Time

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Gong, Linda
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Rubinfeld, Ronitt

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A classic problem in property testing is to test whether a binary input word 𝑤 is in regular language 𝐿. Such testers distinguish the case that 𝑤 is in 𝐿 from the case where 𝑤 is 𝜖-far from 𝐿 (𝜖-far means that at least 𝜖 fraction of the bits in 𝑤 must be modified to change 𝑤 into a word in 𝐿. Otherwise, 𝑤 is 𝜖-close). When it is known that 𝑤 is noisy, it can be useful to provide tolerant testers: algorithms that accept when 𝑤 is 𝛿-close and reject when 𝑤 is 𝜖-far, for 𝛿 < 𝜖. We build on the work of Alon, Krivelevich, Newman and Szegedy [1] to provide a tolerant, constant time property tester for regular languages. Our main result is that given a regular language 𝐿 ∈ {0, 1} * and an integer 𝑛, there exists a randomized algorithm which accepts a word 𝑤 of length 𝑛 if it is 𝛿-close (𝛿 < 𝜖) to a word in 𝐿 and rejects with high probability if 𝑤 is 𝜖-far from a word in 𝐿. The algorithm queries polynomial in 1 𝜖 bits in 𝑤.

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2021-06##### Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science##### Publisher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology