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Homework Help: Turing machine problem

  1. Apr 11, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A two-dimensional Turing machine has the usual finite-state control but a tape that is a two-dimensional grid of cells, infinite in all directions. The input is placed on one row of the grid, with the head at the left end of the input and the control in the start state, as usual. Acceptance is by entering a final state, also as usual. Prove that the languages accepted by two-dimensional Turing machines are the same as those accepted by ordinary TM's.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The problem COULD have something to do with injective mappings, but how use this to show the above...I am stuck.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2007
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 13, 2007 #2
    Would it make sense to map the two-dimensional tape into a one dimensional tape, afterwhich, the result follows?
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