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Markov algorithm

A Markov algorithm is a string rewriting system that uses grammar-like rules to operate on strings of symbols. Markov algorithms have been shown to have sufficient power to be a general model of computation, and can thus be shown to be equivalent in power to a Turing machine. Since it is Turing-complete, Markov chains can represent any mathematical expression from its simple notation.


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  • Markov, A.A.[?] 1960. The Theory of Algorithms. American Mathematical Society Translations, series 2, 15, 1-14.

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