Definition: A finite state machine with one or more states designated as accepting states. An input string is accepted if there is a path from the start state to an accepting state.
See also deterministic finite state machine, nondeterministic finite state machine.
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Paul E. Black, "recognizer", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/recognizer.html