Definition: An initial state or condition of a finite state machine or Turing machine. Informally, how the memory is initially set.
See also accepting state, universal state.
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Paul E. Black, "start state", 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/startstate.html