(definition)

**Definition:**
A *finite state machine* with at most one transition for each symbol and *state*.

**Also known as** DFA, deterministic finite automaton.

**See also**
*nondeterministic finite state machine*.

*Note:
Some fields, like model checking, require (and assume) that there is exactly one transition for each symbol and state. A machine that has at least one transition for each symbol and state is sometimes called "complete".*

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "deterministic finite state machine", in
*Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures* [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 12 December 2005. (accessed TODAY)
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