deterministic tree automaton


Definition: A deterministic finite state machine that accepts infinite trees rather than just strings. The tree nodes are marked with the letters of the alphabet of the automaton, and the transition function encodes the next states for each branch of the tree. The expressive power of such automata varies depending on the acceptance conditions of the trees.

See also deterministic finite tree automaton.

Note: These are used in various studies in branching-time temporal logic, second order logic with multiple successors, etc.

Author: SKS

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Sandeep Kumar Shukla, "deterministic tree automaton", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 22 October 2007. (accessed TODAY) Available from: