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Axel Thue's work on repetitions in words
 Invited Lecture at the 4th Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics
, 1992
"... The purpose of this survey is to present, in contemporary terminology, the fundamental contributions of Axel Thue to the study of combinatorial properties of sequences of symbols, insofar as repetitions are concerned. The present state of the art is also sketched. ..."
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The purpose of this survey is to present, in contemporary terminology, the fundamental contributions of Axel Thue to the study of combinatorial properties of sequences of symbols, insofar as repetitions are concerned. The present state of the art is also sketched.
Counting OverlapFree Binary Words
 Springer LNCS 665
, 1993
"... A word on a finite alphabet A is said to be overlapfree if it contains no factor of the form xuxux, where x is a letter and u a (possibly empty) word. In this paper we study the number un of overlapfree binary words of length n, which is known to be bounded by a polynomial in n. First, we describe ..."
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A word on a finite alphabet A is said to be overlapfree if it contains no factor of the form xuxux, where x is a letter and u a (possibly empty) word. In this paper we study the number un of overlapfree binary words of length n, which is known to be bounded by a polynomial in n. First, we describe a bijection between the set of overlapfree words and a rational language. This yields recurrence relations for un , which allow to compute un in logarithmic time. Then, we prove that the numbers ff = sup f r j n r = O (un) g and fi = inf f r j un = O (n r ) g are distinct, and we give an upper bound for ff and a lower bound for fi. Finally, we compute an asymptotically tight bound to the number of overlapfree words of length less than n. 1 Introduction In general, the problem of evaluating the number un of words of length n in the language U consisting of words on some finite alphabet A with no factors in a certain set F is not easy. If F is finite, it amounts to counting words in...