## deterministic automaton

<*theory*>

A finite-state automaton in which the overall course of the computation is completely determined by the program, the starting state, and the initial inputs. The class of problems solvable by such automata is the class P (see polynomial-time algorithm).

Last updated: 1996-05-03

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