The Logical Approach To Automatic Sequences:
Exploring Combinatorics on Words with Walnut

Jeffrey Shallit
The Logical Approach To Automatic Sequences: Exploring Combinatorics on Words with Walnut
Cambridge University Press, September 29 2022.

In this book, Jeffrey Shallit gives combinatorics on words enthusiasts access to new and exciting tools to compute examples and test conjectures. Far from a mere user's manual, the text fully introduces the reader to the interactions of logic and words, proving basic theorems like the decidability of Presburger's arithmetic. It will be of great use to students and researchers, as well as the source of many future developments.
Dominique Perrin - Université Gustave Eiffel

This book focuses on a decision procedure, which is rather easy to implement as a computer program and allows one to prove many results, classical and new, in combinatorics on words. It addresses decision problems and enumeration problems on sequences that are expressible in first-order logic. The reader will appreciate the style, which is relaxed and pleasant to read, and the numerous examples and exercises. This book is a useful complement to the previous monograph, Automatic Sequences, co-authored by Shallit and Allouche.
Yann Bugeaud - University of Strasbourg

This is a marvelous book with a very fresh approach to the decidability and structural analysis of combinatorics on words. It combines three different mathematical research topics: first-order logic, automatic sequences, and combinatorics on words. More precisely, it interprets infinite morphic words as automatic sequences via k-automata and expresses properties (of words) in first-order logic. Due to the decidability of such logic, decision results and structural properties of combinatorics on words are established. A crucial role in this approach is to employ a powerful software package called Walnut. The author illustrates the power of his approach by giving a huge number of results obtained by this method. Not only are old and new results proved, but even some errors in previous ones are corrected. Anybody interested in, or curious about, this topic should be enthusiastic about this masterpiece.
Juhani Karhumäki - University of Turku (Emeritus)

[Walnut] is an elegant and powerful tool that can be used with great effect in the analysis of morphic sequences... We encourage the reader to check out the new and highly entertaining textbook for many more examples of the power of Walnut.
Robbert Fokkink, Gerard Francis Ortega, and Dan Rust, Corner The Empress, Arxiv preprint, 2022.

Walnut Source Code

I will make available the Walnut source code in the book, so you can just copy and paste it in directly to Walnut.


Page 20: Definition of Delannoy numbers needs a square on the binomial. (Robbert Fokkink).

Page 55: Line 10, replace F with Fi. (Lucas Mol)

Exercise 41, section 7.1.1: Part (c), second term should be F_3, not F_4. (Robbert Fokkink).

Section 8.1.9: the Walnut code for "rsrun0" is wrong; it should be

def rsrun0 "n>=1 & (At t<n => RS[i+t]=@0) & RS[i+n]!=@0 & (i=0|RS[i-1]!=@0)":

Page 125: Line 4, delete the word "corresponding". (Lucas Mol)

Page 136: Not exactly an erratum---more of an addendum. Part of Theorem 8.5.4 can be found in T. Downarowicz, Reading along arithmetic progressions, Colloq. Math. 80 (1999), 293-296.

Page 233: Open Question 9.11.9 has now been solved, by the preprint at