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The lexical analysis for a modern computer language such as Java needs the power of which one of the following machine models in a necessary and sufficient sense?

(A) Finite state automata

(B) Deterministic pushdown automata

(C) Non-deterministic pushdown automata

(D) Turing machine

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Answer - A

In compiler lexical analyzer categorizes character sequence into lexemes and produces tokens as output for parser. And tokens are expressed in regular expressions so a simple Finite Automata is sufficient for it.
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So where Turing Machine and PDAs are used?
FA itself is fulfilling everything, so we need not got to TM and PDA at this level.
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During Lexical analysis,the tokens are recognized by FA.So a FA is necessary and sufficient
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