Affiliations: [a] Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore, 13 Computing Drive, COM1, Singapore 117417, Republic of Singapore. [email protected] | [b] Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand. [email protected] | [c] Department of Mathematics and Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore, 10 Lower Kent Ridge Road, S17, Singapore 119076, Republic of Singapore. [email protected]
Abstract: The present work shows that Cayley automatic groups are semiautomatic and exhibits some further constructions of semiautomatic groups; as a consequence, various undecidability results for Cayley automatic groups hold also for finitely generated semiautomatic groups. However, in spite of their generality, the word problem of finitely generated semiautomatic groups is still solvable in quadratic time. Furthermore, the present work establishes that every finitely generated group of nilpotency class three is semiautomatic. It remains open whether the finitely generated semiautomatic groups are a strict superclass of the Cayley automatic groups.