|Algorithms for (nondeterministic) finite-state tree automata (FTAs) are often tested on random FTAs, in which all internal transitions are equiprobable. The run-time results obtained in this manner are usually overly optimistic as most such generated random FTAs are trivial in the sense that the number of states of an equivalent minimal deterministic FTA is extremely small. It is demonstrated that nontrivial random FTAs are obtained only for a narrow band of transition probabilities. Moreover, an analytic analysis yields a formula to approximate the transition probability that yields the most complex random FTAs, which should be used in experiments.
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