The Use of Grammatical Inference for Designing Programming Languages

@article{CrespiReghizzi1973TheUO,
  title={The Use of Grammatical Inference for Designing Programming Languages},
  author={Stefano Crespi-Reghizzi and Michel A. Melkanoff and Larry Lichten},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1973},
  volume={16},
  pages={83-90}
}
Both in designing a new programming language and in extending an existing language, the designer is faced with the problem of deriving a “natural” grammar for the language. We are proposing an interactive approach to the grammar design problem wherein the designer presents a sample of sentences and structures as input to a grammatical inference algorithm. The algorithm then constructs a grammar which is a reasonable generalization of the examples submitted by the designer. The implemention is… CONTINUE READING

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