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Inference of regular grammars via skeletons

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2 Author(s)
Radhakrishnan, V. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Indian Inst. of Technol., Bombay, India ; Nagaraja, G.

A constructive method for the inference of regular grammars from positive sample strings of language using skeletal structure descriptions, is proposed, and polynomial-time algorithms based on the method are presented. The algorithms infer in the limit a class of regular languages, designated as terminal distinguishable regular languages. They do not overgeneralize if the samples are from a certain class of context-free languages capturing one of these basic results in formal language theory. The algorithms are adaptable for online inference. A measure of goodness for constructive methods for the problem of grammatical inference is introduced. Several examples are given to show the working and behavior of the algorithms.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Nov.-Dec. 1987

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