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Questions about formal grammars, generative descriptions of formal languages.

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Is the language of words that are unbalanced in the first half context-free?

(Practice exam question in computational models) Definition: A word $w\in \{0,1\}^*$ is called balanced if it contains the same number of $0$s as $1$s. Let $L = \{w\in \{0,1\}^*\mid |w|$ is even and ...
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Shift-resolve parsing - questions

I've recently came across a paper describing the parsing technique mentioned in the title. Unfortunately, the terminology used in said paper is somewhat beyond my comprehension, so I've been ...
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Can any PEG grammar be parsed in linear time?

On the Wikipedia for PEG it is claimed: Any PEG can be parsed in linear time by using a packrat parser, as described above. However, packrat parsers can't handle left recursion. You can eliminate ...
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Which programming languages have a syntax that can be described by deterministic context-free grammars?

This question asks which programming languages have a syntax that cannot be described by deterministic context-free grammars - the answer is "Many [...] including Algol 60, C, and C++". Until ...
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Is THEADS the same as FIRST?

I'm reading the paper "A Practical General Method for Constructing LR(k) Parsers" by David Pager, and it contains the following paragraph: We will first of all briefly review the LR(1) parsing and ...
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Reference on relating Post systems to string rewriting systems and formal grammars?

wikipedia states: Every Post canonical system can be reduced to a string rewriting system (semi-Thue system). [...] It has been proved that any Post canonical system is reducible to such a ...
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Acyclic Manhattan turtle

There is a grammar that describes the walks of a turtle around Manhattan, such that the turtle always returns home. It is described in the book "Parsing Techniques" by Dick Grune and Ceriel J.H. ...
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Unambiguous context-free language that can't be parsed in linear time by backtracking recursive descent?

Is there a context-free language that can be expressed with an unambiguous grammar but can't be expressed with a grammar that would result in linear-time backtracking recursive descent parsing? The ...
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Are there context free grammars for all restricted Dyck paths?

A Dyck path is a finite list of $1$'s and $-1$'s whose partial sums are nonnegative and whose total sum is $0$. For example, [1, 1, -1, -1] is a Dyck path. Rather ...
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Proper algorithm for resolving ambiguity in grammars via enforcing associativity and precedence rules

I was told there is a algorithm that always resolves ambiguity for grammars that have issues with precedence and associativity. I know ambiguity in general is undecidable, so I only want to resolve ...
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Semantic parsing with Grammatical Framework - is this possible?

So far I have learned about categorial grammars, type logical grammars and formal semantics of natural language, the relevant tools are Cornell Semantic Parsing Framework https://github.com/clic-lab/...
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How to model grammar ambiguity

Say you have a (context-free) grammar, and you wish to mathematically model the magnitude of the ambiguity possible under this grammar, across the space of all possible** input strings. Practically, ...
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How would I build a parser generator for a context free grammar using Pushdown Automata?

I am building a parser generator, not for any project in particular, just for fun to improve my understanding of parsing, grammars, languages, etc. I am at the point where I have lexer generation ...
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How to refactor a grammar to be suitable for recursive descent?

I'm trying to learn how to use a recursive descent parser, and reading on this page I find this example: $S \rightarrow AB \\ A \rightarrow a \\ A \rightarrow SA \\ B \rightarrow b \\ B \rightarrow ...
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Context-free grammar for DAGs?

I'm looking for a "safe" representation of DAGs. With "safe" representation I mean that it can be described by a context-free grammar. Ideally, this grammar would be suitable for a simple LR parser. ...
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What kind of formal language is generated by Parsing Expression Grammars?

I've been unable to find what class of languages is recognized by PEGs. The original paper [1] only conjectures that there are some Context-Free Grammars that are unrecognizable by PEGs. It also ...
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Is there a grammar type for deterministic LBA?

Contextsensitive grammars define exactly the langauges acceptable by nondeterministic LBA. But how about deterministic LBA - is there a grammar type capturing exactly the languages acceptable by this ...
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Tree Languages are Word Languages on an Infinite Alphabet of Contexts

I have been reading the book Tata (Tree Automata Techniques and Applications), and there is a sentence I have read thousands of times, yet still don't quite understand. In the beginning of Chapter 2, ...
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Recursive-descent parser for the grammar S -> S(S)S | ε

I'm studying (for self-betterment - I don't go to school) the 2nd edition of Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho et al. I'm not sure how to do Exercise 2.4.1 (b), which is to construct ...
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Prove or disprove that every $L$ in this class is a CFL iff $L$ is equivalent to a substitution

Let $L$ be a language with every string of the form $(w_i\#)^*$ with $w_i\in\{0,1\}^*$. Set $w'\sim w$ if there is a permutation $\pi_1$ such that $w_i=w'_{\pi_1(i)}$ for all $i$. If additionally $\...
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Parsing family of grammars, determine if LR(k)

Consider the family of grammars $G_n,~n\geq2$. $$S \rightarrow A_ib_i~,~for~~1\leq i \leq n$$ $$A_i \rightarrow a_jA_i~|~a_j~,~for~~1 \leq i,j \leq n~~and~~i \neq j$$ where multiple alternative right ...
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Simple description of circularities in Knuth original attribute grammar paper

Knuth's original attribute grammar paper (title: Semantics of Context-Free Languages) introduced three types of circularity. More specifically section "Testing for circularity" page 134-5 figures 3.1-...
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Intuition on what an attribute grammar can achieve

I have seen attribute grammars for a small handful of tasks: Parsing simple arithmetical expressions Type checking Checking that a variable is initialized anbncn (seems to be a favorite toy example).....
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Give LL grammar for this language?

I need to give the LL grammar for the language below and explain why the grammar is LL and what the value of $k$ should be: $$L = \{ a^n c^m c^{n+m} : n \ge 1, m \ge 1 \}. $$ I have the following, ...
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Looking for a subclass of deterministic context-free languages, other than the subclass of regular languages

Let $X=\{x_1,\ldots,x_n\}$ be a finite set of alphabet and $X^\ast$ denote the set of all words (including empty word) over $X$. Clearly, $X^\ast$ is a regular language. Is there a subclass, say $C$, ...
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Induction / (machine learning) of Resource Grammars for Grammatical Framework?

Grammatical Framework is based in Abstract Categorial Grammars. It is known that Combinatory Categorial Grammars have grammar induction/learning capabilities see e.g. https://link.springer.com/article/...
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How to prove that a language created from a context-free gramar's left side is regular(or left-linear)?

Given a context-free grammar $G$, let $\longrightarrow_G$ be the (one-step) rightmost derivation relation, and $\longrightarrow^*_G$ its reflexive and transitive closure. Let $S$ be the start symbol ...
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Examples of context-free grammars whose ambiguity is unknown

Are there any examples of context-free grammars for which we simply do not know whether they are ambiguous? By examples I mean an actual specification for the grammar, not some kind of non-...
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Is the complement of $L = \{a^nb^mc^p \, n= m= p\}$ context free language?

Is the complement of $L = \{a^nb^mc^p \ , n= m= p\}$ a context free language. I believe that we can write $L^{'} \ as \ L1 \cup L2$ where $L1=(a^*b^*c^*){'} \ $ $L2={{a^nb^mc^p \ m\ne n \ or \ n\...
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Understanding definitions of Deterministic Context Free Grammar and Deterministic Pushdown Automaata

I read following here: Unambiguous grammars do not always generate a DCFL. Example: For example, the language of even-length palindromes on the alphabet of 0 and 1 has the unambiguous context-...
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Intuitive Explanation on Converting BNF Grammar to LR(1)

Consider the following BNF Grammar G: ...
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Unranked trees grammars?

Ranked alphabet is very often used in Ranked Trees definition, like here for instance. In that example for given set $\Sigma=\{a,b,c\}$ ranks assigned by arity function $ar : \Sigma\rightarrow\mathcal{...
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Effectively compute bound and period of regular expression on single alphabet

It is known that an infinite language $L\subseteq \{a\}^*$ is regular iff the set $U:=\{x|a^x\in L\}$ is ultimately periodic. (A set $U\subseteq\mathbb{N}$ is said to be ultimately periodic if there ...
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How to lexically list sentences in peano arithmetic?

I am working on building a toy automated theorem prover, What I want to do is to efficiently generate sentences in peano arithmetic, that I can attempt to verify as True/False/requires-more-resources ...
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Is asking a LL(1) parsing table for this grammar a trap?

I'm trying to solve some exercises for the upcoming Compilers' exam. Teacher gave us some sheets from previous exams to practice with - no answers provided. Let $\mathcal{G}$ be the following ...
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How to find conflicts in LALR parser?

I have a LR analyser and I can't find out how to know whether the grammar is or is not LALR(1). I think that I have to merge states with the same rules. So I have to merge states: $2 - 12, 3 - 13, 4 -...
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Determine if two LR(1) action/goto tables always produce the same derivation

I am experimenting with implementing minimal LR(1) algorithms/techniques, but I find it very difficult to verify the correctness of what I've implemented. Is there a fast algorithm to determine if ...
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Converting CNF to GNF

I'm studying context free grammars and I can grasp how to create context free grammars given a set notation, and now to convert these context free grammars to Chomsky Normal form but I am utterly ...
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Converting Chomsky Normal Forms to Greibach Normal Form

Here is a passage from Kozen's Automata and Computability (pages 145-146) that I'm confused about: Now we show how to convert an arbitrary grammar to an equivalent one (except possibly for $ \...
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Removing hidden ambiguity in grammar using left factoring

I am trying to reduce the grammar to LL(1) for a hypothetical language we created. I have removed most of the left factoring issues in the grammar, using the general rule of introducing new non-...
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What kind of structural features of strings can be described by regular grammars?

Context-free grammars, as well as other types of grammars, can naturally associate structure with the strings of the defined language, for example tree structures in the case of context-free language. ...
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Negative lookahead in LR parsing algorithm

Consider such a rule in grammar for an LR-family parsing generator (e.g YACC, BISON, etc.): Nonterminal : [ lookahead not in {Terminal1, ..., TerminalN} ] Rule ; ...
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A Formal Grammar: defining English counting numbers?

I would like to define a grammar that produces and recognizes the counting numbers of the English language. I created the production rules below based on the assumption this is context-free, but I am ...
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Compile XPath Abbreviated Query to Unabbreviated version

The Xpath 3.1 presented by W3C includes the full grammar of the language with both abbreviated and unabbreviated syntax. I am interested in references (if any) for any formal work done to compile/...
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How do you create a sentential form in a given grammar?

I am given the following grammar: $$S ::= aBS| abT |a$$ $$T::= d | dT$$$$B ::= da | ϵ | S$$ I need to decide whether $aBaabda$ can be produced in the given grammar. I am unsure how the grammar can ...
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How to write “∀x.F(x)” for “F(x)=λx.Φ(x)” in one expression (sequel from question about “∀(λφ. (φ x m→ φ y))”?

This question is sequel from How to understand quantifier without predication " ∀(λφ. (φ x m→ φ y))"? which further explains the notation and context. So - I have anonymous Boolean-valued ...
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Is every language described by a grammar?

I read the following argument showing that not every language is described by a grammar: For a fixed alphabet $\Sigma$ and variables $V$ there are uncountable many languages over $\Sigma$ since the ...
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How to generate a DFA that recognizes a non-regular Grammar

How would you convert the following grammar to a DFA that recognizes its language? \begin{align} &G = (\{S,A,B\},\{0,1\}, S, P)\\ &P\colon &&S\rightarrow A1B\\ &&&A \...
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What complexity class is this set of grammars? In between NL and P?

Given a grammar where (every rule has the form $X \to YZ$, $XY \to Z$ or $X \to a$), (($X \to YZ$) implies ($X \to ZY$)) and (($XY \to Z$) implies ($YX \to Z$)) where $X,Y,Z$ range over nonterminals ...
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Deciding whether CFG generates the empty word

Give an algorithm to decide the following problem: given a CFG $G$, does $G\Rightarrow^\star \epsilon$? That is, given a grammar can it generate the empty word? How can I make sure my algorithm is ...