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A note on the complexity of deterministic tree-walking transducers
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
2013 (English)In: Non-Classical Models of Automata and Applications (NCMA 2013), Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft , 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft , 2013.
National Category
Computer Science
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-79716DiVA: diva2:644031
Conference
Non-Classical Models of Automata and Applications (NCMA 2013), August 13 - 14, 2013, Umeå, Sweden
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 621-2011-6080
Available from: 2013-08-29 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2017-05-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Complexity and expressiveness for formal structures in Natural Language Processing
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2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The formalized and algorithmic study of human language within the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) has motivated much theoretical work in the related field of formal languages, in particular the subfields of grammar and automata theory. Motivated and informed by NLP, the papers in this thesis explore the connections between expressibility – that is, the ability for a formal system to define complex sets of objects – and algorithmic complexity – that is, the varying amount of effort required to analyse and utilise such systems. Our research studies formal systems working not just on strings, but on more complex structures such as trees and graphs, in particular syntax trees and semantic graphs. The field of mildly context-sensitive languages concerns attempts to find a useful class of formal languages between the context-free and context-sensitive. We study formalisms defining two candidates for this class; tree-adjoining languages and the languages defined by linear context-free rewriting systems. For the former, we specifically investigate the tree languages, and define a subclass and tree automaton with linear parsing complexity. For the latter, we use the framework of parameterized complexity theory to investigate more deeply the related parsing problems, as well as the connections between various formalisms defining the class. The field of semantic modelling aims towards formally and accurately modelling not only the syntax of natural language statements, but also the meaning. In particular, recent work in semantic graphs motivates our study of graph grammars and graph parsing. To the best of our knowledge, the formalism presented in Paper III of this thesis is the first graph grammar where the uniform parsing problem has polynomial parsing complexity, even for input graphs of unbounded node degree.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2017. 18 p.
Series
Report / UMINF, ISSN 0348-0542 ; 17.13
Keyword
graph grammars, formal languages, natural language processing, parameterized complexity, abstract meaning representation, tree automata, deterministic tree-walking transducers, mildly context-sensitive languages, hyperedge replacement, tree adjoining languages, minimally adequate teacher
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135014 (URN)9789176017227 (ISBN)
Presentation
2017-05-19, MA121, MIT-huset 901 87 Umeå, Umeå, 10:15 (English)
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved

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