Re: Language inference tool ?

George Neuner <>
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 01:42:48 -0500

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From: George Neuner <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 01:42:48 -0500
Organization: A noiseless patient Spider
References: 10-11-040
Keywords: tools, design
Posted-Date: 02 Dec 2010 16:04:11 EST

On Mon, 29 Nov 2010 05:01:15 -0800 (PST), Vivien Parlat
<> wrote:

>My job requires me to work with a no-more-supported and unknown

Perhaps someone can identify the language if you can say what domain
you're working in and what tools are (or were) being used.

>I'm considering the idea of building tools in order to
>facilitate the work with it, but defining its grammar manually could
>be very tedious. Does anybody know a free software which could
>do grammar inference for me ?

I'm afraid I don't know of any free or open source tools for grammar
inference. There is quite a bit of research into NLP inductive
learning, and I've read some claims of successful machine learning of
the grammar of various human languages, but I've not seen any of the
software involved.

I understand that you don't want to be implementing tools to make
tools, but perhaps you should look into some of the NLP research and
maybe contact some the authors about their programs. There might be
something you can adapt to your purpose.


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