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Grammatical Inference
Learning Automata and Grammars

  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521763165


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  • The problem of inducing, learning or inferring grammars has been studied for decades, but only in recent years has grammatical inference emerged as an independent field with connections to many scientific disciplines, including bio-informatics, computational linguistics and pattern recognition. This book meets the need for a comprehensive and unified summary of the basic techniques and results, suitable for researchers working in these various areas. In Part I, the objects of use for grammatical inference are studied in detail: strings and their topology, automata and grammars, whether probabilistic or not. Part II carefully explores the main questions in the field: What does learning mean? How can we associate complexity theory with learning? In Part III the author describes a number of techniques and algorithms that allow us to learn from text, from an informant, or through interaction with the environment. These concern automata, grammars, rewriting systems, pattern languages or transducers.

    • Provides a unified view of the many known techniques in the field
    • Contains over 150 exercises and many illustrative examples ideal for teaching
    • Ideal for researchers working in a variety of fields, including bio-informatics, computational linguistics, web applications and pattern recognition
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    'The scope of the book, the detail of description, the uniformity of notation and treatment, and the enjoyable style make this book an important addition to the library of any computational linguist interested in language learning from data.' Machine Translation

    '… this book raises important questions about learning grammars …' Computing Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521763165
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 170 b/w illus. 25 tables 1 music example 160 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The data and some applications
    Part I. The Tools:
    3. Basic stringology
    4. Representing languages
    5. Representing distributions over strings with automata and grammars
    6. About combinatorics
    Part II. What Does Learning a Language Mean?:
    7. Identifying languages
    8. Learning from text
    9. Active learning
    10. Learning distributions over strings
    Part III. Learning Algorithms and Techniques:
    11. Text learners
    12. Informed learners
    13. Learning with queries
    14. Artificial intelligence techniques
    15. Learning context-free grammars
    16. Learning probabilistic finite automata
    17. Estimating the probabilities
    18. Learning transducers
    19. A very small conclusion

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    Colin de la Higuera

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    Colin de la Higuera, Université de Nantes, France
    Colin de la Higuera is Professor of Computer Science in the Laboratoire Hubert Curien at the Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne.

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