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Graph Parser Combinators

, and . Implementation and Application of Functional Languages, volume 5083 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, (2008)

Abstract

A graph language can be described by a graph grammar in a manner similar to a string grammar known from the theory of formal languages. Unfortunately, graph parsing is known to be computationally expensive in general. There are quite simple graph languages that crush most general-purpose graph parsers. In this paper we present graph parser combinators, a new approach to graph parsing inspired by the well-known string parser combinators. The basic idea is to define primitive graph parsers for elementary graph components and a set of combinators for the construction of more advanced graph parsers. Using graph parser combinators special-purpose graph parsers can be composed conveniently. Thereby, language-specific performance optimizations can be incorporated in a flexible manner.

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10.1007/978-3-540-85373-2\_1
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