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Training Tree Transducers
 IN HLTNAACL
, 2004
"... Many probabilistic models for natural language are now written in terms of hierarchical tree structure. Treebased modeling still lacks many of the standard tools taken for granted in (finitestate) stringbased modeling. The theory of tree transducer automata provides a possible framework to ..."
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Many probabilistic models for natural language are now written in terms of hierarchical tree structure. Treebased modeling still lacks many of the standard tools taken for granted in (finitestate) stringbased modeling. The theory of tree transducer automata provides a possible framework to draw on, as it has been worked out in an extensive literature. We motivate the use of tree transducers for natural language and address the training problem for probabilistic treetotree and treetostring transducers.
Macro Tree Transducers, Attribute Grammars, and MSO Definable Tree Translations
 Inform. and Comput
, 1998
"... A characterization is given of the class of tree translations definable in monadic second order logic (MSO), in terms of macro tree transducers. The first main result is that the MSO definable tree translations are exactly those tree translations realized by macro tree transducers (MTTs) with reg ..."
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A characterization is given of the class of tree translations definable in monadic second order logic (MSO), in terms of macro tree transducers. The first main result is that the MSO definable tree translations are exactly those tree translations realized by macro tree transducers (MTTs) with regular lookahead that are single use restricted. For this the single use restriction known from attribute grammars is generalized to MTTs. Since MTTs are closed under regular lookahead, this implies that every MSO definable tree translation can be realized by an MTT. The second main result is that the class of MSO definable tree translations can also be obtained by restricting MTTs with regular lookahead to be finite copying, i.e., to require that each input subtree is processed only a bounded number of times. The single use restriction is a rather strong, static restriction on the rules of an MTT, whereas the finite copying restriction is a more liberal, dynamic restriction on the ...
A comparison of pebble tree transducers with macro tree transducers
 Acta Informatica
, 2003
"... Abstract. The npebble tree transducer was recently proposed as a model for XML query languages. The four main results on deterministic transducers are: First, (1) the translation τ of an npebble tree transducer can be realized by a composition of n + 1 0pebble tree transducers. Next, the pebble t ..."
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Abstract. The npebble tree transducer was recently proposed as a model for XML query languages. The four main results on deterministic transducers are: First, (1) the translation τ of an npebble tree transducer can be realized by a composition of n + 1 0pebble tree transducers. Next, the pebble tree transducer is compared with the macro tree transducer, a wellknown model for syntaxdirected semantics, with decidable type checking. The 0pebble tree transducer can be simulated by the macro tree transducer, which, by the first result, implies that (2) τ can be realized by an (n+1)fold composition of macro tree transducers. Conversely, every macro tree transducer can be simulated by a composition of 0pebble tree transducers. Together these simulations prove that (3) the composition closure of npebble tree transducers equals that of macro tree transducers (and that of 0pebble tree transducers). Similar results hold in the nondeterministic case. Finally, (4) the output languages of deterministic npebble tree transducers form a hierarchy with respect to the number n of pebbles. 1
Benefits of Tree Transducers for Optimizing Functional Programs
 In FST & TCS'98, Chennai, India, Proceedings, volume 1530 of LNCS
, 1998
"... We present a technique to prevent the construction of intermediate data structures in functional programs, which is based on results from the theory of tree transducers. We first decompose function definitions, which correspond to macro tree transducers, into smaller pieces. Under certain restrictio ..."
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We present a technique to prevent the construction of intermediate data structures in functional programs, which is based on results from the theory of tree transducers. We first decompose function definitions, which correspond to macro tree transducers, into smaller pieces. Under certain restrictions...
THE POWER OF EXTENDED TOPDOWN TREE TRANSDUCERS
"... Extended topdown tree transducers (transducteurs generalises descendants [Arnold, Dauchet: Bitransductions de forets. ICALP'76. Edinburgh University Press. 1976]) received renewed interest in the field of Natural Language Processing. Here those transducers are extensively and systematically studie ..."
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Extended topdown tree transducers (transducteurs generalises descendants [Arnold, Dauchet: Bitransductions de forets. ICALP'76. Edinburgh University Press. 1976]) received renewed interest in the field of Natural Language Processing. Here those transducers are extensively and systematically studied. Their main properties are identified and their relation to classical topdown tree transducers is exactly characterized. The obtained properties completely explain the Hasse diagram of the induced classes of tree transformations. In addition, it is shown that most interesting classes of transformations computed by extended topdown tree transducers are not closed under composition.
Composition of functions with accumulating parameters
 Journal of Functional Programming
, 2004
"... Many functional programs with accumulating parameters are contained in the class of macro tree transducers. We present a program transformation technique that can be used to solve the efficiency problems due to creation and consumption of intermediate data structures in compositions of such function ..."
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Many functional programs with accumulating parameters are contained in the class of macro tree transducers. We present a program transformation technique that can be used to solve the efficiency problems due to creation and consumption of intermediate data structures in compositions of such functions, where classical deforestation techniques fail. In order to do so, given two macro tree transducers under appropriate restrictions, we construct a single macro tree transducer that implements the composition of the two original ones. The imposed restrictions are more liberal than those in the literature on macro tree transducer composition, thus generalising previous results.
Comparison of Deforestation Techniques for Functional Programs and for Tree Transducers
 In FLOPS'99
, 1999
"... We compare transformations for the elimination of intermediate results in firstorder functional programs. We choose the well known deforestation technique of Wadler and composition techniques from the theory of tree transducers, of which the implementation of functional programs yet does not ta ..."
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We compare transformations for the elimination of intermediate results in firstorder functional programs. We choose the well known deforestation technique of Wadler and composition techniques from the theory of tree transducers, of which the implementation of functional programs yet does not take advantage. We identify syntactic classes of function definitions for which both techniques deliver equally efficient results and for which one technique is more powerful than the other.
Macro Tree Translations of Linear Size Increase are MSO Definable
 SIAM J. Comput
, 2001
"... Abstract. The first main result is that if a macro tree translation is of linear size increase, i.e., if the size of every output tree is linearly bounded by the size of the corresponding input tree, then the translation is MSO definable (i.e., definable in monadic secondorder logic). This gives a ..."
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Abstract. The first main result is that if a macro tree translation is of linear size increase, i.e., if the size of every output tree is linearly bounded by the size of the corresponding input tree, then the translation is MSO definable (i.e., definable in monadic secondorder logic). This gives a new characterization of the MSO definable tree translations in terms of macro tree transducers: they are exactly the macro tree translations of linear size increase. The second main result is that given a macro tree transducer, it can be decided whether or not its translation is MSO definable, and if it is then an equivalent MSO transducer can be constructed. Similar results hold for attribute grammars, which define a subclass of the macro tree translations.
Using Circular Programs to Deforest in Accumulating Parameters
, 2002
"... Functional languages allow a modular programming style by function composition, which however can lead to inefficient runtime behavior due to production and consumption of intermediate results. We present a new mechanizable transformation technique for removing intermediate data structures in the co ..."
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Functional languages allow a modular programming style by function composition, which however can lead to inefficient runtime behavior due to production and consumption of intermediate results. We present a new mechanizable transformation technique for removing intermediate data structures in the composition of two functions from a class of recursive functions with accumulating parameters, for which classical deforestation techniques fail. In order to avoid multiple traversals of the input data structure, the composition algorithm produces circular programs that make essential use of lazy evaluation and local recursion. The resulting programs are simplified using a postprocessing phase presented in the paper.
Relating Accumulative and NonAccumulative Functional Programs
 In Rewriting Techniques and Applications, Proceedings, volume 2051 of LNCS
, 2001
"... We study the problem to transform functional programs, which intensively use append functions (like inefficient list reversal), into programs, which use accumulating parameters instead (like efficient list reversal). We give an (automatic) transformation algorithm for our problem and identify a clas ..."
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We study the problem to transform functional programs, which intensively use append functions (like inefficient list reversal), into programs, which use accumulating parameters instead (like efficient list reversal). We give an (automatic) transformation algorithm for our problem and identify a class of functional programs, namely restricted 2modular tree transducers, to which it can be applied. Moreover, since we get macro tree transducers as transformation result and since we also give the inverse transformation algorithm, we have a new characterization for the class of functions induced by macro tree transducers.