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Code generation based on formal BURS theory and heuristic search
 Acta Informatica
, 1997
"... BURS theory provides a powerful mechanism to efficiently generate pattern matches in a given expression tree. BURS, which stands for bottomup rewrite system, is based on term rewrite systems, to which costs are added. We formalise the
underlying theory, and derive an algorithm that computes all pat ..."
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BURS theory provides a powerful mechanism to efficiently generate pattern matches in a given expression tree. BURS, which stands for bottomup rewrite system, is based on term rewrite systems, to which costs are added. We formalise the
underlying theory, and derive an algorithm that computes all pattern matches. This algorithm terminates if the term rewrite system is finite. We couple this algorithm with
the wellknown search algorithm A* that carries out pattern selection. The search algorithm is directed by a cost heuristic that estimates the minimum cost of code that
has yet to be generated. The advantage of using a search algorithm is that we need to compute only those costs that may be part of an optimal rewrite sequence (and not the costs of all possible rewrite sequences as in dynamic programming). A system that implements the algorithms presented in this work has been built.