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Parsing Graphs with Hyperedge Replacement Grammars

David Chiang, Jacob Andreas, Daniel Bauer, Karl Moritz Hermann, Bevan Jones and Kevin Knight

The 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013)
Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013


Hyperedge replacement grammar (HRG) is a formalism for generating and transforming graphs that has potential applications in natural language understanding and generation. A recognition algorithm due to Lautemann is known to be polynomial-time for graphs that are connected and of bounded degree. We present a more precise characterization of the algorithm's complexity, an optimization analogous to binarization of context-free grammars, and some important implementation details, resulting in an algorithm that is practical for natural-language applications. The algorithm is part of Bolinas, a new software toolkit for HRG processing.

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