Simple multi-visit attribute grammars


Engelfriet, Joost and Filè, Gilberto (1982) Simple multi-visit attribute grammars. Journal of computer and system sciences, 24 (3). pp. 283-314. ISSN 0022-0000

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Abstract:An attribute grammar is simple multi-visit if each attribute of a nonterminal has a fixed visit-number associated with it such that, during attribute evaluation, the attributes of a node which have visit-number j are computed at the jth visit to the node. An attribute grammar is l-ordered if for each nonterminal a linear order of its attributes exists such that the attributes of a node can always be evaluated in that order (cf. the work of Kastens).

An attribute grammar is simple multi-visit if and only if it is l-ordered. Every noncircular attribute grammar can be transformed into an equivalent simple multi-visit attribute grammar which uses the same semantic operations.

For a given distribution of visit-numbers over the attributes, it can be decided in polynomial time whether the attributes can be evaluated according to these visit-numbers. The problem whether an attribute grammar is simple multi-visit is NP-complete.
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Copyright:© 1982 Elsevier Science
Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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